Let’s face it, car repairs can be daunting and expensive. And unless you love getting your hands dirty or are a professional mechanic, paying someone to fix your car will always be bae. But we’re here to tell you that there are some pretty basic repairs you can do yourself to save money and are not as complicated as you thought. Sound interesting? Keep reading.
Have you noticed that your car has been having difficulty starting? It may be time to change your spark plugs. Not to worry though, there’s a quick, easy and best of all inexpensive way to do it yourself. The first thing you’ll need is a socket wrench and of course, a spark plug socket. A few things worth noting before you begin. It is advisable to only change one spark plug at a time. Also, do not make the spark plug too tight you install. To start begin, you should only remove the wire to the first spark plug, once this is done, you may now use the wrench and spark-plug socket to remove the plug. To install the first spark plug, begin by screwing it on by hand then. You can now use the wrench to tighten it to fit in perfectly. Once this is done you may re-attach the wire for the first spark plug and repeat this process for the other spark plugs.
Drive belt replacement
If you’ve ever heard the scary screech come from your car when you start it then this means you are in need of a new drive belt. Once your drive belt is worn out and loose it’s best to make a change. Lucky for you, this is also easy to replace. Drove belts usually last for about three or four years, so once you change it, you should be good to go for another 4 years.
Air filter change
Not only is your ai filter one of the most important parts of your car, it is also probably the easiest to change. The next time you are in need of an air filter change, skip the costly mechanic and do it yourself. You’ll be happy you did. You can easily buy an air filter from a retail store and save the jacked up labour costs from the workshops. Just simply open up the bonnet and unscrew the air filter housing. Once done, replace the old air filter with the new air filter and screw back on securely. You’ll have clean air in no time and for little or no money!
A well done tune up will usually run you a hefty bill at any reputable car workshop. Although today, tune ups (servicing) are based on mileage or the manufacturer’s recommendations, there are still mechanics that will try and bamboozle you into getting a redundant tune up. A standard service job will usually include an oil change, filter change, air-filter change fuel filter change and change of spark plugs. These are all things that can be easily done by yourself.
Front brake pad replacement
You can’t underestimate the importance of brakes, yet too many people neglect changing their brake pads until it’s too late. Don’t be penny wise and pound foolish when it comes to your safety. Changing your brake pads is not as difficult as it sounds. The average lifespan of front brake pads is 30,000 to 50,000 miles, which can also vary due to different driving conditions. New brake pads should measure about 10 millimetres thick and it is advisable to never let them go below 3 millimetres in thickness. To replace the brake pads, you’ll need a wheel lug wrench, pliers and a set of jack and jack stands. Simply jack the car up, remove the tire which will expose the pads. Snap to unbolt and replace. Done!
Just about every car driver has had the heart wrenching feeling of putting your keys in the ignition, cracking the car and nothing happens. A dead car battery can turn your mood from 100-0 but it doesn’t have to also leave your bank account on E. A battery change is probably one of the easiest DIY car repairs from this list. Most batteries even come with a replacement date stamped on them so you know when it needs to be changed. The lifespan of an average battery runs from anywhere between four to six years. All you really need is a basic set of wrenches for the replacement. To be on the safe side, remove and replace all the cables in the correct order. For best practices, remove the black (negative) cable first. Once the new battery has been installed, the black cable should be replaced last. This is done to make sure you don’t short-circuit the red (positive) terminal.
We sure hope you’re glad you’ve saved yourself some cool cash with these easy DIY car repairs. Now grab yourself a beer! You deserve it.