Unless you have been living under a rock for the past few years, then you are no doubt aware that the cost of hiring a mechanic is now higher than ever before. With this in mind, you need to be very frugal about spending money on vehicle repairs, which means only seeking the services of a mechanic when absolutely necessary
Here are 4 vehicle repairs that you can do yourself, even if you have very little experience! The details about how to perform the following repairs can be found in simple step by step format on sites such as WikiHow.
Change the air filter
Experts say that you need to change the air filter every year or 12,000 miles, but do you actually have to hire a mechanic to do this for you? The answer is no, and in fact, the job should take you no more that about 10 to 15 minutes to complete.
Change windshield wipers
Another task that you don’t require a mechanic for is changing the windshield wipers. This is because it only takes around 10 minutes of your time and costs $20. It’s also really simple to do yourself, and only needs to be done about once every 6 to 12 months depending on the weather conditions where you live.
Many mechanics advertise free installation of windscreen wipers, but in reality it ends up costing you a lot more due to the fact they use the most expensive wiper blades they have in stock, which means it costs you closer to $100.
Replace the spark plugs
You might think that changing the spark plugs is a task that should be undertaken by a professional, but in actual fact this is far from the case. Even if you are a complete novice when it comes to fixing cars you should still be able to do this simple task.
Firstly, you must be aware that spark plugs generally need replacing about once every 30,000 miles, although look in your vehicle owners manual just to make sure.
Next, in order to complete the job you will require a socket wrench, socket extension, and a spark plug socket, which shouldn’t cost you much more than $15.
Lastly, you will be pleased to hear that replacing the spark plugs on your vehicle won’t take you any longer than 30 minutes, so you can easily get the job done with the least amount of hassle.
Changing the oil
Do you really need to visit a mechanic to change the oil in your vehicle? Many experts claim that you don’t, and this is because you can do it far cheaper on your own, and best of all, it only takes 30 minutes of your time once you know what you are doing.
So how often should you change the oil? It varies from vehicle to vehicle, although a good rule of thumb is to make the change every 3000 miles. Just be aware that you should never change the oil while your engine is still hot…wait for it to cool down first or do it first thing in the morning.