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Having some knowledge about do-it-yourself car maintenance is important for anyone who drives a car. Few things are worse than driving down the road and having your car break down in the middle of nowhere. Today's automobiles are "plugged in" to the computer age we live in. Computers were integrated into cars and trucks as far back as the 1980's. In 1996 OBDII (On Board Diagnostics) gave the owner of the vehicle the capability to pull codes and get a head start in determining what may be wrong with your vehicle. Calling someone to fix your car or calling a tow truck can be expensive and you may even be ripped off. Going to a mechanic or as I prefer to call them a technician, can also be intimidating if you have no knowledge of cars and how to maintain them properly. If you have a do-it-yourself car maintenance guide, you can fix the minor things yourself but I suggest leaving the major car problems for the professionals.
Before You Begin
Before trying to fix any car problem by yourself, the most important thing to consider is the complexity of the problem. Changing a tire on a car is no problem. However, trying to replace a minor part on an engine might prove to be much more difficult then you first anticipate. Try to determine how much knowledge you have before you begin the project. If you are inexperienced when it comes to fixing cars, be sure to only handle the problems you know you are able to and let the professionals take care of the rest. If you are a novice, here is a list of things you should limit yourself to when it comes to do-it-yourself car maintenance responsibilities:
-Changing wiper blades
-Checking the fluids (some later model vehicles do not have dipsticks for the transmission)
-Checking the belts
-Maintaining the battery
If you have owned your car for more than a few years, the warranty may no longer be in effect so you will likely need to know how to do some of these things to maintain your car yourself. Having some knowledge about properly maintaining your vehicle can make the car last longer. In many cases there is a charge for the maintenance check however some shops such as Clay County Transmission will perform the check for you at no charge. We would prefer you to drop the vehicle off for the inspection so we can schedule to unit to be properly evaluated.