We’ve all been there. And by there we mean stuck on the side of the road with a flat tire, unsure on how to change our oil, or even get our stupid windshield wiper fluid to work. Whether it’s something that’s really easy to fix or not so easy at all, here’s your guide for when AAA fails and we have to be our own mechanic/superhero.
Checking Your Oil:
Uh oh — the light in your car goes on, saying you have low oil. If you ignore it, your car could overheat so it’s best to fix this problem as soon as possible.
Before checking your oil, make sure your engine isn’t hot! Shut your car off and wait about 10 minutes before doing this.
1. Pull the dipstick (yes, that’s what it’s called) out and wipe it off on an extra napkin or that leftover paper bag from McDonald’s you haven’t tossed out yet.
2. Put the dipstick all the way back in and then pull it back out.
3. See how far up the oil is on the dipstick. If it doesn’t go up very high, you’re going to need some oil. If it’s all covered, you should be good to go. If you do need oil, just buy a container and fill it up — it’s as simple as that.
Changing a Flat Tire:
This job isn’t fun, but it definitely happens! If one of your car tires goes flat (Car Tyres for our Australian readers!), don’t call a tow truck just yet — changing your tire might be easier than you think!
Watch this video we found on YouTube for a step-by-step guide on how to change a tire quickly and effectively. Warning — it’s super corny, but it’s the best one we could find!
This one seems like it would be pretty obvious and easy to do, but sometimes it’s trickier than we think, and on those summer nights when you can’t see because of how many bugs decided to smash into your view, you’ll be happy your tank is full.
1. Find your windshield wiper fluid container under the hood.
2. See how much is there, and if it’s getting empty, fill it up to the top.
3. Make sure the tube is securely connected to the tank. This is where a lot of problems happen because in some vehicles, the tube comes off and leaves you thinking you’re out of fluid when you’re really not.
4. Test it out. If a full stream covers your windshield, you’re good to go!
What tricky car situations have you been in? Let us know in the comments!