When you don’t know how to maintain your car, it will cost you money. Besides becoming familiar with your car’s model, you can learn other tricks. Continue reading so that you can save yourself both time and money.
Check for A.S.E. certification before you choose a mechanic. This certification means that the technician has passed a written test and has over 2 years of experience under his or her belt. This will ensure that you have the cream of the crop working on your vehicle.
Keep a good battery charger in your car. This will be very useful in case your battery dies or if you run into someone who needs help with their battery. Find out where to connect the charger to your car.
Your radiator needs to be looked over regularly. Let the car run briefly, shut the engine, then open the hood. Then check the coolant level, but while the car is not running. You do not want the coolant to get hot; it is dangerous. Use a dipstick to check the fluid level in your radiator and mix some coolant with water if you need to add more fluid.
Beware mechanics who charge you for repairs which are unnecessary. A reputable mechanic will let you know when they see something else wrong with your vehicle and they’ll give you options as to how to proceed. If a mechanic does unnecessary repairs, find someone else who is more trustworthy.
As previously stated, the more you know about the basics of vehicle maintenance and repair, the better off you will be. Not only will you be able to pass along the knowledge that you learned, but you will be able to rely on yourself the next time you have automotive problems. Keep in mind the advice from this article in order to perform minor repairs on your own.