Cars are complicated machines and there are a lot of things that can go wrong with them but car repair shops often see the same repairs over and over. The common repairs listed below can often be avoided if you properly maintain your vehicle and have preventive maintenance done on a regular basis. Below is a list of the most common repairs that repair shops see:
1. Brake Work – Some of the most common repairs that mechanics deal with have to do with the brake system. Wear and tear on brake pads is a repair that will happen more then once over the life of your vehicle. It is modestly priced repair. If it turns out it is disc, drum or rotor repair expect a higher bill, probably in the hundreds of dollars. Brake lines rarely need repair unless they are somehow cut.
2. Oil Changes – Oil changes should be done every few thousand miles to keep your car in the best possible running condition. It lengthens the life of the engine and having service records that show frequent oil changes can help the resell value of your vehicle.
3. Coolant System – Radiator and cooling system flushes fall into this category. These repairs can range from fairly inexpensive to quite expensive depending on what the problem is.
4. Tires – Tire patches or complete replacements are a fairly common issue. A tire can leak or fail for a number reasons. The sidewall can split or it can pick up a nail or other sharp object. Repairs are pretty inexpensive but if the tire needs replacing the cost can go up.
5. Ignition System – This includes the battery, starter and ignition. Battery repairs or charges are relatively simple. If the battery needs to be replaced there is a wide range of prices. If the starter needs to be repaired or replaced it will be a much more expensive repair.
6. Electrical System – Electrical system problems include issues like blown fuses, lamp bulbs but can also include more serious issues. When it comes to the more serious electrical issues it is probably a good idea to let a trained professional deal with it. Simple repairs such as brake light bulb repairs can usually be done at home.
7. Fuel System – Your fuel pump can become clogged if you drive your vehicle with less than 1/4 of tank on a regular basis. Fuel filters also need to be replaced on a regular basis. These repairs should be done by a professional.
8. Transmission – Transmission repairs are usually expensive and complicated. It is best to leave these repairs to the professional but if you have the know how you can save lots of money doing it on your own.
9. Exhaust System – Again, these repairs are pretty expensive and most people would need a professional to do the work. There are numerous muffler repair shops that specialize in this kind of work.
10. Air Conditioning System – The final entry on the list is the air conditioning system. Unless you have experience with these systems a professional should do the work. The majority of the repairs on this system are going to be expensive.
Repairs are just a fact of life but with proper maintenance of the vehicle you can minimize the cost and frequency of repairs.