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Car parts & accessories | 18.03.2014 - 20:04

Car Repairs For Dummies - How To Fix Minor Car Problems Yourself

Just a quick bit of advice to fixing your own car problems!

Though you'll want to leave major and more involved repairs to mechanics and other auto professionals if you're a beginner, there are some types of auto repairs that nearly anyone can do. Doing minor repairs yourself can put your car back into working order, and you'll save lots of money in the process. Since it's actually relatively difficult to permanently break a car, the risk involved with do-it-yourself auto repairs is not as significant as you might think. However, if you think the repair may be too big a job for yourself, you can always contact the Auto Stoppe Shop for help and a quote on prices for car repairs in Austin.


Now, for safety tips - use latex gloves and safety goggles whenever you perform work on your vehicle. Here are some repairs you'll thank yourself for knowing how to do if your car doesn't start or has other problems.


1. Replacing your battery
If you find that your car doesn't start or that your accessories aren't getting any power, you may want to look into replacing your battery. Make sure your car is not on before attempting replacement. Loosen the terminals and unseat the battery, being careful to avoid leaks, cracks, and electrical charge. Reverse the process for installing the new battery.


2. Replacing your air filter
An old air filter can decrease your car's fuel efficiency and even affect the performance of your engine. To replace your air filter, unscrew the lid so that you are able to remove the old filter and insert the new one. Screw the lid back on afterward.


3. Doing an oil change
To do an oil change, place a container for the drained oil underneath the engine. Raise your vehicle to the necessary height with a jack if necessary. Remove the fill cap and drain plug, then let all oil drain completely. Also, replace the oil filter and do any necessary cleaning. Then, refill your engine with the correct amount of oil. Refer to your car's manual for information regarding recommended brands of oil and amounts that should be used. You can fill the oil to the full mark after reinserting the drain plug and fill cap as well as turning on the car to circulate the oil.


4. Replacing your spark plug wires
If you notice your engine generating sparks, you may be having issues with your spark plug wiring. It's best to remove spark plug wires using boot pliers; the wires might break otherwise. When installing the new wires, be sure to follow the original routing so that crossfire doesn't occur. Refer to your manual for more detailed information specific to your vehicle.


These are just a few examples of repairs you can do to keep your car in top shape. Unlike home improvement projects, for example, most types of car repair are possible once you become familiar with how cars work. Most mistakes can also be fixed rather easily. The key to performing car repairs is taking all the necessary precautions to stay safe. Keep your vehicle turned off whenever possible and watch out for excessive heat, electrical leaks, or leaks of harmful substances.

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