Cars Under 1000 Bucks

Working on used cars

When you have a car that’s out of warranty you can work on it yourself without worrying about losing any of the manufacturer guarantees. As long as your work is competent and safe, you won’t have any issues when you go to resell the vehicle. There are loads of jobs you can do on your car to repair and refurbish it, including the following that are easy enough for most drivers to attempt.

Tools

A worker is nothing with the right tools. Before you begin any kind of maintenance or repair work on a car, you’ll need an adjustable wrench, pliers, Phillips and flat-head screwdrivers and the car’s jack.

Replacing drive belt

This is one of those jobs that you might think needs expert help but it’s actually quite simple. A loud squealing noise is the car’s way of letting you know this part needs replacing. Before you begin, check the routing for the existing drive belt. Locate the tensioner arm, and loosen it with a ratchet. This is a good time to have a look at the current belt for signs of damage. Are there cracks or cuts across the surface? Even if it just looks worn, get it replaced. Now you can either replace the tensioner with a new one and then add the belt or just replace the belt by winding it back in place. With the belt in place, start the engine and let it idle for a few minutes. Assuming the noise has gone away, you’re done.

Replacing a battery

Changing a car battery is not as simple as it is with household electrical items but it’s not too difficult either. With the engine off, clean the battery terminals with a baking soda and water solution. Now loosen the nut from the bolt that holds the terminal cable to the negative post on the battery. Use a wrench or pliers to turn the nut anticlockwise. Once that’s free, do the same for the positive terminal. Take care when you lift the battery out as it will be heavy. The new battery though will be heavier still. Put that in the place of the old one and reverse the process beginning with the positive terminal.