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Basic Car Repairing Tips Everyone Should Know

Essential DIY Car Repairs Everyone Should Know

Continuous car maintenance, such as changing oil, replacing the spark plugs, etc., can seem like a drag. But keeping up with these minor fixings can keep you far away from any major car problems. In addition, if you have an old vehicle, these minor repairs can save you over $10,000 in the long run and extend the life of your car.

As they say, vehicle maintenance is not cheap unless you do some repairs by yourself, so here is the list of a few easy maintenances that everyone should know:

 

Oil Changing

Oil is the reason why a car’s engine can run smoothly and last for a long time. Therefore, keeping the oil in optimum condition is necessary to save your vehicle from most of the costly maintenance issues. And luckily, it’s one of the most straightforward repairs one can make without expert help.

Maintenance tip: Change the car oil every 5,000 miles for best results.

 

How to repair:

  1. Locate the drain plug in the vehicle (refer to the car’s manual if you can’t find it.)
  2. Drain the old oil
  3. Remove the old oil filter
  4. Install new oil filter
  5. Pour in the new oil

 

Replacing Sparkplugs

Everyone has heard of the infamous sparkplugs! Engine giving you trouble? The most common cause can be sparkplugs. But, as we all know, engine trouble can cost a car owner upwards of $6,000, so changing these plugs for $10-$15 is a small price to pay.

Maintenance tip: Check on the plugs and change them every 30,000 miles.

 

How to repair:

  1. Remove the spark plug
  2. Remove the coil on plug (COP)
  3. Unscrew the spark plug
  4. Put in the new spark plug
  5. Reinstall the coil n plug (COP)

 

Installing New Brake pads

Brake failures cause most accidents in cities. Brake pads can be the only thing preventing you from crashing into the vehicle in front of you, so making sure they are in ideal condition is important.

Changing brake pads is an inexpensive and relatively simple process similar to changing tires.

Maintenance tip: Check brake fluid every time you change the oil. If the brake fluid is dark in colour, that means you have to change the brake system.

 

How to repair:

  1. Remove the vehicle’s wheel
  2. Remove slider bolt
  3. Pivot up the caliper
  4. Slide out the old brake pads
  5. Replace the current retaining clips
  6. Slide in the brand new brake pads
  7. Retract the pistons
  8. Observer brake fluid level
  9. Reposition the calliper
  10. Reinstall the slider bolts that was taken out
  11. Test drive to check them

 

Replacing Air Filters

A car’s air filters, though often overlooked, are as important as the car’s other components. The air filters prevent pollutants and other solid materials from entering through the vents into the car.

The effectiveness of the air filters tend to depreciate with years, and if the air filter is badly damaged, it can cause significant problems for the car’s air conditioning unit. Hence, replacing air filters frequently can be a cheaper alternative to replacing the AC unit.

Maintenance tip: Replace air filters every 12 months or 12,000 miles.

 

How to repair:

  1. Locate the air filter box, or if you can’t find it refer to the car’s manual.
  2. Open the filter box and uninstall the old filter
  3. Replace the old one with a new filter
  4. Close the box and snap the clips to secure it

 

The more proactive you are in keeping your car maintained, the less money you would have to spend for any major repairs. But if you still feel that your car is beyond repair, then sell your car to any car wrecker that pays top cash for cars in Brisbane such as AllCarRemoval and receive cash up to $9,999 for all types of vehicles.

 

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