There are many auto repairs that most owners could easily perform themselves and save hundreds of dollars in the process. We do not mean major repairs to the engine, transmission, or other critical components. Rather, these are 5 car repairs you can do yourself with basic tools and a bit of online research.
Replace the Car Battery
In most vehicles, the battery is located under the hood and is usually a simple DIY replacement. The tools needed for this repair often just set of wrenches (often 8mm and 10mm) to loosen the battery terminals, and a socket and ratchet to loosen the hold-down clamp. A new battery will cost between $80 and $200 and a mechanic may charge another $50 to $100 to change it. Check out this helpful video from Roadshow for the proper way to replace your car battery:
Replace your Engine Air Filter
The engine air filter ensures that only clean air enters the cylinders. A dirty air filter will restrict flow, robbing your car of power and fuel efficiency. This filter should be changed according to the schedule in your owners manual (often every 12,000 to 25,000 miles). Replacing the filter is simple DIY job that may not even require tools. Check out this video by ChrisFix on how to perform this simple procedure:
Clean & Polish Foggy Headlights
Over time the headlights on cars will become hazy, as the sun and environmental contaminants oxidize the clear plastic. Polishing the headlights is a simple process and there are kits available to help you complete this process in your own driveway or garage. Check out another helpful video by ChrisFix on polishing and clear coating foggy headlights:
Paint Chip Touch Up Repair
Rock chips are an inevitable part of car ownership. A body shop can sand and repaint areas with paint chips and make your car look like new. But, that can be expensive and unnecessary for minor chips and scratches. You can buy touch-up paint from your dealer or online that will be a very close color match. With some patience and care you can touch up paint chips yourself and save lots of money in the process.
Change your Engine Oil
This is last on the list because it requires equipment that not every DIY’er owns. Safety first: you will need a jack and jack stands or, better yet, a set of quality ramps to elevate your vehicle. You will also need the proper sized wrench to remove the drain plug and a good drain pan to catch the old oil. Check out our helpful blog posting on performing a DIY oil change.
Car Repairs You Can Do Yourself
DIY car maintenance can be a satisfying way to save money and properly care for your vehicle. Just remember to research the repair online first. YouTube is a great resource for learning about car repair and maintenance. Most importantly, be safe by making sure you have the right equipment tools to perform the repair without injuring yourself or damaging your vehicle.