If you own a vehicle, it is most likely that there will come a time in your life when you have to stop, get out of your vehicle and change a tyre or see to faulty spark plugs. Now not all of us has been gifted with the mechanical knowledge to fix a car but there are a few common car repairs that you can do yourself; saving yourself money and loads of time by not having to go to a mechanic.
Though seeing to some of these car troubles might seem to be difficult, the below tips and tricks will prove to be useful in situation when you need to get your hands dirty.
Replacing a flat tyre
While driving, you should be able to feel that the car is slanting and making a loud, thudding sound – bring the vehicle to a standstill immediately. You should have a spare tyre either under or in the boot of your vehicle. Use a car jack, which should also be in your car, always, to pump up the car in order for you to remove the flat tyre using a socket wrench. After replacing the tyre make sure to tighten the nuts and bolts efficiently. Lower the car jack slowly and bob’s your uncle!
Changing the oil
Even though you should be checking the oil in your car every 4000 to 5000 km/h folks often forget to or don’t bother checking at all. Replacing the oil is fairly easy. Firstly, you need to know what sort of oil your car needs and what type of filter it uses. Then you also need to establish where the oil pan bolt is, where you can find the oil filter and how much oil is required – all this information can be found in the service and owner’s manuals. Start by loosening the pan bolt and drain all the old oil out. Change or replace the oil filter, throw in the new oil which after you will tighten the bolt back up. Done!
What to do when your car battery dies
You will know that your battery is dead when your car won’t start. Getting it up and running is as simple as disconnecting the negative circuit and then the positive. Connect one end of the black cable to the negative (-) terminal of your fully charged SLA battery and the other end to the negative (-) terminal of the bad battery. You will need to let the batteries sit for 2-3 days to bring the dead battery back to or closer to 12 volts.
Spending huge amounts on fuel
The way you drive is one of the main contributors to fuel consumption. Driving your car aggressively and braking too hard or sudden burns more fuel than you realise. By driving at an even pace and braking well ahead of time or in time can save you up to 30% on mileage. Try to reduce the use of air conditioning as this also eats at your fuel. Regularly have the pressure of your tyres checked as this is another contributor to fuel consumption.
These are just some of the car problems that you can and should be able to fix yourself, say for in case of emergencies and or where you are alone and far from help. Should you have any trouble with anything in the instance of you having to fix your vehicle yourself, the internet is your friend and don’t hesitate to ask Mr Popular Search Engine where you can locate the spark plug or oil pan bolt.
- Enzo Leigh Botes