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3 Automotive Repairs Anyone Can Do

May 26, 2015

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The cost of keeping a car on the road isn’t solely down to the price of fuel. You’ll inevitably run into a few instances where you need to call a mechanic to make sure everything is working as it should be. While some of these may be necessary, there are also times when drivers pay professionals to do jobs they could easily do themselves.

Changing a Flat Tyre

Whether or not you can change a flat tyre is often used to separate those who are mechanically minded from those who aren’t. The truth is, it’s actually very simple and with a little practice anyone can do it. All you need is a spare, a jack, and a lug wrench, all available from suppliers like SGS Engineering. Loosen, but don’t fully remove, the lug notes then use the jack to lift the corner of the car. Once the tyre is off of the ground, you can remove the lug nuts and tyre completely. Reverse the process when you’ve placed the spare onto the car. It’s very to common to come across a situation where you’ll need to replace a tyre at least once in your life

Wash and Wax

According to a recent survey, 8 out of 10 Brits are too lazy to wash their own cars. The amount spent on getting a car washed varies between £3 and £25 each time, while the price spent is £7. That means that over the course of a year, doing a monthly wash and wax yourself could save you £84. When washing your car, use a product that is pH-balanced. This will remove contaminants from your car’s surfaces without stripping away the waxes. While ordinary household cleaners are designed to remove and dissolve greases and oil, they will also strip away the waxes and, in some cases, can damage your car’s finish.

Changing the Oil

Over extended use, contaminants like dirt and other particles will start to break down the quality of your oil. Most people should expect to change their oil every 3,000 to 5,000 miles, though more aggressive drivers could see this estimate significantly lowered. Regularly changing your vehicle’s oil is one of the most important things you can do to maintain good fuel efficiency. As well as replacement oil and a filter, you’ll need a jack, socket wrench, and an oil drain pan (preferably one that’s heat safe and has a spout).

Learning a few basic maintenance tips is a great way to save money. The knowledge you gain will be put to use for many years to come.