Repair Your Car Yourself: 3 Easy Repairs

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Car RepairIf you are anything like most car owners, you probably dread going into the mechanic. And if you have ever walked into a repair shop looking for an oil change, and walked out with hundreds of dollars worth of repairs, you are not alone. There is a common perception that mechanics are out to bleed you of every last penny that they can get. Often, the repairs that they suggest are necessary for you car’s health and long term survival.

That does not mean that it is something that you have to pay a professional to take care of. Just as you can take a defensive driving course to save on paying tickets, you can save money by doing your car repairs yourself. It is often the labor cost, rather than the cost of the part that creates such a large price tag when you visit the shop. You can actually save a lot of money simply by doing some of the easier repairs yourself. Here are three that are relatively simple.

Replace Your Windshield Wipers

This is actually one of the easiest car maintenance tasks out there. Even though it’s easy, you must know the proper steps. The most important thing is to find the right kind of wipers for your car. You can either find this in your car owner’s manual, or alternatively, you can perform a search online for your car’s make and model. There will usually be a plethora of results that will inform you of the right size for your windshield wipers.

When it comes to actually buying the wipers, you will find that they vary in price. Be wary of automatically opting for the cheapest as they may not be as effective. They will probably not last as long either.

You might find that the wipers have instructions on them, including graphics, but in case they do not, here is a quick guide.

  1. To release the old wipers, locate the catch that is on the underside of the blade. Push it in, and pull the entire blade down. It should come off fairly easily if you replace your blades regularly.
  2. You will then see the hook underneath that is shaped somewhat like the handle of an umbrella.
  3. Grab the new blade and simply do the same thing, but in reverse, pushing up until you hear a click.

Repair Light Bulbs

Replacing bulbs in your car is necessary and also surprisingly easy. All you have to do is look up the relevant information for your car and perhaps information on your particular car’s bulb holder. You can reach most bulbs by opening your hood or trunk and accessing them from behind.

Replace Your Battery

Replacing a dead car battery is expensive enough, so you can really do without the extra labor costs. Luckily, it is another thing that you can do yourself if you know how. A lot of keeping a battery healthy is in its maintenance. Make sure that you clean off the connectors every once in awhile using a combination of baking soda and water. Try not to run it down by using it when the car engine is not running. Sometimes however, your battery is simply dead.

Felix Jacobson
Felix Jacobson is an authority in the tech and automotive industry. His passion is educating consumers on how to find the best deals out there - from great deals on new/used gadgets to the best auto refinance rates. He believes strongly that consumers should not be taken advantage of!

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  1. JamesThomas says:

    These three car maintenance tips is really easy to follow. one can do all that by yourself. And can maintain our car for long period.