A car has become sort of an essential part of every household nowadays. This is why it is important to learn how to fix minor repairs in your car instead of wasting money by taking the car to a mechanic. At a garage, they do fix your problematic car but there is also the high possibility of you being cheated if you do not pay proper attention. People are also taking things for granted these days and not bothering to lean anything about the machine that they use on a daily basis. Here are some repairs which you can do on your own.
- Fixing a flat tire:
Countryside roads are a big headache and punctures are a common problem. It is not necessary to call up a mechanic every time your tire is punctured, though. You can just use the spare tire which is usually provided and the tools provided to change the tire. Lift the section of the car near the punctured tire using a jack. After this, remove the bad tire and fix the spare. Quite easy. You must remember not to mount the jack on plastic components of the car however.
- Broken headlights:
Most cars come with headlamps that are long lasting. However, water may seep into the housing and short the circuit making the light to go out. If this happens, you can easily detect it. Look for the apt bulb for your car and try fixing it yourself. Turn off the car and remove the housing of the headlamp. Remove the old lamps, clean the housing and affix the new headlamps and you’re good to go. The important thing to note is not to get expensive bulbs for your ordinary car. This may pull extra energy from the battery making it hard for the battery to supply power to the rest of the car.
- Dead battery:
This might be a problem if you only use your car rarely. The most common fix for this solution is to start the car by pushing it and then charging up the battery by driving it around for some time. However, if the battery is dead (check using a tester), it is very simple to remove the battery. Just clean the top of the batter in case of any corrosion and unscrew the negative and positive terminals. You can now put in the new battery.
- Spark Plugs:
In most cars, spark plugs are designed to have a long life but it may be faulty in some cases. You can detect a faulty spark plug by the way your car drives. It will be difficult to start your car and the engine will feel stressed in idle. Once confirming a problem with the spark plugs remove the engine cover and look for the spark plugs. In most cars, just removing the engine cover will give you access to the spark plugs. Just unscrew the old ones and replace them with new spark plugs and you are good to go.
- Damaged Mirrors:
In this country of rash drivers and beginners the side mirrors bear the brunt of it all. The mirrors are most exposed and easily damaged in choc-a-bloc traffic. This isn’t much of a concern as mirrors are usually very easy to replace. Mirrors are sometimes easier to replace than tires. It doesn’t matter even if you have power mirrors as the power unit is contained inside the housing. Even if the mirror is damaged, it will be pretty easy to get spares and change out the mirror on your own. Do not put off replacing your mirrors as safety is paramount.
- Changing the Oil:
If you are a gear head, then you would know how important changing the oil is in a car. Cars usually require an oil change every 5000 kilometers. If you can make time for repairing and maintaining your car it is very easy to change the oil on your own. Read through the owner’s guide to know the position of the oil pan bolt. Removing this will drain the oil from the engine. Make sure that you have something for the oil to drain onto. After the oil is drained, clean out the oil filter and lubricate it with fresh oil before replacing it. After replacing the oil filter and screwing back on the oil pan bolt, fill your engine with fresh oil, mineral or synthetic.
- Brake Pads:
These don’t usually need replacing that often. However, if you want to make a style statement and change your brake pads, you can do it yourself in case you didn’t know. First, check whether you have properly certified brake pads. Safety comes before style. Then remove the tires using the jack and you will have the brake pads in your sight. Figuring out how they work and replacing them will be quite complicated but can be done by you.
- Windshield Wipers:
Wipers need to be maintained in top condition so that it can be used in emergencies. However because of the heat, sometimes the wipers may melt (they are rubber, after all) and this will affect their performance. Replacing windshield wipers is a simple matter of using a screwdriver and switching out old wipers for new ones. If you are keeping your car out in the open, make sure you properly raise the wipers.
- Replacing Air Filters:
If you notice a sudden change in the performance of your car, there is a chance that your air filter may be clogged up. Clearing out your air filter is one of the easiest repairs you can do on your own. Replacing your air filter will increase performance and mileage.
- Window belt strips:
These may seem like the most obscure part of your car but plays a major role in keeping you comfortable inside the car. If the windows do not form a tight seal with the window strips, you will hear a lot of outside noise and in some cases, rain water may seep in. Changing these when required is advised.
These are some of the repairs you can perform on your car by yourself and will help you save lots of money. This is because you will only be paying for the spares and not for the various charges involved during a routine service of a car.
Author Bio : I am David Walker ,I’m a car enthusiast. Through my blog carunderstanding.com, I want to share every single experience I had with my beloved car with you guys. Feel free to comment, give feedbacks and show us what You and your cars have been through.