Car Parts Repairs You Can Do and How to Tell if They Need It

» Posted by on Mar 6, 2019 in Glass Repair | 0 comments

There’s nothing wrong with fixing some parts of your car yourself or having it repaired by professionals. But doing the repair on your own can save you money and can enhance your skills. Some people actually do it for the experience and the fulfillment they get from doing so.

If you want an in-depth tutorial of the repair of some car parts, then other than your car’s manual, the internet is your best friend. But here we will discuss what you can do and if some parts of your car start to scream for help.

1. Replacing a damaged or worn drive belt

A drive belt is the rubber belt connecting the pulleys in your front engine. There are several belts present in old car models. They control battery charging, power steering, cooling system, and windshield wipers. Newer cars only have one belt called a serpentine belt that controls most accessories. To know if your belt(s) need replacing, your car will squeal when started or when you use a specific accessory. You can also check their current situation if they have loose ends or tears. Noise or no noise, drive belts will need a replacement if they are damaged. If they are loose, then all you need to do is tighten them up.

2. Replacing the brake pads

Brake pads are the part of the brake system that implements the friction to stop the car. If you apply the brakes and hear a squeal, then it’s time to replace the pads. You can do the replacing yourself. But if you hear a grinding sound instead of a squeal, then it would be wise to take your car to professionals to have the brake pads repaired.

3. Replacing the battery and alternator

The car’s battery works with an alternator to power up electric devices in your car such as windows, locks, clock, and stereo among others. It is the alternator that delivers power. It is connected to a belt and usually located on the front of the engine. If any of the mentioned devices or accessories have a hard time functioning, then it’s either the battery or the alternator that needs to be replaced. You can tell which one by using a multimeter. If one of them does not amp up, then you’ll only need to replace that. If both of them aren’t, then you’ll need to replace both.

4. Repairing leaks on external coolants

A car’s coolant system is made up of the radiator, some hoses, and the water pump. The radiator keeps the temperature down if it’s hot by sending an antifreeze by way of a hose into the engine. The water pump pumps the antifreeze to and from the radiator and the engine. Over time, the hoses can develop a leak. The leaks will give off a green, yellow, or orange liquid. To fix the leaking hose, loosen the leaking hose, replace it with a new one, and clamp it back in place. If the leak comes from the radiator, then better take it to the shop.

Some repairs can be done by yourself while some should be taken care of by professionals. If your problem happens to be your windshield, auto glass Fresno can fix it for you.

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