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5 Super-Simple Ways to Make Car Maintenance Easier

Even if you won’t enter next year’s Concours, simple, quick maintenance is key.


Maintaining a car can be such a chore. Keeping an eye on the tire tread, tire pressure, oil level, brake wear…it could almost be a second job.

But, ultimately, your car is a big investment. Ideally, then, you’d spend spending as little time as possible tending to your ride, but still keep it in tip-top shape.

Here are five easy ways to take care of your car without losing your entire weekend (or weekends, plural) to automotive maintainence.

ViVid Clear Vinyl Wrap

Not only does a clear wrap show off the original paint job, but it also protects your car from scratches and wear from dirt and grime from the road. On top of the protection from dust and small rocks kicked up on the highway, the film also makes for an incredible defense against rust caused by road salt during the winter.

Buy Now: $17+

Briggs & Stratton 5431K Oil Extractor Pump

It’s recommended that you change your oil every 3,000 miles or so, but you don’t actually have to change your oil filter until twice that mileage. With an oil extractor pump, you can remove the oil without jacking up your car to remove the filter.

Buy Now: $40

Tymate Tire Pressure Monitoring System

Maintaining proper tire pressure is good for both gas mileage and overall safety. This setup lets you know exactly how much air is in your tires without leaving the driver’s seat.

Buy Now: $70

3M Undercoating Spray

Keeping rust in check is a constant battle. Coat your undercarriage with a rubber-based spray so you won’t have to avoid puddles like the oxidation land mines they are.

Buy Now: $15

K100 Fuel Stabilizer

Whether you store your car long-term or you let it sit for a few days at a time because you commute by public transit, it’s not a bad idea to stabilize your fuel. The gas you get from the pump actually starts breaking down within days; adding a fuel stabilizer every so often will ensure the fuel that feeds the engine is as clean as can be.

Buy Now: $32

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