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3 Things Your Mechanic Wants You to Replace That You May Not Need To

posted 28 December, 2017 by Julie Briggs
Car Care

When it comes to auto repair, the experience you have and how much you'll pay will depend on where you go and what you know. Before choosing a car repair shop, make sure you do your research. Check online reviews, ask friends and family, and when needed, get a second and third opinion before taking the plunge on an expensive repair or replacement.

Clean car engine

We've all heard horror stories about people being overcharged for parts and service, or worse -- being charged for repairs and replacement parts they didn't even need. However, the majority of mechanics are honest, and often there is a valid reason for giving the advice they do regarding what can be fixed and what needs to go. While there is no one-size-fits-all guide for this, here are a few car parts that can sometimes be repaired instead of swapped, saving you hundreds or even thousands of dollars.

Brake Calipers

Brake calipers squeeze your brake pads against the rotor, helping your car stop safely and efficiently when you need it to. This is arguably one of the most important parts of your vehicle, but also one of the easiest to repair. Brake caliper repair kits can be bought inexpensively, and an experienced home mechanic can even do it themselves. If you hear that something is wrong with this part of your brakes, ask about repair options.

Engine repair


Hearing that your car's alternator is failing is never good news. This engine part is essential because it provides electricity to your vehicle as it's running, transforming mechanical energy into power in the form of alternating current. When this part starts to fail, it often needs to be replaced, but sometimes can be repaired. Ask your mechanic about this option and get a second opinion if you must. A cost-benefit-analysis based on a long-term outlook is best.

Cooling System

Without a properly functioning cooling system, your engine may get so hot that it can damage its components. The best way to prevent this is through regular maintenance and early detection if any problems do arise. The five principal elements of your car's cooling system are the radiator, the radiator cap, radiator hoses, the water pump, and thermostat. Before you allow your mechanic to do an entire overhaul and replacement of your system, ask if it's possible to achieve a good result by just replacing smaller parts.

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Written by Julie Briggs

Cat mom and skeeball enthusiast based in New York, NY.