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Basic Car Safety Checklist

Car maintenance and servicing checklists

Seatbelts

Check tension and belt buckle operation.

External Lights

Check and Replace bulbs if necessary.

Handbrake

Ensure that it can hold the vehicle on a slope.

Fluids

Check engine oil and engine coolant levels.

Tyres

Ensure tyres are at the correct pressures, check treadwear.

Spare Tyre & Jack

Ensure they are operational, check toolkit

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Brake Repair for an Anti-Lock Braking System

How much do you know about brake repair and your anti-lock braking system (ABS)? Make sure that you are informed the next time you take your vehicle in for work. This system has three main components that ensure it functions properly including the electronic control unit (ECU), hydraulics, and speed sensors. Each one is necessary to ensure that you when press you foot onto the pedal, the vehicle comes to a stop quickly and efficiently.

Electronic Control Unit

If you go in for a brake repair, your technician may tell you that the electronic control unit needs to be fixed. You are going to need to pay for both the parts and labor to make sure that your vehicle gets back on the road. Some people don’t believe that this is an integral part of their braking system. You may hear from other people that you can just connect the system in order to get the light to go off on your dashboard.

Can this be done? Yes. Does it put you are some risk? Yes. There is a reason that the manufacturer put a light on the dash to let you know that something is wrong with the brakes. Remember that you will not find an auto shop that will unplug the system for you. You will need to take it home and do it yourself, making you personally responsible for any issues that this causes.

Hydraulics

This part of your braking system features things like calipers and wheel cylinders. If you need a brake repair and your technician suggesting replacing or fixing any of these parts, take his or her advice right away. Continued damage to this part of the system could cause problems in the performance of your vehicle. When you skip over these repairs, you can set yourself up for an expensive auto shop bill in the near future.

Speed Sensors

If you have ABS, your vehicle has a speed sensor for each wheel. It checks how fast the tires and wheels are rotating and if one begins to go more slowly than the others, the system decreases the pressure of the hydraulics to make sure that the brakes will still work efficiently. On the other hand, if a wheel begins to turn more quickly than the others, the pressure is increased. This happens numerous times while you are driving and in most cases, you probably do not even realize it is going on. Much like the other parts, if there is a problem with a speed sensor, replacement is usually the best alternative. A brake repair can be costly but there are things you can do to avoid these issues. Set up a maintenance plan with an auto shop near you. When you go in for an oil change, ask to have your brakes checked or you can set up an appointment for a complete inspection of your brakes. Either way, a professional can let you know how the system is working.

How Is Auto Repair Cost Determined?

Auto repairs are not cheap or easy to perform in many cases. Sometimes they can put a significant dent in your wallet and you may want to know why. Many people do not understand how auto repair costs are calculated and why they have to pay so much for what may have, at first, seemed like such a minor repair job. Below is a broad overview of how cost and price is determined for any auto repair job.

Labor costs

The first major factor that must be considered before any repair cost can be calculated is the cost of labor. Your mechanic’s shop will probably have a standard “per-hour” rate that they charge for work and they will also have a “book time.” Book time is the estimate average time that it should take for your repair job to be completed by a factory-trained mechanic. Many shops add a little cushion to the book time just in case a less experienced mechanic gets assigned to the job. Typically, labor rates vary by geographical region, but you can expect anywhere from $80-$150 to be the norm in the U.S. this is why you want an experienced auto repair shop working on your car so that labor costs don’t mount simply because more time was spent diagnosing you car trouble and repairing it than was truly necessary.

Parts and supplies

As anyone who owns an older car or a newer car with lots of unique parts and equipment knows, special ordering the parts they need for the auto repair is expensive for the shop. They need to have the equipment necessary to repair the car first off, and they need to have parts in hand to replace anything that may be damaged or unusable. The more specialized equipment and parts they need, the more expensive it is for you to have your auto repair completed. And many shops also tag on about thirty percent to the costs because they do after all, have to make a profit and stay in business.

Cost of business

Running any business is an expensive proposition and a repair shop is no exception. Hiring qualified mechanics isn’t cheap, nor is buying the standard equipment that the shops need for most common repair jobs, buying the computers and diagnostic software to diagnose computer issues also mounts the costs. Then, the repair shops also have to keep their technicians and mechanics trained. I mean, they would go out of business of the shops couldn’t keep up with the latest developments in automotive technology and you would not be happy with your auto repairs. These are just the normal costs of doing business. The shops factor these costs in when determining how much to charge each customer for a specific repair job.

There are a lot of factors that go into determining how much you can expect to be charged for a specific auto repair job at your mechanic’s shop. The amount of labor necessary to complete a project keeps a mechanic from working on other projects so labor must be calculated accordingly. In addition, the shop must be able to purchase the parts and equipment it needs to complete your auto repair which often means adding on fees when ordering expensive or unusual parts and equipment necessary for specific repair jobs. The shops must also be able to stay in business so they must account for the regular costs of working and conducting their business in the price of any auto repair job.