One of the best things that any vehicle owner can do is to research and learn all about their vehicles. Preventative maintenance is the key to keeping your vehicle running like new forever. But because automobiles have become so specialized, it takes extensive research to figure out how to defeat the planned obsolescence and other weaknesses engineered into your vehicle. Let’s take a look at how to do that below.
#1: Join a Forum for Enthusiasts
One of the best methods of keeping tabs on the problems that commonly occur in your vehicle is consulting the tuner and do-it-yourself mechanic crowds. These do-it-yourself mechanics and tuners have intimate knowledge of the systems that are faulty in your vehicle and prone to problems.
At least someone in the group will come forth with official information or quick fixes to solve just about any problem. You can also message members for free consultations. Many members will volunteer their time to help you figure out what is wrong. You can also check social media websites for videos posted by enthusiasts and do-it-yourself mechanics for a complete overview of repairs.
#2: Purchase a Repair Manual
If there is an official repair manual that is available for your vehicle, you should buy it. So many of the repairs that are required on today’s automobiles are highly technical in nature. If you don’t have the specific factory instructions and the correct tools, you won’t be able to carry out the repairs properly.
And even if you do complete them, you are at risk of experiencing premature failure. A repair manual isn’t everything but can help you focus on the details of any repair. Torque specifications and other technical data are critical to repairing today’s automobiles.
#3: Talk to Your Mechanic
If you have a good mechanic who knows a lot about your specific model, you should consult them and ask them about any common weaknesses. They may know that the springs commonly rust out on your vehicle or may have seen dozens of vehicles exactly like yours with premature transmission failures.
They can help you to figure out what you can do now to avoid catastrophic failures down the road. You should also take your vehicle to a specialist to ensure that you are dealing with a mechanic that is knowledgeable about your specific vehicle.
#4: Do Your Own Repairs
If you can start repairing your vehicle by changing your own oil and adding performance features, such as cold air intake systems, this can get you into the habit of keeping up high maintenance. Many car owners will neglect repairs and maintenance on their vehicles simply because they are too expensive. Getting in the handyman spirit when something goes wrong and being confident about tackling repairs and maintenance can save you money and keep you interested in upkeep.
#5: Help Others Fix Their Vehicles
The best way to build your mechanical knowledge and skills is to give other drivers advice when they experience problems. If you become a volunteer on one of the do-it-yourself enthusiast forums, you can research how to solve problems and share the solutions with other members. Many of the problems may have been solved by others in the past. You would simply have to explain the same content and try your best to relate it to the particular vehicle.