Are you naughty or nice? If you love cars but hate fixing them, then ‘Be nice’. Why? So you can ask Santa to give you a new car every three months! That way, you won’t have to deal with changing the car’s oil or fixing the alternator. Simply put, you won’t have to deal with car repairs.
But of course if being nice is a problem (I hope not) then ‘Be smart’! How? One simple trick! Don’t wait until it’s too late. If you plan to have a car then it is also advisable to buy some basic car tools. And most important of all – learn how to use them.
What basic tools should you get? Let me share a short list.
2. Some Screw drivers: Phillips and Flat heads
3. An adjustable wrench
4. A socket and ratchet set
5. A Torque wrench
6. A Jack (included with the vehicle)
Before starting any type of auto repair projects, study the tools you have. There are a lot of websites that can show you how and when to use the tools. Take time to learn them all. Aside from the tools, start learning about car air pressure and changing tires. Imagine – it’s the middle of the night and you have a flat tire. No problem … you have the tools! But … you just don’t know how to use them. Well, there is a lesson there somewhere.
So that’s the start. Repairing a car is not just time consuming, it is also expensive. If you know the basics, you can save some bucks. It will only take a few minutes to learn. Lately some websites even have free car repair video presentations. So watch and learn. It’s a trial and error process and there is no reason for you to panic. I’ve learned a lot from a local garage called Aarrow Transmissions but not everyone has opportunities like this so I suggest you visit your local Advance Auto (or similar auto parts shop) where they let you borrow counter tools to make small repairs in the parking lot.
More often than not, you can also get some friendly help from the folks that work there and/or some of the regulars. My dad learned most of his stuff about cars by going to such shops with a pocket full or fives and tens and tipping local “shade tree mechanics” for their insights.
So that’s it! Your choice – be nice to Santa or be smart! If you are smart then maybe you could ask Santa for something else, right?