The Small Car Repairs that You Should be Able to Carry Out

The Small Car Repairs that You Should be Able to Carry Out

There are some car repair jobs that need to be taken care of by a professional. But this isn’t the case for all of them. Some of those common problems that your car faces can be fixed by you. Here’s how.

Replacing Brakes

If you start to hear a loud squeal when you brake, it might be a sign that the brake pads need to be replaced. It’s a task that is not uncommon. Cars of a certain age will face this problem sooner or later, but you can do all the work involved yourself. You will need to use a jack to lift the car up so you can gain access to the brakes easily. Then you can remove the wheel cover, the lug nuts and the bolts on the wheel. Then you will be unable you to get the brake caliper, and the old pads will come off. Then you simply have to put the new brake pads on and reverse the process you followed before.

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Plugging a Tyre

Replacing a tyre can be expensive, and having it repaired by a mechanic can be expensive too. But, luckily, you don’t need to worry about that. Plugging a puncture in your broken tyre is something that pretty much anyone can do as long as they’re willing to try. DIY plug kits can even be bought to make the whole process a lot easier. Unless you can find a mechanic who will do the job for free (and that’s unlikely), it’s usually wisest to do the work yourself. It can be done in a matter of minutes, so you don’t need to worry about taking time out of your ordinary schedule either.

Coolant Problems

The thing to look out for when it comes to coolant problems is dripping fluid. This could suggest that there is a hole somewhere in the system, and you need to fix it as quickly as you can. If you can then find the cause of the leak, you should be able to patch it up, and it will be fine. If you can’t find where the leak started though, it might be best to let a professional do the work. And when it comes to the cooling and heating system inside the car, it becomes more complicated still. For these kinds of issues involving the electrics, let a pro diagnose and fix your auto electrical problems.

Basic Maintenance Jobs

There are lots of basic maintenance jobs that need to be carried out on every car. No matter how old or new it is. A comprehensive tune-up should be carried out at least every two years. And for most people, this means taking their car to a mechanic. But most of those small jobs can be carried out by you, so why waste the time and money? Things like replacing the fuel and air filters are very easy to do. You simply unscrew it, remove it and put the new one in. There’s nothing difficult about it. Changing it oil is another one of these maintenance jobs that needs to be done. As long as you get the oil that’s right for your car, this is straightforward too.

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