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Registered: 04-01-2002
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Mon, 04-08-2013 - 6:26am

How handy are you around your car?  Can you change a tire?   Jump a battery?   Check your tire pressure?  Change your own oil?

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Registered: 04-01-2002
Mon, 04-08-2013 - 6:41am

I am ridiculously unhandy around a car.   I don't even know how to check my oil level.   Sometimes I think I should learn some basic stuff, but then I never do.   I wouldn't know where to start in changing a flat tire. 

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Registered: 02-06-2004
Mon, 04-08-2013 - 8:55am

My dad taught me the basics...tire pressure, checking oil, etc.  I'm a little leary about jumping a battery, because I'm scared of getting shocked, but I had cables with me all the time.  I can't change oil though.  My job was to check it and let dad know when it was low or time for a change. 

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Registered: 02-12-2002
Mon, 04-08-2013 - 9:09am

You are kidding right?  I know nothing about any of those things.  Oh I can put air in a tire if need be and I can fill it with gas.  The rest of the stuff - Nope!

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Registered: 10-06-1997
Mon, 04-08-2013 - 9:14am

How handy are you around your car?  - Not very!

Can you change a tire?   - I never have, but am pretty sure I could - but not on my van - I am not sure how to get to the spare - it is underneath.

Jump a battery?  -- have done this

Check your tire pressure?  -- yep

Change your own oil? - no,  on my first car and my last car I knew how to check and add oil - my first one, especially - I was always having to add oil. I don't even know if I have ever opened the hood on my van, even! No... wait - pretty sure I added wiper fluid at one point.

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Registered: 04-01-2002
Mon, 04-08-2013 - 9:44am

I had a friend who's parents didn't let her take her driver's test until she could change a tire by herself.   I always thought that was a good idea, but was very grateful my parents didn't institute it.   I did get a tire gauge in my Christmas stocking one year.   My dad showed me how to use it.   I never did use it and I have no idea how now.  

I can gas up though. 

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Registered: 02-06-2004
Mon, 04-08-2013 - 11:05am

To me the hardest part of changing a tire is finding the best place for the jack.  I was always responsible for adding oil if needed and also washer fluid.  When I have a light out, J will change it for me.

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Registered: 10-31-1999
Mon, 04-08-2013 - 2:27pm

Not handy at all..... but I am getting VERY good at adding air since I have a slow leak in 2 of my tires.  I can also get gas.... and if I absolutely HAD to I probably could change the tire... just not sure how to work the jack.  I probably could also add wiper fluid and oil if I had to. 

But, I have my husband do all of it unless a tire is flat and he is out of town.  With my slow leaks, I park in the parking ramp right near the door which has electrical outlets and I have a long extension cord and an air compressor in my trunk.  I am good to go if I get out of work and they are flat, or near flat here at work (or at home of course). 

Now... a question that I thought of reading through your responses... why do I need to check air pressure in tire?  If it looks low, I add some til it doesn't look low any more.  I guess, maybe I could blow the thing up if I add too much?  Seems like I heard something about gas mileage or wear on the tire? 

I don't think my tires last long enough to wear.... I get slow leaks and flats all the time!  It is really irritating!

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Registered: 02-06-2004
Mon, 04-08-2013 - 2:53pm

Here you go Daisy...maintaining the correct tire pressure extends the life of your tires, improves your vehicle's safety and improves your fuel efficiency.

I had to add power steeling fluid to my first car.  It had a slow leak and I could always tell when it was getting low.  I had to turn the wheel with 2 hands!

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Registered: 07-03-2008
Mon, 04-08-2013 - 6:07pm

I can check my oil. I know how to change a flat, but my spare is under the car so I have no idea how to get it out.  I can add wind shield washer fluid. And I can add air to the tires. And I can fill it up with gas (I think I hate that the most LOL) Otherwise, P or my dad check it or I take it somewhere. 

I have seen P change the oil in his rig before and never get a drop of oil on himself. I think that is just amazing! LOL

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Registered: 10-06-1997
Mon, 04-08-2013 - 8:46pm

I had a leak in my rear passenger tire that was getting pretty bad - my tire pressure warning light in the dash went on Thursday, I think - Erick filled it up for me (although I CAN, I prefer to NOT :-) with our compressor. It was really low again by morning. He filled it up again this morning, and I took it to the tire place after school today. They do free flat repair if you bought the tire there,  so they fixed it for free. It seems like I spend a lot of time there - but the last time they completely replaced one for free, repaired one and I bought one since it was out of warranty.  I always feel like I get my money's worth from them!

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