The Story Of Jen’s Mad Car Care Skills

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Our family is proficient in a great number of things. There are, however, two areas for which we have a bit of a deficiency; automotive repair and sewing. Straight up, whatever cumulative sewing skill we have, belongs with Jen’s Guy. I understand that, for me, the sewing thing is mostly a lost cause. I can live with that. Providing basic car care, however, is something all of us are working on.

Our family lives in the land of sweltering summer heat and, through sad experience, we have learned how important it is to take care of our cars. Being stranded on the side of the road when it is 116 degrees Fahrenheit leaves a bit to be desired. One of the ways we prepare our cars for the summer heat is by replacing our engine air filters.

Changing your engine air filter is really important!   Air filters are the engine’s first line of defense, and it is something that almost anyone can do. For the record, I just changed my air filter out in less than 5 minutes BY MYSELF. Please limit your applause, I’m humble…

Today I want to show you just how easy it is to replace your engine air filter. You can do it too!

Get your car ready for summer by replacing the engine air filter in less than 5 minutes! #ad #SummerCarCare

First start with a FRAM engine air filter. I used the Extra Guard one.

Get your car ready for summer by replacing the engine air filter in less than 5 minutes! #ad

I picked my FRAM engine filter up at Walmart after checking availability here. How easy was that!

Get your car ready for summer by replacing the engine air filter in less than 5 minutes! #ad

Next, pop the hood and find where the engine air filter case is. This is what mine looked like. Look for the snap clasps. P.S. I stopped my OCD tendencies just barely by taking this picture without dusting down the engine. I really wanted to dust it though…

Get your car ready for summer by replacing the engine air filter in less than 5 minutes! #ad

My air filter case has 2 little clasps and a hose that connects it. I unlatched the tabs and loosened the hose a little and off came the cover.

Get your car ready for summer by replacing the engine air filter in less than 5 minutes! #ad

I didn’t take pictures of this, but when I pulled the old filter a bunch of dead bugs and some really nasty stuff fell out! It was definitely time for a change. A clean air filter improves airflow and prevents dirt and dust from entering and damaging the engine. Here is the old filter side by side the new one. Look at how pretty and sparkly white the new one is.

Get your car ready for summer by replacing the engine air filter in less than 5 minutes! #ad

Next I just popped out the old one (I threw it in the trash straightaway) and put in the new one.

Get your car ready for summer by replacing the engine air filter in less than 5 minutes! #ad

I closed the case back up and, voila, I was done in less than 5 minutes! I am feeling like I have mad car care skills. Well, at least in this area.

Plus I am happy knowing that my new clean air filter can help to increase acceleration, horsepower, and improve my engine’s overall  performance. Things my old and dirty air filter definitely was NOT doing!

So now our family is ready for our summer adventures! And to help you get ready for your summer I have made a cute little printable to help you keep track of your car care maintenance. You are welcome. Oh and make sure one of the first entries you put on it is replacing your engine’s air filter.

Keep track of your car maintenance with this cute printable!

Stay Happy! Stay Informed!

Love,

Jen




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  1. Thank you as I so needed this. Se my ad used to help take care of my car with stuff like this, but since he had a heart attack and stroke a few years back, he hasn’t really been able to help. Thankfully, he is doing so much better, but still I try not to trouble him for stuff like this and usually will take it to my local mechanic, but still if I can attempt it myself that would be even better. Hugs and appreciate this so much!
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    1. Having a car guy in the family is definitely a plus. I think though now that I might be the go to air filter changer in our family. I am not sure if that is a good or bad thing, but in general saving money is pretty great!So I’ll call it winning :)
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  2. Chalk that up as something I’ve never done! They always ask about it at the oil change place, though. Now I think I could be brave enough to try.

  3. I am so impressed, Jen! Who knew that cars had air filters? I actually thought they ran on air until my husband suggested that I may want to put petrol in the car every once in a while…

    I did top up the water squirty thing (for cleaning the windscreen) once, I had to get the handbook out to pop the boot and it still took me the best part of half a day (I kid you not!). The funniest thing of all is that I can probably find my way around a car better than a sewing machine (or even a sewing kit).

    I’m going to mention in casual passing later, that maybe the car air filter needs changing. I bet my husband chokes on his tea!

    xx
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      Hahaha! That sounds like something I did in my early years of car care.

      I totally think you should tell him that the air filter needs changing and have your camera ready. That could become a viral video :)
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