Whether you’re a weekend mechanic, a hobbyist, a DIY-er, or just a guy who’s got a passion for the tools he’s got in his workshop, the fact of the matter is that I’m going to give you some tips that you’ll find useful whenever you feel tempted to start your own car repair project. Obviously, it would be great if you didn’t find it necessary to repair your own automobile, and by this I mean the one you use regularly when you go to work.
This is the first piece of advice I can give you. It stands to reason that I have no idea, at this point, what model car you own or what you might be tempted to work with, so the best idea is to go online and start asking around. There are many forums where weekend mechanics just like you communicate and ask others for advice. Plus, if you’re in luck, the car manufacturer has gone through the trouble of uploading the whole schematics of the car to the company’s official website.
Before starting the job, it is important to look at the space you want to dedicate for the project. It goes without saying that it needs to be as tidy and clean as possible, but whether you might believe it or not, it sometimes really boils down to the actual amount of space you have available. The last thing you might want to do is try to shove a car into a garage where there isn’t enough room left for your repair project. Measure out everything and make sure that you don’t have to look for another workspace.
Most car repairs take time. Even experienced mechanics can encounter one issue or the next. That’s why it’s important to look at your schedule and try to be as realistic as possible. Think of it this way. If you’re like me, chances are you’re doing this during the weekends or every two nights or so. Don’t overdo it, and try to understand that while this is your passion, you live off your job.
Another thing that I would like to note is that, as I said in the beginning, you should never start working on your own car if there is no way of getting to your workplace other than using it. If a colleague or friend lives nearby, try carpooling for a while. Nonetheless, I would suggest repairing an old car from scratch instead of doing so with your own.
Take as many pictures as you can and make notes as you take components out of your car. It doesn’t matter if they’re more or less important. You need to know the exact place you’ve taken them out of and how they were organized initially.