4 car repairs you can do yourself

Most everyone knows how to put gas in their car, unless you’re Oprah. But most everyone doesn’t bother trying to fix their car. Instead, they drop it off with a mechanic and let them take care of it.

Photo of car with flat tire

You already know ways to find out why your check engine light is on and now we’ll share four easy car repairs. Hopefully this will help you save money and time with trips to the mechanic.

Replace Your Windshield Wipers

Replacing your windshield wipers takes only a few minutes and it’s super easy.  Determine how long your windshield wipers are by measuring them or checking your manual. Most auto part stores have a book with the size of your vehicles wipers, as well. After buying a new set of wipers, Consumer Reports advises replacing them around every six months for optimal visibility in rain, sleet and snow.

Change a Flat

Most cars have all the tools you need to change a flat and put on a spare. To tackle this task yourself, all you need is a jack, a tire iron to loosen those lug nuts and a replacement tire for your flat. Most cars have a “donut” which is meant to temporarily replace the full size tire. TireBuyer recommends that drivers avoid traveling longer than 70 miles on a donut since they have little tread and can go flat very easily.

Fix Minor Scratches

Scratches and blemishes can make your car look older than it is. Popular Mechanics has a handy guide to getting out those irritating scratches using polishing compound, a microfiber cloth, solvent, auto paint primer, auto paint that matches your car and 600 to 1,000-grit sandpaper, Remember to work outside on a clear day for maximum scratch visibility.

Replace Brake Pads

Over time, brake pads wear out and your brakes have to work harder to slow down your car. You can replace your own brake pads without any specialized tools and save around $250 compared to taking it to a mechanic. Here’s what you’ll need to get at an auto store to replace your pads: a jack, pair of work gloves, lug wrench, C-clamp, socket or adjustable wrench, turkey baster, brake fluid, new brake pads and a zip tie or bungee cord. Take the wheel off to expose the brake pads, then raise the caliper. Slide the old pads out, put the new pads in their place and reverse the rest of the process. Change your entire left side brake pads before switching to the right.

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