Taking your vehicle to the mechanic shop to fix something simple could be expensive and if you know how to repair cars, doing it from the comfort of your home could be a good alternative. However, it is important that you follow some safety tips to avoid dangerous situations. In carsnews4u, we have prepared a guide that will help you with your mechanical tasks.
It is very important that before you start to fix your car, you have everything prepared. What does this mean? Your vehicle must be parked, with the engine off and cold. In addition, it is important that you park it in a flat place and that you have the parking brake on, especially if it is a manual car. If it is automatic, remember to leave it in “P” mode (for parked in English).
We’ve talked about the importance of having the car ready to fix, but you have to be prepared too. Before getting down to business, take off any jewelry, watches, ties, or pendants you are wearing. If you have long hair, tie it into a ponytail to avoid getting caught in the car parts.
If you are going to use toxic chemicals to repair your car, you will need to take several safety measures. It is important that you protect your eyes and mouth, either with protective glasses or a mask. Likewise, it might be a good idea to put on gloves for your hands, but if you prefer not to, be sure to clean and scrub your hands thoroughly with soap once you’ve finished fixing your vehicle.
Gasoline is a very dangerous toxic product, so it is also recommended that if you are a smoker, avoid lighting a cigarette when you are working on your car.
Even if your car’s engine is off, it’s always good to have a fire extinguisher handy in case of fire. When buying the fire extinguisher, check the label for the letters B, for fires caused by liquids and fats; and C, for electrical fires.
Regarding this last advice, try to work in a place that is well ventilated to avoid breathing carbon monoxide since, as with gasoline, this product is highly toxic. Also, in case of fire, it will always be easier to put it out if you are in an open space instead of a garage.
Repairing cars is not an easy task and it is always advisable to leave it to the professionals, but if you want to save money, these tips will help you keep yourself and your environment safe.
Tips for doing the oil change
Checking the level and quality of the oil in a car is a practice that many ignore and that should be done at least once a month. A continuous check will help you reduce the friction of your vehicle and make the engine run better. And not only that, checking the oil is also good to avoid contamination of the environment, as it deteriorates over time and directly affects both the car and our environment.
But how can you tell if it’s time to do an oil change? At Infinity we want to help you and, therefore, in this article we are going to explain, step by step, how to do the revision yourself.
Remove the dipstick
The first step you must follow is to remove the oil dipstick that is in the engine of your car. To do this, make sure your car is off, the engine is cold, and it is parked on a level spot. Once removed, clean it with a cloth.
Insert the rod into the tank
After cleaning the dipstick, insert it into the oil reservoir, also known as the crankcase, to check the oil. If you see that the rod sticks, turn it a little until it goes inside.
Check the oil level
Pull the dipstick and check the oil level and its condition. You will see that there are two brands; “FULL” (Full) and “ADD” (Add). If the oil line is between these two limits, then there is no need to add more oil. If it is above FULL then it is full and if it is below ADD then it is time to add more oil. But if you don’t know how to do it yourself, it’s best to leave it to a professional.
Once this is done, wipe the rod again with the cloth and store it in the same place.
How do you know if it’s time to do an oil change? It may seem like it’s time to get your car serviced because the oil on the dipstick is black, but don’t worry, this is normal.
Just because the oil is black doesn’t necessarily mean you have to change it, as it tends to get dark easily. The best way to tell is by rubbing the oil between your thumb and index finger. If you feel that there is dirt when rubbing them, then it is time to change the oil.
Unless you know how to do it yourself and have the necessary tools at home, it is best to take your car to the mechanic’s shop to have the oil changed.