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Want To Service Your Car At Home?

The thing about having a mechanic service your car is you have to pay them money to do so. If you use a garage, especially one inside a dealership, they can often charge a lot of money. Many of us don’t like the fact that our motoring costs seem to rise each year. One of those costs is vehicle servicing.

I don’t know about you, but I prefer to do things myself if I know what I’m doing. You might not think it, but basic servicing work isn’t that hard to do on a car. You just need to have the right information and tools to do a good job.

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Image By: avtoritetkhv

So, if you wish to perform DIY servicing on your car, here’s what you need:

Workshop Manual

Before you attempt any servicing work, you first need to know how to do it! The process is similar on any car. But, on some vehicles, you may need to remove certain parts first. The best thing to do is get your hands on a workshop manual for your car.

In a nutshell, it’s a book or electronic document that gives step-by-step instructions. It will cover a wide range of topics, not just simple oil changes. When you start looking for a repair manual, be sure to select one for your particular model AND year. That’s because there can be minor changes between different models and years. Even if they’re technically the same engine!

Lighting

When you work in the depths of your engine bay, you’ll find it hard to see things sometimes. Even if you’re working outside and the sun is shining! Having an array of LED lights at your disposal is important.

I recommend getting some that have hooks or clamps on them. That way, you can keep your hands free while your work area gets illuminated. LED lights are super cheap these days, so there’s no excuse not to buy some!

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Image By: Wikimedia Commons

Basic Tools

There are some tools that you will always need for almost any mechanical repair. Examples include:

  • Screwdriver set;
  • Socket set (with both imperial and metric sizes);
  • Oil filter removal tool;
  • Spark plug wrench;
  • Hydraulic jack and axle stands.

You can buy all the above items at reasonable prices. Don’t be afraid to get used items if they are of a good quality make.

Sundries

These are items that you will use just once when servicing your car. One prime example are latex gloves. These are must-have items unless you love having a coating of engine oil on your hands! You’ll also need degreaser sprays (i.e. WD-40) and lubricants for helping to remove rusted bolts and nuts.

A couple of rolls of paper towels are also a useful item to any home mechanic’s garage. Especially when doing any messy work like oil changes!

I hope you have found today’s blog post useful. As you can see, you don’t need lots of stuff to carry out car servicing work at home. All you need are the right tools and resources at your disposal. Good luck!

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