Everyone Should Know How To Fix These 35 Car Emergencies
Car repairs can be terribly expensive and who wants to waste their time waiting for their car to be repaired. There are lots of car repairs that don’t take any know-how, and that you can easily do yourself. Even doing one of these each year can save you hundreds. For simple tutorials, just follow the link on each image.
1 – Change Headlight Bulbs
If one of your headlights goes out, you can change it yourself as long as your car doesn’t have sealed beam headlights. Just look in the owner’s manual for the correct bulb and replace it.
2 – Do Your Own Oil Change
Doing your own oil change is one of the simplest car repairs. You just need a ratchet, oil filter, wrench, funnel, new oil, oil container, and oil filter.
3 – Replacing The Air Filter
Changing your own air filter saves money in a multitude of ways. It can improve your car’s gas mileage and performance.
4 – Replacing Blown Fuses Is A Breeze
If your lights don’t work, it could be a fuse. Just pop open the fuse box, which is often located inside the car, and check which fuse is out. Pull out the old fuse and replace it with a new one.
5 – Replace Windshield Wipers
Windshield wipers actually pop right off and right back on again. Find the appropriate size that you need and the rest is easy.
6 – Delay Alternator Issues
If your headlights are dim, shut off everything that uses power such as the radio, electric windows, and interior lights. This will juice up the alternator long enough to get to a repair shop.
7 – Change Your Own Brake Pads
You can change your own brake pads in just 10 minutes. No special tools are required. Just a little muscle.
8 – Replacing Your Drive Belt
If your car sqeals when you start it, you probably need to replace the drive belt. If it is cracked or loose, it is recommended that you change it as well.
9 – Dealing With A Stripped Belt
If your drive belt is stripped, roll out a long piece of duct tape. Then, taking each end, roll the piece down the middle to stick both halves together. This will work as a makeshift belt in an emergency.
10 – Stop Cracked Headlight From Spreading
You can stop a crack in your headlight from spreading until you are albe to get it fixed. Place all-weather tape on the crack and it should halt the spread. This is just a temporary fix to buy you somes time.
11 – Brighten Dim Lights
Simply wiping your headlights down with toothpaste can remove the dull film on them that dulls the light. When you wipe it off, you lights will shine.
12 – Replace Spark Plugs
Spark plugs are cheap. Paying a mechanic to change them isn’t. Changing them yourself is one of the best car repairs you can do yourself.
13 – Ading Radiator Fluid
It is especially important to keep an eye on radiator fluids during hot summer months. The coolant tank is easy to spot and to fill.
14 – Overheating Engine
This hack will buy you some time if your engine overheats in traffic or while driving. Turn off the A/C and turn on the heater. This will keep the fan going until you can pull over.
15 – Muffler Quick Fix
Want to silence your muffler or exhaust until you get the time and money to fix it? This quick fix uses only flexible metal and pipe clamps.
16 – Getting Your Car Going When The Clutch Is Broken
To get your car going when your clutch is acting up, get the car moving and then try to activate the clutch, rather than activating it while the car is stopped.
17 – Fixing A Fuel Leak
Chewing gum can hold a fuel leak at bay until you get it fixed. Locate the leak, dry the area, and place chewed gum on the hole.
18 – Changing Your Fuel Filter
Changing your fuel filter is another one of those repairs that can save you lots of money. The cost is only around $15.
19 – Replace Your Battery
If your car needs to be jump started all of the time, you might want to consider changing the battery. You won’t need any special tools. Just a simple tutorial.
20 – Change A Flat Tire
Locating your jack is often the most difficult part of changing a flat tire. You will also need to know where your spare or dummie tire is kept.
21 – Repairing Window Stripping
The window stripping can become loose and annoying. It is very easy to glue back into place with some adhesive.
22 – Doing A Radiator Flush
A radiator flush will keep your radiator in good working condition and can extend the life of your car. A little maintenance can go a long way.
23 – Plug Your Tire
Plugging your tire can get extra miles out of it before you have to replace it. The cost: only $5.
24 – Fix A Leaky Hose
If you can see the leak, you can repair it by yourself. Just unclamp the leaking hose, put on a new one, and put the clamp back into place. It’s one of the easiest repairs that you can do.
25 – Getting Your Car Out Of The Snow
If your car gets stuck in the snow, lay a piece of cardboard out flat near the tires. If the tires catch on the cardboard, it can give your car the traction it needs to get unstuck.
26 – Unfreezing Door Locks
Keep your door locks from freezing in cold weather by spraying them with WD-40.
27 – Replacing Broken Seatbelts
Broken seatbelts can be replaced with just one tool: a screwdriver. Removing the covers and placing new ones in their place is all there is to it.
28 – Fix For A Stuck Starter
The reasons some starters get stuck is that the brushes inside get jammed. Hitting the starter with a blunt object, such a s a rock can help get your car going again.
29 – Repairing The Tire Valve Stem
If your tire has a slow leak, it can be the tire valve stem. Replacing it is failrly simple and can save your tire.
30 – Test Your Car Battery
You can test your car battery to see if it needs to be replaced. The testing tool is called a multimeter and it is easy to use.
31 -Prevent Foggy Windows
To prevent foggy windows in the morning, fill a sock with kitty litter. Leave it in your car to prevent foggy buildup on the windows.
32 – Get Better Tire Traction
If your tires are getting a little used, try lowering the pressure in them. They will get better traction on slippery roads.
33 – Changing Any Burned Out Lights
Just as you can change the headlight bulb fairly easy, you can also change other bulbs that are burned out. License plate bulbs and interior bulbs are both quick repairs.
34 – Repair Broken Car Antenna
Replacing your broken car antenna should only cost a few dollars and takes just minutes. No matter what kind of antenna you have, this is an easy repair.
35 – Replacing Cabin Air Filter
Just remove the access cover and slide the old filter out. Replace it with a new filter. Your can wil smell better and your A/C will work better
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