Owning a car gives you the freedom to go where you want, when you want. However, owning a car also means that you have to keep your vehicle in good working order. By learning some of the basics of auto repair, you can make sure that your car is always running smoothly.
Get a reliable battery charger and be sure it is always in your car. Dead batteries are common, and a good battery charger will come in handy more than once. Find out where to connect the charger to your car.
Ensure you regularly inspect your radiator. Start your car, wait a few minutes and shut it off so you can safely inspect the radiator. Never open your radiator if your vehicle is running. Check the fluid in your radiator and always mix water with the coolant before adding it.
You do not have to contact a mechanic every time your car has problems. You can easily learn to perform small repairs yourself. If you’re feeling lucky, look online to figure out the problem. If it’s easy, you can repair the problem yourself, and save money too.
Referrals will lead you to a great mechanic. Get recommendations from family and friends. Ask about the quality of the work, what it cost and what perks were offered. You can find out about the experience with a mechanic and if they can be trusted or not.
Take the time to read your car manual and know the basics of how your car works. When you do have to deal with a mechanic, you can show him the copy of the manual, which can help him. Sometimes you may find things that you can easily fix yourself and do not require a trip to the dealership.
If your vehicle seems to be leaking fluids, start by replacing the gaskets and seals. The most common area for leaks is where different parts join together. You may not need an expensive repair if the leak stems from one of these easily replaceable areas. If the leak continues after replacement, you may have a more extensive leak.
Have you noticed that your headlights aren’t shining very brightly? If so, ensure you are cleaning them regularly. Sometimes there is a residue that covers them from the streets and that can make them dirty so they cannot put out enough light. Use glass cleaner to wash them thoroughly.
Check your tire pressure regularly. Tires with a low pressure are a very dangerous liability. Check the pressure in your tires at least once a month or anytime you notice a tire seems to be losing air. Invest in new quality tires if you often have to adjust the pressure in your tires.
If you need new tires, do not get used ones from a garage or a junk yard. Used tires are not a good choice since they might be worn thin or have already been patched. Brand new tires are expensive but they are a good investment and will help you remain safe.
When you need a major repair done, get numerous estimates. Although shops are generally trustworthy, you may end up paying for extra repairs you don’t need. Shop around for shops with a good reputation and experience in your vehicle’s make. You’ll get a better repair on your car because these shops will know exactly what your car needs.
There are no standard warranties on repairs. Make sure you are aware of what your warranty covers and that you have it in writing. Warranties may have limitations such as deductibles, mileage, time, businesses authorized to do the warranty work or special steps needed to get reimbursement. Know your warranty rights.
Replacing a charcoal canister is very expensive, but you can easily replace this part yourself. Take off the wheel located under your fuel tank and disconnect the vacuum lines connected to the old canister. The part should then come right off. Install the new one and connect the lines very carefully before installing the wheel again.
Auto repair does not have to be as mysterious a subject as many mechanics make it sound. Once you understand some of the basics, you can make your own repairs at home without the inconvenience of taking your car into the shop. Use the tips you have just read to keep your car in good condition.