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Aug 04, 2015

5 Simple Car Repairs Every Man Can Do

created at: 08/04/2015

…With a little help from some quality process videos of course. I’ve spent enough years with less-than-cherry cars that need constant TLC to keep them moving along, and I wish I’d actually taken the time to learn some of the easier maintenance processes that I could’ve done myself.   

Popular Mechanics recently put out this article of five videos walking you through some of the more basic repairs every guy is able to perform. Maybe you’re beyond these in proficiency and ready for a full engine rebuild, but for those just starting out who are interested in getting in touch with their vehicle (or simply looking to save some cash) these videos are a good place to start. Get a taste below and check out the full article.

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J in MT on Aug 08, 2015:

Update from me:


After watching the how to replace brake pads and rotors vid, I decided it was time to do some myself.  My brakes on my car are kind of squishy, and two mechanics have told me they need replaced... for $350-450.


Well, with a little inspiration, $110 worth of parts and $40 worth of tools/supplies from O'Reily's... my car has new front brakes. It did take me nearly four hours last night (took forever to do things like jack up the car, clean my wheels while they were off, etc...), but I saved a solid $200+.  I'm going to do my wife's next me thinks.  


It was way easier than I thought it would be, and really didn't take much tool wise. I did need a special socket (3/8" Allen head), a new torque wrench, and caliper grease/brake cleaner/etc. But it really was just: 1/2" drive breaker bar, 3/8" drive ratchet, 1/2 drive torque with adapter to 3/8 drive, flat screwdriver, wire hanger, silicone grease stuff, 17mm deep socket (lug nuts), floor jack and stands, wire brush, and rags. Easy!


J in MT on Aug 06, 2015:

I would add things like changing your own fuel filter (especially if it is an In Line style), air filter (well... duh), and lights (headlights, blinkers, interior lights, etc..).  I have many a friend who have taken their vehicles to shops for some of these, or they are add ons when you get your oil changed; for waaaaay to much!


The other thing I would add: be really sure you are able to takle plugs before you start.


1) Does your car need new plugs? Or does it really need new plugs AND wires? New plugs with crappy wires won't do you as much as you'd like them to.


2) Plugs are very fragile. Be careful taking out the old ones.


3)New plugs must go back in EXACTLY how they came out.  Sometimes they are super hard to start the threads and can take a *really* long time to get started. (and, as they say over the pond: MIND THE GAP!)


Jody H. on Aug 05, 2015:

I feel like you are trying to get me to work on my own car and save some money! Lol, I feel upset at you and thankful for you at the same time. I never realized how easy some of these task were. Looks like I have to try them out now!