Our Users Top 10 DIY Vehicle Fix Requests
Don’t you hate needing to run to your dealer or mechanic shop Houston TX for every little minor inconvenience that comes up on your car?
Well, it is time to put an end to that. That is because there are so many different things that owners can DIY instead of paying somebody else to do them. If you learn how to use the following tips, it will make you much more independent, in addition to saving your hard earned money and time.
Since there are hundreds of different DIY fixes that are available, there is no way we can list all of them. Instead, we have listed the top 10 DIY fixes below. Keep in mind although that repairing your vehicle instead of hiring a professional can sometimes result in added financial cost and sometimes may have seemed like you weren’t the right one for the job.
DIY Vehicle Fixes
Change Your Head Lights
It is simply foolish to go to a mechanic’s shop to have them change your headlights for you. If you follow a couple of basic steps (which you can usually find in your car owner’s manual), you will be able to change almost any bulb in your car. There are some bulbs that have a glass cover over them, and there are other bulbs that have to be rotated and then taken out of their housing. Once you have done that you are all set.
Did you know that over 40 percent of fatal automobile accidents happen at night?
Change Your Spark Plugs
You should definitely do this yourself. You need to remove the spark plug covers carefully that are on the engine, and then use a couple of tools to take the spark plug off of the base. There are a couple of options when purchasing replacement spark plugs, which specifically related to the material that is used.
Were you aware of the fact that the in 1860 the Etienne Lenoir invented the spark plug by using an electric spark plug for his gas engine? It was the very first piston internal combustion engine and is credited now with inventing the spark plug.
Charge The Battery
You really shouldn’t need any help with this. Being able to change a car battery is a basic DIY task. Just open the hood on your car, find the battery, detach the terminals and take the old battery out. Put your new battery into the spot vacated by the old and reconnect the terminals to your new battery. You might need to check to make sure the right terminals are attached to each end of the battery. Before you complete this task make sure to write your radio code down first. A majority of radios these days require you to have a code once the power is cut.
Were you aware that a good battery is able to last for more than five years if it is properly cared for? However, the battery can fail in three years or less, depending on seasonal temperatures, maintenance, and usage.
Replacing The Engine Oil
Even teenagers can do this easy job. You may want to put the front end of your vehicle on a portable stand or lift in order to access the bottom part of the engine compartment. The round tap that is located on the lower part of the engine will need to be opened to allow the dirty oil to get out. Make sure to put down a disposable container or pain since the oil drains very quickly. Once you have removed the old oil, put the round tap back on to keep the new oil in. Put a funnel on top of the engine bay where the oil goes in and put in new oil gradually. Your owners manual will say how much oil should be added and might suggest some other DIY car maintenance for you to consider.
Were you aware that it is recommended to use 5W30 oil for all-season use, including in very cold weather?You just need to switch over to 10W30 if you happen to live in a place where the temperature never goes below freezing.
Air Filter Replacement
Air filters need to be changed whenever the oil is changed. Your car has two different air filters – there is one inside of the car to prevent the bacteria from getting inside the cabin and one within the engine bay. In order to change out the engine bay, you have to find the pipe that goes out of the engine and flows into a large box. If you open the box and disconnect the clips you will find an air filter.
Most filters for the cabins are behind a panel inside the glove box. To access it you will have to remove the clips.
Did you know that the air filter traps all of the crud that gets thrown in your grill before it gets inside the engine? Frequently the filter is protected inside a plastic box to protect the engine from contaminants.
Coolant is clear, orange or green that keeps your vehicle at a constant temperature. When your engine doesn’t have coolant fluid it overheats and it causes a lot of problems. In order to change the coolant, just take the plastic bottle that is next to the radiator (to reach the bottle you might need to remove the plastic pieces. Filter the old coolant out and put the fresh liquid in. You might want to run your car for a couple of minutes before driving and check your owners manual for any other DIY vehicle fixes.
Did you know that fluid functions to keep the hot transmission and engine cool while the vehicle is operating? Anti-freeze is for preventing the fluid from freezing during the winter when it is cold.
Different functionality issues with your car can be caused by a faulty fuse. You might want to have a mechanic shop Houston check it out by this can be a DIY job as well. A fuse is fixed into a slot that is inside of a compartment that is either underneath the driver’s side dash or in the engine bay. Some cars furnish you with a pair of tweezers to get the fuse out. You will usually need to use a pair of small standard or needle-nose pliers to remove the fuse from the box.
After you find the fuse and remove it, you need to figure out whether it is blown or not. Usually, that is very easy to do. For older glass fuses in addition to new plastic ones, if the metal link within the fuse is separated then it is no good. If not, then there is a good chance you can reinstall it. When you are replacing a fuse, it is critical to ensure that you use the exact same amperage rating that the blown fuse has. If you try using a fuse that has a different amperage rating, there is a risk that you will either blow the fuse once again or damage the equipment that the fuse has been designed to protect in the first place.
Were you aware that the concept behind the fuse it that it is actually supposed to blow when there is a short or surge in the system’s electrical wiring? For instance, if you need to replace a 10-amp fuse, and you replace it using a 5-amp fuse, then the smaller fuse could end up blowing a lot earlier than necessary. On the other hand, if you replace a 10-amp fuse with a 20-am one, you could potentially damage the system or part before the fuse can break and prevent the component from being damaged.
Sooner or later you will get a flat tire at some point and you will need to replace it. Whenever you get a flat tire make sure you immediately pull over to the safe area of the road. You should have tools and a jack in your vehicle. The first thing you will need to do is to use the tire iron to loosen (but not remove) the lug nuts. Put the jack under your vehicle and match the slot on the jack with your car’s frame. Using these two hand tools for making an “L” connection. Next, put the hook on the jack and start to rotate your arms. After the tire clear the ground, take off the lug nuts first and then the tire. Then put the new wheel on and tighten all of the nuts. The final step is bringing down the car from its inclined level and removing the jacket. Remember to tighten all of the lug nuts.
Did you know that cars lose around 2 pounds worth of air pressure every month (less in the summer, more in the winter)
Change The Wiper Blades
A worn or rusty wiper blade may damage your car’s sunscreen. In order to change them, just slide off the rubber blade (on newer models) or undo the hook (on older models). Next put in new wiper blades and then tighten to secure them. Be sure to run the new blades before you drive to make sure they are attached properly.
Did you know that your wiper blades should be cleaned each time you fill up your gas tank? Also, don’t ever use your windshield wipers for de-icing your windshield. Instead, the defroster on your car or an ice scraper should be used for melting ice and snow.
Change Your Brake Pads
Use a jack and lift your car up after breaking the lugs on the tires. Then take the wheel off of your car. Take the bolts off that are attached to the brake caliper. That way you will be able to slide out the brake pads through the top. Don’t allow the caliper to hang loosely; use a bungee cord to secure it. Slide out the old brake pads and put in new ones. Compress the brake piston using a c-clamp to the point that it will be easy putting back the caliper assembly over your new brake pads. After you have the caliper put back on replace the bolts. Press the brake pedal a couple of times to ensure there is good brake pressure. Finally, put the wheel back on and then tighten down the lug bolts.
Were you aware that natural materials such as rubber and glass are used for making nonasbestos organic brake pads, in addition to resins that are able to withstand high heat? High heat, in fact, helps to bind the materials on the brake pads together. One advantage to organic brake pads is they are made out of materials that do not pollute. Also, it is easier to dispose of them.
DIY vehicle repairs are easy as long as you know what you need to look for. Hopefully, this guide has given you some information and should be able to help you when a need arises. If you have other questions regarding the repair or maintenance of your vehicle please give us a call or contact us here! Mobile Mechanic Houston is happy to continue service Houston and its’ neighboring areas!