Unless you are a serious enthusiast you may think anything to do with a car engine will be beyond your skillset. But you would be wrong. There are several easy tasks that can be done by you, regardless of your ability. Here's the top five.
Basic Changes: The average enthusiast wouldn’t be caught dead taking their car to a mechanic to have their oil changed or to perform some other basic tasks. But you’d be surprised at how many car owners simply can’t or won’t perform these tasks, often running their vehicles into the ground because of poor maintainence and then wondering why they don’t last as long as the manufacturers claimed. Every car owner should understand basic maintenance.
Drive Belt: If you hear that telltale squealing noise when you're driving, you probably need a new drive belt. A visual inspection of the belt will tell you whether it needs fixing. Telltale signs are scratches, cracks, wear, and looseness. This can be fixed yourself with a Ratchet, sockets, wrenches and a screwdriver. We found a handy video on how to change a drive belt here.
Battery: It will be pretty obvious that you need a new battery. Your car probably won't start! Replacing a battery is a pretty rudimentary task, even for a total amateur. For this task, you will need a wrench, socket set, multimeter, and a screwdriver. We found a hand video on how to change a car battery here.
Brake Pads: Hear a squeal when you apply your brakes? Your pads probably need replacing. But there’s no need to spend tons of cash at the auto shop, these can be easily replaced at home in your garage. The tools you will need to do this are a jack, torque wrench and ratchets, tire iron and a c-clamp. We found a handy video on how you can change brake pads yourself here.
Spark Plugs: As discussed already, spark plugs are some of the most common car parts because they need to be changed regularly and they are cheap. Changing your spark plugs yourself is Car Maintenance 101 and it’s one of the most useful things you can learn to do. You should also know how to check them regularly so that you can tell when they need to be changed.
Lights: This is another part that we discussed above, and one that is crucial to change and easy to do yourself. You may not notice when some of your lights burn low or burn out completely. The only way to do so is to walk around your vehicle and perform a full inspection. This should be done at least once a month. If you find one that is not working, you can pick up a replacement fairly cheap and fix it yourself, without issue. A garage would charge you upwards of $150 for this, but you could do it yourself for a few bucks and a moment of your time.
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