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The Basics of Auto Repair
When something goes wrong with your car, you can either take it to an auto repair shop, or attempt to fix the problem yourself. While it’s likely that you won’t have the tools, equipment, knowledge, skill set, or patience to handle major car repairs without the help of a professional, there are a number of simple auto repairs that you should be able to tackle on your own. Having car problems can be scary. An unexpected automobile malfunction can throw a major wrench in your day – or week for that matter – and keep you from all of your adult responsibilities, especially if you don’t have a transportation back-up plan. It helps to have a basic understanding of how automobiles work, how they are put together, and what is most likely to go wrong, and at what times. Here is what you should know, as far as auto repair basics are concerned:
Regular maintenance: Be loyal to the manufacturer’s maintenance schedule, and your car will be loyal to you. Your car’s owner’s manual is really the best thing you can depend on to know at what intervals your car will need various services. You can prevent unnecessary automobile malfunctions just by taking proper care of your car. Check your owner’s manual to find out when you need to get oil changes, tune-ups, timing belt replacements, and more.
Know the systems of your automobile: Just as your body has systems that must work together for your overall functioning, your car has systems that work together in much the same way. The systems of an automobile are: fuel system, ignition system, cooling system, intake system, drive train, engine, braking system, and electrical system, among others. While it is not necessary that you learn every part of every system (although that’s not a bad idea), you need to at least familiarize yourself with the systems so that you can identify from where your auto problem is originating. To learn more about your car’s specifics, you can purchase (or rent) a Chilton or Hayne’s book for your make and model. Knowing some basic information and terminology will not only make it easier for you to communicate with your mechanic but also could save you money in the long term.
OBD diagnostics: Know why your check engine light came on. Your vehicle’s on board diagnostics (OBD) feature is basically a computerized system, running throughout your car that identifies where problems are. Any time you are experiencing auto troubles, or a mysterious warning light comes up on your dashboard, you can take your car in to a mechanic, have your car “plugged in” to a computer that communicates with its OBD, and get a reliable, accurate diagnosis of the problem, right from the horse’s mouth. By listening to these early warning signals you can prevent many minor problems from turning into high dollar repairs.
If you want quality service from a name you can trust, then you should put your auto repairs into the hands of experienced professionals. If you decide that your auto repairs are too much for you to handle, you will need to find the right auto repair shop for you. Call Harry’s HP Tire and Auto Repair. We can be reached by phone, at (719) 531-0271.