WHAT IS BASIC CAR CARE 101?
Basic Car Care 101 is about learning to take care of minor maintenance on your vehicle to keep it in good working order in between mandatory maintenance (see vehicle maintenance record in the owner’s manual).
Each article is designed to help you manage your vehicle’s needs. I can show you how to find each detail to do what needs to be done. Videos are also great tutorials.
WHAT IS TROUBLE-SHOOTING?
Trouble-shooting is a means in which you learn how to solve a problem you’re having with your vehicle.
The car turns over slowly or it bucks when driving it. You need to get an answer so you can make a good decision in getting it repaired. (It may be something you can do yourself.)
It may require you to look into your Owner’s Manual (trouble-shooting section), online forums (specific for each vehicle), talking to your mechanic, or to people at the dealership in the service dept.
YouTube is also a great place to find information on how to solve a problem. It can also show you how to repair the problems you may have.
WHERE DO I FIND MY INFORMATION ON MY CAR?
Your Owner’s Manual is the place to find your specific vehicle information on all bulbs, fluids, maintenance, and more. If you don’t have one – I can help you find it. There are also many other sources online for the information which I will share with you.
I will share with you how to find a buy a good used car with information and tools, where to get after market stuff to “decorate” your car (steering wheel cover, window shades, vent visors and more), how to look up wiper blades, batteries and bulbs, how to use your owner’s manual, where to get one, getting a repair manual and more.
LEARNING HOW TO DO THINGS YOURSELF (DIY)
Tired of waiting on others to put new wipers on, or adding air, oil or any other fluid to the car? Here’s your chance to learn how to do this for yourself.
You can learn how to do things such as checking tires for size and how to check the air and add more, checking fluids on the dipsticks, changing an air filter and more.
I can show you how to save money by using free services and where to find them. Find coupons online, order parts online and pick them up, to set up a business account with an Auto Parts store and more.
IN THE FUTURE – THE CLASS
I plan on teaching a Hands-On Basic Maintenance Class. In the future, I will also have step-by-step videos to help you as well.
The class will come with a handbook, a tire gauge, and a raffle ticket. The prize is an automobile safety kit – for when you
break down. (Everyone does at some point, even if you do the required maintenance or catch a problem starting.)
Feel free to contact me if you have a comment, question or suggestion about something. I’m here to help. I’ve been down that road and I know what’s it like to wait on others to help. It’s easier to learn to do it yourself and then those things you need done right now, get done.
It Pays To Know Your Car
As most of us veteran car owners know, you learn about your car as the days, weeks, months go by. Each vehicle has it’s own personality. Learning how to take better care of them is paramount to having a vehicle that is more efficient, will last longer and run better.
If you don’t take care of it, it will not last, it will use more gas, have more problems and turn into a serious “money pit”. You are responsible for the vehicle you own. It’s an investment and should be treated as such.