Here’s a fact: not all car owners can afford to visit an auto shop whenever a problem occurs on their vehicle. Because of this, they cut corners by performing some repairs on their own. Given enough experience, tools, and a little bit of gumption, there are some minor car problems that you can fix by yourself.
If you want to save money from auto shops, here are some car repairs that you learn starting now:
Replacing or fixing a flat tire
Let’s start with the basics. Knowing how to fix a flat tire is probably considered a ‘survival’ skill for every car owner. Tires can blow up in the most inopportune moments. And if you don’t have anyone to call, your fate is reliant on your handyman skills.
To learn how to fix a flat tire, revisit your owner’s manual. There’s a section there that indicates a step by step process of removing a busted tire and how to install the replacement.
If you’re replacing a flat tire on the side of the road, make sure that you park on a visible spot. Also, it’s best to stash a reflective triangle in the trunk of your car. You should place this on the side of the road to alert other motorists that you have an emergency, especially at night.
Replacing a busted light
Driving with faulty or busted lights isn’t just dangerous; it’s also illegal! So if your headlight or brake light went off, you should know how to fix it on your own. This will save you from the hassle of dropping by an auto shop, especially during a busy day.
Again, you’ll have to go back to the manual to find the complete guide in fixing busted lights. Besides, replacing old bulbs is very easy. All you need is a screwdriver, a replacement bulb, and a little patience.
Replacing your battery
If your car’s battery is already broken, replacing it doesn’t usually require the help of a mechanic.
First, you should confirm if your battery needs a replacement or if it just requires a jump. For example, if you leave the lights on for hours, a jump may fix the problem.
However, if the alternator and battery isn’t yielding enough power on a multimeter, it’s time to replace it.
For this, you need a screwdriver, a socket set, wrenches, a multimeter, and your owner’s manual.
Replacing a malfunctioning spark plug
If you have experience with cars, replacing a misfiring spark plug should be easy. All you need is a replacement spark plug, gap gauge, needle-nose pliers, torque wrench, swivel socket, a ratchet set, rags, and a spark plug wire puller.
You’ll know that your spark plug is misfiring if your engine won’t start or if it’s freewheeling. When you experience this, turn your engine off and check the spark plug.
Some minor vehicle problems can be addressed on your own. You just have to learn your way around through practice and keeping your owner’s guide handy. However, if you’re not confident about your skills, it might be better to get the help of a mechanic in the meantime.