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Vehicle Maintenance 101 For Women

Updated on May 21, 2010

Making It Easy

It is time to be frank. Or at least be like him. Vehicle maintenance is not nearly as difficult as it may seem. In fact, it is more about knowing numbers than anything else. Let us approach this in an easy to follow, easy to remember format.

Hair Care

Speaking generally, when you go to the salon to get your hair cut and colored, you leave with an appointment to go back in three months to reapply color and freshen up your cut. In the meantime you might pop in once a month for a root touch up or even do this at home. Every time you get your hair done, make an appointment to get your oil changed. It is recommended for most vehicles to change your oil every 3,000 miles, or three months, whichever comes first. When you feel it is time for a touch up, check your oil. This will make it easy to determine if you may need an additional quart before service time. A lot of older model GM vehicles, for example, tend not to make it to the 3,000 mile mark. Knowing when your vehicle gets low on oil will help you to take better care of it. It is never bad for your vehicle to get the oil changed a little early. It is always bad to delay oil changes for any lengthy period of time.

Nail Care

It is a rule of thumb that you should get your nails done every two weeks. The day before your appointment, check all your vehicle's fluids.Brake fluid, antifreeze, oil, transmission fluid, windshield washer fluid, and if possible, your air conditioner level. If you are unsure of the location of these fluids or how to check them, consult your owner's manual or take a trip to your local auto parts store. Many cannot check or change the fluids for you due to insurance requirements but they are able to guide you and teach you what you need to know free of charge. This way you will always know how 'hydrated' your vehicle is. This is also a good time to check your tire pressure and add more, if necessary. There has been a lot of bad publicity with the advertisements regarding saving gas by keeping your tire's properly inflated. While under-inflated tires will not kill your gas mileage, it does not help it either. There is a bit of merit there. Your car will run smoother and handle better when the tires are taken care of.

Waxing

This procedure is done on average of every six weeks. This is a good time to get your air filter checked if you have the replaceable kind. If you have an upgraded high performance air filter, like a K & N, this is a good time to get it cleaned. The same applies to your cabin air filter if your vehicle is outfitted for one.

Your windshield wipers should be replaced every six months. This information and more can be confirmed in your vehicle's owner's manual or maintenance guide. It is also an opportune time for a semi annual tune up. Yes, it can wait to be done once a year but, trust me, your vehicle will thank you if you do this twice a year. That means changing spark plugs, filters, checking the sensors, tire pressure, brakes, rotors, tire alignment and more, if needed. Take your car to the shop, hop a cab to your appointment, by the time you are done, your vehicle should be, too. If it takes them a little longer, that is okay. A reputable shop will take their time if they are doing the job right.

Doing The Job Yourself

Most of jobs listed above can be done on your own if you feel comfortable trying. Most of it is simply a matter of turning a wrench. Gloves will protect your hands and there are many new products on the market today that are designed to make self maintenance easier and even some designed with women in mind. If you would rather leave it to the professionals, do your homework, ask around, make sure the shop you choose is well recommended, clean, reasonable on price, and does not have a reputation for treating women as lesser beings (you will encounter a few of those). If you are at all uncomfortable, you are not obligated to be nice and leave your car there.

Treat your car the way you treat your body. You require upkeep, hydration, routine physicals, good health, and a proper diet. Your car requires upkeep, hydration in the form of fluids, regular 'check-ups', and proper maintenance. The next time you head to your annual exam, consider if your car has had it's needs met. If the answer is no, start scheduling your appointments now. Your car will run better and last longer, just like you.

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    • Chaotic Chica profile imageAUTHOR

      Chaotic Chica 

      8 years ago

      Thank you, everyone, for your support! A second place finish on the HubNuggets isn't too shabby!!!!!! I may have written it, but you all voted for it! Thank you so, so much!!!

    • Chaotic Chica profile imageAUTHOR

      Chaotic Chica 

      8 years ago

      Wordscribe41 & Money Glitch~thank you both SO much for your support! I'm glad you guys enjoyed this hub!

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      Money Glitch 

      8 years ago from Texas

      Great hub, Now this is a unique way to keep up with car maintenance; I'm so glad I stopped by to congratulate on being selected to the HubNuggets Wannabes. :)

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      wordscribe41 

      8 years ago

      Awesome hub, that's why I voted for this Hubnugget gem.

    • Chaotic Chica profile imageAUTHOR

      Chaotic Chica 

      8 years ago

      Winsome, you are welcome, I'm glad you enjoyed it! Thank you for the idea of the reverse article! I just might have to take you up on that! :)

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      Winsome 

      8 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas

      Very clever and helpful. Thanks for an entertaining hub. Now you'll have to do one for us guys. You'll have to do it in reverse: Oil change time--that's a reminder guys to trim that nose hair. etc. =:)

    • Chaotic Chica profile imageAUTHOR

      Chaotic Chica 

      8 years ago

      Thank you for kind comments, I'm glad I could offer some humor with this information!

      A hubnugget nomination?! That's awesome!!!! Thank you all very much! I intended to write a piece that was much needed in the way of educating females to how easy car care can be but I never expected such an honor from it! I can't say how grateful I am! Thank you!

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      Elayne 

      8 years ago from Rocky Mountains

      Interesting read and practical. Kudos on your nomination and Aloha!

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      Michelle Simtoco 

      8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Car language seems to be very foreign to me..but I am learning! LOL and this is a wonderful way for us to be connected somehow. :)

      Congratulations to your Hubnugget Nomination! Yipppee, you are a Hubnugget Wannabe! Check it out and vote okay? http://hubpages.com/hubnuggets10/hub/Announcing-Th...

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      Karli Duran 

      8 years ago from Texas

      Great information for us women. I suck with vehicles.

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      prettydarkhorse 

      8 years ago from US

      Huh, women, we need this one, complete hub, I like the way you explained it, specially the nails car hehe. Maita

    • Chaotic Chica profile imageAUTHOR

      Chaotic Chica 

      8 years ago

      Thank you guys for the appreciated input! Susan, Glenn has got it just right. The newer cars can go longer and the light would be on if the cap was missing. That is why it is so important to read your manual! These are guidelines only, every vehicle is different but all vehicles need proper preventative maintenance! Chloe, I am glad to have been here for you! Car maintenance is so easy but guys like to make it sound harder. I hope I helped you!

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      Chloe Comfort 

      8 years ago from Long Island

      Great hub. I especially love the comparisons. Sound advice and easy to follow. Thanks for educating the rest of us :-) Kudos!

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      Glenn Stok 

      8 years ago from Long Island, NY

      Susan, Newer cars can go a lot further between oil changes. If the manual says 7500 miles, you can trust that. A missing gas cover, on the other hand, would alert the car's computer monitoring system and your check-engine light would come on due to an unpressurized gas tank. If the light is not on, then your car must have something else closing it properly other than a screw-on cap. To be safe and sure, check your manual or ask your dealer.

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      SUSAN B. SATZ 

      8 years ago

      I Have a 2010 car. The manufacturer is Ford. The manual and the dealership said that I didn't need to change the oil until 7500 miles. My car also does not come with a gas cover that you screw off. Is that the way it is supposed to be with new cars?

      This was a good education for woman to learn about their cars.

      Thank you,

      Susan

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      Lela 

      8 years ago from Somewhere near the center of Texas

      I always say, "A person treats their car just like they treat themselves and those they care about!" A car is an extension of our personality. Great hub comparing the needed maintenance for both me and my car. I think I need to go get my nails done, LOL!

      Warning to the single ladies out there - If a man treats his car badly, he will treat you badly and vice versa. I always judge people by the way they treat their cars. It works!

    • Chaotic Chica profile imageAUTHOR

      Chaotic Chica 

      8 years ago

      Thank you both! I have been taking care of my own car now for a while and worked at an auto parts store where I saw so many women clueless about the basics. Most women can tell you everything you need to know about beauty care, but not a thing about their car, this seemed a good way to segue the two to make it easier to remember!

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      Paradise7 

      8 years ago from Upstate New York

      That's a good way to put it!

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      Glenn Stok 

      8 years ago from Long Island, NY

      Interesting twist. I'm going to send a link to your hub to some female friends.

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