Most people don’t know this, but it can be very easy for you to do some common types of car repairs on your own without having to use the services of a mechanic. Some of these include replacing parts such as the seats and the suspension, as well as doing minor maintenance. Of course, it […]

Most people don’t know this, but it can be very easy for you to do some common types of car repairs on your own without having to use the services of a mechanic. Some of these include replacing parts such as the seats and the suspension, as well as doing minor maintenance. Of course, it is important for you to be careful about how you go about it, especially when dealing with the more delicate bits of the car such as the engine. One of the things you should particularly look out for is the use of the right fasteners to get the job done. The quality of items such as U bolts that you use will determine a lot including:


How easy it will be for you to get the job done
Using the wrong fasteners such as ill-fitting hex nuts would definitely make it harder for you to achieve the outcome you anticipated. For instance, when replacing a part of the car such as one of the panels, you will always struggle if you don’t have fasteners that actually fit. If you get the right ones, however, you are likely to end up finding it very easy.
The safety of the car
One of the biggest issues you need to consider when fastening the various parts of the car is how safe it’s going to be in the long run. For instance, if the engine is not mounted properly (such as when you use bolts that are too weak for this application), you are likely to end up having the engine move about too much. This can lead to loss of control, increased risk of damage to the engine and more expenses in future. The same goes for other aspects of the car such as the brakes and the suspension.
What this means for you is that before attempting to do such work, you should always try to find out what fasteners you need for the project you want to carry out, and then buy the best that you can. Even if you can’t find them at the local stores, you can easily buy them online.
The long term costs of owning the car
Using the wrong types of fasteners also has the effect of increasing the long term costs of owning the car. This can occur due to a large number of causes, including having to keep fixing the car because the fasteners keep breaking. In addition to that, you may also find that use of the wrong fasteners will compound other problems. A good example of this is when the suspension bolts keep breaking, which will in turn damage the car’s body and wheels. In the end, you might need to spend money on more than just the suspension.
In summary, if you are the type of person who is interested in fixing their own car, you should always be careful about how you choose to go about it. Proper selection of the fasteners you will be using for this is critical, and should never be taken for granted.

About the Author

Larry Melone
By Larry Melone
President

Started my career in the fastener world in 1969 at, Parker Kalon Corp. a NJ based screw manufacturer located in Clifton, NJ working in inventory control, scheduling secondary production and concluding there in purchasing. In 1971 I accepted a sales position at Star Stainless Screw Co., Totowa, NJ working in inside sales and later as an outside salesman, having a successful career at Star I had the desire with a friend to start our own fastener distribution company in 1980 named: Divspec, Kenilworth, NJ. This was a successful adventure but ended in 1985 with me starting Melfast in August 1985 and have stayed competitive and successful to date. Melfast serves the OEM market with approximately 400 accounts nationally.

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