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Chaya M Milchtein
mechanicshopfemme
Chaya Milchtein is an automotive educator, freelance writer, and empowerment speaker who's made it her mission to engage and empower people in her community and beyond.
May 6
1

Agreed. It makes way more sense just to pay someone to do it, for most people. I do it myself simply because I enjoy it. If I didn’t, I’d pay someone else to do it without hesitation, even I had the skills to do it myself.

Agreed. It makes way more sense just to pay someone to do it, for most people. I do it myself simply because I enjoy

May 6
3

For those who don’t want to spend money on maintenance and who don’t have any interest in doing it themselves I recommend getting an electric vehicle. They essentially require zero maintenance compared to a traditional car.

For those who don’t want to spend money on maintenance and who don’t have any interest in doing it themselves I

May 6
2

Great list! That's all stuff anyone can do for less than half the price of someone doing it for you.

Great list! That's all stuff anyone can do for less than half the price of someone doing it for you.

May 6
3

I think replacing your vehicle’s engine air filter with a reusable one like K&N is a good, simple job that inspires confidence and a feeling of ownership. Apart from the marginal benefits of improving mpg/hp very slightly, it’s nice not to have to endure the self-doubt and haggling with yourself when you go into Read more

I think replacing your vehicle’s engine air filter with a reusable one like K&N is a good, simple job that inspires

May 6
2

Mostly true, but for 5 bucks and 1 click... I go through tires faster than most people, so no reason not to have one around.

Mostly true, but for 5 bucks and 1 click... I go through tires faster than most people, so no reason not to have one

May 5
3

Speak for yourself. I use a starrett depth micrometer every time I get in my car. I need to know my tread depth to the thousandth. Anything less is just sloppy work.  Read more

Speak for yourself. I use a starrett depth micrometer every time I get in my car. I need to know my tread depth to

May 5
1

Don’t forget depth gauges also measure brake pads! 

Don’t forget depth gauges also measure brake pads! 

Apr 28
1

You’re one of the first to not blast me with FUD, congrats! Read more

You’re one of the first to not blast me with FUD, congrats!

Apr 27
4

Skimmed through the article and a few comments, so apologies if these were mentioned: Shop towels and a big old piece of cardboard to lie down on. As careful as you are, or as effective as funnels are, you may get a little oil where it shouldn’t be, so something to wipe them up with is good to have. And the big piece Read more

Skimmed through the article and a few comments, so apologies if these were mentioned: Shop towels and a big old

Apr 27
3

I hope all of these replies are giving you your dopamine hit ;-) Read more

I hope all of these replies are giving you your dopamine hit ;-)

Apr 24
1

Same with an in person estimate. They don’t take apart your car to see hidden damage. However, the in person visit can more easily see the difference between dirt and an actual scratch.
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Same with an in person estimate. They don’t take apart your car to see hidden damage. However, the in person visit