The majority of auto repairs can be done by the average person, even if major issues should be left to the professionals. Working on your own vehicle can save you hundreds of dollars.
On this DIY blog, you’ll learn which vehicle problems you can fix yourself and which ones you should take to a mechanic for assistance with. I’ve also included step-by-step instructions below for simple auto repairs that you can do yourself.
Simple Do It Yourself Auto Repairs
Replacing the spark plugs
If you’re familiar with the basics of auto repair, replacing a spark plug has always been a simple task. Maintaining proper spark plug wire alignment has always been a challenge in the past. As a result of less frequent ignition component replacements in recent years, spark plug replacement can be more challenging today.
Changing the battery in a car
This one is a cinch… Isn’t it possible to simply remove the old battery and replace it with a new one? But hold on… If your computer’s memory has been erased, changing the battery is a simple do-it-yourself auto repair. Remove the electrical connections from the battery and take it out. Install the new battery and connect the terminals.
Learn how to change your car’s oil and the steps involved. To remove your oil filter, gather the necessary tools. Check to see if you have the correct oil and filter for your vehicle. Where Can You Throw Away Your Used Engine Oil? Jack up your car and drain the engine oil completely by removing the drain nut underneath your car. Then install the drain nut back and start pouring the new engine oil by removing the oil cap. Fill up the oil to the correct level and install the oil cap back.
Rotation of Tires
It’s as simple as switching one tyre for another. Rotating tyres is a topic that DIY mechanics should be familiar with. As more and more vehicles are equipped with all-wheel drive, it is even more important than the tyres wear evenly over time. Otherwise, you run the risk of damaging your drivetrain. Refer the image to know how to rotate tyres depending on the type of drive.
Replacing the headlights
It amazes me that engineers can make such a simple auto repair task so difficult. Headlights used to be easy to replace for anyone, and it only took a few minutes. It’s a different world now. Many times, replacing a headlight bulb requires consulting an auto repair manual.
Essential tools for tire changing
- Spare tire (check your car’s spare tire regularly to ensure that it is properly inflated)
- Work gloves
- Tire wrench
- A functioning flashlight (keep spare batteries)
- Wheel wedges
- Flat tire repair kit
Get your tools and spare tyre out once you’ve pulled over to a safe spot. Place your reflective triangles or flares behind your vehicle and the wheel wedges against your vehicle’s non-flat tyre.
After that, look to see if any of your lug nuts are exposed. If they aren’t, the wheel cover or hub cap must be removed. Loosen your lug nuts with a wrench once you can see them, but don’t remove them yet. Place your jack under your vehicle. Extend the jack to about six inches above the ground, and the flat tyre will be lifted. You can now remove the lug nuts from the tyre and pull the flat tyre away from the hub. Press the spare tyre into position by aligning it with the exposed lug bolts.
Reinstall the lug nuts and tighten them manually. Carefully lower the jack until the tyre contacts the ground. Remove the jack from the car’s undercarriage. Replace the wheel cover if you removed it and tighten the nuts with the wrench. Next, make sure your spare tyre is properly inflated. Take the flat tyre to be repaired once your car is fit to drive again. With your spare tyre, do not travel at high speeds or over long distances. As soon as possible, replace your tyre.
Other Do-It-Yourself Auto Repair
- fluid check
- air filter replacement
- fuel filter replacement
- coolant flush
- windshield wiper replacement
- tire change
- interior detailing
A complete set of tools and diagnostic equipment, along with a reliable auto repair manual, are essential before attempting any DIY automotive repairs.
Use specific diagnostic and repair information for the car or truck you’re working on in order to troubleshoot, fix and maintain it.
To prepare for your DIY auto repair, set aside a half-day to do some research and familiarise yourself with the steps. In the end, you don’t want to damage or replace a part that’s in good working order because you misdiagnosed the problem in the first place. The repair you’re attempting should be within your level of expertise. Otherwise, ask a friend with technical knowledge or a reputable auto repair shop for help.
Also, read: 6 Signs That Tell: It’s time for an oil change!