Everyone loves a brand new car. However, due to wear and tear of movable parts, your car won’t be in the same condition as you purchased it. If your vehicle misses the compulsory repair and maintenance, it may break down to a point you are forced to seek tow truck services to have it taken for check-up. Car repairs can drain your pocket fast, but you can do a wide range of car repairs all by yourself, regardless of your technical skills.
When it comes to vehicle maintenance, most car owners choose the easier route – which is bringing the vehicle to the workshop every few months, for routine maintenance. While this option is a good route to keeping your car in good shape, there is a lot you can do by yourself.
Every car is different, but the myth that foreign cars require special tools for maintenance and repair is not true. Nearly all cars use similar nuts and bolts for most common repairs we make. Here is a short list of the tools you may need;
- Adjustable wrench
- Torque Wrench
- Socket and ratchet set
- Philips and flat screwdrivers
Here are simple DIY car repairs you can do to keep your car in top conditions.
1. Air filter replacement
Clogged air filter lower car performance on different levels. You need to change your car’s air filters to increase power and gas mileage. Air filter replacement is one of the easiest DIY car repairs to working on worn out filters.
2. Oil change
Changing oil is relatively easy to do, as it can be done under certain precautions. Avoid changing your car oils is you are just from driving it, as it can be very hot. You should wait for a couple of hours after driving your car, before you initiate oil change. While changing oil, you would need tools such as ratchet, wrench, funnel, oil container and oil filter
3. Windshield wipers
You can replace worn out windshield wipers by replacing worn out strips of rubber that is found on old wipers. For optimal driving conditions, you need to change windshield wipers especially during rainy season. The basic tools you would need are a screwdriver and some new wipers.
4. Spark plugs
Spark plugs make a simple DIY procedure that can make automobiles have a better fuel consumption rating and thus drive smoother. Spark plugs for most cars are cheap and you also need to check plug wires while replacing spark plugs.
5. Headlight bulbs
You need to check the front of your car for burnt headlight bulbs that need to be replaced. For DIY headlight bulb change, it can equally be done for cars that lack beam headlights. Ensure that you get the right bulb for your car and save money by changing them yourself.
6. Brake pads
It is always good to keep brake pads in optimal conditions to avoid car accidents and injury. Brake pads are an essential component of a brake system and should be properly maintained. Tools such as c-clamp, Allen wrenches, hammer, lug wrenches, jack among others can in handy when replacing brake pads.