The hardest part of any DIY job on your car is often getting up the courage to get started. As you may have seen recently, Haynes research indicates the cosmetic plastic engine cover is the biggest hurdle amateurs face before starting to work on their cars. Even with the latest 21st-Century advances, most cars are still similar to the ones from 30 years ago under the skin, and not that difficult to service at home. In fact, some of the “complicated” systems introduced recently actually make fixing them easier, like standardized OBDII trouble codes.
Here at Haynes we have been taking apart vehicles and successfully putting them back together for more than 50 years. This process is time-consuming, but we feel it is that only way to ensure the pictures and procedures described are accurate. Without some of the tips that follow we would never be able to put these cars, trucks, and bikes back together again properly. Follow our lead and you can quickly overcome your fears and anxieties about fixing your car.