If you don’t put in the effort of basic maintenance, your car could cost you a lot of money! You should familiarize yourself with your vehicle, and learn certain tricks that can help you with it. Keep reading to find out more.
Make sure the oil in your vehicle is changed about every 3,000 miles. Waiting longer for an oil change can result in dirt and debris fouling your oil and that can damage your engine. If you use synthetic oil in your vehicle, you only need to change the filter every other oil change.
Check the tread on your tires regularly to make sure they are safe. Tires that have less than one quarter of an inch of tread probably need to be replaced. Also be aware of any bulges or cuts on the surface of your tires as this may indicate a weak area that could blow out and cause an accident while you are driving.
To save a trip to the auto repair shop, you should take a look at your owner’s manual. Here, you may find hints or perhaps answers to questions you may have about your vehicle. It can be quite helpful to know the size of your engine or its configuration, which is usually found in the manual.
Keep your car records on hand. Some people keep this paperwork in the glove compartment of their car so it is readily available, if needed. Auto repair professionals likely will want to see those records. They can diagnose issues quicker.
When visiting a repair shop, be mindful of warning signs that the shop is not a good one. If you have trouble getting a straight answer out of them, (or if, even worse, they refuse to answer questions to your satisfaction) they probably aren’t the kind of people you want to work with. It is good to feel like you trust your mechanic, so move on if you don’t feel like you can.
Put together an auto repair kit and keep it in your trunk. You should definitely have the tools necessary to change a tire, if you need to. Get a lug wrench and jack if you do not have one yet. Also, you need Phillips and flat-head screwdrivers, a ratchet set, and various types of wrenches. Don’t buy low-quality tools. Purchase solid tools that are resistant to breakage.
Take your vehicle to a full service car wash a couple times a year for an extensive cleaning, inside and out. This removes most of the soil and helps preserve the interior of your car. This can pay off when you want to sell or trade your car in for a newer one.
As you have likely surmised, there are many benefits to learning about auto repair. Besides teaching others and relying on yourself when you’re having car issues, you can save tons of cash. Keep this advice in mind the next time you think you may be able to attend to a few basic repairs yourself.