Project Zomboid mechanics: how to repair cars in Project Zomboid – Rock Paper Shotgun
Want to know how to repair cars in Project Zomboid? Many cars are ruined in Project Zomboid, with broken components making them impossible to drive. Fortunately, the mechanics skill lets you tinker with vehicles, allowing you to repair cars and change parts to get them running again.
Below, we’ll cover everything you need to know about repairing cars in Project Zomboid, including how to replace parts and how to level up your mechanics skill.
How to repair cars in Project Zomboid
To repair cars in Project Zomboid, your character needs to be familiar with vehicle repairs. You can either do this by selecting the Mechanic occupation when making your character build, or by finding Laines Auto Manual recipe magazines. There are three vehicle types in Project Zomboid – standard, commercial, and performance – and each type has its own associated magazine that you must find. Those who select the mechanic occupation are instantly familiar with how to repair all cars.
Once you’re familiar with a certain car type, either through your occupation or by finding the corresponding magazine, you’ll be able to install, remove, and repair car parts for that car type as long as you have the required tool.
Below, we’ll list which tools you need to perform certain actions and where you can find them:
- Screwdriver – removes seats, batteries, radios, windows, and lights
- Wrench – removes doors, engine, muffler, and hood
- Lug Wrench – removes tires
- Jack – removes tires
- Tire pump – inflates tires
You can find all of these parts by searching in warehouses, storage units, and garages. You might also find them in gas stations, where you can also find gas for your car in Project Zomboid.
Some parts, like the gas tank, brakes, and suspension, require multiple tools. The gas tank requires the screwdriver and wrench, while brakes and suspension both need a jack and wrench. You’ll also need a jack and lug wrench to remove tires.
How to install or remove car parts in Project Zomboid
When removing or installing car parts, success isn’t guaranteed. If you fail, the part will take damage and you will have to try again. As you level up your mechanic skill, you’ll have a higher chance of successfully installing and removing parts without damaging them.
If you want to remove a certain part, find the required tool and then head over to your vehicle. To install a part, either take it from another vehicle or look for it in garages, storage sheds, warehouses, and gas stations.
When you’re ready to work on the car, right-click on your vehicle and select vehicle mechanics. Your character will then walk over to the hood of the car and interact with it, bringing up the mechanics menu. Here, you can see some basic information about the car, such as vehicle type, weight, and overall condition, as well as the condition of each separate part.
If you want to remove or install a part, find it in the mechanics menu and then right-click on it. This will bring up the usual interaction menu, where you can choose what you want to do and see the required parts. You will also see a recommended level, but this is not a …….