Your power steering is probably one of the least talked about parts of the car. And when it starts malfunctioning, it is always quite frustrating. You just find out that steering your vehicle is unnecessarily hard. Many would just keep ignoring this problem until it becomes too late and it costs a pretty penny to repair.
Auto technology has come a long way from what it used to be. Electric power steering systems used to be only in the luxurious cars of the old times but today, you’ll find them in a lot of cars.
Is your power steering wheel giving you some problems? This article is all about how to fix you power steering yourself. Yes, you can do it yourself if you have the right tools.
What Tools Do You Need?
You need the following tools to help you make necessary repairs to your power steering system.
- Car jack
- A bright source of light. A torchlight is preferable.
- Cleaning towels to get rid of grease and grime
- Adjustable wrench
How to Fix Your Power Steering Problems
1. Add some more power steering fluid
A low level of power steering fluid could cause some frustrating inconveniences when you’re trying to steer. Check your fluid reservoir with a dipstick. If your fluid is too low, make sure you top it up.
Also, you should watch out for leaks. Just check the floor underneath your car to see if there are any leaks. A leak could occur where air is being drawn into the power steering system. You will hear some whining sounds from your power steering pump when this occurs. The steering fluid will also appear to be foamy.
To Fix this problem, you just have to replace the hose that connects the fluid reservoir and the pump if the hose is damaged. There are some cases where the hose is just okay but the clamps that hold the hose are loose. You should re-tighten the hose clamps properly.
If you notice this leak in time, try to fix it immediately. Do not wait till you start hearing the whining sound before you do something about it.
You can call your car mechanic to help fix it if you aren’t confident in being able to fix it yourself.
2. Unclog the power steering hose if it is clogged
The hydraulic fluid that I talked about above is an important part of the whole power steering system. Apart from the difficulty in steering that you would experience, you may also hear some whining sounds if the hose is clogged.
Check to see if the hose is clogged. Unclog it by flushing it but if you’re unable to get rid of the clogging, replace the hose.
3. Get a new power steering fluid pump
The power steering fluid pump helps to pump fluid into the system to ensure that the system is working smoothly. Once the fluid pump gets damaged or stops working, the system is cut out of fluid supply. This could end up damaging some more parts of the power steering system.
So, the moment you notice that the fluid pump is not doing its job well enough, replace it before it causes some more problems to your power steering system.
4. Replace the power steering belt
Like the other problems mentioned before, this one can also be discovered by the noise it makes. In this case, it is a screeching noise, especially when it rains. The noise is usually loud enough to quickly draw one’s attention.
This problem can be solved by either adjusting the belt if that’s all it needs, or replacing the belt entirely if it is worn and brittle.
Whenever your steering wheel starts rebelling against you when you’re trying to turn it, make sure you check it out. First, check the fluid. If the fluid level is low, replace it.
Next, check the hose and the pump. Do some unclogging when needed and some tightening and re-clamping when required. Ultimately, make repairs when you should. It’s part of the best car maintenance practices.
Repairing your power steering system should be easy to do if you are good with DIY projects. However, if you don’t want to get your hands dirty, you might as well call your car mechanic. These repairs shouldn’t cost much if they are promptly taken care of.
Now that you know how to fix your power steering system issues, you should also check out other car maintenance tips that could be useful to you.
As always, your opinions and inputs are highly appreciated. Please feel free to drop them at the comments section and I’ll be glad to attend to you.
Have a great day.
Toyota Camry Prices in Nigeria (December 2019): Brand New, Tokunbo And Nigerian Used
When we’re talking about the most popular car brands in Nigeria, Toyota is probably on top of the list. This isn’t surprising as Toyota is known for their manufacture of consistently high-quality vehicles that can glide across all kinds of Nigerian roads with minimal damage. Not only are Toyota cars strong and durable, but they also always have sleek looks that make them count as luxurious vehicles too sometimes.
Toyota boasts of many vehicle models that are currently rampant in Nigeria today, and Camry is one of them. Apart from Corolla which is also a very popular Toyota model in Nigeria, Camry is probably the most used. Talk about efficiency, effectiveness, fuel economy and affordability, Camry offers all those. It comes as no surprise that it has remained among the bestselling Toyota brand in Nigeria since 2010.
Toyota has kept up with the supply of reliable cars to Nigeria. Nigerians, in turn, repaid the confidence in full (with some extra change on top) by purchasing the car brand in mass. There’s hardly any state that you wouldn’t find Toyota Camry cars for sale in Nigeria. We even dubbed some Toyota car models some really interesting nicknames, and the Camry isn’t left out of the fun. The 1991-1996 Camry models were called Orobo. 1997 to 2001 models were tagged pencil while the 2002 to 2006 models were called Big daddy. You may not find a lot of these cars for sale in Nigeria anymore. You must have heard of muscle, what we call the recent Camry models starting from 2008 to 2011.
Toyota Camry Prices
Before we go ahead, you should know that these prices are the current prices at the moment, December 2019. These prices could be changed at any time, depending on a lot of factors. However, the prices in this article would be constantly updated to keep up with any changes. Good?
Brand New Toyota Camry Prices in Nigeria
As it is not likely that Toyota stops manufacturing this model, considering its success, you would always find brand new Toyota Camry cars around. Although you might not find the brand new versions of the older models of 2009 and earlier, there are still the brand new versions of the later models for sale in Nigeria.
When buying brand new cars in Nigeria generally, a lot of expenses add to the price of the car itself. For example, the exchange rate at that moment, custom clearance fee, tariffs, and all those.
So, all things put together, buying a brand new Toyota Camry in Nigeria costs within the range of 25 million naira and 30 million naira.
Tokunbo Toyota Camry Prices in Nigeria
Much more than brand new, buying a foreign used (or Tokunbo, as we call it) car is preferred by a lot of people in Nigeria. We prefer to purchase tokunbo cars because of their affordability and accessibility. You don’t have to go through as much stress as you would endure if you were buying a brand new car.
There isn’t a shortage of used Toyota Camry cars for sale in Nigeria. When it comes to how tokunbo Toyota Camry models are priced, the things that are put into consideration involve criteria like mileage and car condition.
Here are their prices
|Year Range||Price Range|
|2005-2007||N1.5 million – N2.7 million|
|2008-2012||N2.7 million – N4 million|
|2013-2016||N4 million – N16 million|
Nigerian Used Toyota Camry Prices in Nigeria
Now, these are the really cheap ones. Not only are they cheap, but there is also even lesser stress attached to buying them when compared to buying tokunbo or brand new cars.
And as you would expect, the condition of the car plays a huge role in determining its cost.
|Model Year Range||Price|
|1996 – 1998||N300,000 – N450,000|
|1998 – 2001||N450, 000 – N800,000|
|2002 – 2006||N750,000 – N1,100,000|
|2007 – 2011||N1,500,000 – N2,000,000|
|2012 – 2014||N3,200,000 – N5,000,000|
|2015 – 2017||N5,000,000 – N7,000,000|
Toyota Camry: What you should know about it
Toyota Camry is available in 5 different trims L, LE, SE, XSE and XLE. The different trims are there to cater for the different preferences of their users. The mid-sized car is big and comfortable enough to contain 5 people with ease. To add to passengers’ comfort, the Toyota introduced Bluetooth phone pairing in the 2007 and later models. The more recent ones even have screens in them.
Well, some complain that the interior is not as big as some other midsize cars in its category but the beautiful interior makes up for this.
With a Toyota Camry, you can get on the road and enjoy its great engine performance, which boasts of more than 260 horsepower. The precise handling is also another good feature of the car. You also know that you have something on which you can rely heavily on any Nigerian road. The car’s great fuel economy is just another point on the long list of why we love this car.
Step By Step Instructions On How To Change Your Car Engine Oil Yourself
Your engine oil is one of the most important things you need to look out for in the car. Without the oil to lubricate the constantly busy parts of your engine, your engine could be in trouble. That is why this piece is dedicated to how to change your car engine all on your own.
Now, you’re probably asking. Why do I need to change my engine oil? Well, here why:
Why You Need To Change Your Engine Oil
- Your engine consists of parts that are continuously moving and rubbing against one another. Without the engine oil to lubricate and smoothen things out among the parts rubbing against one another, friction could take over. And when friction takes over, it’s always bad news.
- After constant use, the oil wears out. You could say it gets tired. It isn’t able to lubricate the engine parts as it used to, it becomes really dirty, and it reduces in quantity. And if nothing is done, it would lead to the friction problem in the first point above.
- Well, it wouldn’t kill you to maintain your car yourself, would it? With proper car maintenance, you could escape some common car problems.
Now that you know why you ought to change your oil periodically, the next question that is probably on your mind is “how often should I change my oil?”
This is dependent on quite a lot of things actually. It depends on how old your engine is, the way you drive, the path you drive on, and many other factors. However, it is safe to change your car engine after every 3000 to 5000 miles you put on the car for non-synthetic oil. With synthetic oil, you could push the limits and hit about 10,000 miles before you change your oil.
Needed Tools and Materials
Of course, you don’t intend to just dive under your engine and suck out the engine oil with your mouth. Or wait. Do you?
As usual, you need the right set of tools.
- Rubber gloves
- A jack. And depending on how to level the ground is, you may need a jack stand too.
As for the materials, you would need
- The oil, of course.
- Oil filter
- Oil drain pan or just any container to collect the oil in
Without further ado, let’s get you to change your engine oil.
Step 1: You need to check the type of oil needed
Check your car manual for the type of oil your car engine uses and buy that particular oil type. However, of you can’t find your manual or you didn’t buy the car new, using just any type of oil isn’t a bad idea too. As long as it isn’t a low-quality oil.
Oil producers often make their oils differently. Some add some extra stuff to make the oil do some more stuff. You know, all those branding jargon. That is why there is always a recommended oil by your car manufacturer for your car. However, it isn’t necessary to follow this step.
Step 2: Let the oil warm-up
You want to drain the oil in your engine when it is warm, not when it is hot or cold. If you just used your car, you could just turn it off and leave the oil to cool down. If the car has been sitting around for more than an hour, you should just start the car and leave it idle for about 10 minutes. This gives the oil enough time to warm up.
Warm oil flows easily. Cold oil doesn’t. Hot oil flows easily but it could burn you badly. Get it?
Step 3: Jack up your car
Here’s the next thing you need to do. Jack up your car or drive it onto a ramp that gives you access to underneath the car. Whatever you do, make sure the car sits well on the jack and is very stable. I don’t recommend that you use those flimsy jacks that come with your car.
Step 4: Draining the oil
You may have to crawl underneath your car to find your drain plug. Don’t worry, it’s just less than 1 meter from the front of your car. The drain plug is often located underneath the oil pan which is also underneath your engine.
Next, slide the drain pan under the plug and open the plug with a fitting wrench in a counterclockwise direction. Make sure the drain pan is big enough to contain the oil without spilling. You should wait for the oil to drain out completely. Close up the plug after you’re done.
Step 5: Replace the oil filter
After draining the oil in the oil pan, the next thing to do is to locate the oil filter and replace it. The oil filter position varies from car to car. It shouldn’t be too far away from your oil pan though.
Place the drain pan beneath the oil filter before you remove it by turning it in a counterclockwise direction. The oil filter is usually black, blue or white. You’ll know recognize it when you see it.
On the new oil filter, dip your hand in the replacement oil and smear the oil thinly on the gasket of the filter. You could say it is done to prepare the oil filter to get to work. Pour some oil in the oil filter too. Screw the new oil filter tightly into place.
Step 6: It’s time to pour in the new oil
You can get out of underneath your car now. Your time underneath the car is over. Locate the oil cap on top of the engine. Open it, place a funnel and pour in the new oil.
Screw the oil cap tight and check for any leakages underneath your car. If there are, try to clean it up. You are supposed to use the dipstick to check the oil level about 5 minutes after you put in the oil. But while you wait, you can go to the next step.
Step 7: Start your engine
When you start the engine, check your dashboard to see if the check-oil-pressure light is on. If it isn’t, you’re good to go. If it is, it simply means there’s probably a leak somewhere or the oil level is just not high enough. Leave your engine on idle and check for what is causing the light to be on.
Don’t forget to check the oil level with the dipstick to confirm that the oil is on the appropriate level.
Well, that wasn’t so hard, was it? You can save yourself some money by doing this yourself. By the way, you should prepare to get dirty when you do this. There are other car problems you can solve yourself, like, fixing your power steering wheel.
And that’s all I have for you on how to change your car engine oil yourself. Do have a great day.
Save Time And Money: 5 Things You Can Repair In Your Car By Yourself
Cars could be funny at times. You sometimes feel there’s something major going wrong with your car. When you then visit your car mechanic, they just do some minor adjustments that don’t take up to 10 minutes and they charge you. You begin to feel kind of silly because you know you could have carried out that repair by yourself and still have saved time and money.
If you’ve ever been a victim of this, you are, without doubt, in the right place. I’ll be mentioning some common car problems and how to quickly resolve them yourself without wasting time and money. Do you feel you aren’t so great with do-it-yourself projects? There’s nothing to worry about. These repairs don’t necessarily require expertise.
Before You Attempt Any Repairs
It is almost impossible to repair anything in your car if you don’t have the right tools to do it. With the right set of tools and equipment, you can easily make the necessary repairs that your car needs.
The tools you would need for these repairs include
- A jack
- A wrench
- A complete set of screwdrivers
- A tire pressure gauge
- And if you don’t want to get your hands dirty, a pair of gloves.
Without further ado, let’s head to the interesting part.
1. Replace Your Battery
The battery is the power source for all the electrical works of your car, including your ignition system. Without a properly working battery, you can’t start your car. Luckily, replacing your car battery is one of the simplest things you can do on your car.
The first thing to do is to remove the cables that are connected to your battery. You can do this by first loosening the bolts that were used to tighten the cables to the terminals. Make sure you remove the black cable first. This cable is often the one connected to the negative terminal.
Lift out the battery when and put in the replacement. That’s all.
2. Replace Your Wipers
When you notice that your wipers are not moving across your windshield as smoothly as they used to, this suggests that they need to be replaced.
Replacing your wipers is quite easy. However, you must first find a wiper that fits your windshield. Go to where they sell car parts and buy the specific replacement wipers for your car brand, model and model year.
After you do this, all you have to do is remove the old wipers. Some wipers can be removed by pulling a latch or pushing a button on the base of the wiper. Some others need some pinching and pulling. You can then fix in the new wipers.
3. Clean or Replace Your Engine Air Filter
The way your car engine is designed, it mixes fuel and air together before the spark plug creates a spark that starts the combustion process. The air that is sucked into your car is usually filled with a lot of impurities. Your air filters are there to clean out these impurities.
Replacing your air filter is a simple process. All you have to do is to open your car bonnet, locate the air filter box, remove the old air filter, and replace it with the new.
Before disposing of the old air filter, however, check to see if it’s not too dirty. If it isn’t, you can just make sure you clean it properly and keep it for future use.
4. Replace Your Headlights
Dim headlights are not safe to use. You shouldn’t manage them like that. The moment you find out that your headlights aren’t as bright as they used to be, they need to be replaced.
All you have to do is to buy the same headlight bulb that was designed for your particular car. Just like the wipers, the bulb has to be precisely for your own car make, model and year.
Simply unplug the old bulb and plug in the new one.
Caveat: when you’re plugging in the new bulb, make sure you don’t do it with your bare hand. This could cause the bulb to not last for as long as it should.
5. Change Your Tyres
Do you have flat tyres? You don’t need a vulcanizer to change them for you. As long as you have a spare tire (as you always should), and the right set of tools, you’re good to go.
Firstly, use your jack to lift up your car at the side where you have the flat tyre. Remove the wheel cover to expose the screws that hold the tyre to the car. Loosen these screws, replace the tyre and screw it back up. Ensure it is tightly screwed. Put the wheel cover back in its place and you’re good to go.
Another common repair you can carry out on you at is fixing your power steering wheel.
Now that you know the common problems that could happen to your car and how to carry out the appropriate repairs, don’t you already feel good about yourself?
It is always a good thing to maintain your car. A car that is well maintained serves you well.