It’s never fun to bring your car in for service or repairs at the garage shop. We’ve all heard the tales of people being ripped off and charged for services which they didn’t need. Here are a few steps to avoid getting ripped off.
Use the recommendations of people you know in order to find a mechanic that you can trust. If that’s not an option you can easily find one by browsing online. Sites such as Yelp are excellent tools in helping you gauge the level of service a business provides. Of course these review sites don’t always tell the entire story, but they are a good way to gauge the level of service. Beware of fake reviews posted by the business themselves. Obvious signs include multiple reviews posted on the same date or within proximity to each other using similar language style.
Confirm that your mechanic is following the recommended service listed in the owners manual. Be suspicious of any mechanic who tells you to do otherwise than what is recommended by the maker of your vehicle. Always inquire if they will be using parts from the original equipment manufacturer or aftermarket parts, since aftermarket products may not provide the same level of quality. Look for shops that are approved by AAA, as these businesses have passed quality control inspections.
You can always get a second opinion on the Internet. If you have a Dodge join a Dodge forum and if you have a Toyota, you can find a Toyota car forum. Many of these forums have members that are very knowledgeable about repairs. If you have a digital camera, you can even take a photo of the parts in question and ask other members for their input. Use search engines in order to research any services that you are unfamiliar with.
Don’t commit immediately after receiving an estimate but call around first and see if you can find any better deals. Make sure that no work is performed unless you specifically authorize it. If you feel that the cost for parts is too expensive, it’s possible for you to obtain those parts yourself if you would like, and then simply pay the mechanic for labor. You can even purchased used parts, either from Ebay, an online retailer or a junkyard. If you don’t feel comfortable with an estimate, never hesitate to hold off on making decision until you can get home and do more research. A business with ethics should never pressure you or make you feel uncomfortable in any way.
It’s best to walk in with a positive attitude and give the mechanic a chance to explain what he or she feels needs to be done. Maintaining and servicing your car on a regular basis will go a long way in extending its longevity and could be a good way for you to strike up a repertoire with repair shop that you can build trust with.
A spark plug is a vital element of your car’s ignition system. Its purpose is to ignite the air/fuel mixture in an internal combustion engine. The combustion begins when a spark moves between the two electrodes of the plug, hence the name.
A spark plug is composed of a central electrode and an insulated wire, both placed in an electrically isolated shell. The wire connects the plug with the output terminal of the elements of the ignition system: an ignition coil or magneto. The central electrode is usually the cathode of the spark plug. Nowadays, the central electrode is made using two metals: the interior is made of copper and the exterior is made of steel. The outer steel part heats almost immediately providing a fast and reliable engine start, and a steady functioning.
In order to increase the durability of the spark plug, Bosch uses alloys of steel and noble metals (such as tungsten, iridium, palladium, rhodium and platinum) to make the central electrode. This allows reduction of the effects of corrosion and electrochemical destruction. The usage of those metals also makes the central electrode thinner. This has a positive impact on the efficiency of the ignition of the air/fuel mixture.
A lifespan of a spark plug is somewhere between thirty and one hundred thousand kilometers. After that you have to replace it with a new one. It is a fast and simple process, but it is always better to buy a spark plug that lasts longer and is more reliable. Bosch spark plugs are produced using the best materials and a manufacturing process tested for decades. When you buy their production you make sure that your car will function properly for many years to come.
Don’t forget that replacing the spark plugs in time is one of the basic rules that every car owner should know.
The air injection system of a car provides air for proper fuel combustion. Therefore it needs an efficient cleaning method. That is why air filters exist. They entrap dust and debris present in the air before it enters the engine.
A dirty air filter creates a barrier that prevents the air from entering the combustion chamber in large enough quantities. That has a direct influence on your vehicle’s power and consequently, fuel consumption. The micro particles of the polluted air have an extremely negative effect on the electronic system that controls the air injection into the combustion chamber. This can damage the flow meter, and you will have to buy a new one. Those particles can also deteriorate the combustion chamber itself, leaving fissures on its interior walls. In that case you may even have to replace the entire engine.
Car manufacturers usually recommend replacing your air filter after 30-40 thousand kilometers. This would be accurate for ideal conditions. However, big amounts of dust in cities’ air, sudden temperature drops, low quality of the roadway, among many others, can reduce the lifetime of the air filter. So a more realistic figure would be around 10-15 thousand kilometers.
Remember that you have to replace the air filter before it gets so dirty that it starts to obstruct the air flow into the combustion chamber. Don’t buy cheap air filters to try to save some pennies. It is much better to opt for a high-quality filter that will protect your car’s engine well. JC Premium air filters can entrap up to 99.97% of harmful particles, offering more stable filtration efficiency than cheap air filters.
It is not difficult to replace the air filter yourself. The plastic frame where the filter should go is usually located in the upper part of the engine. Just open the hood, remove the old filter and place the new one in the plastic frame.