These days many car owners never even look under their hood so if you are serious about working on your car then you should be commended. But as you move forward it’s important to remember that it’s possible that your maintenance efforts will do more harm than good if you don’t know what you’re doing.
Every day people try and fix their car and end up damaging it but you don’t have to fall into the most common traps. In this article we will look at four big issues you should look at so you can keep your car running the smart way.
Not Reading The Manual
There is a reason that your car came with a manual. Many people take one look at it and never touch it except when they need to move it to get to the car registration in their glove box. If you’ve owned a car for years then it’s understandable that you might feel like you don’t need a manual but it is there for much more than just telling you how to drive your vehicle, it can also help you maintain your vehicle.
For all the common aspects that vehicles share in the end no two types of cars are exactly the same. Even the same model can change in dramatic ways from one year to the next. By relying on the information from your manual you can avoid working off of the wrong information.
Ignoring The Other Cars On The Road
Few feelings are worse than realizing that something is wrong with your car and that you will need to pull over on the side of the road. Once you’ve come to a stop you might wait for someone to come and fix things for you or you might want to roll up your sleeves and get to work yourself. This second path is commendable but it can also be deadly if you don’t remember that you aren’t the only one on the road.
Remember that cars are literally tons of metal that are hurtling down the road at incredibly fast speeds. Compared to these vehicles our bodies are fragile things, if a careless driver so much as clips your stopped vehicle and pushes it into you it could be both painful and costly. Even if you’re on the side of the road you aren’t completely safe, consider carrying and using emergency lights to alert people to your problem. These are especially important if you’re working at night because when it’s pitch-black outside even large vehicles are easy to miss.
Messing With Things They Don’t Understand
50 years ago you didn’t need a high school education to work on just about any part inside of a car. Sure, you needed to know something about how cars and their engines work but it didn’t require an electrical engineering degree to work on any part you could find. Now times are different, cars are more computerized than ever.
The use of computers and other high-tech electronics may be great for performance but it makes it very hard for amateurs to work on them. If you find a part that you don’t fully understand then put off touching it until you can at least do some research. Acting without knowledge can lead to hundreds of dollars of unnecessary damage.
Waiting Until Things Go Horribly Wrong
Keeping your car in working order shouldn’t just be about putting out fires as they pop up, it should also be about taking steps to make sure that fires don’t start in the first place. The average car owner forgets about the inner-workings of their vehicle until it breaks down or shows signs of serious issues. If you take the time to do regular maintenance on your car and consider its general condition then you can avoid costly issues.
Know Your Limits
The common theme that ties together the most common issues is action without understanding. People who just open up their engine and start messing around without clear understanding or intentions are asking for trouble.
If you don’t know much about how cars work or how to take care of them then the right time to learn is before anything goes wrong. If you wait until things get really bad and then attempt trial and error maintenence then things are going to end up worse than before.
Fortunately you don’t have to go through this alone. If you have any issues you can bring your concerns to OakleyNAPA and we’ll do what we can to point you in the right direction or we can solve the problem for you. You’re only one person, don’t feel like you have to do everything yourself when your local NAPA team is here to help you.
OakleyNAPA is an independently operated dealer of NAPA, heavy duty and small engine equipment, parts and supplies. In addition to NAPA’s standard automotive parts, we have much to offer agricultural, heavy duty and industrial customers. We carry products from independent companies, like Trux Accessories‘ lighting and chrome parts for trucks, PAI Industries’catalog and Mahindra tractor parts. OakleyNAPA also carries Gates hoses and Martin Senour paint, making us a one-stop shop for your needs.
We have several trained mechanics on staff to work on any problems you may encounter, from warranty issues to routine maintenance, and carry parts for most yard equipment, including tillers, mowers and chainsaws.
We serve the following Lauderdale County, AL communities, but not limited to:
- St. Florian
- Zip City
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