Four Common DIY Auto Repair Mistakes

Do-it-yourself auto repair is a great way to save money.  It’s also a great way to screw up your vehicle. Here are some tips to make sure you avoid the easy mistakes.

Common DIY Auto Repair Mistakes

Fixing your own car? Don’t make these silly mistakes.

Here are some of the top mistakes that commonly happen when car owners take auto repairs into their own hands.

Mistake #1: Misdiagnosis of the Problem

Many amateur mechanics think they know what is wrong with their car, only to find out that they repaired the wrong part.  This happens more than you would expect. Be sure to run lots of tests on your vehicle to pinpoint the problem.

You don’t want to go on gut instinct. Take the time to identify the problem in your vehicle. If you can’t figure it out, take it to a professional mechanic.

Mistake #2: Don’t Use an Auto Repair Manual

If you plan on doing the repairs yourself, be sure to use an auto repair manual.  Unless you’re a certified technician, it’s important to follow along in a manual when repairing your vehicle.  Be sure to follow all of the steps in the manual.

Mistake #3: Use the Wrong Parts

Generic parts are not always the best option and many times they don’t fit properly. For an untrained mechanic this can present problems. Consider using OEM parts for your vehicle.

For example, if you own a Toyota Rav4, you would want to use genuine Rav4 parts. This makes it a lot easier to complete the repairs because the parts properly fit together.

Mistake #4: Don’t Ask for Help

Some repairs such as replacing brake pads, require two people. Don’t try to do two-person auto repairs by yourself. It’s only going to cause problems.

Be sure to ask a friend or family member to lend you a hand if needed. This will help to avoid potential screw ups.

What tips do you have? Let us know below.

Written by Tom Blackman