It can be a confusing and overwhelming time when you find yourself staring at possible auto repairs. If you do not know much about auto repairs, you should learn more on this topic. Use the tips discussed below to maintain your car and avoid making any costly errors when it needs to be taken in for repairs.
Check your radiator often. Allow your car to run for a bit and then turn it off and pop open the hood. Then check the coolant level, but while the car is not running. You do not want the coolant to get hot; it is dangerous. 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.
Look over the manual that came with your car. You need to know the basics about your car prior to visiting with a mechanic. The manual could also help you figure out a simple solution to a problem that you are having.
Remove valuable things from your car prior to taking it in to get fixed. Your personal items can get in the mechanics way, and they may have to move them. Also, remove everything from the trunk.
If you do not have headlights that are shining bright enough, you may need to clean them. Dirt from driving can build up on your headlights and block some light. Wash them with glass cleaner and you should be able to see better.
Be sure that you know whether or not you have a mechanic that can help you with your vehicle. Though there are lots of universal concepts, a large SUV requires different knowledge than a compact car does. If you don’t think the shop you are going to really knows what they are doing, take your car to the dealer instead.
If there are two tools all cars should have, it is a jack and lug-nut wrench. With that, you also need an extra tire. New cars often come with a kit you can use to change a tire. You don’t need to be stuck somewhere you don’t know and need to pay a lot for towing. It is cheaper and easier when you do it on your own.
Look on your dashboard for any hazard lights that go on. They are intended to give you a warning when you need it. Ignoring these warning lights will not make the problem go away.
In the winter, you still need to wash your car. Your car may get dirty again quickly, but all that buildup is terrible for your car. In particular, it can cause the car to rust. Best be sure to dry your car before driving so that you won’t let any ice form on your car.
It may be a good idea to fully photograph your car internally and externally prior to taking it in for repairs. Sometimes shady mechanics supplement their income by stripping a car of its more expensive parts. It is wise to have proof of your car’s condition, should something unfortunate occur.
Before you take your car in to the shop, learn about the standard classifications for auto parts. The classification of parts include new, rebuild and reconditioned, and salvage. “New” parts have been just created to the manufacturer’s specifications either by them or an independent retailer. Rebuilt and reconditioned and re-manufacturered parts have been restored to working condition. “Salvage” means that it came off a car and hasn’t been fixed.
Keep an eye open for a shop that takes off your good tires and puts older ones on. It is a profit racketeering tactic that is used to boost profits. Prior to entering, mark your tires with chalk. If the chalk isn’t present when you get the car, you’ve been had.
The stress and frustration associated with car problems is a real pain to deal with. If you do not fully understand auto repairs, you could have difficulties knowing how to get your car repaired right. Use the tips you read to either handle the problem yourself or find a competent mechanic to handle the problem for you.