With the price of fuel going up at a rapid pace, everybody is looking for ways to cut back on their car expenses. And one of the easiest ways to do it is to do some repairs and maintenance works on your own.
Car repairs can drain your savings fast, but you can do a number of repairs yourself, regardless of your technical skills. A routine maintenance you do on your own is a great way not only to save money, but also get to know your vehicle more and learn how it operates. It'll be easier for you to identify and solve several car problems.
To help you out, here are some easy DIY car repairs:
Headlight Bulb Replacement
You will literally be driving blind at night if you have a burnt-out headlight bulb, and not fixing it can lead to costly traffic violations if you get pulled over by the police.
Changing the headlight bulb is easy as long as your headlights are not the sealed-beam types. All you'll need are the right bulb for the specific make and model of your vehicle, a screwdriver, and a little elbow grease.
Dangling Exhaust Pipe
An irritating rattling or dragging noise from the rear usually means your exhaust is scratching the pavement. This repair is relatively quick, as you'll only need to replace the rubber loops that hold up the pipe. Broken hangers are also common, but they're a quick fix, too.
Spark Plug Replacement
Worn-out spark plugs negatively affect your car's fuel efficiency and engine performance. To replace it, you'll need a new spark plug that's compatible with your car and a spark plug wrench.
Replacing Blown or Worn-Out Tires
Changing tires is probably the repair work every car owner should know how to do, as you likely have all the necessary tools right in your trunk. It's important to make sure that you have the new tires balanced by a mechanic soon after replacing them.
It might sound intimidating, but you can manage several car fixes in your own driveway. But if the problem seems too overwhelming—such as those involving the transmission or the power steering—or you just don't know what to do, it's best to let the experts handle it. Call us and we'll be glad to help you.