Most car owners tend to view themselves as convenient individuals thereby doing auto repairs individually. Well, there are those who choose to attempt DIY auto repairs so they can spare some cash for other tasks. DIY auto repairs may seem more convenient to you, but we both know that they have their own difficulties. First of all, you’re trying to make repairs or rather carry out an occupation that’s not yours. There’s a higher chance that you’ll get it wrong and even make things worse and more costly.
As much as you may try to cut corners with your auto repairs, it’s important to note that car maintenance and service should be part of your budget. Ensuring your vehicle is performing optimally should be on your priority list. That means you should observe safe driving practices even as you commit to routine maintenance. Here are common auto repair mistakes you should avoid.
Neglecting or Avoiding Preventive Maintenance and Minor Repairs
Some of us are just used to ignoring important tasks at our homes which is why we end up neglecting simple preventive maintenance thinking our vehicles don’t need it. Simple tasks such as changing the engine oil and filter should part of your routine maintenance. Ignoring such could end up causing serious damage to your vehicle’s engine. You’ll soon have to replace the engine. How much will it cost? Well, not less than two thousand dollars. It’s also crucial that you make necessary minor repairs like replacing your front brake pads, a thermostat, or any other minor component. Ignoring such repairs could lead to costly repairs tomorrow.
Neglecting your Vehicle’s Brake, Transmission, and Other Fluids
Most drivers never learn it until when things get out of hand. You don’t have to learn the hard way. Don’t just stop at winterizing your vehicle with antifreeze. Your vehicle also needs other fluids to run efficiently. You can find all that information in your owner’s manual.
Filling your Vehicle’s Engine with the Incorrect Type of Oil
While some car owners understand that their vehicles need the right type and weight of oil, others have no idea if it really matters. Another group of car owners doesn’t know that their car engines should be filled with oil very often. In addition to changing your engine oil regularly, it’s important that you use the correct type and weight of oil for your engine. Always pay attention and be careful with the type of oil you fill in your engine.
Ignoring Dashboard Warning Lights
Of course, these are just warning lights. It, however, depends on how you understand by “warning lights.” It’s important that you pay attention to your dashboard warning lights since they could be indicating a serious maintenance issue which, if ignored, could result in costly repairs. You could also end up losing your safety on the road. If you have no idea what the light could be meaning, your owner’s manual should guide you.
Failing to Communicate your Auto Repair Problem Properly
Usually, when you visit your doctor, you’re expected to describe how you’re feeling or how you’ve been feeling lately. The same applies when you take your vehicle to your mechanic. Failure to describe the issue effectively will cause your mechanic to make the wrong conclusion or even spend a lot of time diagnosing the problem (you’ll pay more for this). It’s a good idea always to write down what you see, feel, hear, or smell even before you make your way to the mechanic. Write down all the symptoms and the frequency of occurrence.