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May 02, 2019 21:29:46

Maintenance Required

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When this "maintenance required" light was turned on two days ago, I flinched inwardly at it. I did not grow up with a car so I need to google it whenever I saw any type of light on the dashboard. Let me know if you have any good app or material about car maintenance. 

I bought this used car 1 year ago and 6 months ago, thanks to friends' help, I did oil change by myself spending almost half of a day. Therefore I am a bit more cautious about the maintenance. I might miss precursors or symptoms that could be caught if I do an oil change at a service shop. 

Now my car run 5000 miles since then. I used synthetic oil so this time I do not have to change the oil yet but I need to do and check other things:

  • Brake pad
  • Tire rotation
  • Tire alignment
  • Tire pressure
  • Air filter

Typically I also double check with one of my colleagues who has much experience and knowledge of a car. When I had an issue for the battery and timing belt for the other older car, he helped so much. But I am taking days off for the past few days. I cannot rely on him. 

I am planning to go to America Tire tomorrow and ask them to check tire rotation, alignment, pressure check. I need to get familiarized myself about it again tomorrow so that sales guys will not push me other unnecessary things.

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    @hiro - America's tire is pretty good in general -- i.e. well trained. Sure, they want to sell you tires, but they have a longer vision, me thinks. Just tell them you want what you can afford and you don't want to be ripped off. ( this is just tires, so the tread-depth will do the talking -- and they'll show you any serious wear. )

    Brian Ball avatar Brian Ball | May 02, 2019 22:01:18
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      @brianball Great! This kind of confirmation helps me a lot!

      Hiro avatar Hiro | May 02, 2019 23:34:37
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      @hiro - yes, shared experience goes a long way. Another piece of tangential advice -- I'd give to myself. Develop skills you can trade for easy money -- even hourly money -- that you enjoy. Then, do those things -- and pay for car maintenance. When you pay a garage + mechanic, you're paying for tools and experience and cleanup etc. While it does feel good to "save" $500 -- sometimes the 10 hours it took to save that amount doesn't seem so productive. And last, maintenance and checking more often than not is a good habit.

      Brian Ball avatar Brian Ball | May 03, 2019 07:03:09
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      @hiro @brianball Absolutely agree. Spend your time on the critical work and hire everything else out.

      Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | May 03, 2019 08:03:17
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      @brianball America's Tire was great. They did checking tread depth and tire pressure without any charge. They gave me reasonable advice when I need to change a tire next.

      Yes, I will not go further but at least I would like to understand what I am paying for i.e., what is the reasonable market price, etc., and protect myself from bad sales.

      Hiro avatar Hiro | May 05, 2019 17:13:23
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      @brianball @brandonwilson Yep, "comparative advantage"

      Hiro avatar Hiro | May 05, 2019 17:25:23
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