Car Repairs You Can Do Yourself, Despite Your Abilities

You love your car, drive it everywhere, but when it breaks down you are like a deer caught in the headlights. Some car problems don’t need you to take your car into a car repair shop that can be expensive. Some repairs don’t even require any skills or technical know-how and is possible anyone with some necessary tools such as an adjustable wrench, torque wrenches, socket and ratchet set, pliers, Philips and flat head screwdrivers and jack (comes with your car) to do. With the improvement of technology in vehicles today, fewer tools are needed, and there is no need to be an expert to do the repairs yourself. When in doubt you can consult your car manual or even search on the internet for help.

1. Changing the car oil and the air filter

When you visit oil change places, you should watch and see how dirty oil looks like so that you can tell if your oil needs changing. Drain the old oil safely and replace it with new oil meant for your car. Remember to put down the next time you need to change your oil again. Depending on the vehicle, you need to find the location of the air filter, oil weight, and the drain plug. When you see the location of the air filter under the hood, remove a few clamps holding it in place, replace the old air filter with a new one and put the clamps back.

2. Dealing with a flat tire

Before your car gets a flat tire, you need to use a tire pressure gauge to check the pressure in your tires. When the pressure is too low, the tires could overheat and will wear off faster, and when the pressure is too high, the tires could burst. To fix the force is cheap at most gas stations. In case of a flat tire, you will need a good tire, jack, and a wrench.

3. Changing the Serpentine Belt

This is the main drive belt that wraps around a number of your new car components, not just individual systems. Replacing a Serpentine belt is easy today because of the automatic drive belts that do not need one to unbolt or pry parts loose. You need to rotate the tensioner, take off the old belt and replace it with the new one. Release the tensioner when the belt ribs fit in the pulley grooves.

4. Removing a dead battery

A battery shelf life ranges from 4-6 years, and that makes it easier to figure out if it needs changing. You will only need a set of wrenches, and the only rule you need to observe is; remove the black cable first(negative) when removing the old battery and put it back last when you have installed the new battery.

5. Replacing a burned-out bulb from a headlight or tail light

If your car doesn’t have sealed beam headlights, it is easy for you to remove a few pieces of trim and remove the enclosures with a screwdriver. You need to get the right part that fits your car model. Be careful so as not to scratch the car or break the headlight enclosure.

6. Changing windscreen wipers

It would be disastrous if you are in a rainstorm or snowfall with faulty wipers, and you can quickly fix them yourself. For you to remove the old wipers, you will need to lift the wipers off the windshield causing a small tab to depress allowing you to loosen the wiper blade. You then line your replacement blade with the wiper arm while pushing it tightly until it fits.

7. Checking and replacing faulty spark plugs plug wires.

Spark plugs are what ignite the gas and air causing the combustion that starts a car. When a spark plug is faulty, your car may fail to start, and the gas mileage goes down. They are cheap for most car models. When checking the spark plugs, it is advisable to check the plug wires too in the case; they may need replacing.

8. Replacing car brake pad

When you hear a squealing noise when you apply the brakes, then you know your brake pads need replacing. You will need a c-clamp, torque wrench, wheel lug wrench, Allen wrenches, hammer, tire iron, and jack, etc. to change your brake pads.

9. Jump starting your car with jumper cables

This is a basic skill that a person with almost no skills can be able to learn. Put both your vehicle and the other one in neutral and shut the ignition. All you need to do is take your jumper cable, attach one of the red clips to the negative terminal of your battery and the other to the positive terminal. Place one of the black clips to the negative terminal and the other to an unpainted metal surface and then try to start your engine.

Being able to repair faulty parts of your car helps you save money and gives you a sense of responsibility. These skills will come in handy when you are in a tight situation where there is no one you can call for help. You get to understand your car and its parts and thus maintain it well as you know what would happen if you do not. Checking on your vehicle before things break down help you save a lot more because there will not be unexpected visits to the repair shop.

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