When your vehicle shows signs of any trouble, the first thing you need to do is to identify the problem. No matter whether you are going to take it to a mechanic or going to do the repair on your own, the first thing is to identify the problem. The first tool you need for the job of trouble shooting is the service repair manual of your particular model of vehicle.
Since these manuals are not given by the car dealerships when they sell cars, you need to purchase them your selves. The easiest way to purchase one is to go online and download it from a website that has these manuals for sale. These are instant downloads that you could purchase and download within minutes. You could download your service repair manual as a PDF file and save it in your laptop or there is the possibility for you to print it. Whatever the way you have it, refer to it when you need to trouble shoot and locate a problem.
Once the problem is located, it will be necessary for you to figure out whether you could do the repair at home or whether you need to take your vehicle to a mechanic. Also, if you noticed the problem while you are driving, you need to decide if your car could be driven home or it has to be carried to the workshop. Once you have found these answers, you could take action.
In case you could do the repair yourself, you could dismantle the particular part. In case your windscreen vipers stopped working, it is quite possible that your viper motor has given way. Your service repair manual will tell you how to check if the motor is burnt or if the problem is a burnt fuse. In case you trace the problem to the viper motor, you could purchase a new one. The part number will be there in the manual. You only need to go to the spare parts store and tell the shop keeper the part number. He will provide you with the right spare part.
Once you bought the replacement motor, you could refer to your service repair manual and install the motor in the right way. Test if the vipers are back to normal. Naturally, they will work fine. You have saved a lot of money and time because you had the service repair manual of your car with you.
Sooner or later you will go out to your car and low and behold you have a flat. Most of the time, you won’t be in a location that changing it will be realistic. What do you do then? If you prepare yourself, you will be able to handle it.
Being prepared means you anticipated the problem and thus you have a plan to get yourself going. This is not generally the case. Most people don’t even check their spare to see if it is aired up and usable.
Tip #1: Emergency Tire Repair Kits
Be prepared by going to your local automotive parts store and check out the numerous emergency tire repair kits. There are some things you need to keep in mind.
- If you have a relatively new car, you will have a tire sensor that will tell you if your tire is low. These are great. The sensor is going to warn you if your tire is loosing pressure.
- Unfortunately, if you are parked and the engine is off when the tire starts leaking, then it won’t do you any good.
- When you select a tire repair kit or a can of tire fix, make sure the product you are going to buy is tire sensor safe. No use messing up your car to get a tire temporarily fixed. Remember these types of fast fixes are only temporary. Once you get on the way, you need to go to a tire shop and have the tire permanently fixed.
Tip #2 Donut Spare
If you have a “donut spare,” remember these are temporary also.
- Generally, they are not supposed to be driven more than 50 miles. Check your manual for their recommendations.
- You will probably find out that you are not to exceed 45 to 50 miles per hour. Again, check your manual.
Tip #3 Familiarize Yourself with the Car
If you haven’t changed a tire on your car, make sure, before hand, you familiarize yourself with your car.
- Make sure you know how to place the jack for all four tires. These places will vary so check them out first.
- Make sure you know how to use the jack. There a lot of different kinds of jacks, so check yours out first.
- Trying to figure out how to work the jack and where to put it when you have a flat will only cause you frustration.
Tip #4 Things to Keep in Your Car
Just as a tip for all circumstances:
· Keep a pair of gloves in your car.
· Keep a towel in your car.
· Keep a gardeners kneepad in your car.
· Keep a full-length apron in your car.
You will find out these things will come in handy. If you are prepared, you can be on your way in just a few minutes and won’t ruin your clothes in the process.