Having the power of knowledge in your hands concerning auto repairs is nothing to take lightly. They can arise at any given time, and they can really irritate and side track all the events in your life. However, with the knowledge you’re about to read, you will now be able to handle those situations much better.
Be very careful when touching the electronic parts on your car.
You should not touch wires unless the entire system is turned off. You should pay attention to the warning labels on the different parts of your car; touching some parts can be dangerous even when your car is turned off.
Check the tread on your tires regularly to make sure they are safe. Tires that have less than one quarter of an inch of tread probably need to be replaced. Also be aware of any bulges or cuts on the surface of your tires as this may indicate a weak area that could blow out and cause an accident while you are driving.
It is important to maintain the level of your brake fluid. The brake fluid compartment is usually close to the engine and should be checked regularly. Make sure the compartment is two third full and add more brake fluid if you need to. There might be a leak in your system if you often need to add more brake fluid.
Pay attention to the gauges and trouble lights on your cars dash.
Learn to recognize the warning signs of a car that is overheating, low on oil or not charging the battery. Knowing which of these indicators need immediate attention can prevent damage to your car and save you cash in the long run.
Always keep a record of any maintenance done to your car. If you have problems with your vehicle later on, you will find it helpful to have some records for the next technician to look at. If you don’t have these records, you could pay lots more money and it can be harder to figure out where the issues is.
If you feel pressured by the garage or dealership you visit to get your car maintained or repaired, do not hesitate to leave. Reliable mechanics will not put any pressure on their customers and will focus on providing quality service. Follow your gut feeling and stay away from the mechanics who do not seem trustworthy.
Keep accurate records on what work has been done on your car and when.
Many repair shops will keep this information for you, but that only works if you see them for everything for major breakdowns to oil changes. This can help in diagnosing problems, as you can show what fixes have already been attempted.
Don’t be afraid of looking silly when you take your car into a shop. Ask plenty of questions. Make sure you know what is going on. You deserve to understand what is happening with your car, and a good technician will not mind your questions. The knowledge may come in handy in the future.
Avoid rebuilt parts if possible. These parts are usually more affordable than new ones but you have no way of knowing how reliable the repairs are. Rebuilt parts have usually been into an accident or stopped working at some point and were salvaged and rebuilt. It is best to invest in newer part that have never been damaged in the past.
Warranties serve an important purpose when your car is repaired, especially when you buy expensive parts. Ask the mechanic beforehand what the warranty will be for any part, but especially the expensive ones. Ask for a print out of the warranty for your personal records.
Remember that where you live can have an impact on when you need to take your vehicle in for service.
For example, if you only travel a short distance to work, your exhaust system may have issues as a result. If you live somewhere very hot, in contrast, you may need to look closely at your engine oil. A “one size fits all” service schedule doesn’t work for everyone.
When you purchase certain items at auto parts stores, they will install them for free. Keep this in mind when you go and pick them up. For example, a new set of windshield wipers is around five dollars. An auto parts store will usually install them for you for free, while an auto body shop will charge you around $50.
Always ask for an estimate in writing before you agree to have any work done. This way, if the shop tries to charge you more later you will have the estimate to prove what you had agreed on. Some shops do this on a regular basis, so be sure to protect yourself by getting it in writing.
Make sure you take this advice to heart as you continue along. Smile knowing you have what it takes next time your car decides to take a break. You can confidently say “no more” and work towards the best solution. Always remember to keep learning more about vehicle repairs so that you stay current.