Contrary to the general perception, car maintenance and its repair does not require a lot of time and expertise. In fact, it is probably one of those monthly expenditures that people skip to add in their monthly budget list.
Most people prefer to spend on the exterior rather than the hardware of their car.
Many like to customize their cars with foil wraps and fancy El wire car lights. They may even keep a track of gas and oil on a weekly or monthly basis; however, they tend to ignore the most crucial budgeting of all; i.e. car maintenance and its repair costs.
Cars have become an integral part of our daily lives and therefore, its weekly, monthly and yearly repair and maintenance is extremely important to ensure the smooth running of the car.
Since, the interior of a car varies on the basis of its model, engine and overall design, it is recommended to get it regularly checked by a reliable mechanic. However, there are many simple car issues that occur more frequently, especially if you use your car on a daily basis.
Most of these problems do not require the services of a professional mechanic and can be easily fixed at home.
If you have some basic car repair tools and spare auto parts at home, it is possible to repair your car at home without getting help from a professional mechanic. With the growing trend of using 3D printing technology for manufacturing spare automobile parts, the repair expenses for more expensive and high-end cars can be easily reduced and controlled.
If you have some basic knowledge of car repairing, then you can easily buy spare auto parts online and replace them yourself. You can even take some help and guidance from free car repair video tutorials available online.
Replacing Brake Pads
Many people find it hard to work on the brake pads of their car. Many people fear to mess it up as they are one of the most crucial parts of a car. However, in reality, it is quite simple to replace and change the brakes of a car.
Mechanics tend to over charge for such tasks and by doing it yourself, you can save a lot of money. The tools that you will need for changing the brake pads of your car are:
1. Wheel lug wrench
3. A jack
Apart from the basic tools mentioned above, you will also require new brake pads. Based on the model of your car and its material, you can easily find a set of brake pads online.
In order to replace your brake pads, first remove the wheel and take out the hardware. Take off the wheel, remove the hardware and take out the old pads. Now, push brake caliper piston back and install new brake pads. Finally, install the hardware back.
The entire process of replacing brake pads doesn’t take more than an hour. Ideally, the new brake pads last for a maximum of 50,000 miles. However, it is recommended to check the brake pads on reaching 10,000 miles. The brake pad needs to be changed when its thickness becomes less than 3mm.
Replacing the Car Battery
Changing a car’s battery is one of the simplest car repair DIYs that doesn’t require much work or knowledge of car hardware. Ideally, a car battery lasts for 4 to 5 years.
In most cases, the date is mentioned on the battery, which makes it easier to keep a track of the its replacement date. Ideally, you don’t require any extra tools or spare parts to change the battery of your car. All you need is a basic wrench set and you are good to go!
The only thing you need to look out for while changing your car battery is the sequence of removing the cables. Make sure to detach the negative battery cable first. Once, the new car battery has been installed, make sure to change the negative battery cable in the last.
Changing the Car’s Air Filter
Another popular repair job that mechanics charge a lot for is replacing the car’s air filter.
Ideally, you only have to remove one or two extra parts to change the air filter. In most cases, the replacing costs end up being more than the actual cost of a new car filter. However, the retail price of a new air filter also depends on the model and design of your car.
Once you have bought the new air filter, simply open your car’s hood and remove the fasteners. Open the air cleaner housing and change the filter with the new one and finally, replace the fasteners.
Changing the Headlights
Headlights are crucial to avoid road accidents and alert fellow drivers and pedestrians. If your car lights are not working properly, you can even be charged for it by the traffic police.
Therefore, in order to avoid any unnecessary charges or traffic tickets, make sure to frequently check the functioning of your car headlights.
The process of changing a car’s headlight is very simple that does not require any extra tools or spare parts. All you need to do is buy a set of new headlights and replace your old or broken headlights with new ones.
Make sure to bring your old bulb while shopping for new lights at the store. This will help you to buy the right type of bulb for your car.
While replacing the old light with a new one, make sure to wear gloves and avoid handling the light with bare hands.