10 Car Repairs You Should Never Try to Do Yourself

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A Japanese tuning shop outside of Nagoya works on a series of vehicles that need servicing | Micah Wright/Autos Cheat

A Japanese tuning shop outside of Nagoya works on a series of vehicles that need servicing | Micah Wright/Autos Cheat

There’s nothing more frustrating than getting excited about fixing a problematic automobile all by yourself only to discover that the repairs required are well beyond your skills as a mechanic. In the past we’ve covered things like easy fixes anyone can do in their garage, inexpensive project cars for beginners, and quick tricks for DIY guys, but knowing when to turn things over to the pros is perhaps the most invaluable piece of advice we can offer.

Getting in over your head with what seems like a straightforward fix is a humbling experience. What starts off with a bit of online research, followed by forum Q&A time and some part sourcing can quickly dissolve into a fiasco that leaves you and your car stranded at the house.

A set of camshafts out of a turbo diesel motor await their new donor motor | iStock

A set of camshafts out of a turbo diesel motor await their new donor motor | iStock

As with all things in life that break, there is a time where you must decide whether it is wiser to cough up the cash and have someone else tackle the repairs or attempt to save some greenbacks and try fixing it on your own. There really is no right or wrong answer here, it just depends on the task at hand and how confident you are that the problem can get fixed properly.

Nevertheless, there are times when the average DIY guy shouldn’t even begin to ponder particular automotive repairs, and leave the problem to the professionals. Here are ten prime examples of when it’s best to back-off in order to protect your vehicle and yourself.

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