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5 Car Repairs You Can Do Yourself

5 Car Repairs You Can Do Yourself
1. Oil and oil filters

Tools: ratchet, oil filter, wrench, funnel, new oil, oil container, and oil filter.

Before you change the oil please ensure that your engine has been cooled for several hours.

  1. Get under your car and locate the vehicle’s oil pan and unscrew the drain plug and drain all of the old oil into your oil pan.
  2. Go back to your engine and remove the old oil filter with your oil filter wrench.
  3. Lubricate the rubber gasket on the new oil filter with some new motor oil.
  4. Fill the new oil filter about two-thirds of the way with new oil.
  5. Screw in the new oil filter. Hand-tighten it only.
  6. Fill the engine with new oil, using your funnel.
  7. With a dip-stick, double check your oil level to be sure you’ve added enough.
2. Spark Plugs

Tools: Ratchet or socket wrench, 12″ socket extension, spark plug socket

  1. You’ll find either four, six, or eight plugs, depending on how many cylinders your car has.
  2. Remove the wire to the first spark plug only. Do not remove all of the wires at once. Your spark plugs are installed in a certain order, which you need to maintain.
  3. Use your spark plug socket and extension on your ratchet to remove the first spark plug.
  4. Install the new spark plug, screwing it in by hand at first and then tightening it with a wrench for a snug fit.
  5. Re-attach the spark plug wire.

3. Windshield wipers

Tools: None

  1. Lift the blades, as if you were washing your windshield by hand, and remove the old blades.
  2. Pay attention to how the old blades connect to the metal arms.
  3. On most models, you’ll see a tab on the underside of the wiper. Push the tab to remove the old blade.
  4. Attach the new blades, being careful not to bend the wiper arms or scratch your windshield. Line everything up and make sure the new ones are secure and tight.

4. Air Filters

Tools: None

  1. First, find your filter under the hood of your car. It’s in a black rectangular box with metal clips on the side. Check your owner’s manual if you don’t see it as soon as you pop the hood.
  2. Open up the casing, and check out how the air filter fits inside it. Make a note of which way the filter faces.
  3. Remove the old air filter, and insert the new one exactly how the old one sat.
  4. Remember to close the metal clips when you’re done.

5. Chipped Windshield

Tools: Windshield Repair Kit

1. When you get it, all you need to do is dig out any loose glass with the pin provided, and then thoroughly clean it, and the surrounding area.
2.You will have to stick a small device to the windshield that forms a seal around the rock chip, and then a vacuum contraption will work to apply the resin into the crack.
3. It’s an operation that takes less than one hour, from opening the package to the finished result, and most of that is simply waiting time.

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