A working knowledge of car repair and vehicle maintenance is something that every driver should have; however, the driving population actually has a wide variation in its knowledge of car repair. Some drivers can perform maintenance and repair on their vehicles entirely by themselves. Others need assistance for any service needed on their vehicles. In between, there is a wide range of levels of proficiency with vehicle care.
The purpose of this article is to give someone even with the most basic knowledge about their vehicle some information that will help them understand when to have their vehicle serviced. Chances are, if you are reading this article, you do not know everything there is to know about car repair. Knowing the warning signs will help ensure that your car is in working condition, as well as ensuring your safety and the safety of others.
There are many factors that can cause a vehicle to no longer work properly and require car repair. Sometimes a car must be towed to a repair shop, and other times it may be safely driven to the shop if the damage is minor. When a car cannot be moved at all, that is referred to as a total breakdown. A partial breakdown is defined as a breakdown in which a tow may not be necessary, but the vehicle is still in need of immediate repair. It may be dangerous to drive a vehicle that is experiencing a partial breakdown, and it should be driven immediately to a shop specializing in car repair.
A total breakdown can be caused by several different factors. Generally, total breakdowns are caused by a problem with the engine. The one major exception to this is the common problem of a dead battery, which is usually solved through a jump start in which another vehicle is attached with jumper cables and the electrical charge is used to start the vehicle with the dead battery. In the case of engine failure, however, a person trained in car repair will have to service the vehicle.
Partial vehicle breakdown can mean many different things. A flat tire, as mentioned before, is a very common kind of partial breakdown. In many cases, people replace their own flat tires. However, sometimes this is not an option. For example, one may not have a spare tire or the proper knowledge to repair a deflated tire. You will want to have a trained technician replace your tire in that situation.
Other causes for partial breakdown include problems with brakes, minor but serious problems with the engine such as overheating, or even a minor traffic collision. Failure to have a car receive regular maintenance can endanger you as well as your passengers and other motorists.
Now that you have a basic understanding of what necessitates car repair, you can make better informed decisions about when and how to have your vehicle serviced in the case of a breakdown or collision. You may also want to consult your vehicle’s owner’s manual for specific details regarding your specific vehicle.