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car repairs you shouldn't do yourself

There are some times when you can repair your own vehicle or do basic maintenance such as changing the oil or fixing a broken headlight bulb. However, sometimes it just makes more sense to take it into the shop. Sure, that can cost hundreds or even thousands of dollars but that's better than doing something stupid and causing even more damage or risking danger to yourself.

Keeping a car on the road can be expensive. With gas, insurance and maintenance to think about, it’s tempting to try and save a bit of cash on repairs. Whether you’re a keen amateur, or you’re thinking about venturing under the hood for the first time, there are some jobs that should be left to the pros. In this guide, we’ll take a look at the auto repairs you should never attempt at home. 


Electrical Faults

If you have warning lights flashing on your dashboard, and there’s an electrical issue, resist the temptation to start poking around under the hood or tapping buttons or switches in a desperate bid to find a solution. Much like electrical issues in the home, anything that is related to wiring problems or warning lights should not be attempted by those who don’t have the relevant expertise and experience. 


Heating Issues

Many of us are used to getting in the car on a frosty morning, putting the heaters on full blast and waiting for the windshield to clear. If you’ve noticed that the air isn’t hot, or it’s taking an age to defrost the glass, this should set alarm bells ringing. If the heating system isn’t working properly, there’s a risk that the engine cooling system could also be affected. The wise thing to do is seek out experts who can take a look at the car heater not working, ascertain why and come up with solutions. It’s best to avoid trying to do anything yourself, as you could cause further damage, which will end up costing you more. 



When it comes to flexing your auto repair skills, the priority should always be safety. There are many jobs you can take on without being an experienced, qualified mechanic, but if there are problems that jeopardize safety, it’s advisable to leave them to the professionals. The brakes of the vehicle play a vital role in enabling you to stop and slow down safely. If the braking system is not functioning, or you need new parts, take your car to an auto repair shop as soon as possible. 


Windshield Repairs

The windshield is critical for a number of reasons. Firstly, it provides a protective barrier between you, the driver, and the environment around you. Secondly, it enables you to see clearly without worrying about debris or dust flying up into your face while you’re trying to navigate the road. Windshields can also help to reduce the intensity of UV rays to make it easier to see when driving in the sun and with the help of wipers, they improve visibility in heavy rain and snow. If your windshield is damaged, you’ll need to seek professional advice. Do not attempt to patch up or fill in a crack. Holes can expand quickly, and damage in one part of the windshield can contribute to weak points in other parts. 

Many of us like to think of ourselves as pretty good amateur mechanics. While there are several repair jobs that are suitable for enthusiastic souls with limited experience, there are some that should always be left to the pros.

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James' passion for exploration and sense of duty to his community extends beyond himself. This means he is dedicated to providing a positive role model for other men and especially younger guys that need support so that they can thrive and be future positive contributors to society. This includes sharing wisdom, ideas, tips, and advice on subjects that all men should be familiar with, including: family travel, men's health, relationships, DIY advice for home and yard, car care, food, drinks, and technology. Additionally, he's a travel advisor and a leading men's travel influencer who has been featured in media ranging from New York Times to the Chicago Tribune, and LA Times. He's also been cited by LA Weekly "Top Travel Bloggers To Watch 2023" and featured by Muck Rack: "Top 10 Outdoor Journalists for 2022".

He and his wife Heather live in St Joseph, Michigan - across the lake from Chicago.