If your automobile is acting up, you might not know what to do to fix the problem. If you’re not terribly into repairing vehicles, you probably should learn a little bit about it. This article will give you the basics on how to fix a car yourself as well as what you need to know about bringing it to a shop.
Don’t underestimate how important it is to have some kind of emergency kit within your vehicle. You can make your own; include things that you will have to have to put on a spare, add gas or charge the battery. A few blankets, flashlights and spare batteries are also great to have.
Schedule yourself extra time for free checkups, especially if you are going in on a weekend. No matter how early you get in, there are only so many bays in the garage. That means that your car may have to wait for a few paying clients before it gets looked at.
Keep your car’s owner manual handy. Knowing vital car information can really help when something unexpected occurs. If you know your car’s controls, you may even avoid a trip to a mechanic. If you do need a mechanic, you should have the make, model, and trim level available so that they can figure out things like your transmission configuration, size, etc. much quicker.
Do not hover over the technician while they are trying to do work on your car. It is important that you spend time with them to explain what the problem is with your vehicle, but once you have done that, leave them alone so they can do their job without any interruptions.
Don’t be afraid to ask as many questions as you need. It is your car, and you need to know why it is important to fix a specific item right away. If you are feeling intimated, or you are not receiving straight answers, get a second opinion before signing off on the work.
Don’t try and figure out what is wrong with your car by yourself. You’re still new to this! It may seem like an easy fix, but in modern computerized vehicles, that may not be the case. Let the mechanic diagnose the problem. Tell them what you’ve observed, and then let them do their job.
Keep an eye on the wet puddles under your car. Color and consistency may help you figure out the issue. If it’s pastel blue, yellow-green or fluorescent-orange, it may be an antifreeze leak due to a bad hose, leaking radiator, or water pump, or an overheated engine. Dark brown or black oily puddles can mean a bad gasket or seal is causing the leak. Red oily puddles are usually caused by a power-steering or transmission fluid leak. Clear puddles usually aren’t anything to worry about, as they may be condensation from the vehicle.
The panic and confusion that often comes when your car needs repairs is dreaded by most people. If you are inexperienced in the art of auto repair, it is difficult to know what to do. Hopefully, this article has provided you with the necessary guidance to know what to do if you have a problem.