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If Your Car Has Broken Down, These Proven Repair Tips Will Help

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If Your Car Has Broken Down, These Proven Repair Tips Will Help

James Kupe
August 12, 2013


Do you have a vehicle? If so, it will need repairing sooner or later. Finding a good auto repair service can be quite overwhelming. Luckily, you will find that this article contains what you can do to get yourself a repaired vehicle in no time.

There are many how-to videos that you can turn to for auto repairs. Everything from a simple tire change to changing your fuel filter can be found in video form. These videos will take you through each step in making the repair and will save you the time and the cost of taking it to a mechanic.

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 your vehicle seems to be leaking fluids, start by replacing the gaskets and seals. The most common area for leaks is where different parts join together. You may not need an expensive repair if the leak stems from one of these easily replaceable areas. If the leak continues after replacement, you may have a more extensive leak.

Don't go hovering 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.

Check your tire pressure regularly. Tires with a low pressure are a very dangerous liability. Check the pressure in your tires at least once a month or anytime you notice a tire seems to be losing air. Invest in new quality tires if you often have to adjust the pressure in your tires.

If you need to fix a scratch or paint over an area, make sure you select the right color. Check the owner's manual to see if you can find a code for the color of your car or look for a sticker located under the hood or on the driver's side front door to find the color code.

Ensure you know where your owner's manual is kept and use it if there is a problem with your car, because you might find yourself lost without it. Sometimes, an issue is simply a result of a lack of understanding. Pick it up, read through it, and see if you can figure out what is going on.

Always research the reputation of any auto repair shop you are considering using to have your car serviced. If you are a AAA member, you can find a list of approved shops on their website. You can also download an app for your smartphone like RepairPal to view ratings for different repair shops.

With so many dodgy auto repair services around, it can be a nightmare finding one that has your best interest at heart. Use the tips you just read the next time you run into issues with your car. Some initial efforts may save you from the trouble later.


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