How Much Do People Really Know About Cars?
Cars are complicated machines and they just keep getting more complicated. It used to be that you could open a hood and readily identify most parts in the engine. Nowadays, when I open the hood of my Hybrid, I can barely figure out where to add the washer fluid. The inside of my car’s engine compartment looks more like a rocketship than a gas-driven vehicle.
Cars used to be composed of mechanical parts that you could hold in your hand and fix with simple tools. But just in the past few decades, cars have advanced to the point where they are almost completely run by computers. It's like the difference between those clunky cellphones on 80s TV shows to the iPhone 4G—today's vehicles have advanced just as rapidly.
These days, technicians spend years training to learn how to fix today's cars and continually update their education to keep up with technology. Watching your dad change a tire or helping your friend change his oil only takes a small amount of auto knowledge. Most of the time, this limited knowledge is not enough to tackle more complicated repairs.
But don't worry, there are still repairs you can do and we're going to help you figure out what repairs are safe and relatively simple to do yourself and what repairs you should leave to the pros.
Continue to Part 3 - What Are "Safe" DIY Car Repairs?