The DIY movement is huge, and for a good reason. DIY’ers save themselves a lot of money by using their time, smarts and their own two hands to do what needs to be done. DIY auto repair can be especially rewarding. Often, the problems with your vehicle can be fixed quite easily with the right parts, tools and a bit of research. Blain’s Farm & Fleet has the tools and expert help you need to get started today.
Know your car or truck
You don’t have to know everything about cars to make your own DIY auto repair. You just have to know a few things about your car. Start with the basics. What’s the year? Make? Model? What size is the engine? Is it front-wheel drive? Rear-wheel drive? All Wheel Drive? Does it have anti-lock brakes? Does it have tire pressure monitoring? Does it have anti-theft systems? What kind of oil does it take? What kind of transmission does it have? These are all important things to know, especially if you are going to be buying your own parts from an auto parts store. You should be able to learn all of these basics from reading your owner’s manual. DIY auto repair starts with a little research.
Another great resource for learning more than just the basics of your car is from a repair manual. These manuals include a detailed rundown of the inner workings of your car or truck, with photos of a complete tear-down and rebuild. Think of it as a cookbook full of recipes for working on your car.
You can also ask the friendly experts at your local Farm & Fleet if you have any questions about working on vehicles or if you need help finding a special tool.
Tools for DIY auto repair
DIY auto repair under the hood? First, you need wrenches. So many things on your car or truck are held together by bolts of different sizes that you will need a full set of wrenches on hand to be sure that you will be able to tackle any job that comes up. A ratchet and socket set will save you time and let you turn bolts much faster.
A good pair of pliers will also come in handy. You will come across a lot of things working on your car that will require a tight grip, whether it’s holding onto the nut to tighten down a bolt or clamping down on a hose after you unhook it.
Working underneath your car or truck? Get a garage floor jack, some wheel chocks, jack stands, and a creeper. They will make your life easier and more comfortable. A pair of auto ramps might come in handy, too.
A work light will also help you get the job done by helping you see what you need to see in low light under the hood or under your car or truck.
Parts and supplies to start your own DIY auto repair
Not only will you need tools to get the job done, but you’ll have to buy your own parts. Farm & Fleet has a wide selection of parts. From wiper blades and spark plugs to mufflers and brake rotors, you’ll find everything you need at your local Blain’s Farm & Fleet.
With knowledge, tools, and parts, you’ve got a great start on becoming a DIY auto repair mechanic.