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Tricks to Save Thousands on Car Maintenance and Repairs

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If you own a new or used car, then you need to know some things that can prevent you from spending a lot of money on repairing it, through the province, by working your car on the one hand, and on the other hand, using some tricks. Simple ideas but they make a big difference

If your oil pressure light is on that means you need to add oil immediately. Most lights are just warnings, but this is an important one.

If you have data, and a car problem when you’re on the road, check out YouTube. There’s probably a video shows you exactly how to fix it. Make sure to include your car’s year and model in the search. A video for a 2012 Ford isn’t useful for a 2021.

Plan to spend at least $400/year on car maintenance, even if you buy a brand-new car. You’ll need seasonal tire swaps, lube/oil/filter changes, etc.

If you have two sets of tires for winter and summer, make sure both are on rims. It’s more expensive, but a lot safer. Taking them on and off the rims every 6 months can cause damage or misalignment issues.

Instead of jumper cables, invest in a lithium-ion starter battery. They’re much easier to use than cables and you don’t need another car.

Don’t cheap out on car parts. The less you spend in the short term, the more you’ll spend in the long term.

Spend more than you’re probably comfortable with on tires. They make a tremendous difference to the smoothness of your ride. Crap tires will feel like you’re on a city bus.

Unsure which side of the car your gas tank is on? Check out the fuel gauge. There’s usually an arrow pointing either left or right.

Keep some napkins in the glove compartment, and a roll of grease-absorbing paper towel in the trunk. This way you’ll be prepared for spills.

You can change your own sparkplug in about five minutes and for less than 20 bucks. No need to pay a mechanic $400 to do this for you.

If you’re changing a tire, make sure to loosen the lug nuts before you jack up the car. Don’t remove them, just make it easier for later.

If your car starts to make any weird noises, and they don’t go away quickly, then book an appointment ASAP. Something could be seriously wrong.

Most dashboards will light up with either yellow or red lights to indicate something is wrong. Yellow means look into this later. Red means look into this immediately. Stop driving.

Dealerships might cost more to get work done on your car, but at least you know they’re licensed mechanics. If the price is too cheap, it’s probably not a real mechanic.

Figure out how to open your hood before you have to do it in the dark at 5AM in the middle off a snowstorm.

If your brakes are making a squeaking noise, that means you need new brake pads. Take care of this as soon as possible.

If a mechanic recommends that you replace a part, mark that part with some chalk, or a pen. Then check to see if they actually replaced it. Shady mechanics just say they replaced it.

Even newer cars don’t have gas caps. This can cause problems because air gets into the tube. So if you’re trying to fill up the gas, but it keeps clicking that it’s full, you need to drive the car around the gas station a few times to get the air out. Then try again.

 

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