IT USED to be easy: you’d open the bonnet and there was a lump of metal called an “engine”, to which there’d be bolted an electrical thing and a battery and transmission and a couple of other bits. . . and that was it. Fixing things required a spanner set, a hammer, a tub of grease, half an hour and a pint of tea.
On a modern car, open the bonnet and you’re faced with a huge, shiny, sculpted expanse of plastic, under which — you presume — lies magic. It’s as if the car maker is saying, “Do not touch for we have created a masterpiece beyond your comprehension. Back away, mortal; you can do only harm.”
And don’t even think about removing a wheel to look at the brakes or suspension; there are probably electro-hydraulic damper thingies in there, and they’ll disappear in a puff of smoke if you dare tamper.
Haynes knows this is all rubbish, of course. The publisher of the car maintenance guides has been guiding motorists through DIY tasks since 1956, stripping down specific makes and building them back up again, all the while making step-by-step notes.
Now it has launched a new OnDemand video service aimed at reassuring motorists that it most definitely is possible to work on a modern car at home, and what’s more it may save them hundreds of pounds on a range of essential maintenance tasks.
Haynes’ easy-to-follow video tutorials are now available for the UK’s most popular vehicles and can be accessed by mobile, tablet or desktop. There are more than 1,500 HD guides for over 100 makes and models, with at least 15 tasks for each of those models.
Just some of the many types of jobs that are available include:
- Rear light cluster bulbs replacement
- Rear shock absorber replacement
- Spark plug replacement
- Starter motor replacement
- Thermostat replacement
- Auxiliary belt replacement
- Fuel pump replacement
- Coolant replacement
- Engine oil and filter change
- Fuel filter replacement
- Alternator replacement
- Pollen filter replacement
- Rear brake pads replacement
- Front brake pads replacement
- Wiper blade replacement
- Headlight bulb replacement
Haynes OnDemand offer for Driving readers
The Sunday Times Driving has teamed up with Haynes to offer readers three OnDemand sample videos for free (usually £2.99): how to change headlight bulbs on a three of the UK’s most popular superminis, the Volkswagen Polo (2002-09), Vauxhall Corsa (2006-10) and Ford Fiesta (2008-2012). Find them below.
We can also exclusively offer a year’s access to one OnDemand task for just 99p or the full set of tasks for a specific make and model of car for just £4.99 (usually £9.99). To access this offer, simply insert the code HAYNESDRIVING when you pay at haynes.com/ondemand.
This offer is valid until midnight November 6, 2017. The voucher code can only be used once per email address. Haynes OnDemand is currently available to United Kingdom residents only. For full Ts and Cs please visit haynes.com/ondemand>haynes.com/en-gb/terms-and-conditions
Please note: all cars are different so if it is time to change your battery, you may want to look up instructions for your specific car at haynes.com/ondemand. There may even be a video tutorial.
Haynes OnDemand free sample videos for Driving readers
How to change headlight bulbs on a Volkswagen Polo (2002-09)
How to change headlight bulbs on a Vauxhall Corsa (2006-10)
How to change headlight bulbs on a Ford Fiesta (2008-2012)
Driving has also joined up with Haynes to offer a new series of 10 guides to basic car maintenance. View the first in the series by clicking below.