10 Easy Car Repairs You Didn’t Know You Could Do Yourself

Cars can be expensive to fix and maintain, but there are some repairs nearly anyone can do at home to save money.

Depending on the model, a lot of the maintenance and beginner repairs on this list can be done with basic hand tools, and they won’t cost a lot to fix. Some repairs listed here may call for special tools, and these can be worth owning if you plan to use them regularly.  Others may call for no tools, taking up very little of your time. Doing some of these repairs yourself can help you save money in the long run and improve the life and performance of your vehicle.

1. Air Filters

Common tools required: None (usually)

Although you might want to have on hand a flat blade screwdriver, ratchet, and sockets.

Unless your air filter housing is held together by screws or bolts, changing the engine air filter is a simple process that doesn’t require any tools. In most cases, you’ll just have to undo the clips on the housing, lift the housing cover, and remove the air filter. The install is just as easy, requiring you to align the new filter according to the directional arrows if it has them, close the cover, and latch the clips that secure the cover in place.

Changing the cabin air filter is similar, but depending on your model, you may have to open the hood or remove the glove box to reach it.

2. Wiper Blades

Common tools required: None

Changing the wiper blades is so common that your manual might have tips to guide you. You just need to find and press the clip on the wiper blade, slide it off the hook, and carefully lower the wiper arm down. To install, simply raise the wiper arm, and pull the wiper blade up onto the hook until it clicks into place.

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TRQ brake parts buying guide: Save time and money with quality brake kits

1A Auto is now offering TRQ brake parts, like this ceramic brake pad set.

Read our TRQ brake parts buying guide to find out why you should replace or upgrade your brakes with parts from TRQ.
1A Auto is excited to offer TRQ brake parts.
TRQ parts undergo rigorous testing to ensure their quality, fit,
and function, and can even be bought in kits to save you time and money.

Changing worn out brakes is key to having a safe vehicle and safe driving experience. On average, brake parts need to be replaced between 30k and 50k miles depending on road conditions, driving habits, and the vehicle’s type and weight. Working brakes in good condition allow you to stop effectively, which can prevent accidents, breakdowns, and subpar braking. The better the quality of the brakes, the better stopping power and driving experience.

It’s for that reason that 1A Auto is excited to carry TRQ brake parts! These replacement and performance brake parts are true to TRQ’s acronym: Trusted, reliable, and quality.

Keep reading to learn why you should replace or upgrade your brakes with parts from TRQ (fun fact: You can even purchase TRQ brake kits to save time and money).

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12 Songs to Make You Feel like a NASCAR Driver

12 Songs to Make You Feel like a NASCAR Drive

The Strat 200 race of the 2020 NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series is tonight! In anticipation of the race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, we’re re-reading one of our favorite blog posts from last season.

We selected some racecar-driver worthy tunes to help you get into a racing state of mind, some of which are even NASCAR-driver approved. The list is rounded out with a few of Spencer Boyd‘s picks.

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“The Beast”: How presidential cars have evolved

The modern presidential car, AKA "The Beast."
Photo credit: Wikipedia

Cars are a great way to learn about our past and especially American history. You can certainly learn a lot about our presidents based on the cars they drove (or rode in).

The United States presidential state car, or the presidential limo, was more recently better known as “The Beast.” These imposing cars reflect the auto and presidential trends of their day.

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1A Auto’s Best How-to & Diagnostic Videos of 2019

In this blog post, we share our picks for 1A Auto’s best how-to & diagnostic videos of 2019.

Each year we create tons of videos to help our customers diagnose and complete their own car repairs. Some of these videos become surprisingly popular and others gain as much attention as one might expect.

Of course we know your News Year’s resolution is to do more of your own auto repairs, so here’s a list of our most popular how-to and diagnostic videos from 2019 by views to help you in the new year.

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The Cadillac Eldorado Bicentennial Edition: A true American convertible

The 1976 Bicentennial Edition of the Cadillac Eldorado is an all-white convertible with red and blue trim. The limited edition car was produced to celebrate America's 200th birthday.
The Bicentennial Edition of the
Cadillac Eldorado was created to celebrate America’s 200th birthday.
Photograph by dave_7. Distributed under a CC-BY 2.0 license.

The Cadillac Eldorado had class, luxury, and was the top-of-the-line Cadillac with a long tradition that lasted 12 car generations.

The name Eldorado is actually two separate words in Spanish combined together to translate into “the gilded one.” How appropriate, since the Cadillac Eldorado is legendary for its luxurious feel and special look.

The 1976 Cadillac Eldorado was a special year in its storied history.

It was supposed to be the last year for the Cadillac convertible, with 14,000 units sold, and marketed as the “last American convertible,” because of expected Department of Transportation regulations, and safety concerns all brought on by car-safety guru Ralph Nader.

The last 200 cars off the line of the 14,000 Eldorados produced were known as the “Bicentennial Edition.”

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