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