From replacing wiper blades to clearing up a scratch: 5 car chores you can do yourself

Updated on 12 November 2019 | 0 Comments

If you get a scratch while driving or need to replace a tyre, your first instinct may be to call the experts for help, but that could cost you. Here are five things you can fix yourself.

Over the last few years, there has been greater awareness of the benefits of not wasting stuff, buying only what we need and trying to save where possible.

Unfortunately, we may not be as proactive as we like when it comes to fixing stuff instead of paying someone our hard-earned cash to fix it.

If you have a car, here are five things you can easily fix yourself.

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Removing scratches

While we all dream of keeping our car in tip top condition, accidents can happen. 

If you’re unfortunate enough to scratch your car – or have it scratched by an incompetent driver – you could repair it yourself if it’s not too serious.

According to review site, on-the-spot repairs for scrapes and scratches could cost you between £100 and £200 for minor damage to a single panel, so it's certainly worth trying.

Below is a video by consumer site Which? to help you get rid of those pesky, unsightly scratches.

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Repair a punctured tyre

Getting stranded at the side of the road with a flat tyre and no spare is a nightmare scenario for many people – and can be worrying if it happens at night.

So it's worth being prepared for this and keeping a sealant and compressor in your car boot.

The RAC video below explains how to go about repairing a tyre if the puncture is not too serious.

Of course, make sure you’re in a safe spot and that your personal safety isn’t at risk before commencing a repair. If this is not possible, you should call someone for help.

You would also need to replace the damaged tyre as soon as possible, even after the tyre has been inflated.

Halfords offers a puncture repair service, but it will set you back £25.

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Replace a flat tyre

If you have a serious puncture or a spare tyre, it’s always handy to be able to know how to change a tyre.

The RAC offers a useful video on how to safely change a tyre and reveals what you need in advance.

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Change your windscreen wipers

You don't want to be caught out in the rain with windscreen wipers that aren't up to the job.

Car sales site We Buy Any Car reveals an easy way for you to remove and change wipers.

You can buy a wiper blade from as little as £6. While you have to buy new wiper blades, you can avoid paying for a fitting, which could cost approximately £4 for both blades.

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Jump start your car

Admittedly most motorists will already know this one, but it's worth including for the few who don't and find themselves stranded with a flat battery.

To state the obvious, you'll need access to jump leads and a second vehicle with a charged battery – avoid using a hybrid or electric car as this can cause damage.

Before you jump start the car, the RAC recommends consulting your owner’s manual and checking for obvious signs of damage to the batteries or jump leads.

Make sure to remove any metal jewellery and ensure nothing metal touches the terminals on the battery.

If there’s obvious damage or you’re not feeling confident, you should contact a professional to jump start the car for you.

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If you’re happy to go ahead, the RAC has a full video tutorial below:

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