4 Common Car Problems You Should Be Able To Fix On Your Own

Most of you would have been driving cars since your teenage times. Some know their car in and out and some know a few things about their cars.

Knowing the common automotive terms is really beneficial sometimes. There could be times when your car broke down or some other car related issue popped up. At such times, you may or may not find a car mechanic. In case you don’t, you should be aware of a few problems you could be able to fix and save your money as well.

So here are four common car problems you should be able to fix on your own in no time and save your money at the same time.

Flat Tire

Flat tires are one of the very common issues drivers face now and then. Luckily, this problem is the easiest to fix. All you need is the correct tools and some knowledge.

Let’s say you have a Mercedes-Benz car and a spare tire in the trunk. To replace the flat tire, you would need a car jack and lever, socket wrench or ratchet, and elbow grease. In case you don’t have a donut, you should purchase and keep a Mercedes wheel tire for future use.

First of all, find a safe area to pullover. Then loosen up the lug nuts on thewheel with your wrench. After this, place the jack beneath the car at a distance from your tire and pump the lever to raise the tireof your car off the ground. 

After this, you should completely remove the loose nuts and replace the tire with the substitute tire and bolt them up. Ensure that you tighten the lug nuts as per the requirement. Lastly, lower your car and tighten up the nuts completely.

Headlight Or Taillight Bulb Fuse

Headlights are one thing that you definitely need if you have to drive in the fog or at night. Many at times, a headlight bulb fades out at the most unexpected time.

To solve this issue, you need a spare bulb. If you are not aware of what kind of bulb is needed, your car manual will provide you with this information.

To start fixing the headlight, you have to turn off the car’s engine and allow it to cool. Then open the bonnet and unscrew the spoilt bulb. Replace the old bulb with the new one and shut the bonnet down. Changing a car’s bulb is very much similar to changing and replacing a bulb at home. After this, start your engine and check the lights.

Faulty Wiper Blades

During a rainy season or a snowfall, you would need your wipers to help you clear out that entire snow or water landing on your windows. If your wipers fail to work, your car could get damaged very easily. And such faulty wipers have to be replaced as soon as possible.

To fix your wiper blades, you have to first lift the wiper arm away from the windshield. Then depress the small tab which enables the wiper blade to be pulled off. After this, align the new wiper blade with the arm and push it in tightly. Repress the small tab back to its position and tada! You fixed the wiper blade.

Replacing The Air Filters

Air filters are one thing that is overlooked most of the time. Air filters help to keep the car’s engine free of dust and other contaminants. These protectors are inexpensive and easy to replace. Additionally, it helps keep your car’s engine clean.

To clean or replace the air filters, first, you need to open the hood and locate the air filter unit. Your car’s manual can help you detect unit. Once you locate it, remove the air filter cover, take it out and clean the air filter housing. 

After this step, insert a new air filter, then replace the cover of the air filter and shut down the hood. This should be repeated once a year to maintain your engine and helps to keep out dust and other particles.

By now, you would have learned the most common four problems and the solution to it. So the next time you plan to go for a drive or even take your car out for a vacation, do keep a substitute for such little things that could help you fix your car anywhere. Never forget the essential things you should have in your car like the car tools, manual, spare tire or donut, etc.

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Comment by AUTOFESTS on October 30, 2016 at 8:04pm

Thanks for the article Mike! Nice work!!

Comment by Jimmy Pitta on October 30, 2016 at 8:07pm

Hi Mike, thanks for the Blog post... Working to make sure my Wife and kids learn these basic car fixes... Look forward to more of your Blog posts.

Thanks, JP

Comment by Ethan on October 30, 2016 at 8:10pm

Cool blog post Mike, can't agree more... These are things that everyone should know.

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