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Choosing a trustworthy mechanic can be a difficult task – here are some pointers

If you own a car, you probably know how difficult it is to find a good, trustworthy and reliable car mechanic to take care of its regular maintenance and for repairs.

Often times you cannot be certain whether a certain part has been changed or whether the car problem is real or just made up so that the repair shop can take your money.

Also, you cannot be certain whether the mechanic can be trusted enough with the car which you drive every day with your family in it.

So, how do you pick the best and most trustworthy mechanic? Here are some tips which might help you in this difficult task:

  1. Ask for certifications of the mechanic or the repair shop. There are certain certifications which can be trusted, including the ASE certificates from the National Institute of Automotive Service Excellence. in order to get certified, mechanics need to have at least two years of experience at the job and undergo a number of tests of their knowledge and skills. This certificate is issued for individual mechanics and not for the entire shop so make sure that the certified mechanic will be working on your car! There are also certificates issued to mechanics for the repair of a certain type of car, which again means that they have been tested and proven to be proficient in handling and repairing this particular brand of cars.
  1. Do some research online and ask around. This will help you find a trustworthy mechanic if you know that the sources of your info are honest.
  2. Look for repair shop affiliations. If the shop has an AAA sign, this means that it has been pre-screened for quality services by American Auto Insurance.
  3. Choose a mechanic who is willing to show you the problem or broken part. if you want to know what you are spending your hard earned cahs for you should have the right to see the part or parts which will be repaired, along with the new ones which will be replacing them. Everyone knows how expensive car repairs can get, so being precautious about what you are paying for and for possible unnecessary repairs is essential if you want to save some cash. A trustworthy mechanic won’t mind if you spend some time watching the repair as it happens.
  4. Trust your instincts. If you feel that something is off with a mechanic – then it probably is.

Overall, there are many trustworthy mechanics around there, but it is worth taking the time to do your research before handing them your car keys and car

How to stay safe when performing your own car radiator inspection

The car’s coolant system is vital to the performance of the engine. If the heat produces while the engine is running is not cooled down properly this could lead to a massive buildup of heat which can destroy the engine.

In order to ensure that the coolant system is functioning properly, you need to perform regular inspections and flashes of the car radiator and make sure that you refill the antifreeze as well.

The coolant can be inspected as often as you do your other regular inspections such as oil levels, brake, battery or transmission fluid and others.

People often rely on professional car maintenance and repair services to do these checks for them.

As a whole owning a car is a responsible job. You need to take proper care of it if you want it to serve you well for longer and in order to ensure that it is safe to drive.

Here are some tips for safe DIY radiator inspection

The most common injury you can incur when inspecting your car radiator is a mild to serious burn from the boiling hot radiator itself or from the cap. In order to avoid getting burned, you should:

  1. Turn the ignition off and wait until the engine has cooled down completely. Keep in mind that even if the hood feels cool enough, this doesn’t necessarily mean that the radiator fluid is cool as well. If the liquid is still at boiling temperature, then so is the radiator, so be careful and wait patiently for them to cool down.
  2. Use a burn resistant glove or rag. Even if you are certain that the engine has cooled down completely it is highly recommended that you wear a protective glove or use a rug to turn the radiator cap. This is a pressurized system so there is always the risk of steam and boiling liquid burning you!
  3. Tilt the radiator cap when you are removing it. Tilt it in a direction away from your face. This will help protect your face from getting sprayed with the pressurized antifreeze which can spurt out of the radiator.

These simple tips will help you safely inspect and refill your radiator with antifreeze without ending up with painful and severe burns on your hands, face or body.

Of course, you can always take your car to a professional repair shop to have it inspected and the liquid refilled properly. Better be safe than sorry, right!

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