Learn How To Repair your Vehicle Yourself

Unexpected auto repair costs can drain your bank account, sometimes putting your family into a financial hole. There are easy ways to do many auto repair projects at home.

Our vehicles are a huge part of our lives, and when they fail it can cause significant ripples in all aspects of life.

Check out these basic skills you should have to get your car back on the road, without having to go to a shop.

 

[1] Changing Your Engine Oil

The important of engine oil in an automobile can’t be drawback. If you want your car to last past 100,000 miles, it’s important that you check the oil regularly. It needs to be changed so that your vehicle’s engine will run smoothly.

This is one of the most fundamental DIY skills that everyone should have. After all, your car needs oil changes every 5000 miles or so, depending on your driving conditions.

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The basic steps include:

  • Removing the drain plug

  • Unscrewing the oil filter

 

  • Emptying the oil

  • Replacing the oil filter

 

  • Putting the drain plug back

 

  • Removing the oil filler hole cap

  • Pouring in fresh oil

 

 

[2] Changing a Flat Tire

Changing a flat tire is a skill that everyone should learn. With four tires on your car, one of them is bound to go flat at some point in your lifetime.

The process doesn’t have to be a difficult one if you know what you are doing.

The basic steps include:

  • Loosening the lug nuts

  • Using a jack to get the vehicle off the ground

  • Putting the new tire or spare on

  • Wrenching back on the lug nuts

  • Lowering the car

  • Testing to make sure the lug nuts are tight

 

 

[3] Changing Your Spark Plugs

Replacing a spark plugs is a pretty easy auto repair. Spark plugs are the little devices inside the cylinder of your car that spark to ignite the gasoline.

About every ten thousand miles or so, they begin to wear out.

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Replacement steps include:

  • Locating your spark plugs

  • Removing the spark plug wire

  • Removing the spark plug

  • Putting a new spark plug in place

  • Putting the wire back

 

 

[4] Changing Your Car Battery

It seems like car batteries always die at the most inconvenient times. But if you can get your vehicle back home, then this is definitely an auto repair you can tackle yourself.

The steps include:

  • Removing the battery covers

  • Labeling your cables for ease of reference later

Labeling your cables is very important, its help in preventing the common mistake while replacing car battery I.e interchanging the positive cable with the negative cable which can destroy the battery.

  • Disconnecting your negative cable
  • Disconnecting your positive cable

  • Replacing the old battery

  • Reconnecting your negative and positive cable clamps

 

 

[5] Changing Brake Pads

If your brakes start to make noises when you apply them, then you may need to change your brake pads. If you wait, it could lead to expensive damage to your brakes.

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Changing brake pads is almost as easy as changing a flat tire.

Steps include:

  • Loosen the lug nuts on your wheels

  • Jack up the car

  • Remove the slider bolts

  • Remove old brake pads

  • Replace them with new ones

  • Put the bolts and wheels back on

 

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2 Replies to “Learn How To Repair your Vehicle Yourself”

  1. That was a good one.
    Can you please write an article on basic car problems and the likely causes of the problems? Also on how to trouble the problems, like for example, what’s the first thing to check when a car won’t start or when the engine stops at the middle of the road. Thanks

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