Surely you have had nasty car repair experiences in the past. No one likes shelling out tons of money and wondering what is really going on, though you may have had good ones at well. Instead, you want the knowledge necessary to make well-informed decisions next time you are dealing with car repairs.
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.
Do not let a mechanic work on your vehicle unless they are A.S.E. certified. By taking a test and having more than two years of experience, mechanics can obtain the ASE certification. This also means that you have an experience, knowledgeable repair person working on your car.
Be very careful when touching the electronic parts on your car. You should not touch wires unless the entire system is turned off. You should pay attention to the warning labels on the different parts of your car touching some parts can be dangerous even when your car is turned off.
Check the radiator regularly. Before opening the hood, keep your car running then shut the engine for several minutes. If your vehicle is running, never open your radiator. With a dipstick, check your radiator fluid. Before adding more coolant remember to mix it with water.
It is important to maintain the level of your brake fluid. The brake fluid compartment is usually close to the engine and should be checked regularly. If you need to, make sure the compartment is two third full and add more brake fluid. There might be a leak in your system if you often need to add more brake fluid.
Don’t pay money for air. Familiarize yourself with the correct air pressure of your car tires and invest in an air compressor. Check your tires on a regular basis and keep them properly inflated on your own. Being able to do this yourself on a regular basis will save you money in terms of tear and wear and regular maintenance.
Purchase motor oil on sale and in discount stores and keep two or three bottles in the trunk of your car. Check your oil every time you fill your gas tank. If you find that your oil level is low, you will save lots of money by having your own oil on hand rather than purchasing it at a gas station for inflated prices.
Look for online body shop reviews for any business you’re thinking of patronizing. Before have felt about their experience, this lets you know how other people who have tried this mechanic. This will help you to weed out garages that could leave you with concerns over quality and workmanship.
Feel more confident now that you have the proper information to help guide you through your next car repair. You don’t want to get in a web of destruction which comes from making the wrong decisions. Instead, you want to be on top of your game with the information that you’ve been given.