Ten automotive repair projects anyone can do

Repairing something as large and complex as an automobile can seem daunting, but some jobs are simple enough for novices. Here are the ten automotive repair projects anyone can do, as identified by Jalopnik readers.

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Ten automotive repair projects anyone can do


10.) Oil & Filter Change

How-To Instructions: Jalopnik

Suggested By: MorelOrelHershiser

Why It's Easy: You don't need a ton of tools, there's only a couple of steps, and it's an easy way to introduce yourself to working on your own car. Just follow your manufacturer's guidelines for how frequently you need to do the job, and you should be fine. If you do a good job, maybe someday you can get these ladies to stop by and help out.

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Ten automotive repair projects anyone can do


9.) Replace Wiper Blades

How-To Instructions: About.com

Suggested By: SCR

Why It's Easy: Replacing your used wiper blades with new ones is one of the easiest jobs on your car, and one of the most important. You don't even have to get your hands dirty. If your current blades are leaving streaks on your windshield, it's time to get a new pair.

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Ten automotive repair projects anyone can do


8.) Wash & Wax

How-To Instructions: Jalopnik

Suggested By: teampenske3

Why It's Easy: Do it in the shade, make sure it's wet, and take your time. There's all kinds of cool space-age polymer technology out there to make sure your ride stays shiny, so don't miss a spot. Your car will thank you later.

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Ten automotive repair projects anyone can do


7.) Change Headlight & Taillight Bulbs

How-To Instructions: Edmunds

Suggested By: Potbelly Joe

Why It's Easy: In most cases, this task is just a question of getting to the clips that hold the bulbs in. Just pretend it's a puzzle. When completed, swapping out burned-out bulbs for new ones can save you big bucks in tickets later on.

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Ten automotive repair projects anyone can do


6.) Tire Rotation

How-To Instructions: Tire Rack

Suggested By: MMASpacecadet

Why It's Easy: Tire rotation is important because it keeps the wear on your tires equal. By putting each tire at each position on the four corners of the car, it keeps the tread wear going at an even pace. There are different rotation patterns for different kinds of cars though, so if your car is front-wheel drive, has different sized tires front and rear, or has directional tires, make sure you rotate them accordingly.

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Ten automotive repair projects anyone can do


5.) Replace Spark Plugs

How-To Instructions: Jalopnik

Suggested By: Rushin Russian

Why It's Easy: Now we're getting to the nitty-gritty. You're gonna need some specialized tools and precision wrenching for this one. You might have to gap your plugs. You might not. Always check your owner's manual and the spark plug packaging before attempting to gap. Otherwise, just follow the instructions.

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Ten automotive repair projects anyone can do


4.) Change a Flat Tire

How-To Instructions: Jalopnik

Suggested By: brian1321

Why It's Easy: New drivers should be taught how to change a flat during Driver's Ed. You never know when or where you're going to have to do it, and it's really not that difficult a task, so there's no excuse not to know how.

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Ten automotive repair projects anyone can do


3.) Changing the Air Filter

How-To Instructions: Jalopnik

Suggested By: Irishman

Why It's Easy: So easy, a monkey could probably manage to do it. Un-pop the clips, pull out the old filter, put the new one in, and reattach the clips. Boom. Done. Be careful not to damage any other parts or wiring while you're in there, and you're all set.

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Ten automotive repair projects anyone can do


2.) Changing A Dead Battery

How-To Instructions: Jalopnik

Suggested By: gman1023

Why It's Easy: Once you fight your way through any corrosion or stubborn posts and terminals, pulling out an old battery and dropping in a new one is pretty straightforward. It's a good opportunity to do some engine cleaning while you're in there, too.

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Ten automotive repair projects anyone can do


1.) Replacing a Hose

How-To Instructions: Jalopnik

Suggested By: Avastmateys

Why It's Easy: Once your engine has cooled off and you've disconnected the battery, swapping out an old hose for a new one is pretty basic. Loosen the clamps, pull out the hose, transfer the clamps to the new hose, and put it back on. It'll make a world of difference to your engine.

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