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Tips and Tricks for Women’s Car Maintenance

Woman with spannerEvery woman should know about her car, and how to take care of it. I’m speaking from experience here; my father-in-law is a mechanic. I remember within the first couple of months after I met him; he asked me if I knew how to change a tyre. A bit ashamed, I had to answer no. Without a delay he took me outside, and proceeded to show me step by step.

In the eight years since then, I have learned more about cars than I ever thought possible for a woman to know. Now I can change a tyre, change my oil, replace the alternator, and a couple of other things. There are some major things that I still leave to the professional, but there are others every woman should know how to do. Heeding a few simple tips can help save you money, and keep you safe.

Know your car

Every car is different. Even two identical cars from the same dealer can have different problems. Women should know more about their cars than where the exact spot they have to stop while pulling it into their garage is. 

The first step to getting to know your car is taking a look at the owner’s manual. I’m not saying to read it cover to cover, but at least get familiar with the basics of your car. Most of the time, the manual will go into detail, letting you know what to check on the car, how often the different elements should be checked, and what products to use on your car. 

Besides just reading the manual, there are online guides to assist those wanting to learn more about their car. Make sure to read the manual that is specific to your car, and the year it was produced. Don’t read the manual for a diesel-powered van when all you have is a Ford Galaxy. 

Know the fluids to check, and actually check them

Check your oil levelsWe all know that our oil needs to be checked on a regular basis, but how many of us actually do it? A lot of my friends wait for their husbands, boyfriends, or even their dads to tell them when it is time to change the oil on their car. 

If your significant other has a good memory, then sure that’s a good solution, but you really should be on top of it as well. Most of the time, you can go about 3,000 miles, or six months without changing your oil. Even with this, the oil should be checked every time you fill up with gas.

Oil isn’t the only fluid that should be checked often on your car. Here are the others that every woman should know how to check, and then actually check often:

  1. Antifreeze
  2. Transmission fluid
  3. Brake fluid
  4. Steering fluid
  5. Washer fluid

Tow truckEverybody can learn how to check these. Women who know how will be able to determine for themselves what exactly is wrong with their vehicle. You may still have to take it to a professional, but at least you will have the pride in telling your mechanic exactly what is wrong.

The basics and maintenance

There are simple things every woman should know before driving on their own. There may be situations where there is nobody available to help her but herself. Basically every woman has a mobile phone they can use in case of emergency, but what if the phone is out of mobile service range? It’s best to know the basics just in case. Once you leave the safety of your garage, anything can happen.

Check your tyre pressureLearning how to check the tyre pressure is just as important as learning how to change a tyre. Tyres that do not have the proper air pressure wear out much faster. Be proactive about the basics of your car’s maintenance to reduce costs and keep your car running longer.

Every woman should know her car, and the basics of maintaining it. It’s easier to stay calm during emergencies when you know what you are doing, even if it is only a little bit. A small amount of knowledge can go a long way. 

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Author: Cassie Costner.