25 Simple Car Repairs You Can Do Yourself – FIX Your Car Today
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If your struggling to find out where to begin when it comes to fixing your own car. Then for 2016 we have got your back! These 25 top car repairs are so easy to achieve. If your looking for something to do in the new year why not learn to fix your car with beat the mechanic.
Not only will you feel like a real man but you will also save tons of money and increase the life span of your vehicle. If done correctly that is! So why not get started and try out the first one on our list! It’s great for beginners.
1. Replacing Your Air Filter. Some of you may not realize this but air filters do need changing! They get clogged up with all kinds of bugs, dust and other nasties. So it’s best to change these every so often. You can see our guide on how to achieve this by visiting the guide here. Learn to fix your car today.
2. Oil change. Don’t ever skip an oil change. There is a lot of documented evidence online showing the effects of never changing your oil. Since it’s quite simple to do you would be silly not to. Tools for a DIY oil change are ratchet, oil filter, wrench, funnel, new oil, oil container, and oil filter.
3. Replacing Your Spark plugs. Spark plugs for most cars are cheap and easy to get hold of. Check the plug wires while replacing spark plugs too as these were out often. You will notice a better fuel consumption if you keep your plugs checked and replaced if faulty.
4. Windshield wipers. If you notice smears on your window whislt using your wipers. Then it’s about time you changed them. Below is a simple video on how you can do this yourself.
5. Headlight bulbs. This is a requirement by law. If you have a bulb that’s out your shouldn’t delay in getting it replaced. It is cheap and simple to do this yourself. You can buy bulbs at the fraction of a cost from sites like http://ebay.com why not by a few and keep them as spares in your car.
6. Dropped Exhaust. It can happen to anyone. Your driving along hit a bump int he road. From then on you hear a rattle coming from the rear of your car. It could be something simple like that exhausts “holder” has broken. So your exhaust is dangling off the back of the car. These are cheap and easy to fix. You should check your exhaust connection every 3 months for any leaks or damage.
7. Brake pads. Safety first! You rally should be checking your Brake Pads every 20,000 miles. usual tools to change brake pads are a c-clamp, lug wrench, Allen wrenches, hammer, and jack, amongst other. For a more in depth guide so this article.
8. Fuel filters. Fuel filters have an average price of $15 depending on the car. The good thing is they can save $100’s if changed at the correct intervals. You can also use special fuel additives that will reduce the build up in your car.
9. Flushing Your Car Radiator. Do you own a swimming pool? If so you’ll know how much it needs to be cleaned. Same goes for your radiator tank. You’ll be surprised how bad that thing starts to stink if you don’t keep up with cleaning. Ideally you should flush your tank at the start of every season and make sure you add coolant as to not damage your engine.
10. ABS sensors. Sometimes mud will build up on your abs sensors. A quick clean can fix this.
11. Plug tires. Notice a small puncture in your tire? Why not plug it. Save yourself the expensive repair work or the cost of a new one.
12. Fuel gauge sender. If you are running low on fuel on a constant basis, the fuel tank gauge might need replacing. Many cars have these units located under seats based on the manufacturer. Review the owner’s manual to verify the location of the fuel sender unit, and if accessible, change accordingly.
13. Brake discs. A little bit more involved then the other items on our list, but non the less a simple job done if your purchase a full replacement unit! So what are you waiting for fix your car today.
14. Removing stripped screws. You can purchase special kits that attach to the end of a drill that help you drill out stripped screws. Make sure you try this first before using something more brutal like a plasma cutter.
15. Blown fuses. Quite a common appearance in modern cars. Before doing any serious work check your fuse box. There is normally two inside a vehicle one under the drivers wheel left or right hand side. The other is under the hood to the left or right of the engine. Check your car manual if your having troubles.
16. Car signal Relays. Relays do burn out from time to time. Just like fuses they are located in your fuse box. The one under the hood is normally a good place to start.
17. Car batteries. Batteries are the center of a car’s electrical mechanism. Use approved gloves and eye protection to avoid acid damage from the battery. Check the old battery with a voltmeter to see if it has the proper charge. Batteries with lower than 9.7 volts while starting an engine, should be replaced for most vehicles.
18. Seat belts and seatbelt retractors. Seat belts, by law, must be used to protect against injury in a car accident. Seat belts and belt retractors can be replaced with proper screwdrivers by simply removing the covers and placing new ones. You should test the new seat belt for optimal working conditions.
19. Window belt strips. These are the rubber belts that mold around your window frame. There cheap and easy to replace as they glue onto place. Just make sure you locate some correct sealant for the job. If you don’t you will still have leaky windows.
20. Tire valve stems. Not many people would want to do this as it’s cheap getting a 2nd hand tire. But this is a simple enough job just make sure you deflate the tire first!
21. Serpentine belts. Check under your car’s hood or the engine compartment for the serpentine belt routing layout. The belt tensioner must be located and loosened up to remove the serpentine belt. Make sure to install the new serpentine in the same manner that the old one was routed. After installing the new belt, check the belt’s tension and adjust if necessary. Check out our guide here.
22. Tire replacement. If you have never done this before then lucky you! But really you must learn how to replace a tire it should be against the law if your not aware of this simple task. You don’t want to have to call AAA because you can’t replace your own tire now do you!
23. Thermostats. As a car engine grows old so do the parts connected to it. In order for things to perform correctly they use thermostats. Ensuring that certain tasks take place at certain temperatures. A faulty thermostat can cause over heating to your engine. Best to fix them when the fault first appears or else it will get expensive.
24. Radiator hoses. Although it can be quite awkward to get to some of these hoses. It is quite important that you check them from time to time for any kinks cracks or breaks. These must be kept intact in order for coolant to flow around your vehicle correctly and efficiently. All you need is a good pair of grips, patience, hands like snakes and away you go!
25. Washer tanks. After a long life these do break, crack in the weather or just need to be replaced. They are normally bolted on with a few bolts and easy to change over. Some cars are more complicated and require you to remove some body work. Non the less it’s a simple job to do.
Make sure your regularly keep up with repairs to your vehicle. This will help ensure that you do not have to visit the mechanic shop. We can’t prevent this from happening all together as some jobs require shop tools. But our aim here at beat the mechanic is to save you money in the long run. So as long as you keep up to date with methods on how you can fix your own car then you should be ok!
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