What to do when your car breaks down
If you’re like most people, you probably take your car a little bit for granted.
You get in it, turn the key and off you go.
But what would happen if your car suddenly stopped working?
What would you do?
As one of the mechanics in Toowoomba, we can help you with all of your car repair needs. We are a full-service automotive shop that can handle everything from oil changes to engine and transmission repairs. We know how important it is for you to keep your car running smoothly and we are here to help you do just that.
1. What to do when your car breaks down
If your car breaks down, the first thing you should do is pull over to the side of the road. Once you’re safely out of the way of traffic, you can assess the situation and decide how to proceed. If you have a mobile phone, you can call for Roadside Assistance. Otherwise, you may need to call a tow truck to take your car to a nearby repair shop. In some cases, you may be able to fix the problem yourself; if so, be sure to take all necessary safety precautions before attempting any repairs. Whatever you do, don’t try to keep driving when your car is in need of repairs – doing so could exacerbate the problem and put yourself and others at risk.
2. How to change a tyre
If your car breaks down and you have to change a tyre, here are a few tips on how to do that.
First, if you have a spare tyre, make sure it is properly inflated before you start. You’ll also need a car jack and the wheel spanner.
By the way, it is highly recommended to make yourself familiar with these items and where they are located in your vehicle. Then you know where they are and how to use them before you actually need to use them. Because, whenever you get a flat tyre, it is never convenient and you will most probably be in a hurry to get somewhere and be there on time. To begin, loosen the wheel nuts on the flat tyre using the wheel spanner. Then, position the jack under the car and lift it until the flat tyre is clear of the ground. Finally, put on the spare tyre and tighten the wheel nuts lightly, first by hand, then tighten the nuts lightly in a cross pattern using the wheel spanner. Once you’ve done that, lower the car to the ground and use the wheel spanner to give the nuts a final turn in a cross pattern. With any luck, changing a tire will be a rare event, but it’s good to know how to do it just in case.
3. How to jump start a car
If your car has a dead battery, you’ll need to jump start it in order to get it running again.
Here’s how to jump start a car:
First, make sure that the jumper cables are connected properly. The red cable should be attached to the positive terminal on the dead battery, and the black cable should be attached to the negative terminal.
Next, connect the other end of the cables to the live battery. Once the cables are securely attached, start the car with the live battery and let it run for a few minutes. Then, try starting your car. If it doesn’t start right away, give it another couple of tries.
Once your car is running, disconnect the jumper cables in the reverse order that you connected them. Be sure to disconnect the black cable from the negative terminal first, and then remove the red cable from the positive terminal.
4. How to check engine oil levels
Checking your engine oil level is a critical part of routine maintenance for your vehicle. Oil lubricates and cools the engine, so it’s important to make sure that there’s enough oil in the system. Here’s how to check your engine oil level:
First, find the dipstick. It’s usually located near the front of the engine, and it will have a loop or handle at the end. Pull out the dipstick and wipe it clean with a rag. Insert the dipstick all the way back into the engine, then pull it out again. Look at the end of the dipstick and check to see where the oil level is. If it’s below the “full” line, then you need to add more oil. If it’s above the “full” line, then you have too much oil in the system and you should drain some out.
Checking your engine oil level is a quick and easy way to prolong the life of your engine.
Be sure to check it regularly and top up as needed. Garden City Tyre and Mechanical in Toowoomba is here to help you with all your car repair needs. Our team of experts are trained in the latest automotive technologies, and we’re always up-to-date on the latest car models and repairs. We know that when your car breaks down, it can be a major inconvenience – which is why we work hard to get you back on the road as quickly as possible. If you’re ever in need of assistance, don’t hesitate to give us a call on (07) 46392244. We’ll do our best to help you out!