I would never consider myself a grease monkey, but as a teen I figured stuff out when I needed to keep my old beater car running down the highway as safe as possible. While my daughter may want to be treated like a princess, I think it would be good for her to learn a few basic things about cars that can keep her safe on the road. When I thin about her future, I want her to be a capable young woman that can get stuff done even when a handyman isn’t around.
Here is a list of the things I want to teach my daughter about cars.
- How to check tire pressure and add air to the tires when they are low.
- How to check oil regularly and maintain proper levels.
- How to replace windshield wipers and check fluids.
- How to change a tire safely with a jack and a tire iron.
- How to change the oil every 5000 miles or so.
- How to change break pads when they get worn down.
- How to Jump start a Car with Jumper Cables.
- How to identify a fuse and replace it when when something goes out.
- How to change an air filter when it’s dirty.
- How to test and replace spark plugs.
I’m sure there are other things I could add to this list, but these are probably some of the most basic. Pretty much everything on this list I learned from reading a manual, or from my good friend’s dad who loved giving my buddy and I projects when we were kids.