Repairing your car yourself

"Guide to DIY car repairs."

You can save a lot of money by fixing and repairing your car yourself.

Obviously if you can avoid problems you will save even more so a routine of careful maintenance makes a lot of sense.

Regular checks. Ideally these should be done weekly, if you notice a level is dropping keep an eye on it more frequently.

  • Oil levels
  • Tire pressures
  • Water/coolant levels
  • Brake fluid levels

Read more on the best regular checks to do

Regular servicing. This will typically be carried out every 12,000 miles or annually but consult your cars service book for more information.

  • Plugs (Petrol engines)
  • Oil change and flush
  • Oil filter replacement
  • Air filter replacement

Read our how to service a car article.

Brake pads, and fluid needs changing but we are going to recommend you see a professional mechanic or experienced DIYer before attempting this as a mistake could be fatal.

Repairing your car

Mechanical faults

Engine failure/wont start/misfires etc...

To diagnose a fault, approach it systematically ruling out each part of the process.

On new cars a quick download of error codes can very quickly point you in the right direction.

Search our online forums and the internet (Bing is usually better for this sort of thing) for the symptoms of your car.

Be as specific as you can.

  • Search: Make model, won't start when warm after a service

The internet is your handy manual, and gone are the days when you had to go out and buy a workshop manual.

We find that pretty much everything you need to do to repair a car is covered online nowadays, and often with a video explanation.

Don't be afraid to attempt to fix it. Most repairs consist of unbolting an old part and bolting on a new one, something even the most inexperienced DIY enthusiast should be able to do.

Most of the common issues we find are worn sensors, bad connectors, split pipes and hoses and years of neglect.



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