Do it yourself.

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Oil pickup screen.

A perfect example of do it yourself. A lot of people are afraid of simple car repairs, but if you’re willing to get your hands dirty, you can save a lot of money and learn a thing or two in the process.

The oil pressure light came on in my sons car after I spent an entire weekend replacing his valve cover gaskets. It quickly became clear to me that some of the sludge (there wasn’t a lot, but it is a twenty year old car) which was in the area of the valves, was knocked loose and had made its way deeper into the engine.

Here’s how I fixed it:

  • Drain the oil.
  • Remove the oil pan. (About 10 bolts)
  • Remove the oil pick up tube. (3 bolts)
  • Soak the pick up tube in degreaser for three hours.
  • Re-install pick-up tube.
  • Re-install oil pan with new gasket.
  • Fill with new oil.

Total time, four hours. Total cost $40.

Car is now good as new! Now, go do something!

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