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DIY Maintenance Tricks

Driving is something that all car owners have to do regardless of whether they do it to get to the grocery store or just for kicks. Some of the preparations you make in order to get into a new season with your best foot forward require a mechanic. You will be surprised to know just how many things you can change in your car with a proper DIY kit and sometimes with nothing at all. We shall look at some easy maintenance moves that anybody can do without having to go to a mechanic.

DIY Tricks for Cleaning Your Car


Cleaning a car might seem like the easiest task in the world. However, you may be surprised to know that the cleaning process never stops for people who really value their cars. When you detail your own car, you might save a lot of money by avoiding visits to a professional detailing shop. Armed with the right tools, you can be able to keep your car shining brighter than any other in the neighborhood.

Washing is just the first step towards making your car cleaner and more attractive. When washing a car, you should have a bucket of clean water and another one with diluted car washing liquid. You should wash the car one section at a time and rinse it before moving to another section. Every time you scrub away dirt with a rag, make sure that you rinse it in fresh water before reloading it with soapy water. This will remove road grit from the rag and prevent you from scratching the paint. Use as many buckets of clean water as you can.

DIY Repairs

Mechanics now-a-days charge prices that fall just a little short of extortion and it is about time you armed yourself with some knowledge of how to do the simpler things by yourself. Some repairs will inevitably send you to a mechanic but there are many repairs that you can manage with a little guidance and much less money than a mechanic will demand.

DIY Car Mods

There are simply too many car modifications for a person to choose from so the best bet is to start with the most common ones and move to less common ones until the point where modifying the car makes no sense. Among the commonly modified parts of cars include: wheels and tires, suspensions, car stereos, tail lights, headlights, interior paint, grilles, and exhausts and many others. We shall cover brake caliper painting, HID conversion, and strut tower brace installation.

Diy Car Projects

Diy Car Projects

Due to the tough economic times or simple curiosity, some people are getting bolder with the projects that they no longer want to leave to the professionals. Many people undertake DIY car projects to increase their car’s lives or to improve their functionality. There are several projects that can be handled by people who are not skilled in the fields of engineering. Below are some of DIY projects that you can manage alone.

DIY Scratch Repair

DIY Dent Removal

Dents on a car can be removed in many ways depending on their size, how they were caused, and their location on a body panel. It is not fun to drive around in a dented car and it is certainly not fun to spend a lot of money in a body shop. However, dents can be removed at home and in most cases you will spend much less money than you would at a body shop.

Unfortunately there are some dents that you simply cannot repair yourself no matter how much you try. The most common dents can be removed at home with a dent repair kit. Some dents can even be removed with a hair dryer and compressed air or dry ice. Let us begin with the hair dryer method. You must find out if the dented area can be mended using this method. It basically has to be on a metal surface that is flat and not close to any edges.

Tips on Picking out Tires


When the time to change tires comes, you might be confused about where to begin. Fortunately there are many sources of information that can go a long way in helping you to pick tires. We shall look at some of the things you should know when picking tires whether you buy them on the Internet or at a brick and mortar store.

DIY Paint Job

There are many questions that you may ask when you are thinking about painting your own car. The process can be very tiresome and it might require hours of work and special tools. However, the final result will be more satisfying than you can imagine.

Apart from the tools needed for a DIY paint job, you will need to buy paint and other related items. You should try to use materials from the same manufacturer at all times to make the paint last long and to make it easier on yourself when painting. The materials you require include: primers, sealers, base coats, clear coats, thinners, reducers, and hardeners just to mention but a few. The materials must be compatible and this is why materials from the same manufacturer are recommended.

New Car Tips

New cars are being built with better quality materials and they have a much longer lifespan than previous generation cars. The Japanese have been known to make very reliable and long-lasting cars but technology has enabled car manufacturers in Europe and America to make cars that lust just as long. Virtually any car can live well beyond the 150,000-mile mark as long as it receives good care from the time it is bought.

The first thing to make sure that your car lasts longer is to buy a good car. Japanese cars are still the most reliable but you should not dismiss American cars as they are getting better. It is also less costly to maintain an American car because the parts are easily available and usually more affordable. The most expensive cars to fix are European cars.