One important aspect of having a car is your knowledge in automotive so that simple repairs can be done without having to hire a technician. This way, you can save a lot of money. Take in-charge of simple jobs and minor repairs to avoid spending money to things that you are capable of.
Have the confidence to handle car repairs on your own without attending a formal class. All you need to do is some skills for basic adjustments and replacements such as spark plugs and wires replacement, fixing a blown fuse, changing a light build, and replacing an air filter. They may sound complicated and laborious, but these are simple things to learn as a car owner. During an emergency situation, having skills in car repairs is a major advantage.
The following are common car problems which you handle by your own.
- Car’s lightning system replacement. A light bulb or car headlamps can be changed using a socket tool set. According to journalist Jim Gorzelany of Forbes.com, changing a light bulb is a basic task that needs precision. It needs extra patience to perform the task. Ask someone to assist you who has broad idea in changing an older lights with modern bulbs.
- Air filters replacement. Make it a habit to have schedule in changing your car’s air filter. Most car engines are recommended to change for every 30, 000 to 45, 000 miles. Air filters are easy to access and clogged on this car part will cause an erratic effect. All engines are require to have clean air to function well. Unclasp a dirty air filter hooks on the case and carefully remove filter and replace it with the clean one.
- Blown fuse inspection and replacement. Inspect and replace your fuse as your car normally degrades over time. Blown fuses do not require a service provider. It a nice feeling that you can troubleshoot with small things like this. The first step if the fuse is blown is to find a replacement in an auto parts store. Buy a new one with the same amperage rating. If the blown fuse has 10-amp do not replace it with a 20-amp to avoid the risk of damaging the equipment or blowing the fuse again.
- Spark plugs and wire replacement. LPG gas and Petrol cars are run through the help of controlled explosions of energy and one of the important parts of any working combustion is the spark plugs channel. Once this spark plugs channel wears out, you must know how to diagnose it and correct with the right tools.
The myth of requiring special tools for DIY car repairs is not exactly true nowadays. Every car is unique. However, most of them can be fixed using the basic nuts and bolts especially for minor repairs. When you encounter any of those mentioned car problems, look for basic tools which include adjustable wrench, pliers, torque wrench, jack, socket, ratchet set, Phillips, and screwdrivers. As driver, you must be aware that not all repairs should be entrusted to auto technician. Trust your ability to save money.