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Published On: Mon, Jun 18th, 2018

Pitfalls of Repairing a Broken Car

It is important to mention that before you begin to repair your broken car, please make sure that you have all the necessary equipment and tools. Also, you will need to have a proper safety gear and proper instruction. Also, it is prohibited to repair your car when it is running or right after you turned it off. This is because you might hurt yourself. Let’s review some of the pitfalls of repairing a broken car (inkoopautos.com):

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Flat tire.

What are the symptoms?

You hear a loud thumping noise and your car is tilting.

This is such a car problem that any person with common sense is able to figure out. There is a spare tire in your trunk. Within it, there is often a small car jack with a lug nut ratchet and built-in lever. Just put this jack on the stable part of a frame. Then pump up the car. After that, remove the lug nuts. In the end, put the donut on. Make sure you properly tightened the nuts. After all, bring down the jack slowly.

Tail or headlights out.

What are the symptoms?

The blinkers begin to blink faster or you are sure they will stop lighting soon.

If you have difficulty figuring out it yourself or simply you do not want it, just ask someone at Advanced Auto Parts or Autozone, what type of bulb you need. For example, if your car is basic, there is no need to buy ultra premium lights. As soon as you get your bulbs, you will be able to pop lights out of a back of a housing. Then you can unplug the old bulb and slide a new one in.

Dead battery.

What are the symptoms?

Your car does not start.

If you do not have a charger or tester at home, there are services like Autozone that are ready to help you. Moreover, they can check it for free in order to make sure whether the problem is with the battery, or with an alternator and starter. If you find any corrosion there, just clean it with a metal brush. You will need to unbolt, firstly, the negative terminal, then positive. Then take off the ground wire. Put a new one.

Oil change.

What are the symptoms?

It is needed to do it every 3,000-5000 miles on the road, based on the type of the oil you use and age of your car.

Figure out these four things before you do it: what type of oil filter and oil you need, where the oil filter is, where an oil pan bolt is, and how much oil the engine holds. Then follow the next 3 steps: loosen a bolt and drain some old oil, replace an oil filter, tighten a bolt back up and refill an engine with a new oil. Put some oil in the filter, lubricating a rubber ring with oil.

Dead alternator.

What are the symptoms?

Your vehicle will not turn over and the gadgets that are inside will not lighten up.

At first, remove the electrical connections. Secondly,  unbolt the brackets. Thirdly, utilize the built-in tension arm in order to free the serpentine belt. Then put a new one, reconnects wires, and fire it up. This is very simple.

All in all, the vast majority of the problems on the road are solvable. What is more, they can be removed and even prevented very easily, if only your car was checked regularly in special services.

Author: Oleg Mishyn

 

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