Most people have developed a mindset and a perception of wanting to do everything by themselves including tasks they aren’t qualified to do. As much as DIY can also apply in the automotive industry, it’s important to know what to do and what not to do. Hiring a professional or taking your vehicle to an auto repair shop might seem quite expensive but it’s the right thing to do. Of course, you may want to save money and feel independent but there should a boundary to what you should do on your own.

Many benefits come with hiring a skilled mechanic including experience, service guarantees and the right equipment for the job. Some of the tasks you can attempt on your own include washing your car, vacuuming, waxing, replacing a dead car battery and protecting the car’s interior. However, larger projects such as transmission repair and maintenance require specialized training and the right equipment for the job. Here are top four automotive repairs that should be left for a professional auto mechanic.

Suspension Systems

As much as your vehicle’s suspension system doesn’t require much attention regarding repairs and maintenance, it comprises of many small working parts which may require fine-tuning and replacement. There’s very little information explaining how one can do this repairs on their own. Repairing and servicing your vehicle’s suspension system will need you to have access to a hoist before pulling it off.

Transmission Repair and Maintenance

If you want to reduce future mechanical repairs for your vehicle, consider having regular transmission maintenance. We both know how tricky and complicated it is to handle transmission repairs. Your vehicle’s transmission is crucial when it comes to your safety. Whether you want to replace a worn clutch or just conduct routine maintenance, any task that involves your transmission is time-consuming and requires the right tools and equipment to ensure everything works properly.

Heating and Cooling Systems

The temperature in your vehicle and other parts is regulated by things such as radiator fan clutches, frost plugs, radiators, hoses, water pumps, blower fan motors, electric radiator fans, heater controls and other parts. All these parts work together to regulate your car’s temperature. In most cases, maintenance and repairing these parts requires dismantling since they can’t be accessed so easily. It, therefore, follows that only a qualified professional can help fix problems in your vehicle’s heating and cooling system.

Exhaust System/ Mufflers

The first thing most drivers think of when there’s a complication with their vehicle’s exhaust system is replacing the muffler. Despite the fact that a muffler is the biggest part of your vehicle’s exhaust puzzle, it can be sealed or repaired. The problem could be with other parts such as the oxygen sensors, exhaust pipes, exhaust headers, manifolds, or studs yet your focus is on replacing the muffler. In such cases, a DIY replacement will cost you more than having your vehicle inspected and repaired by a professional mechanic. Remember the exhaust system is complex and requires the right tools to access the area.

Other automotive repairs to be left for professionals include your vehicle’s brake system, ignition troubles, air-conditioning systems, fluid leakage and fluid flushes, power steering issues, windshield repairs and replacement, sensory malfunctions, and electrical problems.