#Cars45 DIY Tips
Are you the type that gets scared of Auto repairs or even the mere thought of it? The idea of having to drive down to a local Auto shop is one very scary thought that has haunted both the young and the old. Sometimes, a daily hack might keep you from having to go through the pain and nightmare of having to parade your mechanic’s workshop with the anxiety of getting your car fixed or driving it back home unattended to.
Car Hacks can be so easy, but getting conversant with them might be so hard, it gets so awkward when you see a woman – confused and frustrated, holding a wheel spanner and a tyre jack with no idea as to how to replace a deflated tyre.
For the newbies in the house, you might want to read up from a list of DIY Tips in retrospect, but in the meantime, Let us consider the following hacks.
CLEANING FOGGY HEADLIGHTS
One of the most forgotten car part is the headlight, we probably don’t give our headlights too much thought. We spend more on every other parts in the car: Tyres, Engines, Interior but when it comes to headlight restoration, it’s often a low priority.
As much as headlights shouldn’t be ignored, we can’t stop them from being foggy, it is a 100% inevitability. The best option available is to clean them and restore them to former glory and once you do, the lights will work more effectively, allowing you to see other drivers and objects on the road and allowing people to see you more easily.
- Items Needed: Soap, Baking Soda, and or Vinegar.
- Time to Complete: 1 hour, 30 mins.
This is one household remedy that can restore your headlights luster. This probably won’t come as too much of a surprise for most people since baking soda and vinegar have been used as natural cleaner for decades on a variety of surfaces.
- Start off by mixing dishwashing detergent in a small amount of water.
- Dip a clean cloth into the mixture and use that to initially clean off the headlight.
- Pour some baking soda into a cup and add some vinegar. You’ll notice an immediate chemical reaction, but it’s completely safe.
- Using the same cloth or a new one, dip it into this new mixture and wipe off the lights.
- Use a clean cloth to wipe off the mixture from the lights.
For an even better shine, add some car wax at the end.
FUEL FILTER REPLACEMENT
- Tools Needed: New fuel filter, new fuel line washers, open end wrenches, rags, eye protection
- Time to Complete: 30 minutes
A new fuel filter can protect your engine from very costly damages, so follow the rule of thumb and replace it annually. But keep in mind that like changing brake pads, this is an advanced DIY project. Make sure you’re not in over your head before starting this one. I did it once, and did it correctly, but I definitely paid attention to every detail during the process. Dealing with fuel and fuel filters can be dangerous work if you’re not prepared. If you’re not a DIY mechanic, let a pro do this annual job for you.
- Most importantly, start by relieving fuel system pressure. If you don’t, the results can be explosive, to say the least. Locate the fuel pump fuse on the fuse box. If you don’t have a fuel pump fuse, find the relay that operates the fuel pump. Start your car, and with the engine running, pull the fuse or relay out. When the engine dies, you’ll know that you pulled the right one.
- Disconnect the fuel lines from the fuel filter. Find two open-end wrenches that are the correct size for your fuel filter fittings (usually you’ll need two different sizes).
- When the wrenches are in place, put a rag over the fitting to protect yourself in case there is still some pressure in the lines.
- Hold the wrench that fits on the actual filter, and turn the other wrench counter-clockwise until that bolt comes out.
- Slide the fuel line off the bolt and set the bolt aside.
- Repeat the process for the other side of the fuel filter.
- Remove the old fuel filter. Most filters are held in place by a clamp that you can release by using a flathead screwdriver. Be careful here, as the old fuel filter could still have some gas in it!
- Change the fuel filter washers, which are located on the bolts that connect the fuel lines to the fuel filter. Make sure to match the new ones up correctly.
- Install the new fuel filter, which is the opposite of the process you performed to remove the old fuel filter.
- Return the fuel pump fuse or relay before you try to start the car.
This project is another “Pro DIY” task. Dealing with the fuel system is serious business, so if you’re unfamiliar with any of these terms and don’t know where to start, just visit your mechanic for this regular service.
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