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Top 10 FAQ About Auto Repair

Does the idea of getting your car fixed give you anxiety? Here are some facts about auto repairs to help inform and put your mind at ease when choosing a repair method.

Cars should be reasonably quiet when running. If you notice that your vehicle is noisy, it might be time to bring your vehicle in for a check-up. The sooner you get it checked out, the sooner you will know what it takes to get your car back up to snuff.

Not all shops are created equal. Find a reliable shop by asking friends and family who they go to and what type of experience they are having. A mechanic should have up-to-date education and training under their belt. 

Be wary of kiosks that read codes. Getting a code off your vehicle's computer is one step in the right direction. However, codes are general readings and may lead you on a wild goose chase where you spend your money on unnecessary parts that do not solve your problem. A qualified technician can look at code, listen to the problem, and deduce what the actual issue is. 

Technicians use code readers to help diagnose problems. However, they approach the issue, much like a doctor would. A code reading is not a diagnosis; it is only a starting point to guide the way.

Recalls are common. Don't be surprised to hear that your vehicle has a recall notice. When a car comes into a shop, and a computer scan is performed, there will often be a computer alert notifying you of a recall. This is standard procedure when getting your vehicle serviced.

Follow a maintenance routine. Plan to schedule your vehicle in for regular services, check your tires and ensure that your car has plenty of fluids. This will help keep your vehicle on the road and running smoothly, extending the life of your vehicle.

Hot and cold negatively affect your battery. Be mindful when battery shopping; it is easy to choose the wrong one for your car, which can cause electrical damage to your vehicle. Be sure to check with the professionals before buying a replacement.

Hose inspections at regular intervals. Be sure to ask your mechanic to check the hoses in your car. Over time rubber tends to break down, check, or crack. The last thing you need is to get stranded on the side of the road due to a leak from your hose.

It is common for your mechanic shop to give you a list of repair needs in order of priority. If you don't get this list standard from your repair shop, be sure and ask them for one. 

Check the strength of your antifreeze. Your mechanic shop will test your radiator fluid for you when it is in for service. It is essential to make sure your car will operate in hot or cold temperatures safely. 

Driving conditions vary greatly. Take some time to talk with your mechanic about what to expect and if you plan to tow a load, or if you are driving in extreme heat. Your mechanic may recommend using a different grade of oil. You can never be over-informed when it comes to your car.

Are you looking for a good mechanic in your area? Reach out to Rusty's Garage this Spring for maintenance; you will be glad that you did. At Rusty's Garage, our number one priority is you. Regular maintenance, as well as check-ups when you think something might need an actual repair, will significantly minimize your risks on the roads. Our team looks forward to working with you! Schedule your appointment today. We're located at 25143 Melda Road, Building B, in Spring, TX, 77380, and are open from 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM, Monday - Friday.

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