Cars can save a lot of time and hassle, but they also deserve attention. What important things should we be doing to keep our cars safe, clean, efficient, and functional? Share your car maintenance advice as part of this week’s Weekly Topic Inspiration challenge!
If you’re not quite sure what to write about, consider using one (or more!) of the search-friendly titles below: Car Mileage Check Basics: Important Milestones and Actions How to Change Your Oil Car Maintenance Tips for Busy Drivers Car Maintenance Checklist: Don’t Neglect These Things! Transmission Service: How Often to Get Transmission Maintenance An Essential Vehicle Maintenance Checklist How to Clean Your Car in Ten Minutes What Problems Should I Check My Car For? Car Cleaning Tips for Busy Parents How to Clean Your Car: Tips on Cleaning and Keeping Your Car Clean How I Got My ___ to Clean My Car for Free Buffing a Car: The Basics How to Run an Engine Oil Flush Car Washing 101: How to Detail a Car Essential Car Wash Supplies How to Clean a Car Engine: Car Engine Cleaning Tips Hand Car Wash Tips for Beginners Hand Car Wash vs. Full Car Service Hand Car Wash vs. Automated Car Washes Steam Car Wash vs. Hand Car Wash 5 Car Detailing Products for the Perfect Car Washing Kit Auto Detail Prices: How much does it cost to get a car detailed?
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Well, at first I thought I would have to sit this week out. My husband does everything when it comes to our vehicles, so I don't know how to do anything but put the key in the ignition and drive. But, this topic got me to thinking about the one thing my husband DOESN'T do - detailing. So, my hub this week is - Auto Detail Prices - How Much Does It Cost to Get a Car Detailed? Here is the link: http://marleneb.hubpages.com/t/303cc1
Last week I had a tire blow out on a major highway in the middle of road construction. Roadside assistance plan had expired and no family members available to come to my rescue. Forunately, a nice highway worker came over to change the tire - I think I was blocking their work area!. A policeman joined the party to keep everyone safe and even stopped traffic for me to get back on the road. Quite a scene at 8 in the morning and me in my slippers. There must be a good hub in there somewhere, but I rather not relive it!
I've got a 20-year-old Ford Ranger that I'm going to run into the ground. It has less than 100,000 miles. Is it because I drive like it an old lady? Or is it because I do take care of it? Maybe both! I'm taking "Car Mileage Check Basics: Important Milestones and Actions."
k, you are so funny. As one Beaglemom to another, this truck is it! Where I come from, a truck is a truck. As far as vehicles go, I want a workhorse to haul stuff. Not some pampered, wax job 4x4 that has never seen rough terrain. In the years that I've had it, my truck has paid for itself. It can't haul a horse trailer, though. Not enough power. When I worked around horses, the cowgirls would laugh at me and said that my pickup had enough power and bed for two goats.
I'm the last person to write on this topic. I'm terrible with car responsibility. My last oil change was in 2010. :S
When I went in 2010, they gathered everyone in the shop because it had been two years (since 2008) that I'd had an oil change... they all wanted to see what my filter thing looked like. I guess it came out clean and they were all like "OMG" and shouting and stuff. So I didn't get a new filter. Lol.
I DO know how to change oil, though. Maybe I'll do it for a hub. I could change a tire too for another hub.
OMG is right, Melbel! 2010 since your last oil change??? Bad, bad, bad! Shame on you! I take it you don't use your car that often? Ay, yi yi. You got lucky that you didn't get that sludge that comes with old oil.
Oh, sorry. I have a 2000 Ford Ranger. But, if it lasst 20 years as I had first reported, fine with me. I can always be buried in it!
You did a really amazing job with your oil changing guide. I'm inspired to actually try changing my own oil next time. Imagine how shocked my husband is going to be. I wonder if he'll even let me near the car, since for the past 26 years, I have never done anything mechanical with the car. Excellent hub.
I wrote about car cleaning tips for parents for this week's topic. Simone, my husband would like to thank you since you inspired me to finally clean out the backseat of my car Here is the link to my hub:
This is a wonderful guide with excellent tips. When my kids were young, #4 and #9 worked extra well for me. Now that the kids are all grown, I'm usually the only one in the car, but I still need to get some motivation for washing the exterior every now and then.
Hehee, I'm happy to have inspired some car cleaning!
The Hub is fantastic. Love the tips, table, and photos! You've touched on some of the most effective tactics used by all the parents I remember from my childhood who had unnaturally clean cars- despite the presence of younglings!
Hmmmm.... well, I was raised as a grease monkey to my dad, who was always fiddling and tinkering with the car. He wouldn't even allow me to get my learner's permit unless I at least knew how to change the oil and a tire.
But I learned so much more. I can disable a car from being started if I happen to park in a questionable area.. and I can "speak mechanic" and not get ripped off it the repair is beyond my skills, muscle-power or tools I own.
That said, I'm not sure anything in this topic qualifies as "truly original," per HP preferences...I think much of it can be found already all over the internet. ... ...
(And, I grew up and learned all of this WAY before cars' operating systems became computer controlled...I know nothing of that aspect.)
Although I know how to change oil, change a tire and change filters, I have no desire to "wrench." Other than wandering around an auto junkyard with hubby for parts, I have no interest in tinkering with cars. I married a man who has saved me wads of cash because he can fix computers and automobiles. You don't want me near automobiles or computers. Computers, I can put together, but I also stand a good chance of "frying" the motherboard. It is what it is.
Your hub is a helpful guide to get people pointed in the right direction when it comes to maintenence. Whether people drive their vehicles a little, or if they drive them to the max, like me, maintenence is so important. Really nice hub, Arlene.
This wasn't one of your suggested titles Simone, however it seems to fit pretty well with the theme. I have compiled a roadside emergency kit hub to go along with all the cleaning this topic has brought about. I figured while I'm cleaning out the car I might as well assemble an emergency kit for those of us who may find ourselves stranded or in an accident.
Thank you, Arlene. What's funny about it all is that I came here to read the latest post. I started reading what thomasau12 wrote. In my mind, I was agreeing with her and all, then I thought, 'Wait a minute...' This sounds like the same thing I said. Thank you for letting me know what its all about. And, thank you for reporting it.
DZYMSLIZZY, I don't know how to check an identity and remove a URL. I've had a couple of people trying to sell their shoes and makeup, using my Hubs. All I could do was report them. MARLENE, at least this twit didn't copy your entire Hub.
Arlene, I know... that's the other thing about the post - I was about to get angry, thinking she had also placed a link to my hub with her name on it. Then I saw it was something entirely different. I don't get what people like that are thinking. I guess they're thinking people don't really read what other people write. Oh well, now I know what to expect if I see something like that again.
Landed here by accident and as I know a little about this subject and since the ladies invited men, I thought I might have a go at answering but first let me say I'm delighted to see the ladies take an interest in their vehicles. This may be normal in the USA and if so my deepest apologies but in Ireland the ladies generally view this subject like most men view washing, ironing and cooking.
I'll be doing an article on general car ownership, car care and car maintenance.
P.S. Love the colour of the Porsche in the picture though I'm not a fan of sports cars unless they are on a race track and not the public road. Shame they didn't paint the calipers the same colour as the car instead of yellow, MJ.
It was a very lucky accident that you ended up here, mjkearn! I've loved the Hubs you've published on this subject. And thanks! I saw that Porche on one of my lunch breaks near HubPages HQ and just HAD to have a photo of it. I can't believe it was just... sitting there on a busy city street!
Hi all, just published a hub on car care and car maintenance. There is so much advice on these topics that I tried to simplify the needs of your car and give you an idea as to what is required for annual maintenance. Hope it helps, MJ. http://mjkearn.hubpages.com/hub/car-own … guide?done
Hi Simone, thanks for comments and I've been called many things but never a guru, I like it, but I might get a big head and a big head on a short man is a dangerous thing, I'd probably fall over, thanks again, MJ.
Hi Kaili, thanks for your comments and my deepest apologies as I've just realised that I forgot to link your hub and I had it listed with the others. I'm not sure if I can do it here but I can't see any reason why not. Kaili's hub on winterizing your vehicle, great maintenance advice and excellent tip on the battery terminals, a must read for all: http://kailibisson.hubpages.com/hub/Winterize-Your-Car
thanks again Kaili and I hope you find something useful in the other hubs, MJ.
Hi Simone, thanks again for your comments and I have to take my hat off to you, as we would say for answering everyones posts. Not an easy job but done to perfection. Well done you and thanks again, MJ.
So much socializing going on here that I don't know how you guys manage to write at the same time! This week was the first I looked at the topic, though I used to do HubMobs before that program stopped. I was pleasantly surprised to find that this week's topic is stuff I write about. I already have photos for a few that weren't written yet, along with several other to-do titles.
Last week I did one on repairing leather and vinyl seat rips that would have been great here. Anyway, this has been a busy week, so I only managed one hub, but I think you'll like it. I try to write what hasn't been written 1000 times already.
Hey everyone! The new WTI thread is up, and this week's theme is insurance. It has high revenue potential, and even if you're not an expert, chances are you've learned quite a few lessons in your days that you can share. I hope you'll join us!
Hi Simone-I am still working on the car maintenance hub and took lots of photos. I know I missed the 'deadline' but I have to finish it and post it or my friend will be disappointed since I interviewed him. To be continued...
Does the WTI program work like the old HubMob did, where questions were never closed? Yes, the topic may have shifted and the audience moved on, but the hub still "answers the question."
In that case, we should be able to go back and answer any WTI question ever asked, no matter how old. If so, is there any advantage to searching for a question that a hub written for no particular purpose would answer?
Hi HOward, thanks for the response here. I appreciate it. Actually, it does work like the old Hubmob and I will finish this hub and post it, although the DISADVANTAGE, is that the participants here have 'moved on' to the next WTI,
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