The complexity of recent vehicles today makes it challenging for newbies to perform some projects. Here are a few things in your car you didn’tknow you could fix:
1. Changing the disc brake pads.
Not all car owners know that replacing disc brake pads is an easy task to do. To know if they require replacement, you must do a thorough inspection. There are pads that have grooves which serve as wear indicators. If not, check the caliper and see if the pad is thinning. To replace the pads, you should have basic tools including jack stands and C-clamps.
2. Alternator replacement.
Most cars have a warning light that tells you when your alternator is failing. If not, you’ll know it when your car comes to a halt. Expert mechanics change dead or failing alternators as long as they can be reached easily from the top of the engine. To perform this task, make sure you have wrenches.
Some vehicles may need a special tool to remove the tension on the belt. Make sure to do them in order. Unbolting the alternator before removing the tension off the belt may result in both of them binding up and you not being able to nudge any of them.
3. Changing the oxygen sensor.
If you encounter a problem with the check engine light on your car’s dashboard it may probably be because of a faulty oxygen sensor. It is one of the reasons why an OBD II scan tool is helpful if your vehicle is a 1996 model or newer.
The oxygen sensor could be removed using an open-end wrench. However, you should have a socket that is intended for the sensors from your parts dealer since it would have a groove for the outgoing wire. Spray a penetrating oil at the bottom before turning it with a wrench to make the task easy.
4. Replacing the sensor or the idle-air-control valve.
If you notice that your vehicle is poorly idling or it stalls whenever you put it into gear, it may be due to a faulty idle-air-control valve or faulty sensor. If the sensor is the problem in the OBD II scan tool, then you should follow the hose leading out of your air cleaner to the throttle body which is located on the top of the engine. Replacing the sensors involves only removing a pair of screws.