Car Repair

Your car is always undergoing wear and tear. It may require occasional repair no matter how well you try to well-maintain it.

If you are a do-it-yourselfer in car repair, remember the Ten Commandments or rules about your personal safety before it becomes too late.

  1. Never lie under the car to repair it unless the car is firmly raised up and supported with jack stands or blocks. A slight negligence in this respect may prove costly to your physical wellbeing.
  2. Place your car gear in neutral position before you start meddling with it. The car’s transmission in gear may start it putting your life in danger.
  3. Do not place any incendiary object, flame or spark near the fuel tank, fuel transmission pipes and the battery.
  4. Disconnect the battery before handling or repairing any part of the starting or charging system of your car. The live current from the battery may hurt you seriously.
  5. Clean the floor of all the fluids that may be emitted by our car while you open its nuts and bolts to repair it. These fluids are inflammable and toxic for your pets and children. They are also harmful for the underground soil and water system.
  6. Always use the box end of your wrench on the nuts and bolts and forsake its open end.
  7. Securely block the movement of your car wheels so that in any event of the car being inadvertently started you are not run over by your own car.
  8. Use utmost caution while opening the radiator of your car especially when the engine is still running, or, the radiator is still very hot.  The blistering hot water may jump out of it and fall upon you or any one standing close to it.
  9. Always maintain your patience while repairing your car. An intemperate use of force out of anger or haste may cause more damage to it rather than repair it.
  10. Never forget the laws of ASSUME, K.I.S.S., and Murphy and blame any other person for your own acts of commission and omissions.

In case you are not an expert at repairing your car, you may have to give it for repair to some car mechanic. But before you do that, you should try to acquire some basic awareness about car repair. This will protect you from being fooled by experienced yet unscrupulous mechanics and also from honest yet inexperienced novices who may recommend costly yet avoidable replacements and repairs.

The first and easy way to get this knowledge is to read the car owner’s manual. This manual provides ample information about the gauges and the warning indicators on the dashboard. As soon as you find anything extraordinary, take your car immediately to the mechanic for its diagnosis. Any delay in this may worsen the problem.

You may also find the recommended car maintenance schedule in the owner’s manual regarding the timely oil changes and tune ups. If you follow these elementary procedures, you will prevent many serious and expensive problems and save huge bills on the car repairs.

Despite precautions, the car may require repair. The best way to find a good car repair shop is to seek a word of mouth recommendation from your friends and associates. Ask them what repair shops can provide prompt and efficient repair at reasonable costs.

The other source for such information may be the consumer organizations in your area. They can advise you about the track record of the repair shops. You can make a written request to the Department of Consumer Affairs’ Bureau of Automotive Repair (DCA/BAR) to provide you the shop’s license status and disciplinary actions against it if it cheats the customers.

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