If you drive every day, you need to know some basic things about auto repair. That said, who truly knows that information? This article fortunately allows you to learn some tips that will keep your car in great condition.
It is important for your car to have an emergency kit. Include a spare tire, a jack, a battery charger and a container full of gas. A few blankets, flashlights and spare batteries are also great to have.
Ensure you regularly inspect your radiator. Allow your car to run for just a few minutes, then shut off the engine, and open up the hood. Do not open the radiator if the car is running. Check the level of fluid in radiator and add any if necessary. Be mindful that some coolants are meant to be mixed with 50% water.
Before allowing an auto shop to do repairs to your vehicle, ensure you are aware of the total cost. Ask any questions you have about the service before they start work on the car. You don’t want to be hit with unexpected charges after the repairs are done.
A great way to get a good mechanic is by asking around. Ask friends, family or co-workers for recommendations. Ask them how good the work was, how much they were charged, and if they were satisfied. These people will be able to inform you of their experience with the mechanic.
Ask for Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) parts. OEM parts means that part was produced by the manufacturer specifically for your make and model of vehicle. Generic parts may cost less, but you cannot really tell if they are the best quality. What may seem like a deal now can cost twice as much as buying OEM in the first place.
Driving cars means you must be responsible for keeping them in good condition. But, most people do not know what it takes to find a reliable mechanic, or how to make repairs on their own. Take a second to read over all of the concepts discussed above and you will have what is required to maintain a running vehicle for years to come.