You might be tempted to try and perform some routine car maintenance tasks by yourself. There are plenty of jobs that may seem simple, quick, and straightforward. However, you need to remember that your vehicle is a major investment. No matter how big or small the repair may seem, there are many reasons why it’s important to always leave servicing jobs to the experts.
Still not convinced of the dangers? Here are Bachman Chevy’s top 5 reasons to leave the car service to the professionals.
1. You Could Cause More Damage
Every make and model of vehicle is different. You may have found instructions in a video or book on how to access a component, but it’s very unlikely that it will tell you everything you need to know on how to get to it. While fumbling around, you could easily scratch or dent the paneling. In more serious cases, you might disconnect something without realizing it or damage something vital. This is especially true for modern vehicles with their notoriously complicated electrical systems.
2. You May Overlook Other Problems
Even if you think that you know what the problem with your vehicle is, the root cause could actually be something else. For instance, if you notice a strange smell, you might think it’s a problem with your brakes or air conditioning. In reality, the smell could be caused by any number of problems, starting from engine issues to busted shock absorbers. In this case, you could throw money down the drain by replacing a component that will fail within days or wasn’t defective in the first place.
3. Results May Not be Ideal
Many jobs look deceptively easy, but you’ll need an arsenal of specialized tools and tricks of the trade to pull them off correctly. This is why mechanics go through years of training. One prime example is installing or replacing window tinting. There are numerous things that can go wrong with this deceptively simple looking process. These can add up to a window that is wrinkled, bubbling, peeling, has insufficient coverage of tinting, or not up to local regulations.
4. Safety Concerns
Some parts of your car are, frankly, dangerous to work with. Trained professionals know the right safety procedures and what equipment to use. Two prime examples of things you should not try to DIY are replacing air bags and batteries. Air bags deploy through the use of sophisticated sensors and explosives. If mishandled, they can detonate and cause severe injury. You may also not install them correctly. Batteries contain extremely caustic chemicals and should only be handled by professionals.
5. DIY Car Service May Cost You More Time and Money
You may start a ‘simple’ car repair and realize, a few hours later, that you’re in over your head. Unfortunately, your car is now half-disassembled, scattered around your garage.
We are all about pinching pennies where they count, but professional service and know-how far out-weight the sacrificed expense of DIY service gone awry. Ready to get some of these items knocked off the list? Contact Bachman Chevrolet’s service department today.