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Car Problems You Should be Able to Fix Yourself

by S1m
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If you own a car then you will understand how expensive they can be to take to the mechanic and you will also understand how annoying it is when you do experience an issue because they always seem to happen at the worst possible time. The truth is that everyone should be able to fix a spare tyre and a number of other issues, and there has never been a better time for you to learn everything that you need to know.

Flat Tyre

To fix a flat tyre, all you have to do is use a car jack on the stable part of the frame. You will want to hoist the vehicle upwards. Then, remove any nuts, or lug nuts. This is usually done by using a ratchet and a locking wheel nut, which you should have with you. You will then want to put the spare tyre back on, lower the jack and voila, the whole thing is done. It is actually really easy for you to do all of this yourself. If you have a flat tyre because you have knocked into a wall or anything else of the sort then there is a high chance that your window may be damaged as well and to repair this you will need to hire a windscreen repair service. They will be able to work with you to fill any cracks that you have and they can also help you to take care of any minor damages that have been done to your glass, even if it’s just a small chip.

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Flat Car Battery

You will know if your car battery is flat if your car just won’t start up. If you can, you should always make sure that you have jump leads in your car. This is the best way for you to make sure that you are always prepared but you can also use a car battery charger as well if you happen to have one of those. If you know that your car battery has completely disconnected then it is possible for you to use a power pack. Before you jump start your car however, you need to check to see if it is leaking or even corroded. If you see that there is any damage at all then call someone out to take a look at the battery before you try and start your car. You will also want to keep any metal objects far away from your car and if you smoke, keep any flames away from the battery as well. When you have done this, turn off the ignition and keep everything turned off. To jump-start the car, park both cars next to each other but make sure that they are not touching at all. Open the bonnet and connect the red lead to the positive outlet on the battery in the donor car. Do this for the flat battery, and then connect the negative terminal to the working battery. You then need to attach the other side to the negative wire to any kind of metal point. This can be a bracket, but it needs to be away from the battery.

If your car has a negative starting pole then refer to your handbook to find out everything you need to know about this. When you have connected everything, start the donor car, leave it for a minute and then start the car with the flat battery. When the engine turned on, leave it for a couple of minutes to charge, then you’re well on your way. When you are removing all of the leads you have to make sure that you remove them in the reverse order that you attached them in. The leads can’t touch each other at this point, but if you can’t get your car to start at all when using this method then you will have to call someone out. If you are in any doubt then don’t try anything and hire someone. It’s worth noting that when you do jump start your car, the battery life will be shortened by a large amount, so getting it replaced needs to happen sooner rather than later.

Broken Lightbulb

You may have experienced this before. Drivers may continually flash you but you have no idea what is going on. The truth is that things go every now and again and this is very similar to the way that the lightbulbs in your house go. The first thing that you have to do is make sure that you have the right bulb. You can check this by looking at the handbook for your car, which should be in the glove compartment. Some cars may have a very hard plastic covering and other cars will have lights that are very easy to pull out. Once you have found out which one you have, you then need to make sure that you turn your car off when you change the bulb. When you have changed the bulb, all you have to do is turn the car back on and make sure that the bulb is working. This is the best way for you to get the best result out of your repair and if you are unsure about anything then all you have to do is compare the number on your light to the number of the light that is in your car.

tips on fixing your own car

Faulty Spark Plugs

If your car struggles to start then you may have a faulty spark plug. This is actually very easy for you to fix when you know how. Firstly, all you have to do is buy a brand new set of spark plugs. These are change. To start with, remove any HT leads and any obstacles that might be blocking your way. Then brush away any dirt and unscrew the fastening by using a socket spanner. Use feeler blades to check the electrode gap and make sure that it is applicable. Then, apply some copper grease to the new plugs and screw them in. Tighten them, and check the torque, before reconnecting the HT leads.

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