There’s no reason to leave all the more sophisticated diagnostics to your local mechanic. You can purchase your own automotive diagnostic tools and have the same edge in detecting problems as the pros do. These tools will enhance any home mechanic’s diagnostic ability. Here are a few tools and tool types to consider:
It is very important that you learn how to properly take care of your vehicle’s tires. They can be a hazard when you drive if they are showing signs of wear. They can also be expensive to replace so you want to make them last as long as possible. Make sure you have the right size of tires on your vehicle. This can be found in the owner’s manual for your vehicle.
If you own a convertible, you will know that the top is probably the most vulnerable part of the car. Getting your convertible top replaced can be a daunting job, especially if you have never done it before. However, given the right homework and preparation, you will do a great job finding the right convertible top and having it replaced, as this user’s guide to replacement convertible tops will demonstrate.
Without further ado, here are the five steps to finding and replacing your convertible top.
Antilock brake systems, or ABS, are an electronic safety feature added to a vehicle’s normal braking system. They are designed to prevent the vehicle’s wheels from locking up when a driver brakes hard in an emergency situation, to prevent skidding on wet pavement, and to allow the driver to continue steering the vehicle when the brakes are pressed hard. Antilock brakes are standard equipment on most new cars and trucks. They come as four wheel systems or rear wheel only systems; rear wheel systems are usually available only on pickup trucks and SUVs.
While a scratch may not be a big deal at all if you have an older car, it is if you recently purchased, say, a vintage sports car. In this case a scratch can be one of the most frustrating and upsetting things you can imagine. Although you made a promise to yourself that you would take excellent car of your brand new car, a visit to the department store may have resulted in your discovering a door ding or worse still you may have parked it on the street only to come back to find your car has been maliciously keyed by someone.