When you own a car, it is imperative that you have the ability to fix the common car problems on your own. This is a very important skill that every car owner should learn, especially if they will do a lot of travelling and more if they will travel a lot to places where no one could be waiting for a car maintenance and repair customer.
Before we begin, it is imperative for any car owners or car owners that wanted to fix things by themselves to have the proper tools and safety gears. And above all else, don’t work on a car right after you turned it off or while it’s running, unless you want to get burned. Onwards to the tools:
The Essential Tools
- Basic Garage Toolkit – this composes a car jack, support stands, complete set of open-end and socket wrenches, a complete set of Philips, flathead screwdrivers, drain pan and a complete set of pliers.
- Multimeter – another important tool for testing electric current throughout the car. This will allow you to find any fault in electrical wiring, if there’s any.
- OBD Code Reader – these can be expensive at first sight, but once you plug this to your car, you can easily learn any problems that you might have. There are even OBD readers that can be connected to a smartphone.
Those are some of the most basic tools essential for you to begin fixing a lot of common car problems with ease. Let’s head on to some of the common problems and how to fix them.
If your car is tilting and there is a thumping noise, you have a flat tire. This requires you to have a spare tire in your trunk, so make sure you have a spare tire all the time. Plus, you need to have a small car jack with a built-in lever and lug nut ratchet. Always keep those things in your trunk. All you have to do is to put the jack on a stable frame, make sure there are no plastic pieces, then pump up the car and remove the lug nuts. After that, put the new tire on. Make sure that you tighten the nuts and to slowly bring down the jack.
Head and/or Tail Lights Dead
This one is easy. Go to a car shop, ask about the required bulb for the specific make or model you have and you can easily replace your dead lights. Make sure that the car is turned off, then unplug the old bulb, and replace it with the new one.
If your car won’t start, your battery is most likely dead. If you don’t have a tester, you can go to car repair shops to make sure that your battery isn’t the real problem, because if your car won’t start, it’s either the batter or the starter or alternator. Removing the battery involves removing the negative terminal first before the positive and if there’s a ground wire, you will also need to take them off.