Basic Car Repair Knowledge

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The frustration of our car breaking down at the most inconvenient of times is the worst, isn’t it? For most of us, cars are the most important machine that we need on a daily basis. To ensure you don’t have to wait in line or call a tow truck for some very basic problems that you can totally do it yourself, here are a car repair knowledge tips you should know—

Basic Car Repair Knowledge | Changing Oil–

This is the most basic and important skill to maintain the working of the car for longer periods of time. A regular check-up of the car’s oil is mandatory for the smooth running. Drain the oil by removing the oil drain plug, unscrewing the oil filter and then empty it. After you empty the oil unscrew the oil filler to fill with fresh oil.

Basic Car Repair Knowledge | Changing Spark Plugs–

Spark plugs, as the name suggests, ignite sparks in the fuel to get your vehicle running. Like every machine, the spark plugs also wear out. First, locate the spark plug wires, remove the damaged plugs, insert new ones in its place, put the wires back in place and voilà!

Basic Car Repair Knowledge | Changing Flat Tires–

We all have faced this at least once in our lives. Changing of flat tires is not a big deal if we remember a few basic steps. Lose the long nuts with a wrench, then use a jack stand to lift the car, take out the flat tire after removing the nuts, place the new one(s), lower the car again and make sure the nuts are tight. Easy!

Basic Car Repair Knowledge | Changing Car Battery–

While this hack will not be possible at all times because all of us don’t have a spare battery lying around, but if you’re home, you can definitely try this. Remove the covers of the batteries, remove the negative and positive cables clamps from the battery post, remove all the screws, put in the new battery and reconnect all the cables clamps.

Basic Car Repair Knowledge | Jump-starting a Car–

This skill comes in handy so that you don’t have to call for somebody every time your car repair doesn’t start. It’s real easy to do as well. Take the jumper cables out, put the gear in neutral and turn off the ignition. Attach the red and black clips to the positive and negative terminals of the battery of both the cars respectively. Attach the other end to an uninsulated metal and start your car!

Basic Car Repair Knowledge | Replacing Wipers–

Windshield wipers should always be in perfect shape, especially when you drive in heavy rainfall or snowfall. To change a pair is one of the easiest tricks. Pull the arms of the wipers away from the windscreen, press on a tab to pull the wiper off, align the new wiper blade and push it lightly. That’s it!

Replacing a Headlight or Taillight–

A broken headlight or taillight can be extremely dangerous if not fixed soon. Sometimes, only the frame of the light is broken. Remove the screws connecting the frame to the bracket and put on a new one. If the bulb is fused, after removing the frame, disconnect the electrical wires, replace the new one with the broken one, connect the wires and put the frame back. Let the light guide you again!

Basic Car Repair Knowledge | Changing Brake Pads–

Brakes are the most important part of your car. Car maintenance should be of utmost priority. The procedure is quite similar to changing flattened tires. Remove the wheels, raise the car with a jack stand, remove the slider bolts, replace the old pads with new ones and then put the slider bolts and tires back on. You’re good to go!

Replacing Air Filters–

Air filters help keep your engine clean and dust-free. Taking care of them is as important as any other part. The steps include- removing the hood of the car, extracting the air filter, cleaning the air filter housing, putting a new filter and then replacing the cover.

Removing Scratches–

Scratches in the body are too tacky to ignore. Unfortunately for us, getting a paint job is just as costly. To fix scratches, first, you need to lightly sand the scratch, clean the area, polishing the area with rubbing substance, wash it and finally seal it with wax.

Replacing A Heater Hose–

To change a heater hose (radiator), you must have a pot or pan to hold at least two gallons of liquid. Remove the pressure cap from the radiator and put the pan under the drain before opening the drain valve to pour out the coolant. Remove or cut off the clamps from both side of the hoses and then let the liquid in hose drain out in the pan. Use any rag to clean the fittings and install the new hose.

Lubricating Doors’ Hinges–

Nobody appreciates squeaky, noisy doors of a car. Not to mention, the rust is one of the worst diseases of cars. The use of WD-40 helps with the corrosion. Open and close the door a few times to make sure the lubricant spread uniformly. Once they are in working condition, apply some motor oil and wipe away the excess.

Checking Tension in Drive And Serpentine Belt–

The drive belt security should not be compromised as, if it stops working, then the engine might seize to work. Checking the tension in the belt is easy if you have a tension gauge. If you do not have the tool, you can use your fingers to test the tension. Press the belt in the middle, and if the belt bends more than one inch, then the tension of the belt needs to be adjusted or replaced.


For many of us, it’s almost impossible to imagine our lives without cars. These tips not only save us from paying a lot of money in service stations, but these life hacks will also definitely help you be self-sufficient. Some of these require complicated tools, but as you try to do these more often, you’ll get better, and those difficult procedures will become easier!

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