DIY Car Repairs
Repairing a car can cost a small fortune in quite a handful of service centers. But why waist hard earned cash when you can fix stuff in DIY mode?
All You Need To Know About DIY Car Repairs:
There are several aspects in your iron steed’s engine that a smart guy like you is obligated to leave for the professionals to handle: breaks, airbags and electronics. The rest is up to you!
Entire generations of Americans like your grandpa used to fix cars on their own. Nothing has changed today. DIY methods are cheaper, safer and assure you won’t be double-crossed and schemed into unnecessary repairs by a greedy sales manager in the official service center. It’s really not that hard!
Check your garage for the following tools and equipment as the odds are you will need the below mentioned things a lot.
- Auto repair manuals for your car’s model found at https://www.repairsadviser.com/service-and-repair-manuals-for-cars/
- Lots of screwdrivers
- Wrenches with open ends
- Some ratchet drivers (you probably won’t need anything else but the ¼ and 3/8 but invest in a ½ just in case)
- An oil filter wrench
- Pliers (ordinary and cutting)
- An impact gun
- And a crescent wrench
Luckily you probably have all of those in your garage.
Better safe than sorry:
- Eye protection
- A fire extinguisher – you never know…
Basic repairs anyone can do:
The following repairs are simple and may not even require anything aside your auto repair manual and a pair of gloves:
- Air filter change: Open the hood and find it. The air filter is a rectangle box that has a some handy metal clips on its sides. Have a good look at it after removing the casing. Remove the old filter and place the new one in its place.
- Spark plugs: Those little rascals should be replaced every 30.000 miles or so. They are hard to miss under the hood – the 4, 6 or 8 candle-like thingies that are connected to really thick wires. Do note that they are to be removed in a particular order. Remove one, install the replacement and only then proceed further.
- Oil filters and oil: Oil should be changed every 3.000 to 5.000 miles. Wait for your engine to cool down. Jack your car and ensure the grip holds. Get under it, locate the oil pan and unscrew it. Wait for all of the oil to drain and plug the pan back. Go under the hood afterwards; use the oil filter wrench to remove old filters. Note that there is still a lot of oil in the filter. It’s time to place the new one now. Lubricate its rubber gasket with new oil, fill up two thirds of it and screw it in. after all is done fuel the engine with new oil through your funnel. Double-check if you have poured enough and voila – all’s done!
That wasn’t so hard, was it? And the best part is that your car repair manual has a lot of handy guides and practices just like the ones mentioned above. All of them are explained in detail and paired with illustrations. This is one of the rarer cases where something as simple as a book can make you a mechanic!