If you have experience with car troubles, you will surely attest to the frustration they cause. It can be very difficult to find a good, reliable mechanic who charges reasonable prices. You are in luck, however, as this information will help you next time you need to find a great mechanic.
A regular question customers ask me in our shop is how long should their car’s struts last? The industry standard answer is 50,000 miles on the average Asian and domestic vehicle according to Monroe, which is one of the largest strut and shock manufacturers in the world.
You’ll need a good azulejos hidraulicos and at least a pair of jackstands. Do not skimp on the jack. Get a 2 1/2 ton shop jack. It’ll make everything much easier than a smaller cheapie. Another overlooked tool is a shop light. Get the $25 one. Of course you’ll need hand tools. The good news is that tools are relatively cheap to buy these days, and good quality pro tools can be had on Craigslist.org very reasonably. $500 will go a long way. Besides, it’s fun to go tool shoppin’!
To make your truck more functional. Many of the things you can add on to your new ride will make it more practical for both work and pleasure. Take the back for example. You can just throw whatever back there. I have done that and most other owners have too. But the problem is, your stuff gets thrown around as you speed up, slow down, and go around curves. After awhile things get to be a big jumbled up mess.
Pliers set-Get yourself a pliers set. You should be able to find a set with varying sized handles as well as varied tips or noses. You use these for grabbing, cutting, pinching, and gripping. Make sure the set has needle-nosed pliers as well. These are invaluable.
Check and make sure that your mechanic is familiar with working on your type of car. Cars can differ significantly, even if the general mechanical principles are the same. A luxury SUV is quite different from a hybrid Prius, for example. If you don’t think the shop you are going to really knows what they are doing, take your car to the dealer instead.
Educate yourself on the basics of car repairs and warranties before going to the mechanic. There are three conditions: salvage, new, and rebuilt and re-manufactured. New means that the parts were made to meet the standard manufacturer specifications by an independent retailer or the dealer themselves. Rebuilt or reconditioned parts are basically ones that have been restored and now are working well. “Salvage” means that the parts are used and lack alteration.
However, the problems with the new Beetle may soon be fixed. Volkswagen has sent word out that three prototypes will be displayed at the Geneva Convention. These include a two seat model, an SUV, and another model that should be similar to the new Beetle. A mechanic can only hope that they solved the complexity problem in these new models.