You like to fancy yourself as a bit of a mechanic, but have you ever actually put those skills to the test? And no, measuring your oil levels doesn’t count as being a ‘mechanic’.
I’m talking about those bigger repairs – replacing the engine, retrofitting a new exhaust. They’re usually down to damage sustained in a road accident, or having your car damaged by an external source. It’s not your fault, but why not give those fixes a go?
Instead of shelling out those expensive mechanic fees, save yourself a pretty penny and do it yourself. You’ll learn some valuable skills that you can put to use in a variety of situations. Here are three tips to get you started!
Make sure you stay well-informed!
If you’re going to take the plunge and repair those damaged areas yourself, then you’re going to have to learn. It’s not going to be easy, after all. I’d start by memorizing the manufacturer’s guide from back to front – you don’t want to miss an important tidbit.
You can read these online if you’ve lost yours (tut-tut) from places like www.edmunds.com. Speaking of the online world, it’s drenched in car blogs, car forums and motoring magazines that are packed with solid advice.
Conduct a quick Google search about the repair; you’ll be surprised at what you find.
Keep your wallet heavy…
There are a million ways that your car can sustain damage. Kids on the street hit it with a ball, neighbour accidentally rammed your back end, caught in a car accident… the list goes on!
Often, this damage can result in a rather hefty maintenance bill – if you have to foot it, be on the lookout for ways to make it cheaper.
Firstly, I’d suggest shopping for used and second-hand car parts and tools. Shop with a vendor that thoroughly tests these pieces of kit, so you can be sure they work properly. The last thing you want is to install a dodgy air filter or exhaust system.
If the accident wasn’t your fault – and there’s a good chance that this is the case – you could look into making a compensation claim.
This isn’t something to be taken lightly, or as a joke, but it’s a good avenue for recouping those repair costs. There are plenty of places to enquire about the process, such as https://www.fountaininjurylaw.com/car-accidents-auto-accidents/.
Useful for more than a shopping list
If you’re taking something apart to fix something else, you need to know how that first bit goes back together. To make sure you don’t forget, take plenty of pre-repair notes and pictures, and stick labels on parts. This will help you reference the order in which they fit back in.
If you don’t do this, you’ll end up with what feels like a million washers, bolts, and clips scattered about, with no idea what goes where.
When you’re dealing with an intricate piece of machinery, like your engine, this is a big no-no. You could even use a paint pen to write on metal parts – this makes them easier to identify. Write labels like ‘passenger side’ or ‘engine,’ so you know which section each part belongs to.
And that just about covers it! In no time, I’m confident you’ll have conducted a stellar repair, and that car will be ready to survive the apocalypse. Hopefully.
If not, then well… that’s what mechanics are for, right?