Women and Wheels

Ten Things Every Woman Should Know About Her Car

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How many of you have had to take your car to the garage only to feel as if you have no idea what they are talking about? It is very advantageous for every woman to have some basic knowledge of how a car works and how to care for it. Knowing how to handle the little issues is not only empowering but it also saves you money and time spent in the garage.

 Turn on your hazard lights

Your hazards are what brings attention to your car if it’s on the side of the road in the dark or let’s other drivers know that something might be off with your car and to be aware of you and/or go around you. Each car has a button that you press to turn on your hazards. This will make both your left and right blinkers flash.

Check your tyre pressure

It is very dangerous and costly to drive with under or over inflated tires because apart from causing accidents, they will wear quicker and unevenly, meaning they must be replaced sooner.

On the inside of your driver side door, you will find the tyre pressure levels recommended for your front and back tires.  Check your tyre pressure using either a small tyre pressure gauge that you can keep in your car or go to any fuel station and check using the gauge there.

Pump air in your tyres

While there, if you notice that your tires are low on air, you need to fill them with the appropriate amount of air.  Be sure to keep an eye on any tyres that needed air, as it could be a sign of a leak.

Refill your washer fluid

Be sure to check it regularly so that you don’t run out and have to spend three times of actual cost when you really need it.

Change a tyre

This may seem tedious, especially considering most of the other things every woman should know about her car are pretty small, but it’s so, so important. Take time to learn so that you are well equipped when the occasion ever arises.

Opening the hood

Your owner’s manual should guide you on how to handle this simple task or ask a friend to show you.

Danger signs

Knowing what lights and sounds cannot be ignored could save your engine or even your life. Even a small issue can build into a very dangerous and or expensive issue.

Check your oil

You need to check your oil to find out if it needs to be changed, refilled or if you might have some kind of issue in your engine.   If your oil is low, be sure to add more oil so that it hits the full line.

 Change a broken headlight or tail light

This is an easy repair anyone can do, regardless of gender, as it doesn’t require any muscle. Most of the time, all you have to do is pull back the lining of your car to access the headlight panel. Then, you just change out the old light for a new one. If you can’t figure out what light bulb to buy, simply remove the broken light and show it to the spare parts dealer to get the perfect replacement.

Windshield Wipers

After a year or two, windshield wipers don’t work as well as they used to, and they need to be replaced. All you need to do is find the size of your windshield wiper, which is typically found on your old windshield wipers or in your car’s manual. Then, simply snap off the old ones and put on the new ones.

 Learn to talk to a mechanic

Learning the basics of how to talk to your mechanic is key to saving you money by avoiding getting cheated.  Check out and compare prices/ diagnoses with other garages shops. Finding a garage that is professional, honest, and knowledgeable is extremely important.

 

 

 

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