Auto Repairs First-Time Drivers Must Know

Before You Hit the Road: Auto Repairs First-Time Drivers Must Know

Did you know that the average auto repair bill is between $500 and $600? Are you a first-time driver and are not sure what to do if your car is damaged or if you suddenly run out of oil? We have put together this quick guide to share some tips about auto repairs to help you stay safe on the road and to keep you driving. 

Keep reading to learn everything you need to know. 

1. Replace Windshield Wipers

This is something that many first time drivers overlook because they do not realize that over time windshield wipers become worn. If you allow yours to wear down too much they can even scratch your windshield. Rain, dirt, and sunlight all damage the rubber blades on the wipers over time. 

It is a lot cheaper to replace your wipers than to replace your window. A reputable place like Performance Auto Center will have good quality blades and in some cases, they might install them for free when you purchase from them. 

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2. Tire Pressure

The great thing about the tire pressure is that this is something that you can do yourself and as often as you’d like. You have the choice of buying a simple tire gauge to check it yourself or go to a gas station that has a machine to fill your tires with air because they all have a tire gauge to first check how much air you have. 

On the side of your tire, it will have a number showing you what your MAX PSI is supposed to be. Use this number to guide you on how much air to add to each tire. When you are checking how much air you have, make sure that the valve cap does not have any cracks.

Put the open end of the gauge into the valve stem and see what the current pressure is. If you hear any hissing sounds then it means that the air is escaping so make sure you get a tight fit.

3. Oil Changes

If you are handy then you can tackle changing your own oil after you buy the right equipment. Invest in a standard wrench, an oil pan, a funnel, an oil filter wrench, replacement oil, a new oil filter, and gloves.

Depending on how low your car is to the ground you might have to use a jack to raise the car and make sure you use ramps or jack stands to avoid any accidents. 

Ready to Tackle These Simple Auto Repairs?

We hope that now you are feeling confident about tackling auto repairs on your own. The key to not having expensive repairs is to maintain your car in tip-top shape and not go too long in between oil changes or drive around with no air in your tires. 

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