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Top Five Easiest Car Repairs You Can Do Yourself to Save Money

Posted by on 4/21/2013 to Vehicle Specific Tools

Car maintenance can drain your wallet fast but there are a number of repairs that you can do yourself even if you have no technical skills. Whether it is air filter replacement or spark plug  replacement, you can do everything if you possess a set of basic hand tools and enough confidence!

It?s common to feel nervous when you?re about to try doing an auto repair job for the first time. There?s nothing to worry about though. If you fear that you?ll badly mess up things while tampering with your car, here?s something to ease your fears: automobiles are sturdy machines; even though you may end up breaking something temporarily, there?s hardly a chance of your car going up in flames simply because a tool slipped through your hand and fell with a bang on a valve.

If you want to do a replacement, you?ll need to purchase new car parts as well. You can buy them from your nearest car parts retailer or from an online store, whatever is convenient for you.

Five Easy DIY Auto Repairs And the Tools Required:


1. Replacing Your Air Filter

Tools you will need:

        a flat-head screwdriver.

The air filter is housed under the hood of your vehicle. Use the screwdriver to unfasten the air filter from the clips that hold it. Pull the old filter out and put the new one in its place. Now just reassemble the housing of the filter and the job is done.

2. Rotating Your Tires

Tools you will need:

        a tire iron,

        an automotive jack.

It is recommended that you rotate your tires after about  every 5,000 miles. This evens out their tread wear and maximizes their lifespan.

3. Changing Oil and Oil Filter

Tools you will need:

        an oil filter wrench.

To change the oil or oil filter, you need to lift the car up  to gain access to the drain bolt. This can be a bit of a challenge, but a set of ramps will make it easier. Drain the old oil and spin the replacement filter on. Tighten everything back in place and refill with fresh oil.

4. Flushing Your Coolant System

Tools you will need:

        a large container (wide enough to take in the old coolant as it empties out of the radiator)

        new coolant

        radiator flush solution

The first step in this job is pretty straightforward. Simply drain your overflow tank and radiator using the plug found near the lower end of the tank. Then, for a few minutes, run distilled water through the system to flush it. Re-drain the rinse water and replace it with a mixture of antifreeze and distilled water in a 1:1 ratio.

5. Replacing Your Spark Plug or Ignition Wire

Tools you will need:

        a socket wrench

Spark plugs and ignition wires need to be replaced after a mileage of about 20,000 to 30,000. Dealers earn a huge profit margin for this job and if you do it yourself, you can save a lot of money. Spark plugs cost no more than $2 a piece.

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