Working on your car at home can help you save money on vehicle service. But before you get started, there are a few things to consider. From having the right tools to keeping detailed records, learn how to set yourself—and your vehicle—up for success.
To start servicing your own car, you’ll need the tools for the job. Whether you buy your own or borrow them from a friend, having the right tools can make the task at hand a lot easier.
Your car’s owner’s manual contains information that can make your repair jobs easier. Manuals include detailed instructions on how to service various parts of your vehicle including its engine, tires, brakes, and even wiper blades.
If you can’t locate yours, you can typically find model-specific manuals for free on the vehicle manufacturer’s website.
Start every car repair by conducting some research.
There are plenty of resources available from automotive experts online through video and step-by-step guides to help you service specific parts of your vehicle.
For example, you’ll want to know how to identify leaking fluids and dashboard warning lights. That’ll help you determine if you can fix the problem yourself or if you should take it to a professional.
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 errors when reassembling components and complete repairs more successfully.
Once you’re finished with your service, record it in a detailed maintenance log, including the date and type of work completed. This will help you keep track of recurring maintenance needs.
You can use a notebook, purchase an actual maintenance log from your local auto parts store, or use a simple spreadsheet on your computer or smartphone to track your information.
Once you’ve got the standard tools and knowledge base, you’re ready to start servicing your car at home—and potentially saving money.
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