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What To Look For When Making Auto Repairs

Feb 1

 

Have you always wanted to be able to repair your vehicle yourself? It might seem hard to fix a car, but it is rewarding when you can do it. You'll spend less and keep your car in great shape. You can see how it's possible to do your own auto repair by reading the following tips.

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Before you let the mechanic work on your car, make sure that you have all of the prices down. Ask about any additional fees that may come up during the repair and any charges that you may not be aware of. This will ensure that you are not surprised when the bill comes for your car repair.

Take advantage of free inspections, but don't just have them fix everything on the list. There will probably be one or two extra items added on that aren't strictly necessary. If you are light on cash, ask the technician which items are the most important to keep the car running safely. Get these done immediately, and save up for the rest of the work.

Major repairs should always be accompanied by more than just one estimate. The shop you've gone to may be trying to rip you off. Look around for reputable shops that specialize in your car's make. These types of shops will give you the best bang for your buck.

Always exercise the highest level of caution when working with your car's fuel system. Never work around fuel tanks, fuel lines or pumps with sources of ignition such as cigarettes or anything that could produce a spark. Wipe up any fuel spills immediately, and protect yourself by wearing fuel-resistant gloves and eyewear.

Know when it is time to change your oil, an important car maintenance task. Oil has to be changed often for a car to perform properly. When you skip an oil change, your car's life is shortened.

In the winter, you still need to wash your car. Believe it or not, the winter months are tough on your vehicle. The sand and salt from winter leads to rust and abrasion. Your car should be dried thoroughly before getting back on the road again.

Listen for any strange noises that your car may be making. These may be popping sounds, knocks, squeals, or something else. They are definitely symptoms of some sort of issue that needs auto repair. Keep a log of when you hear them, and note the type of driving you were doing when they occurred. It will help the auto shop diagnose the issue properly.

When working on your engine be certain to wear proper safety equipment. You need ear plugs to protect your hearing, goggles to protect your vision and polyurethane or latex gloves to protect your skin from damage and injury caused by acids and other fluids. If you have long hair, be sure to secure it to avoid having it become caught in moving parts.

If you have a maintenance log, devote yourself to keeping it up-to-date. If it isn't, your car may undergo repairs that are not necessary and do nothing to help you. Further, this log is an indication to those working on your car that you expect the best for your vehicle.

Be responsible when performing DIY auto repairs. Just about every item you might replace or repair on a vehicle is environmentally unfriendly. Take care to dispose of liquids such as motor oil and coolant properly. Take used parts to your local junk yard or recycling center. Don't toss plastic bottles about the landscape. If you are unsure of where you can dispose of these items, check with your local waste disposal agency or an automotive supply store.

Prior to having a car repaired, take pictures of all parts of it. Most shops would not strip your car, but there are those who do this to make extra money. Keep track of serial numbers on parts, just in case.

If you feel that your car has even the smallest of problems, it is smart to get it checked right away. Sometimes, the smallest issue can escalate to a major problem if not attended to in a timely manner.

Always inquire about the qualifications and experience of the technician who will be repairing your car. You want to know if they have experience working on your make and model of car. You also want to know if your mechanic has any special qualifications, like A.S.E. certification, that demonstrate their competence.

Invest in a detailed repair manual for your vehicle. Even if you are not comfortable enough to fix your car yourself, you will at least get a better idea of how your car runs and perhaps diagnose a few problems yourself. Being knowledgeable will help you recognize an honest mechanic too.

You don't need to be intimidated by auto repair. When you start to know which parts do what, you'll work your way up to being a master. Use these tips whenever necessary. Utilize them so that you can make repairs to your car the next time you encounter problems.

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