Repair & Maintenance
from a typical car
owner's manual. (You have
your car owner's manual in
your glove compartment,
station charges? It's money in your pocket.
of satisfaction on a job well done? Priceless.
Both are pretty
good reasons for getting up to speed on buying
auto parts to make simple car maintenance checks and repairs.
Later, you can tackle that new sophisticated computer system, or
learn how to rebuild your entire car engine. But for now, knowing
the basics of car maintenance or simple do-it-yourself repairs is
an easy step to greater confidence both under the hood and behind
for a little homework before you embark on any repair. First, read
your car owner's manual for valuable information
on what makes your car tick. Ask other car owners, or seek out other
intrepid do-it-yourselfers in online car
forums who have been there before.
think SAFETY. The object of this game is to drive away with a sense
of accomplishment and all digits intact. No sense paying extra for
a botched repair job or being driven to the hospital for a konk
on the head, or worse.
Along with the
usual pliers, wrenches and screwdrivers, be sure to invest in other
such as a quality ratchet set, vise grips, a top of the line car
jack and jack stands, or any other equipment for the long haul.
Besides being a great investment in the life of your car, a good
set of tools will make tackling any current or future project that
and Maintenance 101
Just up ahead, check out a handful of projects for beginners with
step-by-step instructions and important related safety tips - for
undertaking your first maintenance project or do it yourself repair:
also see: Choosing a good tint shop | Spring car maintenance
A career as an auto mechanic
More Do-It-Yourself Car Repair & Maintenance Tips around the Web:
Repair: Repairs and Maintenance You Can Do Yourself - About.com
guide with tips and tricks to easy fixes, regular maintenance, electrical
and more advanced DIY repairs with photos and instructions.
Auto Repairs - Hundreds of star-rated
tips from the eHow community with step-by-step instructions for
DIY car repairs and general maintenance.
Bibles.com - The whole car encyclopedia including facts,
information, tips & advice on basic car maintenance, car oil,
transmissions, suspensions, tires, with related product reviews.
- Car Maintenance and Service - Helpful feature articles
on do it yourself maintenance basics, tips on service repair rip-offs,
car recalls and related forum posts searchable by keyword.
Car Owner's Manual Online