Running a car is so expensive that it’s tempting to try to save a few quid by carrying out your own repairs. And while it’s fine for the motorist to do simple jobs, many of the more complex problems should be left to the professional. Attempting repairs that are best left to trained hands could not only end up costing you more, but could also put your motoring safety at risk. So these are some of the car repairs that you shouldn’t do yourself …

Engine diagnostics

If your engine warning light comes on, take the car to a garage. They have all the necessary diagnostic equipment to find out what the problem is. It could be any number of things, and you could cause more problems trying to work it out yourself.

Balancing tyres

Balancing tyres isn’t a simple matter. If you have to change a tyre yourself, take it to a garage or tyre specialist as soon as possible to get them checked. Incorrect alignment could lead to wear and poor handling of the car.

Electrics

You should be very sure of your own abilities before tackling any electrical repairs in your car. The complicated wiring in modern cars is controlled by computer – making it another thing that’s best left to the experts.

Shock absorbers

Do you actually know what a shock absorber looks like? Even if you read the manual first, you could suffer serious injury if you try going under the car to replace them yourself, plus you could make the car unsafe if you get it wrong. Garages have hydraulic lifts and can jack the car up safely.

Recharging/repairing the air conditioner

Air conditioning systems are more complicated than you might think, although most of us don’t give any thought as to how it works. We just take for granted that it does. But since it contains chemicals, you shouldn’t try to fix it yourself. Don’t try to top up the coolant yourself either; if the problem is a broken condenser fan, you could cause more damage.

Changing the clutch

This can often involve removing the engine. And since a typical engine weighs hundreds of pounds … you don’t even want to attempt that. Again, best left to the experts and their equipment.

Airbags

What people don’t know is that there’s actually a small explosive charge in the airbag – and you wouldn’t mess with explosives under any other circumstances, would you? So if you’re fixing anything where there’s an airbag hiding, like in the steering wheel, let your garage deal with it.

Windscreens

If you get a chip in your windscreen, you might think about grabbing a repair kit and fixing it yourself. However, you could risk making the chip even bigger, and if it’s within the driver’s field of vision could mean your car fails its next MOT. And you absolutely shouldn’t try replacing a whole windscreen at home.

Remember if in doubt ask the experts. Call DCS Bristol today for an appointment on 0117 972 4343 or email info@dcsbristol.co.uk.