When to Fix Car Problems on Your Own or Take Into a Shop
A problem coming up with your car would leave any car owner frustrated. The feeling of disappointment that comes when a car develops fault when it is urgently needed, or somewhere on a lonely road is almost incomparable. It gets worse when you realize the cost of car repairs could be wallet-draining.
You would frequently ask yourself exactly why you need a car many times while passing through the whole ordeal. But not every car trouble should be so difficult to fix. There are some that you could fix on your own or at least ensure you have a grip on what’s going on before taking it to the repair shop – this makes things much easier and probably less costly. Here are some of those problems.
Car Squeals on Ignition
This is most commonly due to a problem with the drive belt. Inspect the drive belt visually for any looseness, wear, or cracks. If you notice your belt is worn-out, you could replace it on your own or take to a shop. If, on the other hand, the belt is loose, all you need do is tighten it up.
Car Not Turning Over or Accessories Not Coming On
If you experience any of these problems, the culprit is probably your battery or alternator. You could run a quick test on either of the two using a multimeter. The multimeter lets you know if they are delivering enough power. You could attempt replacing the battery on your own or just take it to a repairer. Leaving your headlights or other components on may also make your battery dead. All you’ll need in this situation is to jump-start the car.
Squealing or Grinding When Braking
If you hear a squealing sound when applying the brakes, your brake pads need to be replaced. Alternatively, if your car gives a grinding sound when braking, your rotor most likely needs replacement. You could replace your brake pads yourself. But if it’s a rotor problem, do well to take it to a car repairer, especially if you’re just starting out on your car repairing journey.
If you notice a pool of antifreeze liquid (could be orange, yellow or green) whenever you park your car, chances are you are having a coolant leak. Open your hood to check for a leaking hose or plastic. If you are lucky enough, you’ll spot it easily. All you need do is get another hose or plastic and replace the leaky one.
There you have it! These minor repairs could save you a lot of headaches, plus you’re potentially truncating a problem that could grow a lot worse. Remember you have to possess a toolbox if you’re serious about doing it yourself. Your toolbox should at least contain an adjustable wrench, a torque wrench, socket and ratchet set, pliers, Phillips and flathead screwdrivers and a Jack (usually included with your car). However, if you feel you do not have enough knowledge about how to fix the issue, it may be better to take the car into a shop to get it fixed.