Your vehicle requires regular maintenance and repairs to keep it running smoothly, but you don't necessarily need a professional mechanic for everything. If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to perform some of the basics, we’ve got advice to help get you started.
Your car’s service manual contains information that can make your repair jobs easier. Manuals include detailed instructions on how to repair various parts of your car including its engine, transmission, and brakes.
If you can’t locate yours, you can typically find model-specific manuals for purchase online.
Start every car repair by conducting some research.
There are plenty of resources available from online experts through video and step-by-step guides to help you perform specific repairs to your vehicle.
Skipping research when learning something new can cost you extra time and money in the long run.
Throughout the repair process, it’s helpful take pictures of your car to document specific placement of parts. You can refer to the images to reduce error and complete repairs more successfully.
Once you’re finished with your repair, record it in a detailed maintenance log, including date and type of work completed. This will help you keep track of recurring maintenance needs.
You can use a notebook or purchase an actual maintenance log from your local auto parts store to track your information.
Once you’ve got the standard tools and knowledge base, you’re ready to start fixing your car at home—and potentially saving money too!
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