When your car breaks down, your first priority should be to get it up and running again. Being stranded without a functioning car can make your life very difficult. That said, you don’t need to shell out tons of money for fixing a car. Read on to find out more about basic car repair.
Ensure you regularly inspect your radiator. Let the car run briefly, shut the engine, then open the hood. Never open the radiator while the car is on. Look to see what the fluid level is (use a dipstick), and remember that coolant needs to have a bit of water added prior to entering your radiator.
You don’t always have to take your car to the shop when there is an issue. You can fix some things easily. You can take your chances by going on the Internet to find some information to see if you can locate the problem. If it is a simple fix, you can usually do it yourself.
Every time your car is repaired, regardless of how minor the problem was, make sure you keep a record. If your car ends up with more problems later on, your mechanic will appreciate having access to your past records. If you do not have documentation, you may have duplicate services performed.
Ask for Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) parts. Those are the original parts from the manufacturer. It’s cheaper to get the generic parts, but the quality may not be the same. It can appear like a deal right now and cost twice the amount later as OEM components to begin with.
When getting auto repairs, take all items out of your car. To get the job done, mechanics may have to remove your things and if something should end up missing, they cannot be held responsible. Also, remove everything from the trunk.
Your wiper blades need TLC. If they’re not working properly of leave streaks, you might need new wipers. You need to replace the wipers on your car about every year or even more often if there is a lot of rain where you live.
Speak with friends and family about where they get their auto repairs done for some good ideas. You may have less of a search to do if they can give you the name of someone great. Even after getting a few names, though, do your research. Check online reviews at the very least.
When you take your car in for repair, verify their hourly rate and total cost of repair before you hand over your keys. Make sure you’re asking questions if you’re not sure about the shop’s rates. Also find out how you are to be billed. Shops also often give you estimated repair costs and times. You may find that a repair that is deemed minor may take all day.
You should check the tire pressure when you go to the gas station. Examine the tires for anything that might be stuck in them. If you spot an issue, don’t put off getting it repaired. Faulty tires can cause major accidents so avoid this situation at all costs.
When your car gives you trouble, you don’t necessarily have to take it to an expensive mechanic. In many cases, you can solve your car problems in your own driveway. Use what you have learned here to get your vehicle back on the highway again.