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Good day intelligible folk of hukd. Im a new driver and very competent at general driving but I can't help but feel hopeless at the thought of my car not starting or something going wrong. What are… Read More
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2w, 6d agoPosted 2 weeks, 6 days ago
Good day intelligible folk of hukd. Im a new driver and very competent at general driving but I can't help but feel hopeless at the thought of my car not starting or something going wrong.

What are a few things i should really get familiar with and that are simple to learn?

Many thanks
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2w, 6d agoPosted 2 weeks, 6 days ago
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#1
Tyre pressure, oil and water levels, wiper blades, tyre depths - they are the very basics
#2
Changing a tyre
#3
Find a forum for your make and model car, ask the common issues question on there, they will be able to help you more clearly.
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Robj1
Tyre pressure, oil and water levels, wiper blades, tyre depths - they are the very basics
I need to learn tyre pressure. As far as oil, i watched a video on youtube and it involved going under the car etc. Is it not simple as just adding motor oil to the engine just under the bonnet?
No. You have to drain the old stuff and then put the new in. But that is only every couple of years these days, depending on mileage.
Why don't you look at your local school/College and get on one of their courses on Car Mechanics. A worthwhile investment in the future of your bank balance.

Edited By: getmeone on Apr 06, 2017 10:36
#5
After the above - changing bulbs then changing break pads/discs..... saves a pretty penny buying these and changing yourself rather than via a garage
#6
I am guessing you are talking about general checks, maintenance and not an oil change, yes you are correct, say if your oil is low a top up under the bonnet is right :)
#7
Screen wash look at the levels of your radiator tank, brake fluid, power steering fluid, just ensure they are between the minimum and maximum
#8
If you think the Car Mechanics course is a little much, buy a Haynes Manual for your model. Most of the basic stuff you need to do is usually graphically represented in those publications, so with a modicum of common sense, most people can follow them.
#9
What car is it
#10
How to enable the flux capacitor and generate 1.21 gigawatts - the very basics
#11
slevinkelevra
What car is it
honda civic type r






























jk honda jazz SE 1.4l 05
#12
McGloney97
How to enable the flux capacitor and generate 1.21 gigawatts - the very basics
ONE POINT TWENTY ONE JIJAWATTS!!! Marty it's impossible
#13
slevinkelevra
I am guessing you are talking about general checks, maintenance and not an oil change, yes you are correct, say if your oil is low a top up under the bonnet is right :)


Best to have a read up about working on these then. Mechanics course would be a waste of time as all cars are different. Basically learn where your fluids and oils go find out which grade of oil and get yourself a litre. Tyre pressures shoukd b easy enough and you can buy a tread depth gauge off ebay to check your wear.

Not really much more you can do i dnt think anything else should be picked up in your mot or service
#14
Put the type R into the Jazz ;)
#15
Great scott!! Marty!!
#16
Best advise I can give you is if there is one buy a copy of the Haynes (or similar) manual for your car and watch YouTube videos. There's plenty of info availible on the internet. Also join the owners club for your car. There will be loads of people willing to help you out on there.
#17
Don't check oil at the petrol station after driving it and then go "oh the dipstick shows no oil" I saw a young lady do this and you have never seen so much smoke . She said she poured in a 5 litre can !!!! On top of what was in there ! I said switch it of quick and call the AA !!!
#18
http://www.cityofbristol.ac.uk/courses/motor-vehicle-transport/light-vehicle/car-maintenance/
Its showing 2016 but you could check your local college and see if their running it.
#19
Maybe invest in a Haynes manual to get & around the basics & more !
#20
I did Repair & Servicing of Motor Vehicles 20 odd years ago - it will probably have changed quite a bit with more emphasis on EMS's (Engine Management Systems whereby you plug into a computer to identify most faults)
When I did the course we were stripping down engines and rebuilding, stripping carbs and stuff, bleeding/testing braking systems and much more. Probably too much for OP
http://www.cityandguilds.com/qualifications-and-apprenticeships/transport-maintenance/automotive/4101-automotive-maintenance-and-repair#tab=information

Found this - but don't judge me - I don't know if it's appropriate it just came up on my search
https://www.reed.co.uk/courses/car-maintenance-course-icoes-accredited-course-now-only-29/78720
#21
Start with basic checks like has been mentioned then work upto doing the different levels of services to your car.
After which it's just a case of if something needs replacing or working on finding a guide and working though it.

Like has been mentioned if you there is a Haynes manual or pdf service manual for your car they are worth the investment.
#22
When I was a kid at school my mum enrolled me on a basic car maintenance evening class at my school. Did all the basics and then progressed to more advanced stuff like changing cam belt. People took in what they wanted, and it's your choice how far you go with it.
#23
Just to add I bought my daughter a Honda Jazz of about the same age, unfortunately it wasn't cool enough so when her sister decided to sell her Clio she swapped it. Now as a 43 old man having driven a few cars I loved the Jazz, as for the 08 Clio it's ok. Someone mentioned getting a Haynes manual, I practically rebuilt my 205 with one so well worth getting it.
#24
hubcms
Just to add I bought my daughter a Honda Jazz of about the same age, unfortunately it wasn't cool enough so when her sister decided to sell her Clio she swapped it. Now as a 43 old man having driven a few cars I loved the Jazz, as for the 08 Clio it's ok. Someone mentioned getting a Haynes manual, I practically rebuilt my 205 with one so well worth getting it.
the jazz is great, it's not very pretty but makes some decent noise and is nice on fuel. Feels like halfway between a hatchback and a people carrier. Would love to replace it with a polo 8)
#25
Haynes manuals are great but only if you know what your looking at.

Start with the basics: As in things to check/top up on a weekly basis. Keeps the car away from a garage for longer. Changing a tyre is a very underestimated skill now a days. I had a good laugh the last time i saw someone with a puncture (sexist comment coming up) the man was standing by the car while the woman changed the tyre. Now for me thats something that should still be considered a "mans job", i'm not saying a woman can't or shouldn't do the job but if theres a man there he should be doing it.

Move on to common service items, air filter, spark plugs, fuel filter, engine oil, oil filter. Changing the Auxiliary belt, Saves you taking the car to a garage for these simple things, you'll save a lot of money.

Then move onto slightly more complicated stuff like brake pads, discs (can be daunting 1st time but nothing to it) and renewing the brake fluid. By this point you should be able to sort most common MOT fails. Rust and emissions excluded for obvious reasons.

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