If you drive regularly, you need to know the basics of auto repair. There are shocking numbers of drivers out there who are entirely clueless on this subject, though. Luckily, this article has tips to get your car in good working order.
Your radiator needs to be looked over regularly. Start your car, wait a few minutes and shut it off so you can safely inspect the radiator. Then check the coolant level, but while the car is not running. You do not want the coolant to get hot; it is dangerous. Check the fluid in your radiator and always mix water with the coolant before adding it.
Know what the repair is going to cost you before handing over your keys. If you don’t understand something, talk to the mechanic first. Being hit with additional fees is something that you don’t want to be surprised with.
Examine your headlights if they appear dim; they may simply need a good clean. Your headlights will get covered in greasy residues if you do not clean them regularly. Be sure to clean them with a strong glass solvent in order to get the best light possible.
Do you know the signs of a low quality mechanic? If they avoid your questions, you may want to look elsewhere. Find a mechanic who seems trustworthy and knows how to answer all your questions.
Keep a spare tire and a jack with you all the time. A lot of newer vehicles are already equipped with these things. If you get stuck in an unknown area, these items are crucial to have. You do the job yourself with less time and expense.
Keep a tool kit for doing auto repairs in your trunk. The basic tools you will need include the tire changing equipment which should have come with your car. If the necessary lug wrench and jack are missing, replace them. A Philips head as well as flat head screwdriver should be helpful, plus socket and adjustable wrenches. Don’t waste your money by purchasing cheap tools. Get high quality tools that will be able to withstand the test of time.
You can save yourself a great deal of money by repairing your burnt out head or tail lights yourself. This process is easier in specific vehicles and harder in others; however, doing this yourself is much more affordable than visiting a mechanic. Ask someone you trust if he can teach you how to fix these problems.
Just because it is winter does not mean you shouldn’t wash your car. Winter is when your car becomes most damaged. Salt and sand can tear away at the surface of your car. Prevent ice from forming on your car: dry it thoroughly after washing.
With the privilege of driving, comes responsibility. But, some folks lack the knowledge to find good mechanics or to repair their cars themselves. Take these ideas and apply them next time you need to repair you car. You should be able to save yourself time and money in the future. Good luck.