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WDYD?? DIY Maintenance Logs #4625082
01/05/18 03:16 PM
01/05/18 03:16 PM
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lugNutz Offline OP
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Out of pure boredom and the fact that I have a "new" used car as of the end of last year, I was brainstorming how I would log my maintenance for this one. I have always kept a journal in my glove box for each car- logging date, mileage, description, etc..

I've considered using free invoice sites/software this time around,to make it look like a shop performed the maintenance (may benefit my taxes since I get $$ from my company throughout the year), but I feel like keeping it old school would probably just be more convenient.

So I beg the question- What do you do!?


'13 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited | 30K
'14 VW Passat 1.8T SEL Premium | 47K
'05 Ford Explorer XLT | 96k | WIX 51372 | FS 5w-30 (RIP)
Re: WDYD?? DIY Maintenance Logs [Re: lugNutz] #4625087
01/05/18 03:18 PM
01/05/18 03:18 PM
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Chicago, IL
EdwardC Offline
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Chicago, IL
I'm a spreadsheet guy, Excel before, but Google Docs now.

Re: WDYD?? DIY Maintenance Logs [Re: lugNutz] #4625093
01/05/18 03:27 PM
01/05/18 03:27 PM
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SW Ontario Canada
KGMtech Offline
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SW Ontario Canada
Excel spreadsheets. One tab per vehicle, home improvement projects, hobby expenditures etc.


2017.5 Nissan Rogue SV FWD
2013 Nissan Maxima SV
2009 Ford Flex SEL FWD
1984 Yamaha XJ750RL
Re: WDYD?? DIY Maintenance Logs [Re: lugNutz] #4625112
01/05/18 03:57 PM
01/05/18 03:57 PM
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Illinois
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Illinois
Excel spreadsheet, kept on One Drive. Mine goes back to 2003, on about 10 different vehicles since then.

Accessible from my phone or any computer with internet access.


2004 Silverado - on its 3rd Jasper engine in less than one year.
Re: WDYD?? DIY Maintenance Logs [Re: lugNutz] #4625114
01/05/18 03:57 PM
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San Antonio, TX
Nyogtha Offline
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San Antonio, TX
These days I use the FuelBuddy app on my smart phone, and myCarfax app on my smart phone. I scan paper receipts to pdf format as well.


"No matter how paranoid you are you're not paranoid enough. Tell the truth. Reach as many people as you can with it. That's your weapon." - Susanne Modeski, aka "Holly" to The Lone Gunmen
Re: WDYD?? DIY Maintenance Logs [Re: lugNutz] #4625120
01/05/18 04:03 PM
01/05/18 04:03 PM
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New England
Virtus_Probi Online mad
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New England
I use the MySubaru app because service info from the dealers gets updated automatically...probably should figure out how to download the records locally at some point.


2014 Forester XT, 90000 miles
Last Change;
M1 5W30 d1G2
Tokyo Roki 15208AA170 filter
Re: WDYD?? DIY Maintenance Logs [Re: lugNutz] #4625147
01/05/18 04:28 PM
01/05/18 04:28 PM
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Marshfield , MA
andyd Offline
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I started recording oil changes on the cover on the box top the filter came in. After awhile I recorded other maintenance items on them. Until I had a stack too thick to fit, I kept them tucked between windshield washer tank and the fender. Then Volume one got tied together and put in the glove box.


'16 Camry LE STP synth 0w20 and STP filter. the Fridge

1994 Ranger ,the Rat, 5w30 dino, STP filter

'16 Camry SE, Valvoline HM 0w20 and OEM filter
Thick oil is better grin2
Re: WDYD?? DIY Maintenance Logs [Re: lugNutz] #4625192
01/05/18 04:58 PM
01/05/18 04:58 PM
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The Motor City
Kestas Offline
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The Motor City
I use the same method I've used since I was 17 -- a simple handwritten log book. Even after 200K the documentation is no longer than 3 pages. I only put the basics in there... oil change, trans fluid change, tire rotation, etc.

Re: WDYD?? DIY Maintenance Logs [Re: lugNutz] #4625196
01/05/18 05:05 PM
01/05/18 05:05 PM
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Lima, Ohio, USA
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Lima, Ohio, USA
with my previous car, I did the log book at first, mainly b/c i bought it from my brother, who had done such from day 1 with it. (does it with all his cars).
after a few months, I transcribed his records and mine into a spreadsheet.(not just maintenance, every fuel fillup- Miles on odo, miles on tank, MPG, Number of gallons, Price Per Gallon, total price paid, again,following his layout....)

when i sold that car, I gave up on those kind of records, and when i handed those records to my buddy's mom who was buying it, neatly printed out in a folder, and the files on a flash drive, she looked at me, asked what all that was, and proceed to laugh at the idea of keeping such records.(granted at that point it was a 9 yr old, 90k mile Neon she had just paid me $2700 for..)

now, I use the My Carfax site/app. now everything should show on the carfax report. even if the shops don't report, or if i do the maintenance myself...


Mine:
09 Mercury Sable : 6qts AutoQuest(Meijer/Warren) 0w20, WIX 51516
Mine to Maintain:
03 Pontiac Vibe : 4.5qts VWB 5w30,WIX 51394
Re: WDYD?? DIY Maintenance Logs [Re: lugNutz] #4625226
01/05/18 05:37 PM
01/05/18 05:37 PM
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Stillwater, MN
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Stillwater, MN
I just use MS Word and record whatever was done to the car with the date and mileage. I have a folder for each car and keep receipts/ shop invoices in there. When I sold my '01 Ford minivan last year I gave the new buyer a printout of the maintenance/ repairs when I had it. I don't bother with fuel logs.

Last edited by road_rascal; 01/05/18 05:38 PM.

2012 Toyota Rav4 V6 4WD (73,000 mi)
2018 Chevy Equinox 1.5T (7800mi)
Re: WDYD?? DIY Maintenance Logs [Re: Kestas] #4625243
01/05/18 05:54 PM
01/05/18 05:54 PM
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OH
fdcg27 Offline
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OH
Originally Posted By: Kestas
I use the same method I've used since I was 17 -- a simple handwritten log book. Even after 200K the documentation is no longer than 3 pages. I only put the basics in there... oil change, trans fluid change, tire rotation, etc.


This is what I do.
I have a log book in every car but also record every fuel fill as well as calculated fuel mileage.
Simple and it works for me.


18 Accord Hybrid FF
17 Forester 18K VME 0W-20
12 Accord LX 96K SSO 0W-20
09 Forester 95K M1HM 10W-30
01 Focus ZX3 118K PP 5W-20
96 Accord LX 104K T5 10W-30
95 318i
Re: WDYD?? DIY Maintenance Logs [Re: lugNutz] #4625303
01/05/18 07:06 PM
01/05/18 07:06 PM
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Phoenix, AZ
Nick1994 Offline
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Phoenix, AZ
I used to write on the back of a Manila folder with receipts and stuff.

Now I just put everything in my Fuelly app.


2015 Hyundai Sonata 2.4L 88k Motorcraft Synthetic Blend 5w30 & OEM
2000 Toyota Camry 2.2L 231k Valvoline 5w30 & Fram Ultra
1996 Jeep Cherokee 4.0L 147k Mobil 1 HM 10w40 & Fram Ultra
Re: WDYD?? DIY Maintenance Logs [Re: lugNutz] #4625310
01/05/18 07:13 PM
01/05/18 07:13 PM
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Indiana
dlundblad Offline
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Indiana
It's all in my head. Rest assured, every vehicle under my care is living life at it's fullest.

If the time eve comes to where I'm selling a vehicle, they can check out my tool and oil stash.

Part purchases are either on my online retailer accounts or in a folder.

Last edited by dlundblad; 01/05/18 07:14 PM.

03 Jeep WJ 4.0 202k Castrol Edge 10w40 HM Fram XG16
02 Volvo S60 2.4T 186k M1 0w40 Mahle OX149D
97 Chevy Blazer 4.3 153k Synpower 5w30 Supertech ST3980 (Ecore)

Re: WDYD?? DIY Maintenance Logs [Re: lugNutz] #4625342
01/05/18 07:46 PM
01/05/18 07:46 PM
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Oshawa, Ontario Canada
JC1 Offline
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Oshawa, Ontario Canada
I use Excel as well.


2015 Grand Caravan SXT Plus 5w-20 PPPP/Fram Ultra Filter
1997 Honda Civic CX 5w-30 Shell Conventional/Fram Ultra Filter
Re: WDYD?? DIY Maintenance Logs [Re: lugNutz] #4625385
01/05/18 08:35 PM
01/05/18 08:35 PM
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Oklahoma
tomcruise Offline
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Oklahoma
I use the myCARFAX app on my phone these days.


2016 Ford F150 Xlt 2.7L
Pennzoil Platinum Euro L 0w40
Motorcraft FL2062
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