When it comes to fixing cars, you may feel like you are totally clueless. If so, you do not have to accept your powerlessness. Continue reading so that you’re able to take control when car problems arise.
If you hear a squealing sound when you step on your brakes, it is likely that you need new brake pads or rotors. Do not wait to have a mechanic check your brakes. There will be more damage to pay for and it is also dangerous to drive your car if your brakes are not functioning properly.
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.
Be sure to wash your car often so as to prevent rust. While cars are going to rust eventually, you can definitely slow this down by ensuring all chemicals are cleaned off your car as quickly as possible. Use a good wax to protect your paint job as much as possible.
Educate yourself on your car’s manual and bookmark important pages. The auto repair shop people will ask you specific information about your car. Also, reading the manual may help you realize that the repair you need, can be done easily by you.
Always ask about the certification and the insurance of a mechanic before letting them fix your car. If something goes wrong, the mechanic’s insurance will cover damages and usually provides you with a car you can drive until yours is fixed. A mechanic who is not certified does not have an insurance either.
Contact your local Better Business Bureau if you need more information on a mechanic or a garage. If some complaints have been filed against them, your Better Business Bureau will tell you. Ask your friends and family about the different mechanics they have dealt with in the past to get some recommendations.
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!
Know when it is time to change your oil, an important car maintenance task. You have to change it regularly to keep your car running smoothly. It can vary a bit between different vehicles and cars go much longer between oil changes than they used to. But you must do them when recommended.
Pay attention to any fluids that pool under you car when parked. Small spots may not mean very much, but take note of what the fluid is. Plain water is usually just condensation that builds up on a car naturally. But bright green or orange fluid is the cooling system. Oily fluids are those like engine oil, or transmission fluid. These are warning signs.
There are some shady mechanics out there, and they will resort to extreme lows to get your money. If a mechanic tells you that your axle boot is torn, ask to see it. A legitimate tear will be jagged and greasy. If it is a straight cut, let them know that you know they did the damage and you will contact a lawyer if they don’t fix it for free.
You can effectively deal with even the most difficult car repair if you use the information above. It is impossible to avoid all car repairs, but you will know better how to pick a mechanic or deal with minor repairs yourself. Read on and learn everything you need to know about auto repair.