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Beating a Break-Down: 4 Car Repair Tricks Everyone Should Know

Owning a car is ideal for those who don't have access to public transportation or don't want to be confined by a bus or train schedule. However, there are times when your car may not start or will experience other mechanical issues. What are some ways to fix your car without spending a lot of time or money on repairs?

Have a Voltmeter in Your Car

A voltmeter will measure the output of your battery or other electrical components in your car. This may help you determine if you need a new battery or if the starter is the cause of your car not starting. It may also be a good idea to have a code reader that you can attach to the vehicle's computer to help you determine why your car is malfunctioning. 


Know How to Change a Tire

It is possible for a tire to puncture or go flat unexpectedly. Having a spare tire in your car makes it easier to either get back home or get to a repair shop to have the tire replaced. In addition to the tire, you will need a jack and a lug wrench. When changing a tire, make sure that the car is on flat ground to prevent it from tipping over while elevated. 


Water Can Temporarily Cool Your Engine 

If you notice that your engine is overheating, you don't necessarily need to put in more oil. Instead, you can simply pour water into the engine before you take it to a repair shop. This may prevent it from catching on fire or doing permanent damage to a component that could cost thousands to repair. 


Locate Reputable Help

While it may be preferable to make repairs yourself, there are some issues that only a mechanic has the tools and experience to fix. In some cases, it may be best to let a mechanic fix your vehicle if you don't have the time to make the repair properly on your own. Furthermore, letting a professional work on your vehicle may be an effective way to retain any warranty it may have. It’s always a good idea to only work with mechanics who have auto repair industry insurance.

Car repairs can be expensive if you have to take your vehicle to the repair shop each time it has a problem. By understanding how a car operates, you may be able to diagnose and fix minor issues on your own. This reduces your maintenance costs while also helping to increase the useful life of your vehicle.


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