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Simple automotive 101

Ok kids. Not saying everyone has these problems, nor don't pay attention to the stuff, but I'm gonna post them up.

1. Oil in cars at a minimum only needs to be changed at no sooner then 5,000 miles. You may need to add some depending on the motor type, as it may eat oil, but additives in oil make the oil last longer.

2. Pay attention to your turnsignals. Does one of them blink faster then the other? If so, then it normally means that a bulb is burnt out. Because it goes faster, it means there is less resistance on the circuit showing one of 3 bulbs may be burnt out. It can be the front signal, rear, or your side marker light.

3. How to check your tail lights to see if they r burnt out. If u work near a company that has windows that go lower then 4' high, all you need to do is drive near the windows and look for the reflection in the window if your tail lights light up. U don't need someone around to tell you yes or now.

4. Tire pressure. Take a look at your tires. Does Any of them look to almost be riding on the sidewall? Then take a pressure gauge to them and see what the pressure is at. If you stuck with the same tires as stock, then pay attention to what the standard psi is from the factory. But like me, some of us don't like stock tires. So my different brand tires from stock have a max of 40psi, so I put my tires to 35psi. I stick to 5psi under max psi to allow the tire to expand when warmed up. Some may disagree with this, but my tires last forever this way and I get most grip and best mpg this way. But in wintertime, I drop them down to 32psi to get a better grip in snow.

5. Headlights. I don't know about you, but I never thought my lights lit up the road very well from the stock lights. So I went to parts store and ordered sylvania bulbs that r available to plug straight into the stock housing, but increase you visibility by 3 times a least, but won't blind other drivers. The pair of bulbs cost me $20 and you see the difference immediately at night.

5. New wiper blades. On average, they last MAYBE 2 years. Then they dry out as most are made of rubber. U won't notice them going bad until u need them, which is usually too late, especially when it's bad weather. If your car is a daily driver, do yourself a favor and buy the winter blades. Reason why is when it's snowing, and it melts, it freezes your blades up. The winter types have a cover that goes over the flexing part on your window, which prevents you from having to reach your arm out the drivers window as they wipers r moving to do the "lift and snap" as they go back down to clear off the frozen blade.

There is more I can add later on, but this is just a start.

...plus my gf was with me saying "omg slow down, slow down" and I was thinking "Lose annoying squalk box in passenger seat, afford more mods and have less weight in the car and on the back of the bike"...so i dumped her and I'm single again as usual...HERE KITTY KITTY!!!
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I will ask my SnapOn tool salesman for a breezier gauge today. Thanks.
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I just bought one. It was $947 but I only pay $4 a week.
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I just bought one. It was $947 but I only pay $4 a week.
You don't know how to use your contacts very well, could saved you half that..

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What kind of oil should I use?

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Don't you think that auto manufacturers take into account that tires warm up when they put their recommended pressures?

I mean, these guys have been doing this a while and I think they've figured out that tires heat up and they are used.

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If people would just read and follow the owners manual, we wouldn't need discussions like this.
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3. How to check your tail lights to see if they r burnt out. If u work near a company that has windows that go lower then 4' high, all you need to do is drive near the windows and look for the reflection in the windo if your tail lights light up. U don't need someone around to tell you yes or now.
I don't know about that...

I usually take my car to the nearest photo enforced intersection and drive through the red light to figure this out which bulb is out.

Its a bit more expensive, but at least they send me great pictures.
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The turn signal thing I just figured out few months ago. The blinker light would flash at an increased rate, then the next time it would flash normally and then back to the increased rate. I was ready to take it to the dealership thinking there was a serious issue not a simple fix, but thankfully figured it out before being a funny story for the service folks.

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I don't know about that...

I usually take my car to the nearest photo enforced intersection and drive through the red light to figure this out which bulb is out.

Its a bit more expensive, but at least they send me great pictures.
$0.30 bulb versus $250 ticket, tough call on the one..

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This isn't automotive 101. Even doesn't touch the subject of using a Coats tire changer.
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Funny guys. Stupid auto correct.

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Don't you think that auto manufacturers take into account that tires warm up when they put their recommended pressures?

I mean, these guys have been doing this a while and I think they've figured out that tires heat up and they are used.
Chills, they test the tires that they put on stock. Stocks for my car were Goodyear tires n they sucked in all weather except dry. Stock max psi was 38psi l. I checked around with other people. They stated that they had best all weather with b.f. goodrich traction t/a's. So I went with those. Stock psi on the tire is 40. Minus 5 psi = 35 psi. Now go look at your tires, if they r stock. See what max psi is. If they r 38psi, and factory says to place them at 32psi, that's 6psi. So that's not that far off.

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uh no. it would be -5 psi.

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I double the pressure in my tires. Thinner the contact area better the mileage.

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I double the pressure in my tires. Thinner the contact area better the mileage.

I hope after you doubled the pressure, you decreased pressure by 5psi. just to play it safe.
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while you are doing that you should consider a stretch and poke.
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