Chaya M Milchtein
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Chaya Milchtein is an automotive educator, writer and speaker who's made it her mission empower the average driver. She believes that anything is possible and can be done on your own terms.
May 9
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Good tip. Most people will likely have something like this in their own toolbox. 

Good tip. Most people will likely have something like this in their own toolbox. 

May 9
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If they are already mounted and balanced on separate sets of wheels that’s definitely something worth considering. For someone who is not a car guy, this might be a bit more advanced but still possible. 

If they are already mounted and balanced on separate sets of wheels that’s definitely something worth considering.

May 9
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I agree. This is an article written for the average car owner. It can be useful to be shared by Jalopnik readers with their “non car guy” friends and relatives. 

I agree. This is an article written for the average car owner. It can be useful to be shared by Jalopnik readers

May 7
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An electric car is not a bad choice but still comes with necessary maintenance. Just different in some ways than your standard gas vehicle.

An electric car is not a bad choice but still comes with necessary maintenance. Just different in some ways than

May 6
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The question that I was answering was “I’m not a car guy, what maintenance should I consider doing at home?”

The question that I was answering was “I’m not a car guy, what maintenance should I consider doing at home?”

May 6
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You can, but for most people it's a hassle and time consuming. The items on this list are easy to do and hard to screw up!

You can, but for most people it's a hassle and time consuming. The items on this list are easy to do and hard to

May 6
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K&N is a good option for some people definitely. Just making sure to keep the filter changed and clean no matter what you choose to replace it with it essential. 

K&N is a good option for some people definitely. Just making sure to keep the filter changed and clean no matter

May 6
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Some people prefer to have one. At $5, it's not a huge investment and doesn't ever need to be replaced unless you loose it. 

Some people prefer to have one. At $5, it's not a huge investment and doesn't ever need to be replaced unless you

May 6
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During my time working in shops, I often saw people over zealous with maintenence and over inflating their time. That caused uneven wear and an uncomfortable ride. Bottom line is that tires should be inflated to the proper PSI based on the tire information label on the inside of the driver door. Under and over Read more

During my time working in shops, I often saw people over zealous with maintenence and over inflating their time.

May 5
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For some people, like you of course, maintaining your own car will definitely pay off though :) I focus my writing for the average drivers not the DIY specialist. Doing your own maintenance for many people can end up costing them more than getting their car repairs by a professional.   Read more

For some people, like you of course, maintaining your own car will definitely pay off though :) I focus my writing

May 4
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Great choices if you do your own maintenance. And that trickle charger is more important than ever during this social isolation period where folks aren't driving their cars much. 

Great choices if you do your own maintenance. And that trickle charger is more important than ever during this

Apr 27
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Good call! Thanks for sharing your suggestions. To be fair, I prefer changing my oil on a lift in the shop and avoid laying on the group altogether haha but not everyone has that luxury. 

Good call! Thanks for sharing your suggestions. To be fair, I prefer changing my oil on a lift in the shop and avoid

Apr 27
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Thanks friend! And I enjoy writing about cars for the average driver not the DIYer. That's my passion. Well that and uplifting the voices of women in the automotive industry. 

Thanks friend! And I enjoy writing about cars for the average driver not the DIYer. That's my passion. Well that and

Apr 27
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Here in the US most states require waste oil to be accepted for free at garages. Many part stores also have disposal abilities and often don't charge anything for that. 

Here in the US most states require waste oil to be accepted for free at garages. Many part stores also have disposal

Apr 27
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You are totally right. If you can takes regular oil and not synthetic you can get it changed fairly inexpensively. Once you get into the 10 quart synthetic oil changes you're looking at $150+ in many cases. Luckly that now we are in the midst of an unusual health crisis and some people want a project to take on. 

You are totally right. If you can takes regular oil and not synthetic you can get it changed fairly inexpensively.

Apr 26
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If they are available, disposable gloves work well. In my area they are impossible to find right now.

If they are available, disposable gloves work well. In my area they are impossible to find right now.

Apr 25
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Generally I agree with you that changing you own oil can be time consuming and not worth the hassle. This, however, article is published during an extraordinary time when people might be interested in doing it themselves. A risk only the car owner themselves can choose to take. 

Generally I agree with you that changing you own oil can be time consuming and not worth the hassle. This, however,