If you own a vehicle, you need to learn a few things about auto repairs and maintenance. That said, many people don’t know the basics. This article is filled with tips that will help you take good care of your vehicle over the years.
Invest in high-quality battery chargers and keep them inside your car. This will be very useful in case your battery dies or if you run into someone who needs help with their battery. Familiarize yourself with how the charger hooks up to your battery.
Check the fluids in your car regularly. Check the oil level with the dipstick you can find under your hood. The dipstick should have a mark on it to indicate the ideal oil level. Add a quart of oil if you need to and check the level again after letting your car run for a few minutes.
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.
Do not assume you have been ripped-off by your mechanic because of the high price of your bill. Some parts are very expensive to replace, including engines, transmission systems or dashboard computers. You should ask your mechanic about the cost of the parts he had to put in your car.
If you are having work done on your car, make sure you get a written estimate beforehand. The estimate should include what is being repaired, the parts that will be needed and the anticipated cost for labor. It should also say that they will call for your approval before doing any additional work which exceeds the amount or time specified.
If you own a car, it is your job to keep it in good working order. That said, not everybody knows how you can identify a skilled auto shop or make the repairs yourself. Utilize the concepts above to help your car keep running smoothly.