Five Car Maintenance Things Every Owner Should Know

Five Car Maintenance Things Every Owner Should Know

You spend a lot of money on your car; you should know how to take care of your investment.

Owning a car is a huge responsibility, and as we all know it can be expensive. When owning a vehicle, you have to take into consideration the price of the car itself, the gas, insurance, maintenance, and repairs. While we can’t do too much to circumvent the cost of some of these, we can try and lower the maintenance and repair costs. How you may ask? Simple, we do them ourselves. Here are just a few things that every car owner should know how to do on their vehicle:

  1. How to Change Your Oil - One of the most essential fluids in your engine is oil. It lubricates the gears and pistons in the engine and absorbs heat, allowing the engine to properly run. When you have dirty oil or if there isn’t enough, the oil will not be able to perform these tasks properly and could lead to a poorly running vehicle, or even damage to the car. Luckily, it isn’t that hard to change it. A usual oil change for a vehicle can be between $25-70 depending on the type of oil, as well as how much oil is needed. When I inquired for an oil change at a major oil service store, I was told it would cost me $65 for synthetic oil. When I went to the auto parts store, I purchased a 5-quart container of premium synthetic oil and went to my local Subaru dealership for an oil filter. Overall, it cost me $30 and about 30 minutes of my time.
  2. How to Check Other Car Fluids - Your vehicle has a bunch of fluids running in it at all times. There’s antifreeze to transfer heat from the engine to your radiator, brake fluid to transfer pressure to force the brakes to open or close, wiper fluid to clean off your windshield, and the list goes on. These fluids should always be topped off and checked in case of any contaminants. If any of these fluids are low or contaminated, there’s a high risk of an issue arising.
  3. How to Change a Tire - I’m sure you’ve seen people pulled over on the side of the road with a flat tire. Or maybe you’ve gotten a nail in your tire and need to bring it to someone to repair. Being able to change your tire with the spare tire can save a lot of headaches when needing a new tire.
  4. How to Change Lightbulbs - Light bulbs allow you to see the road, but they also allow other drivers to see where you are, as well as what you’re doing on the road. We have all seen that driver with only 1 working light out of the 5 on the back of their car. Checking your light bulbs is something that everyone should get in the habit of doing. Depending on the state, you can be pulled over and given a ticket if you have a light out.
  5. How to Diagnose a Check Engine Light - If anyone has had an issue with their vehicle, or had an older car, you may know the woes of a Check Engine light on the dashboard. This light tells the driver that there is something wrong with the car and that you should bring it into a shop. In order to save some money, we can diagnose it in a few different ways. We can check the codes using something called an OBDII reader. This device will read the code and spit out the number for you to look up. Most of us do not own this reader, which is why Autozone and Advance Auto Parts allows you to come in and they will read the codes for you, free of charge! If you have a vehicle with a lot of issues, or if you just want to be able to do it yourself, you can purchase one of these units (ranging from $15 to $100+) in order to read these codes. Personally, I own the VeePeek Bluetooth OBDII device. I pair it to my phone using the Torque Pro app, and I am able to read off any code that may pop up, as well as different values such as vehicle temperature, horsepower, intake temperature, boost value, and a plethora of other values that a driver may want to know.

Now, I’ve listed a bunch of different reasons as to why you should know how to do these basic tasks, but I never explained how to do them. This is because each car and engine are different based on year, make, and model. If you do a simple Google Search you’ll be able to find tons of different resources helping you to save a buck or two. I found CarCareKiosk when I was searching on how to change my headlights a couple years back. You’re able to select your exact vehicle, and you’re then greeted with a list of different videos about how to care for your vehicle. It’s definitely a great resource for anyone who is thinking about doing something to their vehicle. If you do not find your vehicle on their website, chances are your vehicle's Owner’s Manual has a section on maintenance. Otherwise, do some research or go to your local auto store and ask questions.

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I'd Rather Be Single Than Settle – Here Is Why Being Picky Is Okay

They're on their best behavior when you're dating.

Dating nowadays described in one word: annoying.

What's even more annoying? when people tell you that you're being too "picky" when it comes to dating. Yes, from an outside perspective sometimes that's exactly what it looks like; however, when looking at it from my perspective it all makes sense.

I've heard it all:

"He was cute, why didn't you like him?"

"You didn't even give him a chance!"

"You pay too much attention to the little things!"

What people don't understand is that it's OKAY to be picky when it comes to guys. For some reason, girls in college freak out and think they're supposed to have a boyfriend by now, be engaged by the time they graduate, etc. It's all a little ridiculous.

However, I refuse to put myself on a time table such as this due to the fact that these girls who feel this way are left with no choice but to overlook the things in guys that they shouldn't be overlooking, they're settling and this is something that I refuse to do.

So this leaves the big question: What am I waiting for?

Well, I'm waiting for a guy who...

1. Wants to know my friends.

Blessed doesn't even begin to describe how lucky I am to have the friends that I do.

I want a guy who can hang out with my friends. If a guy makes an effort to impress your friends then that says a lot about him and how he feels about you. This not only shows that he cares about you but he cares about the people in your life as well.

Someone should be happy to see you happy and your friends contribute to that happiness, therefore, they should be nothing more than supportive and caring towards you and your friendships.

2. Actually, cares to get to know me.

Although this is a very broad statement, this is the most important one. A guy should want to know all about you. He should want to know your favorite movie, favorite ice cream flavor, favorite Netflix series, etc. Often, (the guys I get stuck on dates with) love to talk about themselves: they would rather tell you about what workout they did yesterday, what their job is, and what they like to do rather than get to know you.

This is something easy to spot on the first date, so although they may be "cute," you should probably drop them if you leave your date and can recite everything about their life since the day they were born, yet they didn't catch what your last name was.

3. How they talk about other women.

It does not matter who they're talking about, if they call their ex-girlfriend crazy we all know she probably isn't and if she is it's probably their fault.

If they talk bad about their mom, let's be honest, if they're disrespecting their mother they're not going to respect you either. If they mention a girl's physical appearances when describing them. For example, "yeah, I think our waitress is that blonde chick with the big boobs"

Well if that doesn't hint they're a complete f* boy then I don't know what else to tell you. And most importantly calling other women "bitches" that's just disrespectful.

Needless to say, if his conversations are similar to ones you'd hear in a frat house, ditch him.

4. Phone etiquette.

If he can't put his phone down long enough to take you to dinner then he doesn't deserve for you to be sitting across from him.

If a guy is serious about you he's going to give you his undivided attention and he's going to do whatever it takes to impress you and checking Snapchat on a date is not impressive. Also, notice if his phone is facedown, then there's most likely a reason for it.

He doesn't trust who or what could pop up on there and he clearly doesn't want you seeing. Although I'm not particularly interested in what's popping up on their phones, putting them face down says more about the guy than you think it does.

To reiterate, it's okay to be picky ladies, you're young, there's no rush.

Remember these tips next time you're on a date or seeing someone, and keep in mind: they're on their best behavior when you're dating. Then ask yourself, what will they be like when they're comfortable? Years down the road? Is this what I really want? If you ask yourself these questions you might be down the same road I have stumbled upon, being too picky.. and that's better than settling.

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5 Vital And Helpful Tips I Live By When Packing For A Trip

Try and pack smarter, not harder.


If you are anything like me, you tend to overpack thinking you are being a great packer and being ready for any scenario that life may throw at you. Well, that is, unfortunately untrue, and I have learned that you are only doing more harm than good. Over the years, I have come up with five tips I always use when traveling and have been proven to work. You've heard of the five golden rules of life, and, well, these are the five golden rules/tips of packing.

1. Start with a packing list.

This is the best tip I could give to anyone else who is getting ready to travel. Making a list is very useful, especially when stressed about your travel. You will not forget anything because you have it all written down. A packing list is a great way to keep organized when packing.

2. Use space bags.

Now, this is a tip my dad lives by. Space bags are great when you are packing because it protects your clothes and makes room to put a lot in your suitcase. The crazy story of a time when my dad was traveling, and his friend's bag was soaked with the shampoo he brought on the plane. All his clothes and everything inside the suitcase was ruined. So always use space bags because you never know what could happen on the flight. You can buy a space bag here.

3. Pack the essentials first.

I will be honest and say that I do over-pack a lot. I use the line "just in case" as an excuse to pack my entire house. But I have learned that packing for "just in case" is a waste of time. When you first sit down to pack, lay out all your essentials. For example, clothes that you will wear during the trip. You will be surprised to see how effective it is.

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4. ALWAYS pack an extra outfit in your carry on.

This tip is one that I have been very grateful that I used. A while ago during my trip to Canada, my check-in bag was missing and delayed for multiple hours. Luckily I had an extra outfit to keep me fresh and not feel gross. It is always crucial to this in your carry on In case of emergencies such as your bag getting lost.

5. Put identification on your suitcase.

Everyone in the airport somehow tends to have the same black or red suitcase that you have, which only means confusing when you're trying to find your check-in bag. To quickly identify your suitcase, put a sticker, or tie a ribbon on the handle. You can easily pick up your suitcase and leave. This will prevent any sneaky people trying to steal or claim that your suitcase is theirs.

P.S.: Use a bright color ribbon or a different sticker. Also, tie the ribbon properly to make sure it's secured.

I live by these five packing tips every time I travel so I hope you can use them the next time you take a trip!

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