Do it Yourself Auto Repair Videos

by Bonnie Conrad

If you want to share your knowledge of car repair and help others fix their automobiles, setting up a video blog or uploading videos to YouTube is a great way to go. Video sharing sites like YouTube allow experts in virtually every field of endeavor to share what they know, and video blogs provide an entertaining and engaging way for individuals to connect with one another no matter where they are located.

Safety First

No matter what kind of car repair you are filming, it is essential to place the emphasis on safety first. Everyone who appears in your video should demonstrate proper safety measures, including wearing goggles and respiratory masks when appropriate. Each time you start a new project briefly run down any necessary safety precautions. For instance, a brake job may expose those home mechanics to brake dust and other potential irritants, so a good respiratory mask is an important safety measure. Troubleshooting a battery can expose car owners to corrosive acids, so heavy gloves are a must. You can present this safety information in an entertaining and engaging way--perhaps even adding a touch of humor--but it is important to emphasize the importance of working safely.


The right lighting is important no matter what the subject of the video, but proper lighting can be even more critical with auto repair videos. Many shops are dimly lit, and it can be hard to see the various parts used in the repair of a car or truck. Bringing in a couple of overhead lights is a good way to make sure the audience will be able to see everything you are doing. You can help by explaining each step of the diagnostic, repair and replacement process, but if viewers can actually see what you are doing, step by step, the impact will be far greater. As you are creating your video review the film to make sure everything looks good. You may need to do a number of close-ups to make sure viewers at home will be able to see what you are doing. Shining a spot light on the parts as you are repairing them will make it easier for the audience to follow what you are doing.

Simple Instructions

With any instructional video it is helpful to break things down into simple and easy-to-follow steps. Experienced mechanics frequently get so used to the way things are done that they lose sight of this important fact. When creating your auto repair videos, approach it as if you are talking to someone with no automotive experience whatsoever. Use a spotlight to show where the part is located on the car, give step by step instructions on how to remove the part, as well as information on how to troubleshoot common problems. Make it as simple as possible for your intended audience.


About the Author

Based in Pennsylvania, Bonnie Conrad has been working as a professional freelance writer since 2003. Her work can be seen on Credit Factor, Constant Content and a number of other websites. Conrad also works full-time as a computer technician and loves to write about a number of technician topics. She studied computer technology and business administration at Harrisburg Area Community College.

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