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Auto Repair Basics: How To Flush Your Radiator

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For the most part, many people are clueless when it comes to even making a decision regarding how to handle an auto repair. Is this person you? Don’t be clueless about such a substantial investment. Instead, stay well-informed, and you can start by paying close attention to the following helpful advice.

If you have doubts about the work of a mechanic or their diagnosis, ask if you can see the old damaged parts. A good mechanic will show you the part and point out the issues. If a mechanic cannot show you the old damaged parts, you need to check your car to make sure the mechanic actually put some new parts in.

Ask the tech if they’ve done work on your model and make of car before. If yes, then you can trust them with your car.

Make sure you get a signed copy of the estimate for the repairs. You also need to make sure that the contract contains a clause that the shop must contact you before exceeding the total on the estimate. This will protect you from getting a surprise bill once work is completed.

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.

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.

Know your car before taking it in for any auto repairs. If you have little knowledge on the specs of your model car, you may end up being taken for a ride without you knowing it. Read through your manual at the bare minimum before going for any larger repairs.

Pay attention to your wiper blades. You may need new blades if they are streaking or making noises. Wiper blades should be replaced at a minimum of once per year, or more than that if you reside in a particularly wet climate.

Make sure to ask the mechanic who is about to work on your car whether or not he is certified. If the answer is no, leave right away and get someone else to do the repairs. If he says that he is, ask for some type of proof so you know this true.

A dent or scratch in a plastic bumper is very easy to fix. Start by cutting the bits that stick out from the dent until the edges are smooth. You can then use a filler to make the dent disappear. Sand over the area and paint to hide the repair.

Stick with Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) components. If your car needs parts, choose OEM parts over generic ones. For optimum performance, you should have the OEM parts that are up to the manufacturer’s standards. While generic parts are cheaper, they’re generally a lower quality than the original ones. This means that you may pay more later for replacements.

Before you drop off your car at a repair shop, take pictures of what the car looks like beforehand. Though most shops won’t strip a car, others do it to make more money. You should document what the vehicle looks like in case you experience this terrible thing.

Warranties are extremely important when it comes to auto repairs, particularly if you’ve purchased expensive parts. Ask the mechanic about the parts’ warranty. Learn the length of time of the warranties, and ask your mechanic to print out a copy of the contract for you to look over it.

There are some shady mechanics out there, and they will resort to extreme lows to get your money. If a mechanic tells you that your axle boot is torn, ask to see it. A legitimate tear will be jagged and greasy. If it is a straight cut, let them know that you know they did the damage and you will contact a lawyer if they don’t fix it for free.

Car Battery

Changing a car battery is quick and easy. It usually involves unfastening a clip on top of the battery and using a wrench to loosen and remove the connectors. (Naturally, you should do this with your engine off!) Brush the connectors clean with a wire brush. Lift out the old battery and put the new battery in its place. Fasten the connectors securely and refasten the clasp. You should be good to go!

After having read these tips, you are now ready to take on a different mindset when it comes to auto repairs. You can be happy that you know what to do, and you can now take care of business correctly. No reason for you to come out on the wrong end of any deals.