The Top 5 Car Repairs You should Do Yourself

Car mechanic holding tools It definitely helps to know how to complete basic car repairs. Knowing how to change your oil, check your tire pressure, and check fluid levels can save a lot of money. However, while it’s helpful to know how to do routine maintenance on your vehicle, there are some fixes that you don’t want to risk doing yourself. Keep reading to learn about 5 car repairs that you’ll want to save for the experts.

1. Cosmetic Work
No matter if you've got a small scratch or a serious dent, tackling body work in your garage is a huge feat. Not only is applying paint messy, it can be quite expensive and overly time-consuming. Without the proper skills, your car could end up with bubbles, insufficient coverage, or damage to the stock paint.

While bodywork is quite expensive, you risk even more costs if you try to do it on your own and then need a professional to undo what your work. For this reason, it's best to leave body work to your local Jeep dealer.

2. Engine & Transmission
The engine and transmission are the heart of your vehicle. Not only are they the most critical components, they're also the most expensive to repair and replace. Both parts are made up of hundreds of small parts. Without the proper training and experience, you risk further damaging these components. Working on your car's engine or transmission on your own could also void the powertrain warranty, which could make for costly repairs in the future.

3. Windshields
Windshields are prone to all sorts of damage, including cracks and chips. Over time, a once small chip can turn into a crack that spans the length of the windshield. These days, you can find windshields online for a few hundred dollars. Or, if you're lucky, you can find a decent one at a junkyard, but replacing a windshield is more than just replacing the glass. You'll also need to replace:

  • Window trim
  • Clips
  • Adhesive

If installed improperly you risk leaks or an improper fit. When it comes to large pieces of glass, leave the work to the pros.

4. ECU Fixes (the Car's Computer)
Automotive computer repairs require serious knowledge. In fact, mechanics have to become certified ASE master technicians before they can master the skills of repairing and tuning ECUs. A car's computer is extremely powerful, as it controls shift points, air/fuel ratios, redline limiters, and much more. If you're in need of computer tuning, seek professional services at a Chrysler dealership.

5. Air Conditioner
Have you ever tried to repair your home's HVAC system? If you have, you know the intricacy of them and, when it comes to cars, air conditioning units are no less complex. One of the biggest setbacks to working on your car's AC on your own is the fact that you have to dismantle the dashboard to even reach the component. If repairs are done improperly, you risk hundreds to thousands of dollars in repairs.

Your Trusted Car Dealership
At Antwerpen Chrysler Jeep, we're not only a car dealership, we also offer certified and professionally trained mechanics who provide top-notch car maintenance and service. No matter if you own a certified pre-owned Chrysler or a pre-owned Jeep, we have the expertise needed to keep your vehicle running as good as new. We perform a variety of work, including engine diagnostics, tune-ups, oil replacement, radiator repair, fluid level checks, and much more.

No matter if you're looking to buy a new Chrysler or are in need of preventative maintenance for your Jeep, you can count on us. Call today at (410) 788-2973 to schedule an appointment. We look forward to working with you for years to come!