What You Need to Know About Fixing a Fault with Your Car

Taking your car to a mechanic and having it repaired there can be pretty expensive. If you want to save some money, then you’ll have to carry out the repair work yourself. Here’s everything you need to know about doing that.

Safety

Before you do anything else, you need to think about safety. You can’t just lift up the bonnet and start doing work on the car. If you want to do the job properly and safely, then don’t carry out the work before the engine has had chance to cool down. If you have been driving the car, leave it static for a while before going near the engine. It will be too hot for you to touch unless you do this. You should also protect your eyes and hands if you are doing work with oil or anything that’s hazardous.

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Tools

You then need to make sure that you have the right tools at hand to carry out the job. You need to be using the right tools if you want everything to go according to plan. You can cause severe damage to your car if you try to carry out a job by using the wrong tools. Having a variety of different screwdrivers, wrenches and drills will be necessary. Tools can be expensive, but don’t make the mistake of taking shortcuts when you are purchasing tools or your car.

Source the Problem

Now that you are safe and have the right tools at hand, the real work can begin. Of course, there are literally thousands of different problems that your car can face. But some of them are more common than others. You will need to get to the source of the problem first of all. You will have no chance of being able to fix the problem if you’re not even sure what the exact problem is. Go to the most logical place that you think the problem is emanating from first. And refer to your manual if you need extra support.

Buy the Right Parts

When you know what is wrong, you will then need to buy the parts that will fix the problem. Most of the problems that your car has can be solved by taking out an old damaged part and replacing it with a new one. It might be a spark plug, a belt, an air filter or a brake pad. But all of these things can be removed and changed manually. You first need to find a parts supplier to buy from though. At companies like justrenault.co.uk / JustRenaults there are some parts if you drive a Renault. There are also lots of used parts that can be bought on auction sites.

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Follow a Guide Step by Step

Finally, you need to actually carry out the repair work. This is probably the toughest part of the job. The internet is your friend though. There are lots of online tutorials and videos that show you exactly how to carry out particular car repairs. From changing a tyre to replacing an air filter, there’s a tutorial out there for everything. There are tutorials at http://ridefix.com/tutorials.

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