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Car Activities for Father and Son

Updated on June 9, 2014

Father's Day is coming up and what better way for a father and son project than working on the family car together? A father and son project is a great bonding experience and a great learning opportunity as well. These father and son projects range from easy to challenging and any of these activities is a great way to spend Sunday afternoon. Who knows, maybe if you have the time, you could do all of these in the entire Sunday. These projects are fun and range from a simple oil change to some more advanced LED light installations. Whichever you guys pick, it's sure to be a great bonding activity and a nice way to catch up with family.

Oil Change

An oil change is one of the most important maintenance jobs you can do on your car, because the engine oil lubricates the engine and allows all of the moving parts of the vehicle's engine to work harmoniously with each other. Oil helps in neutralizing acid in the engine, but the heat breaks down the oil over time and the oil loses its effectiveness to absorb water, dust, and combustion, causing maintenance problems. By changing your engine oil, you are taking the best preventative measures and auto maintenance. Check your oil's clarity by letting the car for a few minutes and then turn the car off. Get an oil dipstick to check the level of oil and the color. If the oil is a dark brown or black color, it needs to be changed.

To drain the oil, you will need a socket wrench to remove the bolt on the oil pan, an oil filter wrench, and an oil catcher to store the old oil. Use some jack stands and locate the oil drain plug that's under the vehicle. It looks like a larger nut at the bottom of the oil pan. Use the socket wrench and loosen the nut. It will be hot, so don't bother catching it. The oil should drain out in a few minutes so this is a great opportunity to catch up with your father or son if it's been a while since you two have had a heart to heart conversation. Replace the cylindrical oil filter and use an oil filter wrench to turn it counterclockwise and install a new one. Use a funnel for the new oil in order to channel it in the vehicle so it doesn't spill. Fill up the oil to the full mark and make sure not to add to much oil. If you're a father, this is a great opportunity to teach your son how to change the oil, and if you're a son, this is a great time to pay attention so you can pay it forward in the future. After you're done, turn the car on and run it for about five minutes. You're good to go.

Installing an HID Kit

HID kit installation is a great and simple father and son project because it's fun and the resulting look is quite admirable. First, you'll need to open the hood and see if you can remove the bulbs directly from the back of the headlight. You will remove the stock socket and the stock headlight bulb, but make sure not to touch the glass with your finger. It can get hot, so that's pretty self-explanatory. Take off the HID bulb from its plastic shell and put the HID bulb back to the headlight housing.

I hope you're taking this opportunity to catch up with family because this is a pretty easy installation in a very chill environment. After some deep talks, don't forget to connect the HID bulb with the ballast. Connect the HID ballast back to the stock socket and test the HID lights to see if it lights up. If it doesn't, it may be a polarity issue. Make sure to pass this tip down to your son in case he encounters this in the future. All you need to do is turn the extension/adapter 180 degrees. Test it again and it should light up.

Aftermarket headlights/taillights

Installing some new headlights and taillights is a great father son activity because it is nice to complete this installation with a bit of team work. Some LED halo projector headlights would be nice, but it may take a few hours. These few hours is actually plenty of time to have some much needed father and son bonding because of the timing involved. Don't forget to wear protective gloves and goggles and put a cardboard mat on the floor to avoid scratching your bumper. We recommend you remove the bumper with a partner, so this makes headlights installation the perfect father/son activity. Remove the connectors from the headlight assembly and the mounting bolts/harness clip. After this, you'll remove the headlights and remove the bolt and upper beam. Connect the halo and LED wires to your driving lights, black wire to ground, white to positive, and don't forget to be careful with the resistor. You don't want to damage it! Replace everything like the connectors and mounting bolts; don't forget to re-install the front bumper. Now go have a beer together.

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