If you own a car, you should know something about how it operates. That said, who truly knows that information? Luckily, this article has tips to get your car in good working order.
Do you have a hard time starting your car? Your battery probably needs to be recharged or replaced. You need to check the state of charge of your battery. You can use a hydrometer or a voltmeter depending on the type of battery you have. If you have been regularly recharging your battery, it might be time for a new one.
If you have doubts about the work of a mechanic or their diagnosis, ask if you can see the old damaged parts. A good mechanic will show you the part and point out the issues. If a mechanic cannot show you the old damaged parts, you need to check your car to make sure the mechanic actually put some new parts in.
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.
If you are worried about an auto body shop puffing up the amount of work that needs to be done, go and get free diagnostics from somewhere else. Since there is no guarantee you will get work done by them, they have no reason to claim there is more needed than necessary.
Make sure you get a signed copy of the estimate for the repairs. You also need to make sure that the contract contains a clause that the shop must contact you before exceeding the total on the estimate. This will protect you from getting a surprise bill once work is completed.
Do not make the mistake of having someone fix your vehicle just because the amount they charge is cheaper than everyone else. Many times the low prices make up for the lack in quality work. Doing research on the repair shop in question will help you decide if that is the case here.
Make sure any mechanic you hire knows about your particular vehicle. Basic components are usually the same, but things like hood space vary by brand. If you don’t think he has, go to the dealer.
You should have basic tools in your car at all times. Your car probably came with what you need to change a tire. If you don’t have a jack and lug wrench, get one. You should also have good quality Phillips head and flat head screwdrivers, socket wrenches and a ratchet set, a torque wrench and an adjustable wrench. Always purchase quality tools. Get good, sturdy tools that won’t break when you need them the most.
You can fix small dents with a suction cup dent puller. This usually works for very small dents that can easily be covered with the suction cup. If the cup does not work, you will have to apply some filler into the dent, sand and paint until it becomes invisible.
Learn about car part classifications so that you are aware of what is going on during your repair. Parts are also classified according to their condition: new, salvaged, and reconditioned, rebuilt, and re-manufactured. New parts are made solely to a manufacturer’s specifications. Buying a rebuilt or reconditioned part means the part has been damaged and fixed in the past. “Salvage” parts have been used without being improved or repaired.
If you take your car to an auto repair shop to get one thing fixed and they tell you that other repairs are needed, thank them for the information and decline the additional services. Go to several other places and get quotes before allowing them to do any more work on your car.
Bleed your brakes after there has been work on them. Make sure it is done before you take it on a test drive. Then pump out the brake fluid. Check to make sure there are no leaks that can cause the fluid to escape. Having done all this, you are ready to start your test drive on a road with minimal traffic. Start your drive out at a slow pace and once everything is certain to be in working order, kick the speed up a notch or two.
Car ownership means great responsibility. Sadly, people don’t understand how to keep their car in great shape. Go over the ideas that you just read again from time to time so you can be sure you’re able to fix anything that could go wrong later on.