An auto mechanic performs inspection, diagnostics, repairs, maintenance, and adjustments of automobiles. They work on engine compressors, drive axles, transmissions, power train parts, clutches, electronics, instruments for locating defects in engines and transmissions, carburetors, engines, and other vehicles’ components. Auto mechanics can be specialized on one type of car or a few types of cars. The most common types of cars that require auto mechanics are compact cars, coupes, sedans, mid-size cars, sports cars, luxury cars, minivans, mini-vans, and pickups. The tasks they perform may vary but the services they provide are the same.
A good auto mechanic should have good knowledge on vehicle maintenance. They should know what the different parts of a vehicle are and how to fix or care for them. They should also have specific knowledge about the different tire specifications for different makes and models. For example, knowing the right tire size and how to change them is very important for drivers when traveling on wet roads.
Another thing an auto mechanic should know is how to perform maintenance or repairs on commercial vehicles. These are usually large vehicles like buses, garbage trucks, maintenance trucks, delivery vehicles, delivery services, etc. Some auto mechanics have training in special areas like on diesel refrigeration systems, which is important for trucks. Some may also have training in maintenance of fleet vehicles such as fleet maintenance trucks. Knowing how to diagnose problems on these large vehicles will help prevent expensive repairs and keep vehicles on the road longer.
Specialized auto mechanics should have training in diagnosing electronic systems in vehicles. Most electronic systems have some common components like ignition coils, starter relays, solenoid valves, power steering pump, electric starters, electronic control modules, electrical systems, and many more. Some vehicles like trucks, buses, garbage trucks, delivery vehicles require more specific repairs such as replacing solenoid valves and heat sensors. These repairs cost more and take more time than regular maintenance and repairs. An auto mechanic who has the proper training will be able to identify and repair problems on vehicles quickly and accurately.
Another skill needed is knowledge about auto mechanics’ tools and equipment. Some auto mechanics use specialized tools and equipment that some regular mechanics do not use at all. A qualified auto mechanic should be familiar with all the tools and equipment he or she uses on a daily basis. This includes the jack, sander, drill, screwdriver, wrench, pliers, wire strippers, tweezers, spray paint guns, air-conditioning unit, water pump, heat gun, etc. It is also necessary for auto mechanics to have a certification in order to work in areas that require this type of equipment.
Some auto mechanics have specific specialties such as in the automotive industry or in the field of mechanics that service sports cars. Specific auto mechanics are needed for repair of heavy objects such as roll cages in racecars, engine blocks in trucks, body panels in trucks, front suspension in automobiles, engine mounts in vehicles, etc. There are also auto mechanics that specialize in the repair of computer software and hardware. They usually work on new computer systems and repair existing software systems of clients. This type of auto mechanic has to have experience with the particular device or brand in question. They are also able to diagnose problems related to these heavy objects and computers by using diagnostic software.