Dumb Stuff #1
- Driving with your "brake warning light on" for extended periods. A brake
warning light indicates loss of hydraulic pressure or low brake fluid level.
Most cars today have tandem or dual master cylinders. If the rear brakes
on your car fail, the driver may never know it. Why? Because, the rear
brakes are only 30% efficient. Most of the stopping occurs on the front
brakes that are 70% efficient. A "red warning light" tells the driver that
IMMEDIATE repairs or service must be performed.
Dumb Stuff #2 -
Ignoring sounds coming from your brakes. If you hear squealing noises coming
from the brakes when applied, this may indicate brake dust accumulating
on the surface of the pads and rotor. This can be cleaned with proper brake
cleaning equipment and is no real cause for alarm. However, if you hear
a scrapping sound after 30,000 miles or more of driving - this may be the
wear indicator alerting you of the need for new brakes. Get your brakes
checked immediately before rotor damage occurs. Grinding noise indicates
metal-to-metal contact and is a sure sign of brake damage. You Will need
new rotors along with brake pads and/or brake shoes if you hear this sound.
Dumb Stuff #3 -
Ignoring coolant and oil leaks from your engine. This could be fatal to
your car and wallet. Repeat after me - Coolant is Green or Orange, Transmission
Fluid is Red, Used Engine Oil is Black, Brake Fluid is Clear with Distinct
Odor, and Power Steering Fluid is Clear. Like a crying baby, all leaks
need immediate attention!
Dumb Stuff #4
- Failure to keep a close check of your oil level. Taping or knocking sounds
from the engine while driving should be checked immediately - pull over
and call for help to prevent engine damage.
Dumb Stuff #5 -
Driving with your Check EngineŁ light on. This indicates a problem with
your computerized engine control system and can damage your catalytic converter.
Dumb Stuff #6
- Failure to check your coolant level. Check engine coolant only when the
engine is cold. Do not remove the pressure cap on a hot engine - the hot
water and steam can scald you.
Dumb Stuff #7
- Shifting into Drive while the vehicle is still moving in Reverse on automatic
transmissions. Overlapping of Gears May Lead to Premature Transmission
Failure. Use a Transmission Cooler when Towing. Repair Transmission Leaks
Immediately. Do not Ride the Clutch on Cars with Standard Transmissions
Dumb Stuff #8 -
Attempting to Service an A/C System Without Proper Training. Freon can
burn your skin and cause frost bite. Always wear goggles and rubber gloves
to protect your eyes and hands. Do not weld around A/C lines. Do not carry
freon inside your vehicle - ultraviolet rays from the sun can cause the
pressurized can to explode. Use prescribed service tools and equipment
to prevent injury, component damage, or contaminating the atmosphere.
Dumb Stuff #9
- Failure to follow routine oil and filter change.
Dumb Stuff #10 -
Never flushing your cooling system or replacing the antifreeze. Adding
only water to the cooling system is not recommended. Your coolant contains
rust inhibitors, water pump lubricants, antifreeze chemicals, and other
ingredients to protect your radiator, block, seals, and hoses. Always check
the condition of the belts and hoses when servicing the cooling system.
DUMB STUFF IS PRESENTED IN A COMICAL WAY TO EMPHASIZE THE IMPORTANCE
OF PROPER MAINTENANCE AND SERVICE PROCEDURES - THANK YOU!
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