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  • Claire Thestrup posted an update 1 week, 2 days ago

    If you lack a lug wrench and a jack, purchase both. You should also include a screwdriver set, a ratchet set, an adjustable wrench and a torque wrench. Cheap tools are not worth your money. Instead, you should obtain solid tools that don’t break whenever you really need them.If you need your car fixed, but are on a tight budget, you may want to contact your local vocation institution to see if they have an auto repair department. You will be giving students a learning experience as their teacher looks on to be sure the job is right.Not many people read their car manual. Go over this manual and mark the important pages that deal with information on maintaining your vehicle. The manual is full of key facts about your car and how to perform minor repair work.If your taillights or headlights burn out, you will save a ton of money. Hiring a professional to install new lights costs a lot of money. Speak with friends and family for pointers or instructions.Know when it is time to change your oil, an important car maintenance task. Your car’s oil is a big part of how well it functions. When your car does not get its oil changed on schedule, its life span can be shortened, so be sure that you remember the schedule.Pay attention to any sounds coming from your car. Noise can mean everything when identifying a problem. Tell your mechanic exactly what the sound is, and he should be able to know where the problem lies.The dealer’s mechanics are expensive but worth it. Technicians at the dealership are often more knowledgeable about the make and model of your car. They can pinpoint the problem quickly and are trained to fix problems common to your model. They usually attend training programs regularly.Don’t fix your car as soon as you receive a quote for service. Contact other shops or dealerships and compare what they would charge for repairs suggested by the first mechanic. If you find someone that can repair your car for less, pay the first mechanic for the diagnosis only and have your car repaired elsewhere.Getting your car fixed at the dealer’s mechanic can cost more, but it if often the best choice. Technicians at the dealership are often more knowledgeable about the make and model of your car. They can pinpoint the problem quickly and are trained to fix problems common to your model. They are also trained in various programs they take part in regularly.To avoid interior damage during winter months, use rubber floor mats. This will keep the heavy salts, mud and ice from ruining the car’s carpet. These are necessary during winter and rainy seasons.If you have to store your car, you can prevent damage by putting your vehicle on jack stands, then filling the tank. Do not use the parking brake, and store only in a dry location so as to prevent rusting.Devote some time to learn all about your vehicle and how it runs. There are some repairs you can make yourself once you have the proper knowledge. You will save plenty of money if you don’t have to have your tires or oil changed.