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Under the hood

DIY auto repair

For some, DIY auto repair might seem daunting. Yet you might be surprised what you can accomplish with the proper resources and a little elbow grease. 

So what can you reasonably tackle yourself and when do you need a professional? We reached out to Sean Forest, mechanic and owner of Mountain View Garage in Thornton, Colo., for his suggestions on DIY auto maintenance. 

What can you reasonably do by yourself?  

  • Replacing windshield wiper blades
  • Changing bulbs, including head lamps, turn signals, and parking and license plate bulbs
  • Replacing the battery 
  • Changing your air filter or cabin filter
  • Making sure your tires are inflated to the proper pressure 

Let’s step it up a notch. You’ve got a little bit more time and determination. What projects could you tackle on your own with the right tools? 

  • Rotating your tires
  • Changing your oil fluid and filter 
  • Spark plug replacement 

Sometimes you just need to see a professional. When should you take your car to a qualified mechanic?

  • Third brake light bulb replacement 
  • Changing the fuel filter
  • Transmission flush
  • Power steering flush
  • Brake flush
  • Coolant flush
  • Fuel pump replacement 
  • Water pump issues 
  • Head gasket issues 
  • Exhaust manifold gasket issues
  • Serpentine belt replacement 

Use Chilton to find step-by-step auto repair instructions, diagrams and more. Visit anythinklibraries.org/articles-research-more and start your engine!

Mountain View Garage is located at 8650 Pearl Street in Thornton, Colo. Make an appointment by calling 303-225-9550 or visiting mtnviewgarage.com