Best Practices before Getting Started
Know when to fix it yourself, and when to hand it over
Repairing cars or installing parts can be physically demanding and certain processes require very specific skills, tools, and expertise. It is highly recommended that you do not attempt to repair something beyond your physical abilities or scope of knowledge. Mistakes can be dangerous for you and passengers, as well as very expensive to fix later! Our expert wreckers in Perth work with plenty of excellent repair and auto body shops and are happy to recommend one based on your needs.
Wearing the right kind of gear can help protect you from easily avoided harm. Before getting started, make sure you are not wearing loose clothing or jewellery; otherwise you could get stuck in moving parts. If you are working under a vehicle or with hazardous liquids (such as antifreeze coolant) we strongly recommend wearing safety glasses and Class 0 rated rubber gloves. Working with loud power tools is known to cause permanent hearing loss, so wear ear protection such as earmuffs or plugs.
Have Plenty of Ventilation Available
The best place to work on your vehicle is in a spacious garage with the door open, or outdoors. Brake dust often contains asbestos, which can cause lung disease. When working with coolants, chemicals, or other potent materials, it’s always a good idea to use proper breathing protection and work in a well-ventilated space.
DIY Tips for Car Repairs
A few common tools you may need are:
- An adjustable wrench and a torque wrench
- A Socket and Ratchet Set
- Phillips and Flathead Screwdrivers
- A Jack
- Instruction Manuals and tutorials, either from the dealer or found online
Find the parts you need for your DIY repairs and check out these resources for help fixing your vehicle. Delivery in Perth or interstate shipping is available. You can always ask the experts by sending us an enquiry, chat or calling 08 9209 3900.