8 Car Secrets Only Experienced Drivers Know

Are you one of those drivers who trust their car mechanic implicitly? Good for you. If you found a true professional who takes good care of your vehicle. Unfortunately, not all mechanics are responsible and honest with their customers. There are several things they don’t want you to know. So that they can take advantage of you when you bring your car in.

8. You need to change the oil as soon as possible

You’ve probably heard from some mechanics that you need to change the oil in your car every 3000 miles. However, various car experts state that the earliest you should start to worry about an oil change is after driving a minimum of seven thousand five hundred miles. Moreover, there is a professional opinion that if you change the oil every ten thousand miles, you don’t cause any harm to your vehicle.

Rather than changing oil too often, make sure your car doesn’t run out of it again. Some mechanics may tell you that dirty oil can damage your car engine, but you should remember that in modern cars, oil eventually burns off and evaporates. Thus, the cleanliness of your oil doesn’t matter that much. On the other hand, the level of oil does decrease, so you should buy new oil regularly and add-in. 

7.You Need To Replace Your Brake Pads Right Now

You’ll probably agree that no one can ignore the terrible screeching of car brakes. Most people get freaked out and rush to a mechanic to have their car fixed. What they don’t know is that the most likely cause of these terrible sounds is rust on the brake pads. Luckily, this rust can be easily removed by brushing, scraping or blasting it off. Some people do it themselves after watching a couple of YouTube videos.

Most garages will be happy to do this procedure for you for a modest sum of money. Sadly, not all mechanics are ready to tell you that the problem is as simple as rust. They will inform you that you need a whole new set of brake pads. Be cautious, and if you have any doubts about this diagnosis, consult another mechanic.

Brake pads don’t really need to be changed until they’re 90 percent worn. If your mechanic tells you to replace pads that are 50 percent worn, don’t fall for it. The thing with brakes is that people prefer to play it safe and some mechanics use this to make more money.

6. Disposing of Your Tires Before They Are Worn Out

This is the most common scam that happens every single day. When you take your car in for servicing, they tell you that you need new tires when you don’t. You may have more than 50% of your tread left. Then they sell you new tires, charge you a disposal fee for the used tires, and then sell your used tires to someone else. They triple dip on you, and you won’t know the wiser unless you know how your tires look and how to assess them. Most of the time, they tell you that you need new tires, your car is already up on a lift and doesn’t take you back to see the tread wear.

The best question is how much tread depth is left on my tire (new car tires start around 10/32 of an inch, and trucks start between 12 -14/32 of an inch). If they tell you 2/32 of an inch, well, that’s legally bald, and you should replace it. Anything 5/32 and above is still safe for tread depth, and you should ask them if anything else is wrong with the tire.

5: drop in for a free inspection

Some car service centers attract clients by promising a free bumper or bumper examinations of their vehicles. When you get such an offer from a garage, you may think, well, why not? It’s free. That’s where you might be wrong. After you bring your car in, a mechanic will most likely discover that it has tons of problems that need to be fixed right away. If you fall for this scheme, you can waste a fortune on unnecessary repairs. It’s always better to go to a garage only when there’s really something wrong with your car.

4: Your car might break down if you don’t use these services.

Some mechanics insist that your car won’t work properly without certain additional services. For example, power steering or cooling flushes. But according to specialists, your car only needs these procedures every one hundred thousand miles. Also, don’t fall for the offer of a free lifetime muffler replacement. If you agree to this, you’ll just end up paying more money in the long run. You’ll still have to pay for pipe repairs, which won’t come cheap.

3.I’ll rotate your tires

Your mechanic recommends that you have your tires rotated and naturally you agree. After all, according to him, it will ensure that the tread on the tires wears out properly. First of all, when you collect your car after this procedure, it’s almost impossible to say whether the tires have indeed been rotated. Secondly, some specialists believe that tire rotation doesn’t have any influence on the speed at which your tires wear out. In any case, you can always check if your mechanic has rotated the tires before you drive to the garage. Mark the tires with chalk. You can write the letters r l on the real left tire and F are on the front right tire after you get your car back. Check where the marks are. Keep in mind that the mechanic has to rotate the tires, not side to side, but front to back.

2.Your check engine light is on

Most drivers start to panic when they see that their check engine light is on, especially if they are new drivers. And such a reaction can lead to a hefty bill from a mechanic. Unfortunately, few people know that the most widespread reason for the check engine light to appear on your dashboard is because your gas cap isn’t fastened well enough. As a result, oxygen gets inside through the gas line. The solution to this problem can be as simple as giving the gas cap several extra turns with your hand. Imagine you notice a number of warning lights up on the dashboard. Your check engine light, your track off the light and your abs light in some cars. This can be connected to the design of the vehicle or software issues rather than a real problem. But there are many cars that automatically turn on several other lights along with the check engine light in most cases. As soon as you figure out why your check engine light is on and fix the problem, there won’t be anything else to worry about.

1.Your car needs special additives to run better

Your mechanic may suggest that you buy additives for the engine, gas tank or transmission. After you agree, you find out that these additives cost you an arm and a leg. Specialists are sure that if you take care of your car regularly, you don’t need to waste your money on this stuff. According to law, gasoline is already packed with different additives. You don’t need any extra substances to, let’s say, make it burn better. It’s the same story with engine oil producers. Add different chemicals to help the oil last longer. They also prevent oil pollution and vaporization. The only thing you can do to make the process more effective is to change your car oil regularly.