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Hello! Welcome to my blog. My name is Audrey and today, I would like to invite you all to learn about the wonders of the automobile. I first became interested in the auto mobile after the death of my husband. Until that point, I had no interest in cars at all. My husband did all the driving and I simply had to turn up on time and climb into the back. However, a few days after the funeral, I walked into our garage and I decided that I would learn how to drive and how to maintain an automobile. Our mechanic has been very good at teaching me a few things and giving me some top advice.


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5 Safety Tips for DIY Car Maintenance

Tracy Arnold

Some people may wish to reduce car maintenance costs by servicing their cars without involving a car service technician. This article discusses some crucial safety tips that such individuals should keep in mind in order to reduce the likelihood of accidents during a maintenance activity.

Keep It Stationary

It may not be enough for you to engage the handbrake before you start servicing your car because the handbrake may be defective. This can expose you to a risk of being injured when the car starts moving as you work. It is better to use additional means, such as a wedge/choke behind the tyres, to keep the car stationary.

Work Outdoors

It is also wise for you to conduct any car maintenance activities outdoors. Such an environment will prevent toxic fumes from accumulating as the engine is running while you work. Alternatively, make sure that your garage is well ventilated by opening all the windows and the door if you cannot work outdoors due to several factors, such as unfavourable weather.

Let It Cool

Another safety precaution that you should take when servicing your car on your own is to give the car ample time to cool before you start the exercise. This will save you from the safety hazards that can result when you touch a hot surface as you work. For example, you can sustain burns when you touch a hot engine component as you check the oil level in the car. Similarly, hot water can scald you if you open the radiator cap before allowing the car to cool down.

Dress Appropriately

Some safety hazards originate from the dressing of the person servicing a car. For instance, loose clothing can strangle you when it gets caught as you are working. Jewellry can also get caught on moving car components as you work. Avoid these risks by wearing clothes that fit you well. Remove any jewellry too.

Disconnect the Battery

Many people usually disconnect the power supply when conducting electrical repairs in their homes. However, those same people may forget to disconnect the car battery before they perform an electrical repair on the car. This can expose them to electric shocks when they touch a live wire during the repair project. It is therefore prudent for you to disconnect the battery before you perform any electrical repairs on your car. Use the right tools for this task so that you don't damage the delicate electrical components when you use makeshift tools.

Ask a car service professional to check your car periodically so that he or she can catch any issues that you may have missed during your DIY car maintenance sessions. In this way, you will limit how much you spend on professional car servicing without compromising the wellbeing of your vehicle.