Today's message contains a quiz for brand new drivers. You’ve had your learner’s permit long enough, you’ve passed the written test, and you’ve even made it through the high-pressure practical exam. You are a driver! But your driver’s education isn’t over yet. Let’s see how you do on this quiz of vital automobile knowledge.
How do I find out if I have enough oil?
A. Climb under the vehicle and find the oil pan.
B. Open the automobile’s hood, pull out the dipstick, wipe it clean, then put it back in the tube all of the way. Now the dipstick will show how full the oil is using the markings on the end.
C. Look at the oil monitor on the dash display.
Answer: B and C
While many newer automobiles have electronic oil monitors that display oil levels, it’s still a good idea to know how to check oil the old-fashioned way. Because no matter what car you are driving, oil is its lifeblood and you don’t want to be caught a pint short.
My tires look a little low. How do I check the air pressure?
A. Just give them a good kick! You’ll feel if they’re low.
B. You only need to worry if you can visually see that the pressure is low.
C. Remove the valve cap from the tire and place a pressure gauge on the valve until and press until the hissing sound goes away. The gauge should then have a pressure reading.
The simple task of keeping your tires in the pressure range recommended can save you money by improving fuel economy. It also keeps you safe since tire traction depends on pressure.
How often do I need routine service?
A. Check the owner’s manual for an auto maintenance schedule.
B. Wait until the check engine light comes on.
C. Take the car in once a year for maintenance.
Keeping up with regular oil changes and maintenance on your car will save you a lot of money in the long run. It will also keep your car running safe and you will avoid dangerous and costly breakdowns.
What do I do if the check engine light comes on?
A. Do nothing because it’s usually something trivial.
B. Check the owner's manual to see what the light signals.
C. Take the car to the dealership ASAP!
Check engine lights can shine steady or flicker on and off. Your owners manual should explain what the different signals mean. It may be something as simple as a loose gas cap or it might indicate a more serious problem that will need to be dealt with by a mechanic.
Where can I find a trusted automotive repair center in Falconer?
A. At 1739 Lindquist Drive.
B. Call 716-665-2501 for an appointment.
C. Visit http://www.i86autorepair.com/.
Answer: All of the above. At I-86 Truck & Auto Repair in Falconer, we look forward to serving you.