If you’re reading this, you most likely have car issues. This article is here to help you solve these problems. If you are like the vast majority of the population, you probably don’t have a lot of car knowledge. Still, you can learn. All the advice you need about auto repair is here, so read on.
Ensure your car has an emergency kit. This kit will include the necessary tools for successfully charging a battery, changing a tire and adding gas to your tank. For night time breakdowns, make sure to include warm blankets and a flashlight with extra batteries.
If you hear a squealing sound when you step on your brakes, it is likely that you need new brake pads or rotors. Do not wait to have a mechanic check your brakes. There will be more damage to pay for and it is also dangerous to drive your car if your brakes are not functioning properly.
Keep an eye on your radiator levels. Allow your car to run for just a few minutes, then shut off the engine, and open up the hood. Be careful not to open your radiator if the car’s running. Check the amount of fluid in your radiator with your dipstick and remember to mix the coolant with some water.
Keep track of all the repairs and maintenance you do on your vehicle. These should be kept in the glove compartment of your vehicle for easy access out on the road. Repair professionals may want to see these records for repair purposes. They will be able to find the problem easier and faster.
Contact your local Better Business Bureau if you need more information on a mechanic or a garage. If some complaints have been filed against them, your Better Business Bureau will tell you. Ask your friends and family about the different mechanics they have dealt with in the past to get some recommendations.
In addition to basic tire changing equipment, keep a plastic tote filled with DIY auto repair supplies in the trunk of your car in case of emergencies. Fill it with at least a quart each of motor oil, transmission fluid, steering fluid, and brake fluid and a gallon of water. Add a can of penetrating oil spray, a roll of duct tape, twine, bungee cords and basic tools so that you can manage minor repairs on the road.
Try figuring out the issue prior to going to get repairs. This may save you a ton of money in the long run by preventing you from being taken advantage of by an unscrupulous mechanic. As you have likely heard, some mechanics will lie about the problem in order to make more money.
With any luck, the article you’ve just read has taught you how you can deal with auto repair issues. Even though you won’t automatically become an expert on auto repair, you should be knowledgeable on how to deal with minor issues. Further, if your car has significant issues, you ought to understand how to hire a good mechanic.