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Auto Repair Tips To Help You

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Auto Repair Tips To Help You

Wendy Miller
January 14, 2014


Failing to make the right decisions regarding auto repairs can leave you in a world of hurt. Next time you face decisions regarding your automobile, you need to be sure that you know what you're doing. Keep reading to stay well-informed regarding your car repair decisions when they happen.

Make sure you get quality parts to fix your car. You can usually get better prices if you get used parts from a junk yard but there is no way of knowing how long these parts will last. Do not hesitate to spend more on brand new parts that come with a guarantee.

If you hear a squealing sound when you step on your brakes, it is likely that you need new brake pads or rotors. Do not wait to have a mechanic check your brakes. There will be more damage to pay for and it is also dangerous to drive your car if your brakes are not functioning properly.

Be sure and regularly check your radiator. Let the car idle for a short period first, but only long enough to let the fluid circulate. Do not open the radiator if the car is running. Check your radiator fluid and remember to mix water with coolant before filling your radiator.

Protect your car from water damage. Take the time to make sure all windows and doors are properly closed. Keep your car on higher ground if you live in an area that's easily flooded. If you have sandbags, build a wall around your car. Don't drive in areas with high water levels. Don't start your car if it's been exposed to flood waters.

When you are in need of an auto repair, shop around to make sure that you get the best deal. Go to at least three different repair shops to get a quote. If anyone charges something that is unrealistically low or high, you should seek someone else to do the job.

If your car door and hatch locks tend to become stiff, avoid breaking your key off in the lock by lubricating them periodically with a penetrating oil spray. You can use the plastic extender that comes with the spray can to deliver oil to the interior of the locking mechanism. If you have misplaced this extender, just spray your key liberally and turn it in the stiff lock several times.

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.

Check with your mechanic to see of they have experience working with the make of your vehicle. Cars vary greatly by make and model so it is important that your mechanic is familiar with your make and model of car. If you're not comfortable with your mechanic working on your car, take it to the dealer instead.

If your car needs body work, make sure you know what color paint you have on your vehicle. This information is important for the technician that works on your car. Also, your vehicle identification number is always something good to have on hand. In many cases, you will have to have it just to set up an appointment.

Make sure that the auto repair shop you go to offers a warranty on their services. There are plenty of repair shops that will do a shoddy job, and there is nothing you can do about that if you have no warranty. A warranty will give you the opportunity to get the problem fixed for no charge.

Many auto repair shops will tell you that you need your fuel injectors replaced when you do not. This is a way to get some more money from you. The proper time to replace them is after every 35,000 miles of driving. If anyone tells you that it needs to be done sooner, look for someone else to do your auto repairs.

If you use everything you have learned here, you are going to benefit next time you face making decisions regarding auto repairs. Know one wants to pay too much or be sitting with a car that isn't working. Instead, you want to know that your car is in good hands.


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