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How To Effectively Tackle The First Big Auto Repair Job Now you understand how to change oil inside your car, you may wish to carry out


a greater auto repair task. Oftentimes, car enthusiasts opt to have a DIY method of car repair not just as a hobby, but as a means to economize. If your car keeps deteriorating and you could barely pay the parts to fix it, there's no method for you to purchase professional labor. Prior to deciding to tackle a major repair job, have a look at a few of the expert consultancy below! Research First You can't take apart your automobile and aspire to use it back together again when you don't know all of the parts. Unless you have a unusual vehicle, it is possible to get ahold of any aftermarket manual for the brand name. These manuals are incredibly useful in identifying the various components of your respective car and how they can be come up with. Along with, there are easy to follow diagrams that may simplify the procedure. Besides a physical manual, turn to Internet forums for help. Chances are, somewhere in the world, someone has asked exactly the same questions while you. If you are stuck or there is a specific problem you can't wrap your mind around, post on the forums and get! Clear Workspace Area Working on a car takes much more space than many people would estimate. It may seem your garage has ample room, but you could be set for a rude surprise once you begin the repair. It's better to clear plenty of room and set up a workspace without additional clutter to produce your job easier. Repair Takes Time It's important to understand that auto repair takes a lot of time as well as perseverance. In the event the vehicle you want to repair is your only ride to function, setup a carpool using a friend or find alternative transportation prior to taking your car from commission. Expect to make plenty of trips to some hardware store and wait for your car parts into the future in, which may all take some time. Keep Organized It's very easy to take something apart, but it really could become a nightmare to get it back together again again. In case you have lots of nuts, bolts, and washers you're removing through your car, it might seem like a hopeless task to consider the way all goes together. Prior to taking your vehicle apart, have a photograph of how the parts look when properly installed. Once you've done that, label everything using a white pen and maintain them properly sorted in both plastic baggies or old egg cartons. You might have lots of enthusiasm for auto repair, but be sure you do your research first, clear enough workspace, and maintain everything properly labeled. Many novice mechanics have found out that making the effort to generate a checklist will also help create a field of difference! Should you stay organized and go step by step, it will be possible to correctly repair the first car.





FAQ's Auto Repair

Doing Your Own Car Repair?
In This Tough Economy Time, Is It Good To Do Your Own Car Repair?

Let me start with a story. Several months ago a pipe burst under the main bathroom in our home. I decided I could approach this and repair the pipe and reroute it so that it no longer runs under the foundation of the house. 2 weeks into it and I had a huge hole in the wall where I decided to tap on to the hot water pipe. And we had no hot water in the house. I had also broken the vanity around the main bathroom sink. I finally called a plumber who came out and re routed the pipe through the attic in one day. He charged me $500. I then had to call a general contractor to come repair the hole in my wall and install a new vanity. Another $500. If I had called the plumber in the beginning I would have only spent $500 and had it repaired that day. And my wife would have been much happier.

The point of my story? I am a mechanic. Not a plumber. I did more damage to my home by not knowing what I was doing.

If the car you are talking about repairing is your main form of transportation, the family car so to speak, then no I would not attempt to learn how to repair my own car on that one. You could end up doing greater damage and costing yourself more money in the long run. And you could end up having a lot of down time. You want to keep your wife happy? LEAVE THE CAR ALONE! Trust me on this one.

If it is a secondary car, then I would certainly give it a shot if I wanted to learn how to fix cars.

I do see your point. When money is tight, we do all we can to save some dollars. Wandering into the unkown is not a good way to do it.

Do I Need A Smog Certificate To Get My Car Checked By A Mechanic?
I Recently Purchased A Car From A Private Seller. I Called A Local Mechanic To Get The Car Checked. I Told Him I Wanted To Bring The Car In So They Can Check If There Are Any Problems With It. He Told Me I Need A Smog Certificate Before He Can Check My Car. Is This True? Have You Heard Of This? Do I Need A Smog Certificate For A Mechanic To Check My Car For Any Problems? I Asked Several People If This Is True And They Told Me They'Ve Never Heard Of That. The Tags Aren'T Due Till November Of This Year. Thank You

A car, when sold must be smog certified by the seller. It can't be registered otherwise. The mechanic doesn't need your smog certificate in order to check the car. He might be asking for it as a shortcut diagnosis. The emissions levels will be listed on the smog report. Maybe he wants to charge you for a smog check. You need to register the car to yourself since it's yours, and you must show a smog slip to the motor vehicle department or have a smog shop electronically transfer it to them before you can register it.

Whast The Difference Between Smog Check And Smog Test?
Im New To Cali And I Need To Know The Difference Between The Smog Check And Smog Test And What One I Need

When you say smog test, I'm going to assume you mean "smog test only" center... A Smog Test Only center, as the name suggests, can only test vehicles and is not allowed to perform any repairs. A smog test only center has an obligation to insure a non-biased smog test. They are certified to inspect all DMV required vehicles.

And when you say "smog check"... you mean a regular smog check center, also known as the "smog check & repair" center. Note, a regular smog check & repair center is not allowed to inspect a vehicle designated to go to a "test only center".

It is very important that you refer to your DMV paperwork. Locate the smog check requirement section and find our if they are asking for a "smog check" or "smog test only" inspection. From there you can determine which way to go.

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We know this is all a bit confusing. Feel free to email one of our technicians for clarity.

Overflow Boiling On Toyota Camry?
I Have A 1993 Toyota Camry (Lxe V6) That Is Having Issues. When I Start The Car The Coolant Overflow Starts To Boil After About 7-10Min. When I Feel The Radiator Cap While Running It Is Not Hot At All. I Just Replaced The Thermostat And I Cannot See Any Leaks. Fan Works Good And I Do Not See Any White Smoke Out The Tail Pipe. Any Ideas?

Toyota V6's of that vintage had a lot of head gasket problems. if this one has gone 16 years - that is a miracle. most likely combustion pressure leaking into cooling system. Take the radiator cap off and "goose" the engine and watch in the radiator neck. if it bubbles and burps when accelerated - that is a gasket leaking.
need to replace gaskets - possibly mill heads flat - eliminate pits and warpage.

Working As An Auto Mechanic?
I Would Like To Be Working In An Auto Mechanic, To Get Some Money And I Can Learn More About Fixing Cars, That Way I Don'T Have To Get Ripped Off And Fix My Car On My Own. I'M Going To Be 17 This Summer Hopefully I Can Get The Job. So Anyone With Personal Experience, Is It A Good Idea And Could It Be Possible To Own A Mechanic Shop?

Well... To be a good mechanic, you need to have a passion for it... and really like to do it. There is decent money to be made in this field, but you will certainly not get rich. If you really want to do this... you will need to start out working in a shop as a helper and trying to attend a trade school... get some hands on experience, and book smarts. Listen to the old dudes, you will learn the tricks you won't get from any book.

You need to make sure you want to do stuff the right way, there are already too many "hacks" out there pretending there mechanics just because they can change oil. Never get a big head about things, you will never know it all, and must be will to accept that. The learning process will never end, all mechanics no matter how long they've been turning wrenches, learn new things everyday.

Owning a shop, and being a mechanic are two different things... any shop owner will tell you that. Turning wrenches, and running a business are two separate animals. To be successful, you need to know both... and very well if you're looking to survive, and even owning a shop will not make you rich either... it's even harder work, with more stress.

Don't get me wrong... I own a few very successful shops, and have been doing this for a long time, but it can be a thankless job. I have a passion for it, and love it... good and bad. So yeah I hope you find you're answers... and remember to never give up on any dream!

- Good Luck!

Is It Legal To Work On Your Car In Your Front And Back Yard In California?
Is It Legal To Work On Your Car In Your Front And Backyard In California? I Mean Im Not Running A Business Or Nothing Just Working On My Cars And My Friend,But Not Charging.Can Someone Show Any Law On That If Possible I Would Like To Read Up! Thank You!

In an area zoned for residences, only limited work on vehicles is permitted in the City of Ventura. In particular, you cannot work on somebody else's vehicle, you cannot do body work, and you cannot paint. This is a zoning regulation, municipal code section 24.210.130:

Vehicle repair. No vehicles may be repaired on sites occupied by residential land uses unless all the following conditions are met:

(a) The vehicle under repair must be owned by the current resident of the property upon which the repairs are being made.

(b) Registration or proof of current ownership of the vehicle being repaired shall be available for inspection on the premises at all times while the vehicle is under repair.

(c) Vehicle repairs may be conducted only between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m.

(d) Repair of a particular vehicle shall be conducted and completed in no more than 30 days.

(e) Storage of any vehicle under repair, or storage of parts of a vehicle, upon a public street or alley or upon an unpaved yard area, other than a driveway, is prohibited.

(f) Body work on a vehicle is prohibited.

(g) Painting of a vehicle or any portion of a vehicle is prohibited.