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If you are friends with a car enthusiast, never disclose how much your mechanic charged you for some simple car repairs. Chances are they will berate you over having spent so much and will insist on offering to work on your car – for free.
Well, perhaps a steak and a beer!
But what happens the next time you are in need of some urgent car repairs or servicing? What if your true blue car enthusiast/friend is not around? And we know you don’t want to taken for a ride (figuratively speaking) from a car shop right? Well, if you don’t like either option, you could try the third option – DIY!
Simple DIY Car Repairs for Everyone
First thing’s first, you don’t have to be an armchair mechanic or invest in some heavy duty tools for these simple car repairs and maintenance work. If you do need any parts, you can easily pick them up at a local auto parts store.
So what are you waiting for? Pop the hood and let’s get started!
Replacing the Oil Filter
Check your owner’s manual to see how often you need to change your air filter. If your air filter is dirty, not only will your car will guzzle fuel but the overall performance takes a dip.
What to Do
- Look under the hood and locate the filter (generally attached to the engine via a tube).
- You will find the filter is secured via simple latches or clips which can be opened easily.
- Once the air filter box is open, remove the old filter, replace it with the new filter and close the box.
Check and Replace Car Fluid Levels
Always have essential car fluids on hand so you can replace them when needed. Again, check your car manual to see when the fluids should be replaced.
6 fluids you will need include:
- Engine oil
- Transmission oil
- Brake fluid
- Power steering fluid
- Wind shield washer fluid
What to do
- Locate the dipsticks for each of the fluids and pull them out. Do this one at a time.
- Wipe the dipstick off and push it all the way down.
- Once again pull out the dipstick and read the level.
- Replace the fluid as specified.
- If the fluid is contaminated, make sure you drain the fluid completely before replacing it.
Changing the Oil
Check your owner’s manual to see when oil changes need to be carried out. You will need basic tools for this job.
Tools you will need:
- Torque wrench
- New oil & new filter
- Oil pan
- Car jack
What to Do
Start your engine, let it run for 2-3 minutes to warm up the engine. Once the car is cool again do the following;
- Remove the oil fill cap from the top of the engine and unscrew the drain plug at the bottom of the engine using the wrench. You will need to jack the car up for easy access to the drain.
- Place the drain pan directly below the drain plug before removing it.
- Once the oil has drained, unscrew the old filter and remove any remnants along with it.
- Screw in the new filter and drain plug back in.
- Add the new oil (recommended quantity) and replace the cap.
- Let the car run for a little while before checking the oil level using a dipstick.
These are three simple DIY car repairs that you can do despite your level of mechanical expertise.
If you are unsure about locating a specific part or for more information about a certain component, check your owner’s manual. Simple car repairs such as these is just a matter of getting comfortable under the hood. Once you know what to do, figuring out the rest is easy.
And the following week your car mechanic buddy will be giving you a pat on the back!