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Saving Money on Auto Repairs

If you are having problems with your vehicle you can take it to a mechanic or you can try to solve the problem yourself. Many mechanics charge high sums of money for their services, but there are several auto repairs you can perform yourself to save money.

One of the easiest auto repairs you can do yourself is changing the oil and replacing the filter. This needs to be done every three thousand to five thousand miles. This is a maintenance issue, but it will help you avoid the more costly repairs that will be necessary if you do not change it regularly. The hardest part may be finding a place to dispose of the old oil and filter as most cities have regulations on how they can be disposed of.
A more challenging do-it-yourself auto repair project is replacing the brakes and pads. Not having good brakes can result in expensive repairs to other parts of the vehicle later as well as the danger of not being able to stop fast enough, resulting in an accident where someone could get hurt. Changing them when you first notice a problem will help your vehicle run better, longer.

You can also perform your own tune-up fairly simply. This involves removing the spark plugs and replacing them with new ones. If too much time goes by, carbon builds up on the spark plugs in the engine, resulting in spark plugs breaking. A good indication of this problem is your vehicle misfiring when you accelerate or not speeding up as fast as it should.

Another fairly simple repair you can perform on your vehicle is replacing your windshield. All you need is a windshield repair kit that you can purchase from your local auto body shop. The best windows to repair are those where the crack is very small and the adhesive can fit into the chip. It is not recommended that you perform this repair in the hot sun, as the adhesive does not work as well under those conditions.

Finally, if you have steering problems, you can use a turkey baster to suck the old fluid out of the system, instead of paying upwards of a hundred dollars at your mechanic. This trick should remove roughly ninety percent of the old fluid. After this add the new fluid and start the vehicle. This will get the new fluid moving through the system, resulting in a better driving vehicle.

Auto repairs do not need to be expensive if you know what you are doing. Your pocket book will thank you and you can save money both in the short and long run.