Car Problems You Shouldn’t Try to Fix By Yourself

Car Problems You Shouldn't Try to Fix Yourself

Although it is very appealing to attempt to fix car problems on your own in order to save money, there are some car problems better left to a mechanic. Fixing the issues by yourself could cause greater issues and bigger expenses.

Car Problems a Mechanic Should Always Handle

Some of the car problems that need the skilled hands of an automotive specialist include:

Replacing timing belts

If done incorrectly, you could damage the engine severely causing costlier car problems than you ever imagined. What could be a simple repair that costs hundreds of dollars turns into an expense that costs you thousands of dollars because of your inexperience.

Repairing the suspension

Although it may look easy to fix car problems involving struts, arms, and bushings on your own, one wrong move and you’ve cost yourself plenty. Putting things in the wrong order can significantly hinder the repair and force you to seek the trained hands of a skilled professional at the local auto repair shop.

Addressing overheating

Having a mechanic properly diagnose the problem prevents expensive repairs and replacements from occurring. Replacing hoses and thermostats are among the most difficult tasks auto repair shops do. Don’t make a rookie move and try to do it yourself without first knowing the cause of the problem.

Error codes

If your vehicle is inoperable or stalls out while driving, it could indicate a bigger problem. If the check engine light comes on and won’t shut off, it’s car problems like this that need immediate attention from a mechanic. They have the tools needed to diagnose the problem and repair or replace parts as needed.

Regular maintenance prevents some car problems from becoming even bigger issues. If you take your vehicle in for a tune-up, oil change, and tire rotation regularly, you spare yourself the expense of larger and more complicated repairs. Before you do-it-yourself, ask if the time spent is worth it in the long run.

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  1. My dad was a DIY kind of guy, and he worked on his own car a ton when I was young. But even then, he would never try and replace his own timing belts. He never considered himself an expert in any sense, but it stuck in my mind as something that I probably didn’t want to try either. It’s good to know that my father’s advice turned out to be good advice, mostly so I didn’t end up breaking my car worse than it was already broken. I loved all the advice though, so thanks for sharing!

  2. Car problems can be really hard to fix sometimes. There are a lot of parts in a car and you will probably need a specialist to fix all the different parts. I did not know that cars had error codes that would identify what is wrong with the car.

  3. I am really glad that you mention some things that you should not repair on your own. I love fixing my car, but when it comes to replacing the timing belt or something that is really important, I would much rather have someone come and fix it for me. You definitely don’t want to ruin something like the timing belt.

  4. I like that you listed off several things that you shouldn’t attempt to fix yourself. My fiance thinks that he can fix anything on our cars, but it would be nice to know that everything is fixed correctly. I like that you listed overheating as a thing you should have a professional handle. My car has been doing that lately and my fiance keeps telling me its fine. it seems like it would be safer if I have a professional look at it.

  5. Thank you for the help. I have had a couple issues of my car overheating recently, as you warned. Other than adding coolant, I have not done anything. What are some of the reasons that could be causing this?

  6. This is a great help. I think that there is a problem with the suspension in my car. I definitely did not think that this is something I would repair myself. How should I go about finding a good mechanic?

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