There are some car repairs that you just can’t do on your own. No matter how much you want to, you just can’t expect to replace your transmission or do a major engine overhaul unless you have some experience and mechanical training under your belt. While you may need to take your car to the shop every now and then for some repairs, there are other repairs that you can do on your own without any special training or even any expensive tools.
Change Your Oil
It can take $20 or more to have a professional mechanic change the oil in your car. Mechanics often recommend that you change your oil every three months or after going 3,000 miles. If you check the manual for your car, you’ll likely find that you can actually go as many as 10,000 miles between oil changes. When you change your oil, you need to use a drainage or fuel pan underneath your car to hold the oil you drain out of the engine, and you’ll need to dispose of that oil properly. Make sure that you check the other fluids and add more as needed, including transmission fluid, windshield washer liquid and power steering fluid.
Replace Your Wipers
Some drivers think that windshield wipers last for years, but the dirt, rocks and other type of debris on your windshield can reduce the lifespan of those wipes. You can check with a replacement parts store for new wipers. After giving them the make and model of your car, they can check the system and find you the right wipers. Many people find that they can pop off the old wipers and slide on the new wipers in just a few minutes.
Change Light Bulbs
Your car has multiple light bulbs that it uses on both the inside and outside. Interior lights sit underneath a dome or in other areas to help you see clearly at night. Exterior lights let you see the road in front of you and let others see your car and see where you’re turning. Check your manual to determine if you need a 194 LED bulb or another type of light bulb. Some tail light covers and other covers pop right off, while others have screws holding the covers in place. You can easily remove the cover, unscrew the old light and screw your new bulb in the socket.