If you’re reading this blog, you probably know a thing or two about cars. You love diagnosing a problem in the vehicle and getting under the bonnet to fix it. With the right tools and a little knowledge, DIY car repairs are not a big deal. Most car engine systems are fairly straightforward when you know the basics. That means the small problems can be fixed at home. Everything from changing brake pads to replacing air filters are simple tricks for car owners.
However, there are some things that even the most confident shouldn’t risk. Some things are best left to the pros. Today we’ll look at the five big areas that are best left to the car garage. Attempting to fix them yourself will cause even more problems and could result in injury.
Amending bodywork is a no-go simply due to the machinery necessary. Professional garages use sophisticated metal fabrication machinery to manipulate bodywork. Even something as simple as pushing out a dent requires a skilled and deft touch. Anyone who’s ever had bodywork done on their car knows how expensive it can be. There’s a reason for this. It takes a skilled, experienced hand and very specific tools.
Any good mechanic will always tell you to steer clear of the air conditioning. There are a lot of delicate movements involved here. There are plenty of specific air pressure components that require a skilled hand. There is serious risk of injury when dealing with pressure tanks. Air conditioning also uses many harmful substances to function. If these leak, you risk causing harm to yourself.
Although the engine itself is a straightforward mechanical system, the electrics are not. They are a highly complex circuit that only skilled experience can understand. Simply diagnosing the source of an electrical problem is difficult. You’ll often make things worse by trying to get behind the circuit. If you think there’s a problem, ask the mechanics to look at it during your car servicing. They have the experience and skills to detect and fix electrical problems.
Changing the clutch
This one isn’t particularly complex or injury prone. However, any home mechanic will tell you the same thing. You’ll do it once, but you’ll never do it again. The clutch is deeply embedded within the engine structure. It often requires removing the entire engine and other components. It’s not difficult, just endlessly time consuming.
Automatic transmissions are notoriously more difficult than their traditional counterparts. The system is much more complicated due to the mechanics and processing involved. Even at garages, these are often outsourced to factory geniuses. Best avoided in your home garage!
We’re all for getting under the bonnet, fixing things and understanding your car better. We love to get dirty and oily and replace broken parts. However, there are some things we just won’t touch. We advise you to do the same. You’ll save yourself time, money and frustration if you just take it to the garage. Until next time!