Every driver should have some basic understanding of auto repair. A lot of people do not take the time to even learn about preventative maintenance for their vehicle. Luckily, this article has tips to get your car in good working order.
Save fuel by driving as if you have a glass of water sitting on your dashboard. This practice helps you avoid jack rabbit starts and quick stops. Each time you accelerate quickly, the engine of your car uses more fuel than it would if you were to accelerate at a gradual increase in speed.
Be very careful when touching the electronic parts on your car. You should not touch wires unless the entire system is turned off. You should pay attention to the warning labels on the different parts of your car; touching some parts can be dangerous even when your car is turned off.
Regularly check your radiator’s performance. To do this, you need to allow your car to run several minutes, and then turn off the engine. You are now ready to open up your hood. Never, ever open the radiator while the car is still on. Check your radiator fluid and remember to mix water with coolant before filling your radiator.
Be sure to read your owner’s manual to find out what kinds of fluids (oil, brake fluid, transmission fluid, steering fluid) your car needs and to learn how to check and top these off yourself. Keep a few bottles of each fluid in the trunk of your car in case of emergencies.
Keep accurate records on what work has been done on your car and when. Many repair shops will keep this information for you, but that only works if you see them for everything for major breakdowns to oil changes. This can help in diagnosing problems, as you can show what fixes have already been attempted.
If there are two tools all cars should have, it is a jack and lug-nut wrench. With that, you also need an extra tire. New cars often come with a kit you can use to change a tire. This way you won’t get stuck anywhere and need to pay someone to tow you. It is simpler and cheaper to handle it on your own.
It is a good idea to keep a small set of tools in the back of your car for minor repairs on the road. Your car probably came with what you need to change a tire. A good lug wrench and jack are key. A few good screwdrivers, wrenches and a socket wrench can also come in handy for any unexpected road-side issues. Don’t buy inexpensive tools. Get good, reliable tools that are not easy to break.
Owning a car means that you have to make sure it is always in good condition. You need to educate yourself about auto repairs and maintenance to do a good job. Read the above information as needed, and you will be ready for whatever comes your way.