Car repairs are expensive and in winter, as your car is working harder, you tend to find that issues are even more likely and it’s quite common to find yourself with a pile of mechanics bills mounting up. However, there’s really no reason why running your car has to be as expensive as it seems as it’s really easy to do a lot of the necessary repairs yourself.
Although taking your car to a mechanic would definitely be recommended for certain, more complicated jobs, changing a headlight bulb, a wheel and your brake pads are all things that can easily be done at home, so there’s really no reason for them to cost you money and leave your family struggling through until the end of the month. These ten car repairs are really simple and once you’ve done them you’ll feel like you can take on the world.
Replacing headlight bulbs
Changing a headlight bulb really isn’t a big job and a headlight bulb shouldn’t cost much more than a few pounds – although you should check that your headlights aren’t sealed before you start as these will have to be changed by a professional. Once you’ve bought the correct bulb for the make and model of your car – your handbook will tell you the size that you need – they’re often really easy to pop in. If you’re unsure, there are plenty of YouTube videos that will show you how.
Dangling exhaust pipe
If you can hear a rattling or dangling sound from underneath your car when you drive then it’s likely that your exhaust has become loose. This is a really common problem and can be easily fixed for a small cost. Quite often, exhaust pipes are secured to the undercarriage of a car with little more than a few rubber hoops, which inevitably degrade over time. These rubber hoops will be available at most DIY stores and they’re really easy to replace – again there are plenty of instructional videos on the internet if you’re unsure.
Blocked fuel filter
New fuel filters aren’t that expensive and can be changed at home. However, if yours becomes damaged or you fail to change it regularly then you’ll rack up a bill for hundreds of pounds. If you don’t make an effort to change your fuel filter then it can easily cause damage to your fuel injection system which isn’t easy or cheap to repair. When you get round to changing your fuel filter, make sure you release the pressure from the fuel system otherwise you could seriously injure yourself and damage your car.
Your air filter is another engine component that will need to be replaced regularly. Air filters are not expensive, although they really do benefit your vehicle as they ensure that only clean air is running through your engine which helps ensure your car runs at its best. All you have to do is open the box that contains the air filter and swap it for a clean one – it’s literally a five minute job.
Replacing spark plugs
A lot of people think that this is a big job but you can buy spark plugs that are specific to your vehicle on sites like Euro Car Parts and attach them in no time. There are many benefits to changing your spark plugs. Doing so will make your driving smoother and also improve your fuel efficiency.
Windscreen wiper blades
There’s nothing more annoying when you’re driving than turning on your windscreen wipers, only for them to smear dirt across your view. In order to prevent this from happening, you should try and change the blades at least once a year. Although it’s not expensive to have them done by a professional, it’s almost always cheaper to do it yourself.
If you thought your headlight bulbs had blown but even after replacing them they still don’t work, you could be looking at a blown fuse, in which case you’ll need your car’s manual to help you locate the fuse box and the type of fuse that your car requires.
Changing the battery
It doesn’t matter how much you drive your car, eventually the battery will run out and will need to be replaced if you want to avoid having to jump start it every time you want to go out. Rather than paying extortionate amounts to have someone buy and fit the battery for you, order the correct battery from the internet and then follow the instructions in your car’s manual on how to fit it. Make sure you always wear eye protection for this task just in case there have been any leakages.
It’s easy to change your tyres at home, as you’ll have all of the tools you’ll need for the repair. However, after doing so it’s important to take your car to a garage so that a professional can check the tracking and balance. This doesn’t usually take long and isn’t expensive at all.
The temperature of your engine and the pressure in your coolant system depends on the condition of your radiator hoses. As the hoses degrade over time, your car will struggle to keep the temperature of the engine constant and the coolant flowing around as it should. If this is the case then the hoses will need to be replaced. Luckily, in most cars, they’re attached by small screws or clamps which are easy to remove and replace.
When it comes to repairing your car, there’s really no reason to head to a mechanic for every problem you face and it’s always worth seeing whether it’s something that you can fix yourself. Bear in mind, though, that although fixing your car yourself will save you money, if you feel the repair is beyond your skill level then it’s important to find a professional.