4 Car Problems You Can Fix From The Comfort Of Your Garage

3 December 2014
 Categories: Automotive, Blog

Repairing cars does not always require a myriad of technical skills. Here are car problems you can fix at your garage:

Fixing Exterior Coolant Leaks

A patch of yellow or green liquid on the ground is a sign of a leakage. The liquid is usually an anti-freeze and may be from the exterior hoses. Open the hood and look for the same colored liquid. If you see the liquid draining from a hose, fix it by unclamping the leaking hose and replacing it.

Replacing The Oxygen Sensor

The oxygen sensor monitors unburned oxygen from the car's exhaust. A faulty sensor can result in decreased mileage. This is because the car's computer does not receive the right data about the vehicle's consumption. You can locate the oxygen sensor using your vehicle's manual. After identifying it in the engine block, unclip and replace the old sensor. It is as easy as that.

Oil and Filter Change

Failure to change the oil leads to contamination and reduces your engine performance. Car manufacturers advise you to change the oil after every 3000-7000 miles. Begin by spreading a plastic sheet under your car. The plastic sheet eliminates chances of oil-spill cleanup work. You can then follow these steps:

  • Jack up your car.
  • Ensure the jack stands are properly set in place, and lower the car onto them.
  • Remove the drain plug.
  • Get all the old oil flowing.
  • Remove the oil filter and replace it with a new one.
  • After confirming all the old oil is drained to a trickle, carefully install a new gasket and ensure that it is it's tight.

Wipe the drips using a rag and you are done.

Checking and Replacing Spark Plugs

The spark plug is the engine part that ignites the air and gas, causing combustion. When it has doesn't work, your car engine will not start. Additionally, a failing plug reduces the gas mileage and makes your car fail an emission test. Failure to fix this problem may inconvenience you when you are far from home or gas stop. If your car was running, you should let the engine cool first. This is because the exhaust and engine system can be extremely hot. Only remove the plugs and replace when you are sure the engine will not burn you.

Fixing a car at your garage is not that difficult as it may sound. All you need is confidence. The above problems are some of the quick fixes you can correct from your garage. If you have an other problems, contact an auto repair specialist for more information.