Are you dealing with a car repair problem right now? If you reading this, there is a good chance you are. This article presents ways to help fix these issues in a cost-effective manner. If you are like the vast majority of the population, you probably don’t have a lot of car knowledge. Still, you can learn. All the advice you need about auto repair is here, so read on.
Familiarize yourself with the dashboard of your car. Your dashboard should display five different kinds of warning, including the check engine light, oil pressure warning, an alternator warning, a temperature warning and a brake warning. Learn to recognize these different lights so you can easily identify what needs your attention.
Communicate with your mechanic as much as possible. Explain the issues you have been encountering with your car and do not hesitate to ask questions to your mechanic if you do not fully understand the repairs that are needed. Ask about prices and do not let your mechanic fix your car until you fully understand charges.
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.
Make a DIY kit to store in the trunk to help you in times of need. Your car came with equipment needed for changing a tire. Buy a jack if your car does not already have one equipped. You should have a Phillips and flat head screwdriver and several types of wrenches. Never buy really cheap tools. Instead, you should obtain solid tools that don’t break whenever you really need them.
Find a reputable auto repair shop in your area and take your car there every time it needs service. You should attempt to have the same mechanic work on your car when you take it there. This helps the mechanic to become familiar with your vehicle so he will notice problems sooner than someone else.
There are no standard warranties on repairs. Make sure you are aware of what your warranty covers and that you have it in writing. Warranties may have limitations such as deductibles, mileage, time, businesses authorized to do the warranty work or special steps needed to get reimbursement. Know your warranty rights.
Even if you aren’t particularly handy, there are a few DIY repairs that almost anyone can do. For example, changing the windshield wiper blades is really just a matter of snapping off one set and snapping on another. Look in your user’s manual or use a measuring tape to determine what size you need. Don’t be dismayed if the store where you purchase your windshield wiper blades only has one in the right size. You can use one that is an inch shorter on the passenger side of your windshield without causing any problems.
Keep in mind that any DIY auto repairs can be dangerous. Always have a buddy nearby that can assist you if there is an emergency. Buy quality tools that are durable and reliable. This is especially true of your tire changing equipment. Keep in mind that the jack must hold the car up securely, particularly if you’re under it. Therefore, it is vital to purchase a hydraulic jack with strong stands.
Have a repair shop in mind before you run into trouble. If you wait until an emergency, you may end up going with a shady mechanic who is convenient because you are desperate. Ask friends for a mechanic with a good reputation. Then when you run into repair problems, you can trust you won’t be ripped off.
You should always get a good warranty when investing in new expensive parts. If your mechanic orders parts for you, ask about warranties. Ask for a print out of the warranty for your personal records.
Hopefully, you have learned enough here to prepare you for any car issues. Although you probably are not an auto repair expert, you should be well-equipped to handle any small repairs. Also, you should now be able to find adequate help for those larger issues.