Pointer You Ought To Know About Auto Repair
If you have run into some car trouble, you are far from alone. Part of owning a car is having to fix
the numerous problems that arise with it. Getting it serviced at a repair shop is fine for serious
problems, but why not take care of the little stuff on your own. The article below will show you how.
Schedule yourself extra time for free
checkups, especially if you are going in on
a weekend. No matter how early you get
in, there are only so many bays in the
garage. That means that your car may
have to wait for a few paying clients
before it gets looked at.
Pay attention to the gauges and trouble
lights on your cars dash. Learn to
recognize the warning signs of a car that
is overheating, low on oil or not charging
the battery. Knowing which of these
indicators need immediate attention can
prevent damage to your car and save you
cash in the long run.
Before you drop off your car at a repair shop, take pictures of what the car looks like beforehand.
Most shops would not strip your car, but there are those who do this to make extra money. You
should make sure you keep track of the way your vehicle is looking just in case something like this
were to happen.
Follow your car's tune up schedule. Each car is different, and that means each has different needs. A
tune up schedule for one will not be the same for another. Look into your car manual for details on a
proper tune-up schedule for your model. Otherwise, you could have more problems in the future.
Keep accurate records on what work has been done on your car and when. Many repair shops will
keep this information for you, but that only works if you see them for everything for major
breakdowns to oil changes. This can help in diagnosing problems, as you can show what fixes have
already been attempted.
Be sure that the mechanic is experienced working on your model of vehicle. While the basic
components are all the same, there is going to to be a big difference in the way say a Hummer
versus a Smart car utilize the space under the hood. If you're not comfortable with your mechanic
working on your car, take it to the dealer instead.
If you're performing your own repairs underneath a car and have it raised in the air, ensure that the
lifting device you use is secure. Never lift a car that is not on level ground or on a firm surface.
Always use jackstands in the proper position and never solely rely on a jack to keep a car raised off
Avoid costly car repairs by sticking to the maintenance schedule of your car's manufacturer. By
doing regular maintenance on your car when necessary, you will avoid having to fix things due to
maintenance neglect. Not sticking to the maintenance schedule will result in unnecessary repairs
which could have been avoided.
Don't postpone repairs on your car. Many car parts are interrelated. Your car can be in a lot of
trouble if you ignore or postpone maintenance. Your car's individual parts or entire system can fail.
Even ignoring or neglecting simple maintenance jobs like checking the coolant or changing the oil
can lead to costly issues. You could even invalidate your warranty.
Always exercise the highest level of
caution when working with your car's
fuel system. Never work around fuel
tanks, fuel lines or pumps with
sources of ignition such as cigarettes
or anything that could produce a
spark. Wipe up any fuel spills
immediately, and protect yourself by
wearing fuel-resistant gloves and
Do not ignore unusual noises you hear
when driving. Clunks, screeches,
clicks and pings are usually caused by
loose parts. Take your car to a
trustworthy mechanic and describe the noise as best as you can. Your mechanic will probably
replace or adjust the parts that were causing the noise.
If you need to get your vehicle fixed, choose a garage or a dealership that hires certified technicians.
The person who runs the place might have a certification but this does not mean that certified
people will work on your car. Choosing certified technicians is a good way of making sure qualified
people are fixing your car.
You don't need a mechanic's help to add oil to the car, or to add windshield wiper fluid. It's a
misconception that everyday maintenance must be performed by a professional repair shop. Find out
how to perform a repair and get down to it.
Always ask for a detailed bill for the repairs done to your vehicle. Go over the bill with a mechanic
and ask questions if you do not understand the kind of work that was done on the car. Ask how much
time was spent on each item and make sure this adds up to what you were billed for labor.
Never feel like you have to go to your dealer for any sort of auto repairs or maintenance. In fact, the
dealer could be rather pricey compared an unaffiliated (yet still quality) local auto repair shop. Do
your homework about where you are considering going, and then make the best call for
Before allowing anyone to do work on your vehicle, have them checked out by the Better Business
Bureau. If you find out that a lot of people have been complaining about the mechanic that you have
in mind, that is definitely a sign that you should look somewhere else to get the work done.
Never allow your car to be worked on without a written estimate. If the work is shoddy, it will be
hard for you to recover damages if you have no written contract.
Make sure you take this advice to heart as you continue along. Smile knowing you have what it takes
next time your car decides to take a break. You can confidently say "no more" and work towards the
best solution. Always remember to keep learning more about vehicle repairs so that you stay