Do you know how to change your windshield wipers? If not, this article post will give you the basics on how to fix a truck part that is needed and how to replace them. You can also learn about other truck repairs that you can do yourself for a fraction of the cost! This article will teach you when to call in a professional and why it’s worth saving up for repairs instead of buying new.
- Replace a headlight.
Get the truck on a flat surface and turn off the engine. Next, remove the hood, unscrew or pry out the old bulb, screw in a new one, and reattach the light shield. If your bulb has burned out, but nothing else is wrong with it, you can just use adjustable pliers to rotate the bulb a couple of degrees clockwise.
- Replace side mirrors that have come loose or broke off.
To replace the mirror glass, open the door and lift it up on the outside of the cover (toward you) to release it from the mirror frame. Then remove the bolts holding down each side of the mirror.
You can order replacement parts from a local auto parts retailer or find them used on an online truck forum.
- Fix an oil leak from a valve cover gasket or camshaft seal.
The timing belt and tensioner must be removed in order to replace the gasket, so you will need a few tools and an assistant. The gasket is typically sold as a kit with the new valve cover, or you can buy it separately online.
- Replacing an alternator belt requires only one helper and some basic hand tools.
Start by disconnecting the battery, removing the belt, and loosening the mounting bolts. Then tighten the new part by hand to hold it in place while you adjust it using an appropriate tool.
- Replace a “bad” serpentine belt on a V-8 engine.
First, locate the tensioner pulley on the front passenger side (the lower one), completely loosen the tensioner bolt, and then tighten it again using a pry bar to pull the belt taut.
Adjust the remaining belts with a crescent wrench or other open-end tool so that they’re each pulling about an inch of deflection. Then replace pulleys one by one while tightening their mounting nuts (torque them to manufacturer specification).
- Jack up a tire to change a flat.
Locate the jack point, use the lug wrench to loosen the wheel nuts, and then lift the tire off of its rim using a floor jack that’s been placed directly under it.
- Replace any broken, or worn-out tie rod ends.
Tie rods control how the wheels track with respect to one another, so they’re very important for handling. Unfortunately, most truck parts stores sell new parts alone or as kits that include grease and bushings.
- Clean out the air filter.
Most trucks have foam filters that you can vacuum out with a shop vac, but some use paper ones. In this case, remove the engine cover and try to blow the accumulated dirt out of the air box or crankcase once a month.
- Check the brakes and tune up the engine
Add transmission fluid, change windshield wiper blades, check belts, hoses, and fluids…and make sure the truck is equipped with a good OBD-II scan tool for troubleshooting problems under the hood.
If you are not confident of being able to do these DIYs yourself, it’s recommended to look for a professional truck mobile repair in Gainesville. To find out the best mobile commercial truck repair service in Gainesville, search online.
It is important to own these simple tools if you’re going to do your own repairs:
- Toolbox Full of Tools
- Screwdrivers (regular and Phillips)
- Socket set/wrench
- Rags for cleaning grease off hands, etc. Also, dark clothes cover any parts you are working on and prevent premature aging from sun exposure.
A tool can be the difference between being stranded miles from where you live and being able to fix your vehicle/motorcycle in the next half hour.