Has your car broken down recently? If so, you are probably in need of some repair. Depending on your problem however, it may be in your best interest to tackle the problem yourself. The following article will teach you everything you need to know about making your own auto repairs.
Before allowing them to repair your vehicle, verify that the mechanic has A.S.E. certification. This shows that a mechanic has passed a special test for competence and also shows he or she has at least two years experience as a mechanic. You will then know that you are dealing with a trained professional.
Make sure the oil in your vehicle is changed about every 3,000 miles. Waiting longer for an oil change can result in dirt and debris fouling your oil and that can damage your engine. If you use synthetic oil in your vehicle, you only need to change the filter every other oil change.
Keep your car’s owner manual handy. Knowing vital car information can really help when something unexpected occurs. If you know your car’s controls, you may even avoid a trip to a mechanic. If you do need a mechanic, you should have the make, model, and trim level available so that they can figure out things like your transmission configuration, size, etc. much quicker.
If your car’s electrical system is behaving strangely, try cleaning the ground cables. Auto makers use the metal body of a vehicle to act as a “ground” for the electrical system. Over time the area where this cable connects to the frame can corrode, causing a stray electrical current that can wreak havoc on your system. This cable is usually connected on the firewall or fender, so simply disconnect it and use a wire brush or sandpaper to clean the contacts.
You don’t want to neglect the wiper blades on your vehicle. If you see that the wipers aren’t cleaning effectively, a new pair is in your future. You should replace them yearly, but you may need to do it twice a year if you are located in a rainy area.
You should not choose a repair shop or a mechanic right away if you are rushed. If your car needs some repairs right away, find a friend or family member who can lend you their vehicle or give you rides until you find a reliable garage or dealership to repair your vehicle.
Even minor problems should be checked by a mechanic. A small problem could be a symptom of a larger issue.
It’s important that car parts come with warranties. Ask the mechanic about the warranties on any parts he is replacing. Choose parts that are guaranteed for a few years and do not hesitate to ask for the printed warranty contract.
Keep full copies of all of your auto repair work orders and every receipt as well. You’ll want to have this proof available if any workmanship issues crop up. Plus, when you are selling the car, you’ll tend to get more value for it when you are able to show exactly what has been repaired and how.
There are many some unscrupulous auto body shops out there that will remove your tires and replace them with older ones. They feel they can get money from your ignorance. Prior to going there, you should put chalk on the tires so they’re marked. If the chalk is not present when you go pick up the car, you have definitely been had.
Avoid being run over by your own car! When you jack your car up, be sure to set your emergency brake. Place bricks behind the tires you are not working on to keep your car from rolling. Keep a set of wedges or three or four bricks in the trunk of your car in case you have to change a flat tire on a hill.
Making repairs on your car yourself can be a bit nerve wracking, especially if you have never done it before. However, if you apply the tips mentioned in the article above, there is no reason why you won’t be successful. Not only will it feel great to do it yourself, but you’ll save lots of money too!