The next time something on your car needs fixing, why not try and fix it yourself? Many people seem to go to a mechanic even for minor issues these days. Use the advice here to help you get started. You’ll keep costs down and grow your confidence.
Do you have a hard time starting your car? Your battery probably needs to be recharged or replaced. You need to check the state of charge of your battery. You can use a hydrometer or a voltmeter depending on the type of battery you have. If you have been regularly recharging your battery, it might be time for a new one.
Purchase motor oil on sale and in discount stores and keep two or three bottles in the trunk of your car. Check your oil every time you fill your gas tank. If you find that your oil level is low, you will save lots of money by having your own oil on hand rather than purchasing it at a gas station for inflated prices.
Have records for your car on hand. Put these records in the glove compartment in your car for easy access. Professional mechanics are going to ask for those records. They can help them diagnose the issue a lot quicker.
Ask a technician if they are A.S.E. certified before you agree to have them work on your vehicle. If they have this certification, it means they have passed a written test and have worked in the industry for at least 2 years. You will know that you are getting someone skilled by choosing someone with this.
Get OEM components. OEM parts means that part was produced by the manufacturer specifically for your make and model of vehicle. While generic parts may be cheaper, you’ll never know how good the quality is. Getting a good deal on generic parts means you might have to purchase the same parts again and pay a mechanic to change them within the next few years.
In addition to basic tire changing equipment, keep a plastic tote filled with DIY auto repair supplies in the trunk of your car in case of emergencies. Fill it with at least a quart each of motor oil, transmission fluid, steering fluid, and brake fluid and a gallon of water. Add a can of penetrating oil spray, a roll of duct tape, twine, bungee cords and basic tools so that you can manage minor repairs on the road.
Fixing your car may seem overwhelming. But, with a little know-how and elbow grease, you really can tackle some common issues. Be sure and implement the advice mentioned earlier, and your car is sure to be back on the road in not time.