Do It Yourself Auto Repair Resources and Advice

When something is wrong with your car, one of the first things on your mind is almost always “How much is this going to cost me?” Yes, the prospect of having to spend some of your hard earned cash far outweighs the practical issues, such as “How will I get to work?” For many, the only solution is to take the car into a mechanic and hope the price is low; for the special few who are good with their hands and can figure out the inner-workings of a car, performing the necessary diagnostics and repairs is the way to go.


Don’t fret, however, as even those with little to no familiarity with cars can perform routine auto repair - new brake pads, oil change, tire rotation, belt replacement, etc - in the comfort of their own garage. If you decide to take a stab at repairing your car on your own, you’re going to need a little help. The first thing you should acquire is the repair manual for your car. Many cars come with it, while others might require you to seek it out, either online or at a car service center. Given that we live in the Internet age, it’s entirely possible to find the repair manual for your car online, which you simply print out and take with you.

If you can’t find your manual, or if you have a specific problem with which you need help, then once again the Internet is the place to go. Auto repair message boards and car forums can be a great source of help, as many online car enthusiasts can help you diagnose a problem and point in the direction of the cheapest possible fix, whether it’s a do-it-yourself solution or not.

If you’re truly struggling to repair your vehicle on your own, you can always call a friend or family member. Find that one person with experience working on cars and see if they’d be willing to spend an afternoon with you trying to figure out what’s wrong. It certainly doesn’t help if you offer pizza and beer, either.

Posted on June 22, 2012 at 9:00 AM