3 Benefits of Changing Your Own Oil and Tires

Your car is likely one of your biggest investments, so maintaining it should be a top priority for you; after all, basic maintenance plays a huge part in keeping it running smoothly. But have you ever considered trying to change your own oil or tires? It can be an intimidating prospect. Here are three reasons why you should consider trying it yourself!

1. It’s Cheaper.

Obviously, when you buy your own parts and provide your own labor, changing your own oil or changing/rotating a tire becomes the more cost-effective option. But your time is money, too: When you don’t have to take your vehicle to a dealership or auto body shop, you’re saving yourself a commute and a boring wait. When you take matters into your own hands, time is bound to fly!

2. It’s Easier than You Think

Intimidated by changing your own oil? It’s probably easier than you think. You only need a few basic tools:

  • Car jack
  • Jack stands
  • Oil filter wrench
  • Oil drain pan
  • Latex gloves
  • Socket tool set

How about a tire? Even easier. Most cars come with a dummy tire, wrench and jack for just such an emergency. Note that dummy tires are only meant to be driven for a limited number of miles, and at slower speeds. They aren’t a permanent solution — they’re just a way to get you to a shop so you can get more permanent replacement tire.

Rotating your tires, as opposed to just replacing one temporarily, takes a little more skill. For this, you’ll need:

  • Car jack
  • Jack stands
  • Lug wrench

Nervous about getting started? Find another auto expert to mentor you, or go to the internet! Online tutorials abound, such as this one from Edmunds, or this tutorial from Popular Mechanics.

3. It Maintains Your Vehicle’s Health

Another key reason to change your own oil? It’s one of the most important things you can do to maintain your vehicle’s health. Oil is essential to keeping the engine running smoothly, and by changing it at appropriate intervals (check your manual for specifics), you’re helping ensure your vehicle runs for years to come.

When it comes to your tires, rotating them every time you change your oil means that they will wear more evenly, which adds up to increased fuel efficiency and a longer life for your tires (which aren’t cheap!).

Coverage that Goes the Extra Mile

Just because you have the basics of changing our own oil down doesn’t mean you won’t someday need a helping hand! With Roadside Assistance through Farm Bureau Financial Services, you can be sure that you’ll be able to get back on the road as quickly as possible. To learn more, talk to your local Farm Bureau agent today.