Auto Parts and Maintenance for Women: Teaching Self-Reliance
Women who have been dependent on a man or their auto mechanic to help them with their car maintenance can help themselves greatly by becoming self-reliant. Women who are simply intellectually curious may also want to learn how to be self-reliant and, essentially, their own car mechanics. They can learn how to do things like checking their car’s fluid levels, changing their car’s windshield wipers, and even checking tire pressure. Women in this situation need to know exactly what to do, as well as how frequently to check on these different aspects of car maintenance.
How do I check my car's fluid levels, and what if those levels are too low?
- To check the fluid levels in their car, women should first park their vehicles on a flat surface, set the brake, and then open the hood of their car to check any number of car fluids.
- Women should check the transmission fluid in their car by finding the second of two dipsticks, pulling it out, and determining if the dipstick has a smoky dark color or not.
- If the dipstick does indeed have a smoky dark color, that is indication that the transmission fluid needs changing.
- To change the transmission fluid, women should remove the transmission pan and then replace the filter as well as the seal.
What do I need to know about windshield wipers and how do I change them?
- Women should remove windshield wipers that are no longer effective at amoothly wiping away any wetness on the windshield.
- Women should remove the ineffective and old windshield wipers by pulling the whole assembly away from the direction of the windshield and then sliding the wiper off of its arm.
- The wiper arm is made of metal, which can damage the windshield if it is let to snap back into its place on the windshield, so to prevent this, women should cautiously place the wiper arm back on the windshield.
- Women should then line up the replacement wiper with the metal wiper arm and snap the replacement wiper onto the wiper arm.
How do I check the pressure in my tires and what do I do when that pressure is too low?
- Women should use a digital tire gauge to check the pressure in the tires of their cars.
- Women should then position the tire gauge on to their car’s valve stem to get a reading, which may take a few seconds.
- If the pressure on the car tires is excessively low, women have to go to the gas station to use the air compressor.
- To use the air compressor, women should place the hose fitting of the air compressor over the valve stem of their car tires and press the lever until the tire is inflated once more.
How do I change my own oil and filter?
- Women should make sure they have 4 quarts of motor oil, a brand new oil filter, a funnel, some used rags, a box wrench, an oil-drain pan, and an oil-filter wrench.
- Women should take off the oil-drain plug, let the oil drain into the plan, and the replace the oil plug.
- The next step is to take away the old oil filter, which can be achieved by using an oil-filter wrench.
- Finally, women can install the new oil filter, then unscrew the oil-filler cap to pour in the fresh motor oil.
How do I change a flat tire?
- Women have to first gather their car’s spare tire, jack and also tire iron.
- The car should be in park with the emergency brake set before the jack is positioned at the car’s jack points.
- Women should use the jack to raise the car until the flat tire is utterly off the ground, so they can take away the wheel lugs from the old tire.
- A degree of physical competency is next required for women to actually lift the new tire and then position it over the wheel studs that are found on the brake hubs of the car.
Written By: Edson Farnell | Email |