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DIY SafetyPrintable version
Degree of DifficultyEasy
Estimated Time15 minutes
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When you tackle any DIY maintenance or repair job, your primary concern should be safety. This goes for both you and your vehicle! Knowing the right tools, methods and safety equipment that you will need is always the first step. Keep in mind that not every repair and maintenance job on your vehicle works out like the pictures in the manual. Rusty parts, greasy and oily surfaces, and tight access all make working on your vehicle open to hazards. However, following a few safe work practices and investing in protective equipment should help reduce your chance of injury.
Here are some suggestions that you may find useful:
Plan ahead, and coordinate your tools and safety equipment with the vehicle DIY task that you are about to perform. Ask yourself the following questions:
  1. Do I have the right tools for this project?
  2. Do I need to lift the vehicle, and work underneath it?
  3. Will I be handling gas, oil or solvents?
  4. Does the job require using an electric drill, hammer, grinder, or wire wheel?
  5. Will the job require loosening large fasteners, or removing heavy parts from the vehicle?
If the answer is yes to any of the above questions, you should assemble the safety equipment that you'll need for the job along with the tools and materials. Here's a brief primer on DIY safety.
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