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Car breakdowns you shouldn’t try fixing on your own

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There are many tutorials online that can help you do simple maintenance on your car. However, many car repairs are too complex and should always be done by an experienced mechanic. 

A vehicle service contract (also known as an extended car warranty) allows you to get coverage for your future repairs so you don’t have to worry about costs when they come up.

If your car starts showing problems with any of the following parts, be sure to have a professional inspect them and repair them.

Car air conditioning repairs

Air conditioning repairs are among the most expensive car repairs. The costs can range from $1,000 to as high as $3,000 for major replacements or repairs. 

AC repairs are expensive for several reasons. For one, the inspection itself can take a long time. Once the problem gets diagnosed, parts will often have to be replaced. Other parts may also need to be cleaned out and it can mean even longer labor hours.

Though you may think you’re saving money by doing repairs on your own, this is a very complex repair. Expensive parts can easily get damaged if you don’t know what you’re doing. Even if you’re a DIYer, diagnosing the problems is a challenge and it will quickly turn into a nightmare. 

It’s a repair that’s best left to a professional.

Brake system repairs

When you’re driving and you notice that the brakes are taking longer to respond or you feel that they are grinding when you brake, you should immediately take your car to a professional to check them out. Otherwise, you’re putting yourself and others at risk on the road.

There are various types of brake repairs your car may need. During a brake service inspection, a mechanic will check things like:

  • Brake Drums
  • Calipers
  • Fluids
  • Hoses
  • Master cylinder
  • Pads
  • Rotors
  • Wheel bearings

Sometimes the repair is simple or sometimes easy. Without the knowledge and tools to help you diagnose what’s really going wrong, you could end up with worse problems (like an accident) and more expensive repairs. So fixing them on your own is not just a waste of time and money.

Read our recent blog: Why are brake scams so common at the car repair shop?

Suspension system repairs 

Your car’s suspension smooths out your ride and makes your drive safer by increasing your tires’ contact with the road. A suspension that’s working correctly gives you perfect control of your car. 

There are two main parts of a car’s suspension: springs and shocks. With time, these parts, along with other components that surround them, tend to wear out, leak or break. Most cars today have independent suspension systems on all four wheels.

Adjustment of suspension components is very tricky particularly due to spring tension. Only an experienced mechanic will have the ability to properly adjust it properly and it’s not something to try on your own.

Note: When your suspension system is not working, your ride will not only be bumpy but may also lead to an accident. It’s important to get your suspension checked if you notice any of the warning signs like: 

  • A rough or bouncy ride
  • The call pulling to one side while driving
  • Unevenly worn tire treads.

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