Car maintenance tasks and repairs can often make a huge dent in your bank account, especially since most people don’t budget for them. It could be anything from simple cosmetic work to expensive mechanical repairs.
However, the main issue is you never know if you can fix the problem on your own, or pay a mechanic to do it for you. Learning how to do various small repairs can save you a lot of time and money.
Here are five easy-to-do repairs you can perform yourself with the right tools.
Changing a Tire
Flat tires can happen anytime, anywhere, and usually when you’re least expecting it. Knowing how to change a flat tire is a great skill to have so you don’t have to wait around for a mechanic to get running again.
If you’re traveling or are in a rural area, it’s crucial to know how to change your tire since it might be more difficult to get help. Doing a tire repair yourself also won’t cost you anything.
Touching Up Body Work
It isn’t easy to keep your car always looking new and shiny. It will inevitably get scratches, dents, and mud stuck in hard-to-reach places. People go to bodywork specialists to sort these problems out, costing them hundreds or even thousands for larger projects.
In reality, it’s a relatively easy task you can learn to do yourself. Firstly, need a touch-up kit from a local supplier or car shop. Then, follow the instructions that come with it to apply a covering of paint to your scratches.
Changing and Refilling Fluids
There’s no need to go to a mechanic to check your fluids, it isn’t exactly rocket science. Some of the fluids you’ll need to look out for are:
- Engine coolant
- Engine oil
- Brake fluid
- Windshield wiper fluid
There are also fluids like Power Steering Pumps fluid that you might require checking every now and then. Keep a note of all the fluid levels and compare them each month, that way you can notice if there’s a slow leak.
Replacing the Air Filter
After you check on your car’s fluids, it’s a good idea to take a look at your air filter. If it looks clogged or dirty, it’s best to replace it to keep your heating system and AC running smoothly.
Find the filter under your car’s bonnet, make a note of which way it’s facing, remove the old one, and insert the new filter in the same place. If you’re having trouble finding it, check your car’s manual.
Cleaning the Battery Terminals
If you find that your battery is starting to die, your first thought might be that you need a new battery. But, one detail to check before that is whether your battery terminals are corroded or not.
If the terminals are a little corroded, you can clean them with a mixture of water and baking soda, using a wire brush. If there’s green corrosion on them or they won’t clamp properly, it’s time to replace them.