Repairing your own car can be something that many people feel hesitant about. While some repairs should be left to a qualified mechanic or an experienced repairman, there are things which, without too much effort, can be learnt to be done yourself.
Save time, money and gain a bit of experience along the way by doing some simple DIY repairs.
1. Replace the air filter
Changing an air filter sounds a lot more complicated than it really is. The reality is that for most vehicles is just a matter of opening the filter casing, making a note on the fitment of the old one and replacing it with a new one.
It is important to ensure your air filter is not clogged as this will affect your car’s performance and reduce power and milage.
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2. Change the oil
An oil change is not too difficult to do yourself. Make sure that you have an oil pan, funnel, ratchet, oil filter, wrench and new oil handy. You’ll also need to be able to use your car jack to jack up your car.
Avoid driving your vehicle before you change the oil as the oil may be hot after a recent drive. Also, keep in mind how you plan to recycle the used oil after you have changed it.
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3. Swap out the battery
This is a useful skill to have as it’s easy to get your hands on a new battery as a replacement for your old one. When you replace your battery, it is a good idea to clean your battery terminals. To do this, you can use a baking soda and water solution. Use approved gloves and eye protection to avoid acid damage from the battery.
To check your battery needs replacing, use a voltmeter to check the charge. Batteries with less than 9.7 volts while starting an engine should generally be replaced for most cars.
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4. Replace blown fuses
If your headlights are not working, it could be due to a blown fuse. It is recommended to check your cars owner manual to first check the location of the fuse box and type of fuse required. You’ll need to check your car’s fuse box to determine which fuse need replacing.
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5. Change the spark plug
A failing spark plug will affect your cars fuel consumption and may even cause issues when starting your car. The tool you’ll need for this is a spark plug wrench. A spark plug shouldn’t cost you very much and won’t need replacing very often. Check the plug wires while replacing spark plugs too.
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6. Brake pad replacement
It is extremely important to keep brake pads in optimal condition to prevent car accidents. They should be replaced approximately every 60,000 km (~37,000 miles). To change brake pads, the tools you’ll usually need include a c-clamp, lug wrench, Allen wrenches, hammer, and jack, along with others. You’ll have to do things like jack up your car, break the wheel lugs, and remove brake calipers.
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7. Flush the radiator
Car cooling systems and radiators need to be cleaned to keep their engines cool. Radiators can build deposits that can clog the cooling system. Before removing the radiator cap, to flush the radiator, check that the engine is cool.
Some car models are recommended a flush once a year, while others are fine with a flush every other year. Check your car’s manual if you aren’t sure what your car needs.
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8. Replace the windshield wipers
To replace old windshield wipers only basic tools are needed like a screwdriver and new wipers to change them.
When you are removing the old wipers, keep an eye out for a tab. You can press the tab to release the wipers. There should be instructions on the package that came with your new wipers if you get lost at any point in the process.
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Regular car maintenance and repairs are top priorities to keep cars away from mechanic shops. This DIY car repair list will assist you to maintain your vehicle in optimal road conditions without spending a lot of money. Get professional assistance if you find unable to fix some parts. It is important for you to follow safety procedures at all times while doing DIY car repairs.