Knowing the fundamentals of auto repair is necessary if you regularly operate a motor vehicle. Unfortunately, this is not legally required, so most people never learn these basics. Thankfully, the tips below are a great start.
Always keep and eye on the radiator to make sure that it is full. Let the car run briefly, shut the engine, then open the hood. Be careful not to open your radiator if the car’s running. Use a dipstick to check the amount of fluid in the radiator. You should also make sure to mix coolant fluid with water before you pour it into your radiator.
Do you understand what the estimated cost for your fix is? If you don’t understand something, ask questions until you do. You probably don’t want to incur extra charges after the car has been repaired.
Buy OEM parts. These are original components from the manufacturer. Generic parts can be cheaper but OEM parts will last longer and usually come with a better warranty. It can appear like a deal right now and cost twice the amount later as OEM components to begin with.
Competent repairs can be done elsewhere than at the dealership. You can find a good technician anywhere by following good guidelines. You need to use a mechanic that you feel completely comfortable with.
If your car has been having a small problem that you think is minor, it may be a good idea to have it checked out anyway. Many people ignore smaller issues, and they eventually lead to much larger issues.
Having a car means having to keep it in good, working condition. Still, you might not know where to find a good auto repair shop, and you might not have the knowledge to do those repairs on your own. Refer back to this article so that you can keep your car running properly at all times.