Car repairs you can do at home

change tyre

If, like may of us, you are keen to save money by avoiding expensive garage bills, there are many repairs that you can do yourself.

1. Changing tyres

To replace worn-out or flat tyres, you will need a jack and a wrench to remove the hub-cap and wheel nuts. There are detailed instructions on wiki how. Having the knowledge to change a tyre yourself is a great way to boost your confidence; especially if you are worried about finding yourself with a flat tyre in the middle of nowhere.

2. Replacing Air Filters

Fresh air is essential to ensure the efficacy of your car’s ventilation system. Air filters generally need to be replaced every 15,000 miles or so. You can check whether they need replacing by lifting up the bonnet and locating the filter; the manual that comes with your car should inform you exactly where. If the filter is black and grimy, remove it and take it with you to a parts store, when buying a new one. Much cheaper than booking a mechanic to do it.

3. Changing Wiper Blades

This is incredibly easy as the packet of blades come with detailed instructions on how to clip them together and slot them in. Simply make sure you buy the right blades for your model of car and follow the – often pictorial – instructions.

4. Replacing Headlight Bulbs

Changing headlight bulbs is as easy as changing indoor light bulbs. Make sure that the car isn’t fitted with sealed-beam headlights as they can problematic to change, and that you replace the bulb with the correct variety for your make and model of vehicle.

Carrying out basic car repairs is undeniably empowering and rewarding, but if you feel that you are heading out of your comfort-zone, do not hesitate to take your car into a reputable garage.