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Car Repairs Not To Try At Home | Automotive Online Features

(NAPSI)—When it comes to taking care of cars, all those countless “do it yourself” videos make it all seem so straightforward and easy. So, too many people take matters into their own hands, only to realize after they’ve taken everything apart, only a trusted mechanic can fix the problem.

As cars are becoming more advanced, it’s important to visit your automotive repair shop for professional car care. Here’s a list of seemingly simple but actually complex repairs you shouldn’t try at home. 

Simple Maintenance and Repairs:

•Brake Fluid Flush: Without proper equipment, home mechanics will not be able to get all the old brake fluid out of the system. Car owners might accidentally put power steering fluid in the brake fluid reservoir, potentially causing a complete failure of the entire braking system, requiring thousands of dollars to repair.

•Coolant Flush: Similarly, without proper chemicals and equipment, car owners can’t remove

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On his days off, SC BBQ restaurant owner repairs cars and donates them to the needy | News

McCLELLANVILLE — When it came time for Eliot Middleton to get a driver’s license, his father, a mechanic, gave him two cars.

The catch, said Middleton, was that neither car worked. One needed an engine and the other needed a transmission, and it was up to him to make one working car out of the two.

He succeeded, and after graduating from Lincoln High School he trained to become an auto mechanic, then spent years working in or operating repair and transmission shops in the Charleston area.

These days Middleton, 38, co-owns and operates a barbeque restaurant in Awendaw, but he’s putting his automotive experience to good use. He repairs donated vehicles and gives them to people who need one through a nonprofit he established.

“This gives me a chance to work on cars again, at my own pace,” Middleton said.

At his mother’s blue cinderblock home in McClellanville, where

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Tips to prevent expensive car repairs amid bitter cold temperatures and freezing rain

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) – Bitter cold temperatures and freezing rain can take a toll on your car, but there are several ways to prevent expensive repairs brought on by tough winter weather conditions.

It starts with trying to get into your car. Continuing to pull on a car door that is frozen shut could lead to some unexpected damage.

“You could break the handle if it doesn’t move,”Art Simmoneau with US Automotive in Ozark said. “[It could] break the handle or pull something off inside the door or break a lock inside internally.”

Mechanics say you can also use lubricants, including home cooking sprays like Pam, in order to help loosen doors and handles. Simmoneau said there are specific tools to help with locks that are stuck, like lock keys and sprays.

The cold weather can also point out problems when you try to start your car or truck.

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Heartland auto shop sees rush of winter weather vehicle repairs

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KFVS) – Much of Wednesday’s snow has melted away and the roads are clear, but conditions caused dozens of wrecks across the Heartland.



a car covered in snow: Missouri State Highway Patrol says they got more than 100 calls from people needing service during the snow Wednesday.


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Missouri State Highway Patrol says they got more than 100 calls from people needing service during the snow Wednesday.

Now, local repair shops face a rush of new customers.

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Car repairs pick up during the winter at James Auto Body and Glass.

The manager, Josh Lineberry, said in a few days he expects to see more cars coming in with damage due to Wednesday’s road conditions. “There’s a little bit of a delay in when the calls and cars start coming in from the initial accident times.”

“They’re usually taken to salvage yards if they slide off and need to be towed before they make it here,” stated Lineberry.

He said insurance is part of the

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