Family car repairs that you can do yourself

Family car repairs that you can do yourself

Owning a car can be a real drain on your finances. Not only do you have to purchase the car (obviously), which then massively depreciates in value after a year anyway, but you’ll have to regularly service the parts to ensure it runs from A to B for the maximum amount of time. Then you have the car repairs, the MOT, the servicing – it all adds up! Cars are not cheap, but I’ve found some do-it-yourself car repairs that will spare you from parting with extra cash at the local garage.

Consult the internet

There are a ton of resources online that can take you step-by-step through your DIY repairs. AutoMD, Expert Village and YouTube are your friends here. Just type into the search button what you need to do, i.e. “Oil change your car” and follow the steps provided. All you’ll need to do is fork out for the tools, to carry out the task at hand. More on that below.

Get yourself a car toolkit

Family car repairs that you can do yourself - toolkit

You don’t really require special tools to repair your car, but make sure you have a working toolkit that at least includes the following:

  • Pliers
  • Socket and Ratchet Set
  • Screwdrivers
  • A jack (which should be included in your car)
  • Torque wrench
  • Adjustable wrench

If you’re replacing parts, you’ll also need to spend money on the replacements, but these are a fraction of the cost when you buy them online and get it done yourself. Just make sure you have the right model and make for your car before you buy. If you don’t know the technical term for the car part, there should be a number on the piece which you can use to search online or when enquiring at a local car store.

How do you know when your car parts need replacing?

If your car squeals when you start it, you might need a new drive belt – below is a YouTube link I found that will show you how to change your drive belt (for a Honda Accord 2.2l VTEC)

If your car or accessories aren’t turning on, then you may need a new battery – below is a YouTube link I found which shows you how to change your battery:

When you hit your brakes and you hear a squeal, you may need to replace your brake pads – below is a YouTube link I found which shows you how to do just that.

You also need to remember to change your oil every 3,000 to 7,000 miles. ChrisFix’s YouTube video goes into depth about how to change your own oil. Link below:

You should make a point to change your oil filter every so often too, as the filter is designed to trap large and potentially damaging particles in the oil. If this isn’t kept clean, it could get clogged and stop the engine from being lubricated. This can lead to major problems! Autopartspro mentions the most common reasons why you would need to change your oil filter in your car.

If you feel that something is wrong with your car or whether a car part needs fixing or changing, don’t hesitate to get it sorted. But, also don’t just run to the garage at the first sign. Get into the habit of actively researching how to fix the situation yourself before you head to a professional because the amount of money you’ll save learning the skills to DIY your car can save you valuable money in the long run – plus you’ll learn great new skills which you can put to good use when purchasing subsequent cars in the future!

Do you have any tips on how to DIY repair your own car? Share with us in the comments below.

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Leyla Preston is the owner and Editor of Motherhood Diaries global magazine for parents. Leyla is a busy mother of two even busier boys; Aron, 8, and Aidan, 6. When Leyla isn’t feeding, managing a gazillion tasks or cleaning the infinite mess at home, she is busy working on this magazine and a new cooking channel coming very soon – no rest for the wicked! You can follow Leyla on Twitter (@M_Diaries) or join the busy Motherhood Diaries Facebook group where all mums get together and share stories and solutions with one another: