Since the world of DIY (do it yourself) started becoming more popular, the amount of home car repairs have increased as well. Car repair and maintenance at home makes sense for certain jobs that can be done quick and easy. If you’ve owned your used car for a while and enjoy your garage oil changes it makes sense to save a little money on a simple job. For other repairs it makes even more sense to have a professional mechanic or technician help out, especially if you have a new car or SUV that needs more than a just an oil change. Some jobs are better left to the professionals and will end up saving you money and headaches in the long run.
As your new and used car dealer in Sioux Falls, Vern Eide Motorcars has created a list of major car maintenance services that should be handled by a certified technician. With the right tools and the knowledge to do the job right the first time, an experienced mechanic goes above and beyond DIY repair and that can mean the difference between spending some money now versus spending more money down the road to fix an at-home repair. Our list is focused on used cars due to the fact that many regulations and changes to new cars have made it almost impossible to repair them at home. We strongly recommend leaving new car repairs and maintenance to the scheduled plans provided by each manufacturer.
We start our list of important repairs with a focus on tires. For some DIY-ers changing and rotating tires seems like a simple enough job. The overarching idea of tire rotation may seem easy, but when done incorrectly can cause major problems and/or damage. One of the biggest areas where this repair goes wrong is not using the proper tools. For the sake of your tires’ longevity and your own sanity on the road, this is definitely a job best left to those with the right equipment. Changing tires is much more than removing a tire and putting a new one on. A crucial and often overlooked part of the process is proper balance and rotation, another area that the right tools and technology help get the job done right.
Just like fingernails on a chalkboard, nobody likes the screeching sound of old brake pads, but changing your own brakes can be another no-no in DIY repair. The overall procedure isn’t too complicated and can be done in a timely manner. However, a trained professional with proper equipment will complete this job much easier and faster. When done incorrectly, the results could be spilling brake fluid in your engine compartment or simply installing the pads wrong-which will affect your ability to stop. Unless you already have all of the proper equipment at home and have a solid understanding of what may go wrong, if you need new brakes this somewhat inexpensive job is worth leaving to the experts.
If you’ve ever changed your own oil before you may be tempted to try and change the transmission fluid, too. Transmission fluid changes at home makes our list as another job better left to the professionals. If you’re thinking it boils down to having the right equipment and tools you are only partially correct. When thinking about transmission fluid, the condition of the fluid can be overlooked if done at home. For example, a repair shop might recommend a full transmission flush. This is important, of course, and also requires special machines to be hooked up to your transmission to continuously pump fluid until it has all been replaced. Additionally, some vehicles need a manufacturer-specific transmission fluid which may or may not be available outside of a used car dealership in Sioux Falls. For all these reasons and more it’s best to leave the changing of your transmission fluid to someone who can assess the situation and make the proper call for your vehicle.
Vern Eide Motorcars is more than the area’s most trusted and reliable used and Certified Pre-Owned vehicles. We can assist our customers with everything from financing and sales to service and repair, and much more! We can help you locate a used vehicle for sale in Sioux Falls that has been checked out by one of the trained mechanics at any of our dealerships. We’re here to help you and answer any questions you may have.