A primer on basic auto repair is a must if you are going to drive a car. However, you may not know anything about the subject. Thankfully, the tips below are a great start.
Make sure that you do not neglect the radiator in your car. Let the car idle for a short period first, but only long enough to let the fluid circulate. You should never open the radiator of a car that is running. Check radiator fluid by using a dipstick and remember to dilute coolant with water prior to adding it.
Referrals will lead you to a great mechanic. Ask the people you know for their recommendations. You can find out great information about price and value that way. You can find out about the experience with a mechanic and if they can be trusted or not.
Make sure you know what is in your auto manual, and mark certain pages for reference. When you visit a car shop, mechanics will need to know particular information about your car. You could even find the answer to a problem in your car manual and fix the problem yourself.
Ask your mechanic to use OEM parts. These are original parts direct from the manufacturer. Although generic parts are more affordable, OEM parts are better quality and will last longer. Although you save money in the short term with generic parts, its not really a deal if they have to be replaced again in a few years.
Do not leave valuable items in the interior of your car if you need to leave it at the repair shop. Mechanics might have to empty the inside of your vehicle and they cannot be held responsible if an item is damaged or missing. Clear out your trunk, too.
If you think your headlines are not as bright as usual, inspect them for cleanliness. Sometimes a greasy residue from the road can be deposited one the lights and hold dirt that reduces the amount of light they put out. Cleaning your lights with a glass cleaner will allow them to perform better.
Check to see if the mechanic you are considering is familiar with your make and model of vehicle. Basic components are usually the same, but there are big differences in different types of cars. If you are not sure, spend the extra money and go to an authorized dealer.
Put together an auto repair kit and keep it in your trunk. Your car probably came with what you need to change a tire. If you lack a lug wrench and a jack, purchase both. You will need several screwdrivers, ratchets, socket wrenches, an adjustable wrench and a torque wrench. Don’t get cheap tools. Invest in high-quality tools that you will own forever.
Get a second opinion on all major repairs. Most shops are on the up and up, but some will charge you for things that aren’t necessary. Shop around for shops with a good reputation and experience in your vehicle’s make. These types of shops will give you the best bang for your buck.
Keeping your car in proper running order is a necessary chore of life for most people. Unfortunately, some people do not know how to find affordable auto repair or make their own repairs. Now you know what is necessary to keep a car running properly at all times.