For the most part, the cars we drive perform the task at hand of getting you from A to B without issue. Thanks to improved reliability of modern vehicles, we seldom think about the problems our cars might have. That is, not until they happen!
The thing about the cars we drive is that there are usually warning signs that something bad (and expensive) is about to occur. If we catch those problems in their early stages, they are cheaper to fix. But, when things break on our cars, they often do so and take out other parts with them.
If something does go “bang” on your car, what are your options? Well, you could just panic and wonder what the hell you are going to do. Or you can be a smart driver and take a logical approach to the problem at hand!
Those of you in the latter category should keep reading to find out what you need to do if something breaks on your car.
What happened before your car stopped working?
The first thing you need to do is diagnose the source of the problem. That requires you to do some investigation work. Before you get your hands dirty, think back to what was happening before your car decided to give up being a useful asset.
Were there any strange noises or smells? If so, where did they occur? And when those sounds and odors happened, did you do anything to make them worse?
For example, let’s say that you drive a diesel car. You can start your engine fine, but when you put your foot on the clutch pedal, you hear a loud knocking or rattling noise. Take your foot off it, and there is no noise.
You ignore the noise, and then suddenly you find you can’t change gear properly anymore! In that scenario, the problem is often down to a faulty dual-mass flywheel. The answer? Buy a new one and get it fitted.
Of course, such car parts are often an expensive item (aren’t they all?). Apart from buying a brand new one, you could always source a working used replacement for a fraction of the price.
Can you repair rather than replace?
I won’t lie to you; there are some parts that you have no choice but to replace with new ones.
The good news is that there are plenty of items on a car that you can fix yourself. By following that approach, you can save money and learn something new!
Do you have a faulty starter motor? Replacing the solenoid on it or the carbon brushes inside of it is cheap to do and will make it like a brand new part again. Is your suspension rattling your bones as you drive? Fitting new lower arm bushes is cheaper than getting new arms!
Get help from someone you trust
There are some jobs that you just can’t do by yourself. In those cases, most people would just give up and pay an auto shop to do the work for them.
Savvy motorists like you will want to save money as much as possible. That’s why you should attempt to do the work yourself! Of course, if you need help doing a repair, it’s worth getting a trusted car nut like you to give you a hand.
So, what jobs are you going to tackle next on your pride and joy?