A car can be a time and money sink if it is not taken care of properly. Besides learning about your specific car model, you should know a few other tricks as well. Keep reading to save money and time later.
Regularly check out your radiator. Let the car run a while, shut off the engine and then pop the hood. Never open the radiator while the car is on. Use a dipstick to check the radiator’s fluid level, and remember to always mix water in with your coolant if need be. Some coolants come premixed.
Ask a potential mechanic if they have experience with working on the exact kind of car you have. If they have before, then they are likely going to be able to also fix your car easily enough.
Keep track of all the repairs and maintenance you do on your vehicle. You want these with you when you go to get repairs done; a great place to store them is the glove compartment. Mechanics may want to see these records. This will help them assess the problem quicker and more precisely.
You may not be a mechanic, but your trunk should always have a spare tire and a jack at the very least. Many newer cars already have them. Being stuck without a spare tire and jack means you will have to get your car towed. It is cheaper and easier when you do it on your own.
Fixing a headlight or a taillight by yourself is very easy. It’s easier to do in some cars, but it’s more cost effective than hiring a mechanic. If you know anyone who is comfortable with cars, ask if they can show you how it’s done.
Take all those fun and fluffy keychains off, or make it possible to remove your car key from the bunch. The ignition isn’t designed to hold tons of weight. It doesn’t matter if it doesn’t appear heavy to you. Heavy keys become sticky keys which leads to tumbler replacement.
Before you settle on a mechanic, inquire about their rates and prices. Make sure you’re asking questions if you’re not sure about the shop’s rates. You should understand how you are billed by your mechanic. Are the repair times established? A manufacturer may consider a relatively minor repair to be an all day job.
In conclusion, there are many benefits to becoming educated on auto repairs. Besides the fact that you’ll be able to teach people some things and know how to fix things yourself, you’ll have some extra money in the end too. Remember the tips in this article so you can do auto repair yourself and find the best mechanic for larger problems.