2009 Honda Civic
I always wonder what is truly necessary and when maintenance should be done. My car is out of warranty now and of course I still get all the maintenance reminders. I have heard that so much of the checking for is unnecessary and grossly overpriced. Also, when do different products truly need to be replaced or should they actually be able to get more mileage in between replacing time. The last 2 times I had my oil changed at the dealer they also did a complete checklist. Tire pressure was checked off and no one had touched my tires. One was very low and easy to see that. All the tires needed air and none were up to the pressure that was written in. Another time on a previous car I found out what an air cabin filter was all about. Unfortunately, after I had the replacement done-( $75.00!!!), I had read an article referencing that this was one of the new maintenance sales pushes for that make of car. I went online and the next time I did my own for about $18 and 5 min. of labor.
So, the question is what and when is really necessary to keep the car in optimal health?
Thank you for any advice.