Your morning is going great and you’re leaving right on time for work—until you go to start your car and your Check Engine light is on and the engine is running rough. You grab your handy OBD II scan tool or code reader and find out you have a P0171 code.Read More
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.
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.Read More
Transmissions “transmit” power created by the engine to the wheels to move the vehicle forward. Without the transmission, your car would start but it wouldn’t drive. Some transmissions can last the life of a vehicle, but they are also capable of wearing out. Keep reading to learn the signs and symptoms of transmission failure and how to prevent it.Read More
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.READ MORE
There are many tools, accessories, and auto-related products you can give as a gift during the holidays for anyone that loves cars. Items that you know someone would love to have but just never got around to buying, or just never thought of purchasing, that can make diagnosing car repairs or inspecting certain parts that much easier.
With a large number of parts and tools to choose from, sometimes it can be difficult to decide what to buy or know where to begin. For these holidays we created a holiday gift guide of some great ideas to get you started. All you have to do is go down the list and follow the link to some of these gifts, and that car enthusiast you know will have one more item for their car-related needs.