Do-it-yourself Car Repairs

Every car owner should always try and fix a defect on their car before taking it to a mechanic, unless it’s obvious right away that it’s something pretty serious, such as engine overheating. Some of the easiest repairs are related to the battery, spark plugs, brake pads, headlights and filters.

Replace a headlight bulb

This is a very simple and cheap repair, and all you need is a new light bulb and a screwdriver. You first open the hood and look for the bulb, which can be found in a bulb holder. Then, disconnect the power wires, which are attached to a plug, and should be three in total. Afterwards you can easily remove the bulb holder, and the bulb itself, holding it on its base. Then it’s time to put the new bulb in. You should stick it into the base of the plug, and try not to touch the glass with bare hands. Lastly, reconnect the wiring and put the headlight cover back.

Replace the windshield wipers

If you notice that the rubber on the wipers is worn out, or you hear a squeaky sound when you turn them on, then it’s time to replace them. Grab the wiper assembly and pull it up and away from the windshield. Then, you’ll see a hinge with a tab on it, which you should pull out, and pull the wiper towards the hood. Now remove the blade, but be careful not to let the metal arm fall back on the windshield. Then, take the new wiper blade and attach it to the arm, by inserting the arm through the designated hole in the blade. Then, press the blade and the arm together until you hear a click, which means the blade is in place.

Replace the air filter

Replacing an air filter shouldn’t cost you more than $ 15-20. Open the hood, look for the air filter box, then open it, as well. The filter is not attached with bolts, clips or anything else, so you’ll have no trouble removing it. Then, take the new filter and put it in the box, close the box, and snap the clips holding the box in the end.

You can save a lot of money that way, and you’ll avoid the hassle of having to take the car to the repair shop, wait for it to be fixed for at least a couple of hours, and then go back again to pick it up. There are a lot of repairs that you can do yourself, that don’t cost a lot of money and you don’t need to be a car expert to do it. Finnaly, taking care of your car can be the best DIY tip of all.

 

By Jordan Perch, automotive researcher and blogger at DMV.com.