Do you have a car that’s broken? It can be annoying when you want to go somewhere. It’s also frustrating because you paid a lot of money for your car and will now have to invest more in fixing it.

Cars break down for all sorts of reasons. Some of the faults are serious and others just require a spare part.

But what should you do if your car breaks down and you aren’t sure what happened? Learn how to fix cars, of course. Here’s everything you need to know about becoming an auto mechanic for beginners.

Research the Car You Have

If you’re not a big car expert and are just someone who likes to think of their machine as a device that gets them from A to B, then you probably don’t know what make or model your car is.

This is vital information and a great starting place in terms of learning about cars for beginners.

Start by consulting the manual, which should have all the relevant details. If you can’t find it, try looking for a serial number or chassis number on one of your car parts and Google it.

Once you know the make and model, it’s time to start researching the specifications of the car. You want to understand what parts the car has compared to other cars and how rare they are. This will help you source new ones more easily.

Also, visit forums on Facebook and other websites about your car to see what others are saying. Remember to treat them with some caution as not everything they say is accurate, but it’s handy to have an idea of how others handle your car.

The car that you have—such as a Scion FRS—will determine what spare parts you might need to purchase.

Diagnose What’s Wrong

The next thing you need to do is diagnose what’s wrong with the car. This can prove a taxing pursuit, but be sure to persevere.

Establish exactly what is not working. Will the brake lights not turn on? Will the engine not start?

Does the engine start and then cut out? Does the exhaust overheat as you drive anywhere and sprew out thick black smoke?

Once you can clearly describe the problem you can begin to fix it. Consult with professional car fixing advice websites first, as these are run by experts. Or even consider ringing a garage or mechanic and asking them what could be wrong.

They could be willing to give you a diagnosis over the phone. If not, you may have to pay to take your car into the garage. Also, make sure whoever gives you advice or checks over your car is properly qualified and has a good reputation.

Handing over your car to an inexperienced mechanic could lead to them making the problem worse. You’ll then have to fork out even more money to put it right.

Once you have a clear diagnosis or at least several options as to what might be wrong you can start to work on your car.

Common Problems

There are many problems that your car could have. Here are a few common problems and solutions.

It’s important to remember that these solutions might not necessarily be what is wrong with your car. They are suggestions, but even so, they are worthy of further investigation.

Dead Car or Dead Battery

Car won’t start? Then it could be that you have a dead battery. If your car makes a clicking sound and nothing more when you turn it on, this could be why.

Research where your battery is located and then open your car and access your battery to see whether it’s flat or not.

A dead battery could be caused by a number of factors. Your stereo could be draining the battery if you have it on too much, the alternator may need repairing or replacing, or the battery might have corroded over time or due to an oil leak.

Service Light Comes On

Generally, this means it’s time to take your car into a garage or a mechanic to get it fixed.

It could also suggest you are using more gas per mile. Using more gas every 1 or 2 miles then that soon adds up to a huge amount over time. This should be an incentive to get your car serviced soon.

Call a Mechanic

If you are unsure about a problem with your car, be sure to call a mechanic before you get to work on fixing the issue yourself. If you don’t know anything about cars then you could end up making the situation worse by diving straight in.

Remember to do your research and only use a professional mechanic or a professional helpline. A good mechanic can give you some advice to make sure you don’t make any big mistakes even if you are going to attempt to fix your car yourself.

Everyone Should Learn How to Fix Cars

Did you know Her Majesty The Queen is a licensed mechanic? And that when she was still a Princess during WWII she helped with the war effort, fixing vehicles?

This shows that everyone should learn something about fixing cars as it will always come in handy. Of course, you should always leave big jobs to the experts in case you make the situation worse. But learning a little bit about diagnostics and how to resolve small problems can go a long way.

Be sure sure to do your research about common problems with cars and what make and model you have before diving in.

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