Simple checks anyone can do
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- The best (and safest) places to work on your car
- Understanding different types of lights on your car
- How to decode your car’s VIN
- Battery Checks: when is your car battery too old?
- Dashboard warning lights you can’t ignore
- How to check the thickness of your brake pads
01 It’s good to learn
Knowledge, as they say, is power. So, the more you know about your car’s inner workings, the better off you’ll be in the long run. Think about it, if there’s a job that needs doing around the house, you’ll learn how to do it. So why should your car be any different? Plus, there are plenty of Haynes Manuals to help you along the way.
02 It’s only nuts and bolts
People get a bit scared when it comes to working on cars, but that’s the wrong approach. It’s only nuts and bolts, and as such, it can only really come apart one way and go back together the same.
Get involved with the spanners and screwdrivers, see what connects to what, and if you’re getting in a bit over your head, just stop and screw/bolt it all back up. It’s that simple.
03 It’s not scary
Following on from number three, we really have to drive home the fact that cars aren’t something to be feared. If they were, we wouldn’t make so many helpful guides.
If you let the fear of working on your car get in the way, you’re going to lose out. Not only because you’re not fulfilling point number one, but also because you won’t be saving money. Leading us onto...
04 It’ll save you money
Garages have labour rates. It’s a fact of life, and as such, you’re going to pay them when you go to a garage. But you don’t need to go to a garage for every little job.
If you learn, if you get your tools out and have a go, you’ll save money. A garage might charge you £30 to fit new bulbs. You could do that yourself, for free. That’s £30 in your back pocket.
05 It’s really satisfying
Ah yes, the satisfaction of a job well done. This is why we do anything, because we want to enjoy the fruits of our labour. Master your socket set, change that broken part, feel like a pro.
That’s what being a home mechanic is all about. Plus, when you put up some shelves you can’t drive the finished article around town. You can with a car though, so show off your handiwork!
06 It’ll build your confidence
The more you do, the more you learn and the greater your confidence will become. This has many benefits. Not only will it mean you’re more likely to do future jobs yourself, it also means that you won’t be easily hoodwinked should you have to go to a garage for a bigger, more complicated job. You’ll have a bit of ‘the knowledge’ which will put you in good stead.
07 There’s a world of information out there
So you don’t know where to start? No worries, Haynes has your back. We have guides for almost every car you can think of. So as long as your reading is up to par (and it must be, because you’re here) we have the ‘how to’ information you need to guide you through any repair.
There’s literally nothing stopping you, unless you lose your reading glasses of course. We take every car down to its component parts and then put it all back together again. Let us impart that knowledge upon you, it’s what we do!
08 You’ll bond with your car
The more you work on your car, the more you’ll come to know all its little idiosyncrasies. There won’t be a squeak, rattle or clonk the origin of which you can’t pinpoint. You will be at one with your automobile.
That’s a great position to be in, because it means you’ll have confidence in your car, and you’ll feel safer on the road as a result. This working on your own car malarkey has many benefits you know.
09 It’s an excuse to buy tools
Who doesn’t like tools? Buying new tools is much like buying new toys when you were a kid. All that gear, all that polished chrome. And as you buy more tools, all that potential to carry out any job that should be required increases exponentially.
Yep, there’s nothing finer in life than a well-stocked tool box. This is your chance to live that dream!
10 You’ll impress your mates
Become the master of your own automobile and you’ll be the envy of all your mates. They’ll be mystified by your mastery of mechanics, astounded by your astute appreciation of the automobile and impressed by your integration into all that is internally combusted. You get the idea.
You’ll become the ‘go to’ guy for car advice and repairs, a font of all automotive knowledge, or they’ll just ask you what to do when fitting new wiper blades.