When you experience a breakdown, you want to fix the problem right away. Having a non-functioning car makes life quite difficult. But, you may not need to spend lots of money to solve the problem. Quite a few very basic repairs can be done by you.
Have a battery charger in your car at all times. This will be very useful in case your battery dies or if you run into someone who needs help with their battery. Learn how to find connection points so that you can use the charger with ease.
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.
Do not be afraid to ask a potential technician any questions you have. It is your vehicle that they will be working on and it is important that someone with the proper qualifications is handling it with care. In addition to asking about the problem with the vehicle, ask them any other questions you have about your car.
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.
If you need new tires, do not get used ones from a garage or a junk yard. Used tires are not a good choice since they might be worn thin or have already been patched. Brand new tires are expensive but they are a good investment and will help you remain safe.
Know the basics. If you have to take your car into the shop, be prepared to let them know what the make and model of your car is. Also, the actual trim level is important as it will give the technician more information about the engine, transmission and anything else that may be important.
Don’t try and figure out what is wrong with your car by yourself. Bear in mind that you are not trained as a mechanic. What you may think is an easy fix may be a hard one, especially if your car is newer. Let the auto repair shop diagnose the problem. Allow them to know whatever is going on with your vehicle and what kinds of noises you’ve heard and let them make the decision as to what can be done.
As this article has told you, you don’t have to do a lot to fix your car if you don’t have the money to. In many cases, you can solve your car problems in your own driveway. Take what you have learned and put it to good use.