If you’re a DIY enthusiast, you can save a lot of money by servicing your car yourself. Changing oil and other fluids, replacing brakes and headlights – there are dozens of basic maintenance tasks that are no problem for DIY mechanics.
But there are some things that should be left to the professionals. And in this article, we’ll take a look at the top 5 auto repair jobs that you should never try to do on your own. Let’s get started!
- Air Conditioner Repair And Recharging
Air conditioner repair is not a task that’s easy for most DIY auto enthusiasts. Air conditioning usually involves Freon and other dangerous refrigerant chemicals, which can be highly toxic. It also means that you’ll be working with high pressures, and quite a bit of tubing that’s distributed throughout your vehicle.
When you add in the complexities of working with the car’s on-board electronics and computer, things get even more complicated. It could take you hours – or days – to fix an A/C problem that a pro can deal with in a short appointment.
So while it’s fine to troubleshoot your A/C on your own, we recommend letting pros deal with repairs. Doing so will save you a number of headaches.
- Anything That Involves Working Around Airbags
Typically, you won’t have to root around your dash panels or steering wheel for most maintenance tasks. But if you are interested in doing a repair that requires the removal of much of the dash or the steering wheel, you may want to think again – because of airbags.
Airbags are triggered by an explosive charge, which can be hazardous and even lethal if it’s set off improperly. In addition, accidentally triggering an airbag will require its replacement – which is not cheap.
So think again before you start rooting around in dash panels, or you try to remove your steering wheel. It’s not worth the risk.
- Mounting And Balancing Tires
There’s one good reason to let pros handle the mounting and balancing of tires – it requires expensive, complicated equipment that you simply cannot afford, and only need to use every once in a while.
While it is technically possible to mount tires yourself, the process of doing so is incredibly difficult and time-consuming. And it’s not really possible to balance these tires on your own – which can lead to mechanical problems down the line.
Usually, getting a new set of tires mounted and balanced at a tire shop costs around $60, and most tire shops will also offer free rotations for the lifetime of the tires. That’s worth the price – and saving the hassle of doing it yourself.
- Bodywork Repairs
While it’s certainly possible to repair some smaller scratches and dents yourself, any serious bodywork should be left to the Winnipeg auto repair professionals. Whether you’re trying to hammer out a dent, or using Bondo to cover up a large scratch or rust spot, chances are that your results won’t look professional.
For proper bodywork repairs, you need to turn to a professional shop with advanced tools and techniques for manipulating and repairing sheet metal. That’s the only way to make sure that your car looks brand-new after a serious dent, scratch, or damage to the bodywork.
Again, touching up scratches and minor imperfections with touch-up paint or spray paint is usually quite simple, and will look just fine.
But if you’re thinking of repainting a large section of your vehicle, or painting the entire thing, we recommend you turn to a professional. Automotive paint is quite unforgiving – and if you try to paint your car yourself, you could end up with runs in the paint, splatters all over your vehicle, and even mechanical issues if the paint ends up somewhere that it’s not supposed to be.
Know What Repairs You Should (And Shouldn’t) Do To Your Car!
While some DIY tasks are quite simple for your car, others should only be left to pros. So take another look at this list now – and consider getting professional help to keep your car in great shape.