When it comes to auto repairs and an auto warranty, there are many items that need to be undertaken by a qualified mechanic, but there are also many items that a do if yourselfer can undertake. In some cases auto repairs can be easy to do, but you need to know your limits and your level of acuity when it comes to repair work. There’s nothing worse than attempting a repair only to have it cost you more money to have your mistake fixed.
Keeping your car viable and on the road for as long as you can requires routine care and maintenance to keep it running smoothly for years. Additionally, a car that’s in good repair will take you from point A to point B without having to worry about a breakdown on the side of the road. It’s also been shown in recent years that individuals are driving their cars an average of 10 years, so this means it’s even more crucial to keep it in good repair.
There are several repairs you can attempt on your own with your vehicle and they include replacing your wiper blades. Being able to see the road is obviously crucial and changing wiper blades is simply a matter of buying them, following the instructions on the package and swapping the old for the new.
Replacing bad fuses is also a do it yourself project. If you find your vehicle’s lights aren’t working or other items are out of whack, it could be a fuse issue. Locate the fuse box in the car, test the fuses and replace the blown one.
Your car’s air filter needs to be kept clean to keep your engine in good running condition. The filter is located in the engine and can be easily swapped in and out with a new one with a few turns of a screw.
If your head or tail lamps aren’t working, you should be able to install a new one on your own. You will need to be able to access the headlight assembly, remove the harness that holds the bulb in, replace the bulb, attach the wire harness and you’re good to go.
Changing the engine oil and filter is a bit more involved than the other items but some people find that with a bit of time it’s a money saver. Your owner’s manual is the best place to start as it will show you the location of the oil plug and oil filter. You will need an oil filter wrench and a socket wrench to do the task. Once you’ve removed the oil plug you will need to drain the old oil, change the filter and then refill the oil reservoir.