Sometimes it is good to know how to address common problems with your car on your own. Mechanic work can be costly and we may not always be able to afford to have necessary car repair done. So, in the case of saving money or just wanting to know how to fix common automotive problems out of curiosity, here are some safety tips that should not be ignored.
First and foremost, never attempt to repair an aspect of an automobile if it is beyond your capability or knowledge. This can be dangerous to you and the vehicle in question. Not knowing your way around certain parts can result in expensive damages.
If you are servicing any fuel related components of your car, never smoke or have any heating element near by. This may come as common sense, but nevertheless, do not press your luck. Several fluids in vehicles are flammable, so just eliminate the risk ahead of time. In addition, it is a wise idea to have a fire extinguisher handy when doing auto labor.
Air bags can be deployed accidentally if you are laboring around a steering column or dashboard, you may cross or jump a wire and BAM! Bag in the face. This can cause injury, so be sure to disconnect your vehicles battery and wait about 15 minutes before beginning work.
Automobiles generate a lot of heat when running, so be sure to allow a few hours for the vehicle to cool down if you have been driving for a while. Parts such as mufflers, any engine component, catalytic converters, the radiator, and the exhaust manifolds will all be very warm if you have been driving within the past half hour. Never ever remove the radiator cap if it is hot. Doing so can cause serious burns.
The clothing and accessories you wear can be just as hazardous as any car part, so be sure to remove any loose articles, tie back long hair, and take off any ties or jewelry before getting down to business. Any piece of clothing or jewelry could get caught in a belt or pulley and this can result in serious injury.
In addition to removing articles that can cause injury, be sure to wear the proper protection when working. Eye, hearing, and breathing protection are advised and should be worn.
Lastly, be sure to let someone know that you will be servicing your vehicle should the situation arise where 911 will need to be called. Also, eliminate as many distractions as possible from your work environment. Children, pets, and friends can be very distracting and lead to your making a mistake.