Your car is one of the biggest investments you’ll make, and not knowing anything about auto repair will just make that investment more expensive. Other than becoming familiar with the brand and model of vehicle that you own, you have other tips and tricks to learn. Read these tips to save time and money.
Bring a battery charger with you in your trunk. The problem of a low or dead battery is very common, and if you keep a charger in your car you can assist other drivers with the problem. It is important to not only have the battery charger but to know how it works as well in case you are alone.
Never underestimate how important it is to carrying an emergency kit inside your vehicle. You need tools to change a flat tire, charge a battery, and you must have spare gas. Also, add a flashlight, some batteries, and some blankets in case there is a nighttime breakdown.
Monitor your radiator. Warm up your car a little, shut if back off and pop the hood. Do not lift the radiator lid when the engine is running or if it is too hot. Check radiator fluid by using a dipstick and remember to dilute coolant with water prior to adding it.
Read the manual for your car and make notes of important pages. During auto repair visits, your mechanic will probably need to gather some information from you, about your vehicle. You may even find, when you read the manual, that what you think is an issue is easily fixed.
Whenever your car undergoes repairs, make sure you have the written record of what was done. If the car has other issues later, it can help the tech see its past records. No records means a blank slate to go on.
Be careful of mechanics who will do unnecessary work on your vehicle. A good mechanic should let you know if they noticed parts that are starting to get worn down and will need to be replaced soon but they should not replace the part without your approval. Don’t go back to mechanics who made unneeded repairs.
Have you noticed that your headlights aren’t shining very brightly? If so, ensure you are cleaning them regularly. The lights can become coated with road grease and dirt, which will prevent the maximum amount of light from shining. Use a quality glass cleaner to keep your lights clean.
Your repair person should be upfront and honest with you. If you have trouble getting a straight answer out of them, (or if, even worse, they refuse to answer questions to your satisfaction) they probably aren’t the kind of people you want to work with. It is important that you trust the person that is repairing your vehicle, and if you don’t, then go somewhere else.
Knowing how to make basic repairs on your automobile can have many benefits. Teach others what you know, and do not hesitate to go to a mechanic if you are not skilled enough to fix your problem. Use these tips and fix problems yourself only if you are comfortable enough.