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Auto Repair Basics

By Charles Hopkins Published 11/30/2007 | Auto and Trucks
Auto repair can be expensive, especially if you know nothing about what goes on under the hood of your car.  Thus, it would be in your best interest if you are to learn about cars before you even consider buying your first car.  Theres a lot to be said for learning how to repair cars before one dies down on you.

Certainly, you dont need to be an expert auto repair technician.  You just need to learn the basics checking tire pressure, changing tires, diagnosing car problems and all such rudimentary stuff.  This way, you wont be taken for a ride by your car repairman in the figurative sense of the word, of course.

Knowing Your Car

The first step in auto repair should always be getting to know your car intimately.  You should know your cars specifications.  Your car comes with a manual so you should use it.  How does your car work, exactly?  Any general article on automobiles should help you learn this piece of valuable information.

You should also try to get to know your cars parts.  How does each part contribute to your cars performance?  These are things that you can learn for free.  You can consult with your favorite car mechanic or get yourself updated with the tons of reading materials available online.

Diagnosing Your Car

After getting to know your car, this step should be easy.  Once you know how your car and its parts work, you will find it easy to pinpoint from where your car problem is originating.  Diagnosing your car merely means determining what is wrong (the symptoms, if you will) and checking the signs out with your knowledge of your car parts individual functions.  You should find a lot of guides online for methods of diagnosing your cars troubles.

The good thing about knowing whats wrong and what part of your car is causing it before you approach a mechanic for auto repair is that you know exactly what needs repairing, changing or replacing.  This way, you wont be induced to spend thousands of dollars on expensive auto repair or auto parts that you dont actually need.

Do-It-Yourself Auto Repair

Of course, it would be even better if you can do your auto repair yourself.  You will only need to pay for the parts so it would be a lot cheaper than going to a mechanic for service every time something is wrong with your car.  Learn how to do your own car repairs by reading the manuals on auto repair found online.