To most of us our car is more than just a means of transport. Its one of the places where have privacy. It defines our personality and style. So when your car has a problem we have justifiable genuine concern. Lucky for us some car problems are easy to repair provided you have a complete toolkit containing screwdrivers, spanners, tape, blade etc.

First, you have to identify the problem. As the following question, does the engine make noise? Is there lose of power? Is it overheating by checking your dash gage? When does the problem occur is it when you accelerate? When it's cold? When hot? After you make these observations or symptoms and put them in a list, you can then identify the most probable causes and perform simple tests to verify the problem. The following are some car problems and how you can fix them:

1. Overheating engine.

Pop the hood of your car then using a wet cloth, open the radiator cap -making sure the steam doesn't blow towards you. Let it cool for some few minutes then add clean cold water to the radiator and replace the cap. If the problem persists then take the vehicle to your mechanic to repair the radiator which may have been blocked by dirt particles.

2. Punctured tyre.

Lock the other three tyres using stones or any other barrier and remove the spare wheel from the booth or wherever you keep it in your vehicle. Use a wheel spanner to loosen the bolts on the punctured wheel. Place the jerk under the vehicles chassis and pump it. When the punctured wheel is suspended, remove the loosened bolts and take off the wheel. Fit in the spare wheel and screw in the bolts. Release the jerk and tighten the bolts. Remove the barriers and you are good to go.

3. Loose brakes.

Check if there is brake fluid in the brake fluid storage -usually a pair of small, white containers, attached to the car body. If it's empty, open the cap and refill using brake fluid and not oil. Bleed the fuel line by opening the screw in the slave cylinder on the wheel and stepping on the brake pedal several times (make sure you tap the brake fluid coming out with the air bubbles). Press the brakes to the lowest level and let someone close the bleeding screw on the slave cylinder.

4. Low current in the battery.

This problem will be manifested by the failure of the starting system. This problem may also be caused by failure of the vehicles charging system or ignition. To repair any problems do some tests to determine where the problem is. Check the wires going to the alternator, to the battery, to the stator, to the coil and the spark plugs cables, if there is any disconnection reconnect or replace the cable. Make sure the engine is off.

Do it yourself repairs can save a lot of money but first make sure that you know what you are doing. It is better you spend some money on your mechanic than spending a fortune buying other parts which you spoiled yourself. Therefore weigh your options before doing it yourself.

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