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Car parts & accessories | 06.03.2014 - 21:47

Car Repairs 101 - What To Have The Pros Do

When to know to let the pros make your car repairs!

While you feel comfortable doing some basic maintenance and repairs on your car or truck, there are some tasks that are best left to a professional. Recognizing that your skills extend mainly to changing filters, topping off fluids, and maybe changing the oil does not mean you are incompetent. It simply means that you know when to take care of things yourself and when to take your vehicle to the shop. Here are a few examples of times when you need to step back and leave the car in the hands of a pro.


Front End Alignments

In the days when car construction was less complicated, it was possible to buy the tools needed to manage this task at home. With the more complex front wheel drives of today, that is no longer the case. Since a front end that is not properly aligned makes the ride rougher and also increases wear and tear on the suspension system, don’t try to figure out a way to do this at home. Bite the bullet and take the car to a professional.



Mysterious leaks are not usually due to a loose hose or some other minor issue that you can fix on your own. A leak may be a sign that the oil pump is failing, or that one of those hard to reach hoses has failed. It could even mean something is wrong with the radiator. Taking the car to a professional will make it easier to find out exactly what is wrong and get the problem fixed before the engine sustains any real damage.


Transmission Issues

When the transmission is sluggish or beginning to slip, you don’t need to spend time trying to figure out what is wrong. Eliminate the guesswork and get the car to a pro as quickly as you can. The origin of the malfunction may be something simple that can be taken care of on the spot. If it does turn out to be something more complicated, the car will end up in the shop anyway. Either way, the repair is done in a timely manner and you can get back on the road.


If you are like most people, you rely heavily on your car or truck. Don’t let pride get in the way of knowing when to take the car to a pro. Also, you may want to check the dealership warranty parts tags on some of the broken items of your vehicle. Some parts are under warranty longer than others, so you may be able to save money on repairs that way. In the long run, having the work done at an auto repair shop will keep the car in better shape, allowing you to enjoy more years of use from the vehicle.

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