In the event whereby you buy a car or someone offers you such a gift, you should know some processes with regard to the vehicle. Even though you could pass by a service station or call a mechanic to check any problem that arises, you could save some money and time by having this knowledge. This article provides you with some necessary information on three areas of car servicing.
a) How to change a car's oil
It is important to change a vehicle's oil at least once every year or after traveling for about 7000 miles. During the process of changing this oil, someone should observe some precautions. One, always allow an engine to cool down before changing the oil. This way someone avoids being burnt by the hot oil. Two, it is important to park the car on a level ground in order to use the jack safely. Three, start the engine and let it run for about two minutes in order churn the oil allowing it to flow easily.
First, identify the location of the plug for draining the engine's oil. Some cars may necessitate someone to crawl under the engine in order to reach this plug easily. Secondly, place a big container under this plug. The container will collect the old oil. Unscrew the plug while wearing gloves or using some rags in order to avoid getting dirty. After all oil is drained, screw this plug back to its position. Then unscrew the cap at the filler hole, which is at the engine's upper part. Remove the car's oil filter and empty it as well. Then drain some new oil through this hole, return the cap and clean any oil spilt on the engine's surface.
b) The things that you should keep in preparation for a breakdown
Whenever you are driving, especially on a long journey, you should prepare for emergencies such as a breakdown. Therefore, you should carry a few items to use during such times. One, have a shovel in your vehicle. This is because you could be stuck either in mud or in snow. Two, carry items that can keep you warm. These items include a candle and a blanket. Three, have items that can help in the changing of a tire. These items include a rpare wheel, necessary tools (for example a jack and spanners) and an air compressor. Four, have a flashlight since your car could breakdown at night. Five, have some food or snacks since the car could break down far from a shopping center. Six, ensure that you have a cell phone because you might need to call for help.
c) Local car service companies
There are two ways of finding a service firm for your car. One, you could contact firms that deal with your vehicle's model alone. Use a search engine to find the nearest dealer in relation to your location. Two, you could contact an automotive firm that offers repair services for any car.
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