Your car can become one of your most expensive and time consuming investments if you are not sure how to take care of it. Besides learning about your specific car model, you should know a few other tricks as well. Keep reading to save money and time later.
Check for A.S.E. certification before you choose a mechanic. This certification lets you know that your mechanic has at least 2 years of experience and has passed a test. This ensures that you have a capable person working on your car.
Buy a good battery charger to keep in the car. Batteries die all the time, but you won't be in trouble if you can charge it. Before you drive again, figure out how to use it properly. Make sure you often check the radiator. Allow your car to run for a bit and then turn it off and pop open the hood. Never, ever open the radiator while the car is still on. Use a dipstick to check the radiator's fluid level, and remember to always mix water in with your coolant if need be. Some coolants come premixed.
Take the time to read your car manual and know the basics of how your car works. This can help prevent a trip to the auto shop if you can fix the issue yourself. Sometimes you may find things that you can easily fix yourself and do not require a trip to the dealership.
If you think your headlines are not as bright as usual, inspect them for cleanliness. Sometimes, dirt from the road transfers over to your lights dim them. A good quality glass cleaner will help to clean them right up.
As you have likely surmised, there are many benefits to learning about auto repair. You can teach other people how to do repairs and rely on your own expertise. Make use of this advice the next time that your car needs repairs.