Owning a car can mean trouble if you are not prepared to handle unforeseen problems and repairs. It takes preventative maintenance, planning and know-how to avoid, or deal with, problems when your car needs repairs.
There are several things you can do to save a significant amount of time and money over the lifetime of your car, as well as prolong its life.
Read the owner's manual. Manuals contain useful information about how to keep your car running properly. Look for information such as the type and weight of oil to use in various seasons; proper maintenance intervals and the maximum load your car can carry or tow.
If your car has a manual transmission, find out the proper shift points for maximum engine life. They are usually the same as described for maximum fuel efficiency.
Here we provide some common car repair guidelines, that may be useful to you when your car troubles you.
First Thing To Check
- Identify what the problem is, really is. won't start, misfiring, wants to die when stopping
- Simplify. Concentrate on the system that is most likely the cause.
- Now locate the most prone to failure part in that system. If its not getting spark on all the cylinders, the most common part to fail would be the ignition coil
- Check each part along the way in that system until the situation is taken care of.
- Have the problem part repaired or replaced.
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