Auto Repairs for Beginners: A Safety Guide

Young man mechanical worker repairing an old vintage car body in messy garage - Safety at work with protection wear

If you’re interested in saving money on garage repairs and learning valuable skills in your spare time, then taking up basic engineering is a great option. Most of the cost of your garage bill comes from the labour, but you can cut out the ‘middle man’ and complete simple repairs from the comfort of your own garage or driveway. There are plenty of online resources that will allow you to gain competency and you can always visit your local garage to ask questions or seek advice. You should always be safety conscious when attempting an automotive repair task.

Make Sure the Conditions Are Right

You should never attempt repairs on a slanted or uneven surface, as the vehicle could roll and seriously injure you or someone else. If you have a sloping driveway, it’s not the ideal location for auto repairs. Ideally, you should conduct repairs in dry weather and inside a well-ventilated garage. It’s important to keep your workshop tidy and clutter-free, to reduce the likelihood of a slipping or tripping accident. Wires and cables should be coiled neatly or taped to the floor, and you should always have a fire extinguisher within easy reach.

Wear the Right Clothing

Before you attempt any auto repairs, make sure you’ve removed all jewellery and tied back long hair. Your clothes should be close fitting to avoid them becoming trapped in moving mechanical parts, but not so tight that they restrict your freedom of movement. When spraying, cutting or using chemicals, it’s important to wear eye-protection, a mask over your nose and mouth, and gloves.

Invest in the Correct Equipment

Although repairing your own vehicle will help you reduce costs in the long-term, it’s important to remember that you have to initially invest in the tools you’ll need to successfully complete repairs. If you fail to choose high quality equipment, you may find it more difficult to get the long-lasting results that you desire from repair jobs. Some people are even forced to take their cars back to a professional garage, so their botched attempts can be fixed. It’s always better to buy quality tools and replacement parts, and these can be found at completive prices from retails like SGS Engineering. Useful basics for your tool collection include both Philips and flat head screwdrivers, a variety of different sized wrenches, a trolley jack and powerful flashlight. 

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