Frequently Asked Questions About Your Vehicle
Why is My Check Engine Light On?
When you see the check engine light it doesn't necessarily mean you need to pull the car over to the side of the road and call a tow truck. It does mean you should get the car checked out as soon as possible. If you ignore the warning, you could end up causing further damage. It could also be a sign that you're getting poor gas mileage and emitting high levels of pollutants. In any case, if the check engine light is on in your car, it's time to schedule a service appointment
How Do I Check My Engine Oil Level?
Follow the steps below to check your oil level:
First, make sure that you are parked on level ground, for the most accurate reading. Next, safely prop your hood open and find the dipstick (which generally has a brightly colored handle, usually orange, and have the word OIL labeled on them). Pull the dipstick out and wipe it down with a towel or rag, and then replace it into the engine, making sure that it goes all the way in. Now, pull the dipstick back out- and be sure NOT to turn the stick upside down to read as the oil will run and you will not have an accurate reading. The dipstick will have two marks on the bottom (usually lines or holes in the stick), and you can read the oil level by looking to see where the oily section and dry section meet.
How Do I Change A Tire?
Follow these simple steps:
Loosen the Lug Nuts:
Use the wrench to loosen the lug nuts. You may need to remove the hubcap. Don't remove the lug nuts at this point; simply loosen them by turning the wrench to the left (counter-clockwise). If the lug nuts are really tight, try placing the wrench on the nut and standing on the wrench arm to use your full weight on it. You can also try hitting the wrench arm with a rock.
Jack Up the Car and Remove the Lug Nuts:
Use the jack to lift the vehicle off the ground. Different car models may have different places to put the jack; consult your owner's manual for specific locations. Once the jack is securely in the correct spot, jack up the car until the tire is about six inches off the ground. Remove the lug nuts and pull the tire off the car. Make sure to place the lug nuts in a place where they won't get scattered, and pull the tire straight toward yourself to remove it from the wheelbase.
Attach the Spare Tire:
Place the spare on the car. Line up the lug nut posts with the holes in the spare, and push the spare all the way onto the wheelbase until it can't go any farther. Put on the lug nuts.
Don't put them on tightly, just make sure they're on enough for the spare to stay on the car for a moment. Lower the car back to the ground and use the jack to bring the car back down to ground level. Remove the jack from underneath the car.