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DIY Car Repair & Maintenance: Do’s and Don’ts

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Cars have now become an essential part of our lives. Due to which they are becoming more valuable and costly to buy and maintain. It is utterly essential to keep a check on your car and maintain it well. If you neglect car maintenance, it can damage your car in the long run. Some car problems need specialists looking into them, whereas some of the problems can be solved on your own. Repairing your car at home by all yourself is termed as DIY Car Repair.

We know how difficult it is to repair a car at home with zero guidance about several car issues. Here are some Do’s and Don’ts of Car Repair DIY, it will help you in maintaining your car and knowing if it is working aptly.

Do’s and Don’ts of DIY Car Repair

Do’s of Car DIY Repair

Checking the Car’s Air Filter

A choked air filter has the potential to shorten the life of a car and add to the costs of car repairs in the long term. Because an unclean filter directly affects a car’s performance, it must be checked and changed every 20,000 km.

Changing your car’s air filter is quite simple. All you have to do is find an air filter suitable for your car. Refer to your car manual for getting a better understanding of it. After purchasing the right air filter, open your car’s hood. The filter box can be easily located. It has a hose connected to it. Open the box properly and get rid of the existing air filter. Put the new one in its place and your work is done.

Although it’s a simple task if you’re unable to find the air filter or are hesitating while changing it, take it to a car mechanic.

Keeping an eye on the Coolant fluid

Coolants protect your car from overheating and people usually avoid taking care of the coolant fluid levels. If you keep an eye on the coolant levels and check for it at least twice a year, you will save yourself a visit to the car garage.

The coolant fluid can be changed once in a while and you can also save money on it. Switch off the car’s ignition and look for a large translucent container marked as ‘coolant’ under the bonnet of your car.

Battery Terminals

Many a time a car’s battery gets corroded. Any form of deposits on the battery terminals can increase the chance of your car getting into trouble.

To avoid this scenario carefully take away the cables attached to your car’s battery. Now pick up a neat cloth and clean the deposits settled on the battery. Make sure that the ignition is turned off while you perform any such repairs. Minor repairs and precautions can maintain the car and avoid major damage to its performance.

Try solving such minor problems at home. But please do not attempt to fix any major problems with your car yourself. If you’re not confident about the problem, Find a garage near you and let the professionals do the job.

DIY Car Repair

Don’ts of DIY Car Repair

Coolant Storage

There could be an instance where the coolant fluid of your car might be below the mark. Generally in such situations, you will think of purchasing a coolant fluid and refill it carefully. But your hard work will go in vain if you don’t understand the real problem and just act upon it promptly.

 While you will inspect your car, you will find out that the bonnet was hot and the car engine had overheated. In such a situation please avoid repairing the car on your own and reach your nearest mechanic. As there could be a leakage in the coolant storage tank and the connecting tube, which caused the overheating.

Changing Engine Oil

It sounds like one of the easiest tasks while repairing a car, but that’s not the truth. Because while changing the engine oil, it’s just not pouring the oil anywhere you like. It is a technical procedure and needs an expert to do so (Mechanic).

Replacing Car Battery

Another task that seems quite easier is changing car batteries. Many people try doing that to save on expenses. But while replacing the battery, they forget what mistake they are making. As they could mess the wirings while refitting as there are many tiny bolts attached to it.

Furthermore one should not even try to attempt replacing shock absorbers or fix the fuel pump unless one has adequate knowledge or knows the technical procedure for executing that task. Otherwise, it could result in a fatal accident.

All of these tasks sound quite easier, but there are chances of injury in your hand or leg while removing or replacing the shock absorber. In case of any damage, you will have to spend a lot of money. To not let this happen you must contact a trusted car specialist.


Some easier tasks come in the Do’s of DIY Car Repair. But even before you take up those tasks, it is advised to go through the car manual or watch online tutorial videos where experts change the parts in their cars.

All of that said and done – a mechanic will help you take care of these issues and will assure you quality service. If you are facing even a second of difficulty in performing any of these repairs, take your car to a mechanic.

There have been instances where people tend to underestimate the risks associated while dealing with a car engine. In most cases, individuals intend to save on the cost and thereby repair the car themselves. But, improper repairs can lead to accidents. Remember not everything is supposed to be a DIY. Always remember the Don’ts of DIY Car Repair.

Last but not least, Get your car serviced every once in a while from professionals and avoid disasters at home.

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