The Dangers Of D.I.Y. Auto Repair

Americans are scrounging for cash, as the pain at the pump is felt now more than ever.

In the age of do-it-yourself quick fixes flooding the Internet, it's no surprise the D.I.Y. vehicle repair trend's gone viral. However, at what cost are we skipping the trip to the mechanic to save a quick buck? Is it really worth it in the end?

Bobby Todd, owner of Todd's Service Center in Wichita Falls, told Newschannel 6 he sees people come into his auto shop all the time, who've wasted money buying parts or pursuing the quick fixes outlined on the web.

Whether it's a friend's maintenance suggestion or the result of hours of dedicated "how to" searches on Google, Bobby Todd's seen it all in. Namely, Texomans with a much bigger problem under the hood of their car, and price tag, than if they'd taken their car to professionals to look at in the first place.

"It's not a good idea to just try something yourself if you don't know what you're doing. You know, there's some people that do have some natural ability and can do stuff, but most of us don't," Todd said.

No matter what, Todd said, when it comes to responsible D.I.Y. car maintenance, every driver needs to know how to check their tires, oil, and air filters. These three car items on everyone's to-do list are not only D.I.Y. approved, but mandatory.

"It's best to take it to a technician because there's so many things that can cause your problems that you can't figure out without the right equipment and the right tools," said Todd.

It's also important to remember that technology isn't only increasing online. With the technology boost in newer vehicles, comes more advances and complications under the hood. Meaning, vehicles are more complex systems nowadays.

So, the next time your check engine light comes on in your vehicle, take it seriously and be careful about where you turn for instruction about car maintenance and when.

"In some cases, you know, you might be able to find the right answer, but that's really doubtful. I think you're just gonna spend a lot of money that you don't need to," Bobby Todd said.

Brittany Glas, Newschannel 6