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.
Check the fluids in your car regularly. Check the oil level with the dipstick you can find under your hood. The dipstick should have a mark on it to indicate the ideal oil level. Add a quart of oil if you need to and check the level again after letting your car run for a few minutes.
Ask a technician if they are A.S.E. certified before you agree to have them work on your vehicle. If they have this certification, it means they have passed a written test and have worked in the industry for at least 2 years. You will know that you are getting someone skilled by choosing someone with this.
Just like at the doctor, you can get a second opinion before agreeing to costly repairs. A reputable shop should not be padding the bill, but it does not hurt to see what another professional thinks about the situation. If you are still nervous, the dealer is always an option. It will be more expensive, but they tend to someone checking over their shoulder more often.
In addition to basic tire changing equipment, keep a plastic tote filled with DIY auto repair supplies in the trunk of your car in case of emergencies. Fill it with at least a quart each of motor oil, transmission fluid, steering fluid, and brake fluid and a gallon of water. Add a can of penetrating oil spray, a roll of duct tape, twine, bungee cords and basic tools so that you can manage minor repairs on the road.
If you need to get your car fixed after an accident, you should contact your insurance to get a list of approved mechanics. Going to an approved mechanic means your insurance will cover some of your expenses. Besides, you are more likely to find a good certified mechanic if you go to a professional chosen by your insurance company.
Take action if you believe a garage or dealership ripped you off. Notify one of the manager and give them a chance to issue a refund. If you are still not satisfied, contact your local Better Business Bureau to file a complaint. Your city or state consumer affair office is also a good resource.
You should have basic tools in your car at all times. You need to have tools to change a tire, which have come along with your car. If the necessary lug wrench and jack are missing, replace them. Also have a few tools like a socket set, both a regular and Phillips head screwdriver, a crescent wrench and a torque wrench. You don’t want to settle for buying cheap tools. Get high quality tools that will be able to withstand the test of time.
Take your vehicle to a full service car wash a couple times a year for an extensive cleaning, inside and out. This removes most of the soil and helps preserve the interior of your car. This can pay off when you want to sell or trade your car in for a newer one.
Changing a car battery is quick and easy. It usually involves unfastening a clip on top of the battery and using a wrench to loosen and remove the connectors. (Naturally, you should do this with your engine off!) Brush the connectors clean with a wire brush. Lift out the old battery and put the new battery in its place. Fasten the connectors securely and refasten the clasp. You should be good to go!
Keep your car washed during the winter. Believe it or not, the winter months are tough on your vehicle. Roads filled with sand and salt can really do some corrosive damage to your car. Pick a warmer day and dry the car completely before heading back onto the road.
If you are paying to have new parts installed in your car, ask the mechanic if you can see them. There is no reason why he should refuse to let you see what you have paid for. If you have any indication that the items are not new, tell the mechanic that you will be getting the work done elsewhere.
Scout out a reputable auto repair shop before you need one. Finding a good automobile servicing shop can take some time and effort. You don’t want to wait until you are in desperate need of repairs, since you may reach out to the first shop you find. Instead, ask friends for references and check out BBB records well in advance so you are fully prepared when car trouble strikes.
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.