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Sep 18, 2012 9:23AM
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Better advice is to LOOK at the car once in a while.  Yes,  actually open the hood,  get a flashlight and peer into the beast and see what's looking like it's going to need help.
You can generally see radiator hoses that are worn out,  low and dirty fluids,  leaky things, and more. 
And  walk around the car to see the tires (low pressure should be obvious,  look a little closer at the tread),   leaks and drips in general.
LISTEN to the car.  Unusual sounds are a clue that further investigation is needed.
A pint of prevention is worth 10 gallons of mickey mouse roadside temporary cures.  You might get to the next town and get ripped off righteously by some bum with a bad attitude pretending to be a mechanic.
How many people have bought a new car and never read the owner's manual?  Does anybody even make an attempt to learn something about their expensive,  complicated,  and potentially troublesome possession that they rely on with their lives every day?
They should.



Sep 18, 2012 12:10PM
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Sorry, but my wife did not grow up working on cars and found some of these hints quite useful.  As for me, the article served as a reminder to be prepared for emergency repairs.  Because you are familiar with car repairs doesn't make you superior to someone who thinks about other things.  But if you need to criticize others in order to feel better about yourself, go ahead and knock yourself out.

Aug 27, 2012 1:00PM
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if anyone seriously couldnt figure any of those things out on their own i doubt they could even open the hood
Sep 1, 2012 4:01AM
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Never call a certified auto tech a "Grease Monkey"!!!!
Sep 18, 2012 9:43AM
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What about lost lug nuts?  Say you're changing a tire and something happens to the lug nuts of the tire you just removed.  Take one nut from each of the other tires and you can get the fourth one on. It's a temporary, emergency fix that will get you going until you can replace the other nuts.
Sep 18, 2012 11:33AM
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For those hard to loosen lug nuts or any nut, a lesson I learned as a locksmith working on 100 year old locks; is to tighten the nut, screw or bolt. This is easier to do than to try to loosen it, dunno know why, think it's the fact the it was tightened and so to loosen it is easier to tighten just a bit; enough to break that seal, then off you go to loosen that bolt, screw or nut very easy. Don't tighten too much, just enough to move it and once that is done then change to loosen. Also having some WD40 can't hurt either.
Sep 18, 2012 10:47AM
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In an emergency you can run with the radiator cap loose to stop pressure buildup and blowing all the water out.  taping the bad hose is a short term fix..  If you are ging on a long trip carry a gallon or two of water, couple of old milk jugs work great.  Water can have lots of uses.

Sep 22, 2012 11:58AM
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I don't care if i have a brand new car, I always bring my tool box with me on any road trip. It's just the part of driving some where and some thing goes wrong. It can happen at any time and any where. Yes be aware if something does not sound right there is problem something wrong. Before any road trip have your vehicle check out if you don't know what to look for.
Sep 22, 2012 11:26AM
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Add to your kit: gloves(disposable nytrile are OK), and a small tube of hand cleaner. I toss my old belts in when I replace with new.
Sep 9, 2012 8:47AM
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heh. " 3-millimeter "contractor" trash bag"
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