Pro Advice on DIY Car Maintenance

Auto Smarts

Welcome to the Inside Track. In our continued dedication to making you a smarter and safer driver, Farmers went to some of the smartest drivers we know, Hendrick Motorsports and NASCAR driver Kasey Kahne’s No. 5 Farmers Insurance team, and asked for their professional advice. Here’s what they had to say:


Knowing how to properly maintain your vehicle can save you money in the long run, but knowing when to leave it to the professionals is just as important.

Todd Devnich, car chief for the No. 5 Farmers Insurance Chevrolet SS team, prepares Kasey Kahne’s car for every race and makes sure it’s in top racing form. Whether it’s race cars or his personal car, Devnich knows how important it is to keep vehicles in shape.

At the shop, Devnich has an entire race team helping him maintain the stable of No. 5 Chevrolet SS cars at Hendrick Motorsports. You might not have a whole team at your disposal, but that doesn’t mean you can’t follow a similar system for your own vehicle’s maintenance.

“Some of the best things you can do for your vehicles are keeping up with regular maintenance on your oil system and keeping tabs on the wear and tear of your tires,” says Devnich.

It’s also a good idea to:

Make a Checklist

“At the shop we work off a checklist of items we regularly review on the car that includes inspecting for wear and tear, making sure brake pads are still thick, that the fuel filter isn’t dirty, the bolts are tight and there are no leaks in the brake system,” says Devnich.

Creating a weekly or monthly checklist allows you to learn what is normal for your vehicle and when it might be time to replace or repair a part. This helps you know when something may be performing differently or is becoming unsafe and needs attention from a professional.


Know when to leave it to the Pros

“Unless you’re educated and knowledgeable on how to properly maintain and upkeep your car, it’s probably best to leave it to professionals to handle,” says Devnich. “You want to make sure everything is done correctly to make sure you’re safe on the road.”

The more you learn about your car, the more likely you will be able to recognize when additional care or maintenance might be required. If you have a question about your vehicle though, you should always consult a professional. Whether it’s a race car or your everyday vehicle – safety should always come first.


With 11 Sprint Cup Championships, Hendrick Motorsports is the most successful racing organization in NASCAR history. Kasey Kahne's No. 5 Farmers Insurance Chevrolet SS is supported by some of the most talented engineers, mechanics and race strategists.



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