A basic understanding of auto repair services is really a necessity for anybody who owns (or even just drives) a car. That said, many people don’t know the basics. Luckily, the article below has some great tips that will help you keep your car in tip top shape.
Always keep and eye on the radiator to make sure that it is full. Keep your car running then shut the engine for several minutes before opening the hood. Do not lift the radiator lid when the engine is running or if it is too hot. Look at the coolant you have in your radiator by checking it with a dipstick but remember that coolant usually needs to be mixed with water before putting it into your vehicle.
Ask the tech if they’ve done work on your model and make of car before. If they have, there is a better chance they can help resolve any issues you have.
Ask for parts that are classified as OEM parts. This means that they’ve come directly from the manufacturer. Generic may be cheaper, but you don’t know the quality of these parts as time goes on. What may seem like a deal now can cost twice as much as buying OEM in the first place.
If you think your headlines are not as bright as usual, inspect them for cleanliness. Sometimes there is a residue that covers them from the streets and that can make them dirty so they cannot put out enough light. Be sure to clean them with a strong glass solvent in order to get the best light possible.
Ask your mechanic if he has had experience working on your type of car. Although cars are generally similar in some ways, there are big differences between models. If you’re not sure, it may be worth it to pay extra at the dealer.
If there are two tools all cars should have, it is a jack and lug-nut wrench. With that, you also need an extra tire. Modern cars come equipped with them already. You would hate to be stuck out in the road and be forced to spend money on a tow. It is a whole lot easier and cheaper if you do it yourself.
Keep up with your wiper blades. If the wipers are streaking, you may need a replacement. Wiper blades should be replaced a minimum of once per year. If your area receives a lot of rain, then you may need to replace your blades more regularly.
Think about using a mechanic who works from home. There are many mechanics who work from home who do excellent work and cost less to do the job. This could easily save you hundreds of dollars and help someone out by giving your business to them instead of a big shop.
Having a car means having to keep it in good, working condition. Not everyone knows how to find a good mechanic or do their own repairs. The strategies you just read will help you figure out what you need to do to protect your car.