There are many of us out there that are masterminds when it comes to cars, but for those who don’t know much about the subject, DIY auto-repair may sound like a nightmare. The truth of the matter is, many of the common issues we face as drivers can be easily resolved and fixed all on our own, without additional help from outside sources. Here’s how we can work with two of the most simply fixable motor problems we can run into on the road.
Dealing with broken or faulty tail lights may be a pesky nuisance, but that doesn’t mean it a tough issue to resolve on your own. Firstly, it’s important to recognize the signs, which can range from your blinkers blinking abnormally to seeing no light at all. Second, find out which type of bulbs your car has, so you can avoid scurrying to find out in the midst of an emergency situation; it’s optional to keep spares in your car at all times, but that would only make the repair and replacement quicker. With your car completely turned off, all you have to do is pop the broken light right out from its socket and slip in your new replacement. The simplicity of it all may sound too good to be true, but the fix really is that simple!
Many of us have dealt with the frustration and inconvenience that come with sudden flat tires, but resolving the problem may be easier than some assume. Again, realizing what the signs of a faulty or flat tire is vital; you may notice your car tilting towards one side or corner, or you could be hearing a loud, abnormal pounding noise while driving. What makes this issue so easily fixable is the fact that most cars come with all the tools needed for DIY repair; right in your trunk, you should find a spare tire, including a car jack and lug nut wrench. First, apply your parking break and check your car’s manual to see where the proper car jack placement is; follow those guidelines before raising your vehicle and removing the lug nuts with your wrench counterclockwise. Once they’re gone, remove the flat tire, replace it with a new one, and tighten those lug nuts right back up again. Once you’ve fully lowered your car, replace any hubcap you may have removed in the process, and you’re good to go!
Car issues can ruin any good day, so it’s important to be prepared for any type of issue that may come your way. Thankfully, not all motor repairs require too much motor knowledge, making certain damages a super easy fix!