With the cost of car repairs appearing to be rising at an alarming rate, it can be tempting to buy any parts you require and Google how to repair your car yourself. In some cases, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t do simple car repairs yourself. Most drivers should be able to change their own tires, top-up their oil and water, and replace any burned bulbs.
However, there is some repair work that you should never attempt on your own and should always seek the services of a qualified mechanic. After all, they are experts in their field, with extensive knowledge, training, and experience in all aspects of vehicle repair and maintenance.
The Head Gasket
There is no avoiding the fact that a blown head gasket spells disaster for car owners. When looking for a professional to repair a head gasket, expect a substantial bill and many hours of labor, as repairing the damage caused by a blown head gasket can be time-consuming. It is critical not to drive your vehicle if you suspect the head gasket has blown, as this can result in serious damage.
The transmission, whether manual or automatic, is an essential component of any vehicle. It’s also a very complicated process, and attempting to repair it yourself with little to no knowledge of mechanics or vehicle repair won’t go well. Leave the transmission repair to the experts.
Windscreen chips and cracks are a safety risk that must be repaired as soon as possible. Failure to address this issue may result in additional damage to your windscreen and a massive fine if you are pulled over with a damaged windscreen. While it may appear simple to fill in chips and small cracks in television ads, it is best left to the professionals to avoid causing further damage.
Trying to repair a damaged or leaking radiator in your car is a recipe for disaster. To begin, it will take a mechanic many hours to carefully remove the existing radiator if it needs to be replaced and replace it with a new one. Detecting a leak can lead to other serious issues if you try to fix it yourself or leave it unattended. Don’t even think about following instructions from the internet; many mechanics are all too aware of the damage that can be done when DIY projects are attempted and hoses aren’t properly fitted, resulting in leaks and damage from an overheated radiator.
One of your car’s most vulnerable components is the fuel pump. It delivers the correct pressure of fuel to the injector in the engine. Attempting to repair a fuel pump problem can result in catastrophic engine damage. Replacing a fuel pump is an expensive repair, so it’s understandable that people want to do it themselves. However, incorrectly fitted fuel pumps can cause your car to be damaged beyond repair, and buying a new car is much more expensive than getting a mechanic to replace the fuel pump for you.