Mechanical beasts and burnt rubber
RSS icon Home icon
  • Easy Car Repairs You Can Do at Home

    Posted on May 4th, 2015 admin No comments

    In the early days of motor travel, basic car maintenance was as vital as owning a driving licence as early cars tended to overheat on hot days, struggle to get going on colder days and suffer from a wealth of other problems, both minor and major that could stop a journey in its tracks, causing great inconvenience and disruption.

    Modern vehicles are better crafted and tend not to break down quite so often, which means that many modern drivers have little or no idea of what to do in the event that their car stops working. The following repairs are quick and easy, and learning how to do them can save you time and money, as well as giving you a tremendous sense of self-accomplishment.

    repairing car

    In all cases, where possible, refer to the manufacturer’s manual for your model vehicle as these will give the best advice for performing these small repairs and replacements

    Fuses, windscreen wiper blades and air filters

    These small but vital car parts are designed to be easy to replace. While at first you may find it daunting to be taking your only means of transport apart, these peripherals are surprising quick and easy to replace. Air filters are held in place with a clasp or two, and it is the matter of a moment to unclasp it, remove the old one, pop in a new one (making sure that it is the right way up!) and reattach the clasps. A mere matter of moments that will save you money in the greater fuel efficiency of your car! Fuses pop in and out as easily as plugging in an electrical appliance and windscreen wiper blades are attached using a hook fitting – both very easily removed and securely replaced.

    Batteries

    Car batteries are immensely heavy, and filled with corrosives which can make the thought of handing them fairly daunting. However, much like the lighter peripherals mentioned above, car batteries are designed to be easily connected and disconnected. Make sure you have plenty of space to manoeuvre and, if you are not physically strong have a friend nearby to help with the actual lifting. Place your new battery nearby, and make sure you have a clear, flat space for the old one – dropping or tilting a used battery is not a desirable happenstance! Most batteries are fixed in place by a bar, held tight by a couple of screws. Unscrew the screws, remove the bar – taking care to not let any of the residue or build-up touch your bare skin – and carefully lift out the battery.

    Spark Plugs

    The driving force behind your engines, spark plugs can suffer from wear and tear and the build-up of grime, necessitating their regular replacement. While old spark plugs needed to be carefully spaced and the timing needed to be manually adjusted, modern ones come pre-spaced and ready to use. Fitting the spark plugs is relatively simple, but do set aside a couple of hours and make sure that you are in the right mindset for some careful and concise work.

    These are just some of the basic car repairs that you can perform for yourself, saving mechanics fees and the time of waiting for the mechanic to move on your vehicle. Not only that, you will get an understanding of what your car should look like under the hood, and you may even be able to pick up on problems before they turn into major issues.