2 Car Problems You Can Troubleshoot Yourself
Not all drivers know how to troubleshoot their cars and simply rely on auto mechanics for help. Albeit this is not a bad practice, car repairs can be costly, especially if you could have been able to fix it yourself. By investing in some tools, most of which, come already with the car, a do-it-yourself car troubleshooting is easier than you think.
You are driving when suddenly it feels like the road is uneven and there is a thumping sound under your car. Chances are, you have a flat tire. If you do, pull at the side of the road and get the tire wrench, spare tire and car jack to change it. First, loosen the lug nuts of with the tire wrench but do not remove them yet. Place the jack underneath the chassis, the metal part, to secure it. Pump up the jack, remove the lug nuts and tire and replace it with the spare. Now, tighten the lug nuts and bring down the jack. Double check if the lug nuts are tightened securely and drive to the nearest auto mechanic to have your flat tire fixed or replaced.
A car that is hard starting can happen for several reasons. It might be from a faulty starter, ignition coil, alternator or battery. Among the four problems, troubleshooting a car battery can be a DIY. Check under the hood and see if there is corrosion on the terminals. By unbolting the negative terminal first and then the positive you can now clean the top of the battery with a metal brush. See to it that the terminals will not be touching each other to avoid short circuit. If your battery need placement, then this will be much easier.
Knowing how to troubleshoot minor car problems not only saves you money but also saves you time waiting for help to arrive.