03 Jul Car Repair Tricks Everyone Should Know About
Any car owner can tell you: sometimes the simplest repairs can cost you most amount of money. One of the most frustrating parts of owning a vehicle is all of the maintenance you have to perform to keep it running in tip-top shape, only to have something break, anyway. Next time, instead of spending all of that money on mechanics, here’s a few easy fixes for some common problems and maintenance issues.
Most common car issues are preventable with the right preventative maintenance. One of the most common, at-home procedures is an oil change. While the debate is heavy with people questioning how much money you actually save, the peace of mind of being able to change your own oil is a nice thing to have. Besides the actual oil, a lot of the cost at a repair shop comes from all of the add-ons that they ‘offer’ when you get an oil change. Most of those, you can do yourself, right in your garage at home.
Never have an air filter installed at a repair shop! An air filter is one of the easiest things to replace on your car. It’s relatively cheap and you can save yourself paying double at the shop by just replacing it yourself. You can very simply check the quality of your current air filter just by looking at it. If it’s dirty, replace it! The air filter is usually just to the side of the engine, under a couple of hinged snaps on the air intake. Unsnap, pop off, and pull out the air filter. Place a new one in, lock the snaps back in place, and you’re done.
Another easy task to save money is checking your fluids, and filling them when needed. There are a number of fluid levels a mechanic will check when they inspect your engine. This includes brake fluid, power steering fluid, radiator fluid (coolant), and even windshield washer fluid. Most of these have a measurable level in their respective tanks to where the fluid should be. Some of these fluids burn off over time and need to be topped off. Others may have a small leak that, while doesn’t need to be addressed immediately, can cause major issues if not kept full. If you can’t see the tank or reservoir for any specific fluid, just like your car’s oil, there is usually a dipstick you can measure amounts on, as well.
Keeping up on your car’s maintenance schedule and listening to what the engine tells you, is a sure fire way to keep your car lasting long and running strong!