(Closed) NWR – how often do you look under the hood

posted 3 years ago in Home
Post # 2
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

I was checking my engine oil about every 2,500 miles.  However, my father (he still changes my oil for me) just informed me that my car was super low and I am going to burn out my engine if I don’t start checking more frequently.  I’m going to try to check at minimum every 1,000 miles now…

Post # 3
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Busy bee

Never, I don’t even know how to open my hood and don’t want to know how. The engine could be missing and I wouldn’t know. That’s exactly why I don’t drive cars into the ground and have a full service plan. I tried to put air in my tires and that was a disaster. The dealership told me to stop trying to do things myself and just bring the car in. Don’t have to tell me twice. But I applaud that you know how to check your oil and remember to do it!!

Post # 4
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Busy bee

Never. I paid for Triple A for a reason. I can almost feel my eyes rolling back in my head just at the thought of doing anything with a car besides driving really fast and honking aggressively at slow drivers. 

I solved this problem by moving to NYC where I no longer need a car. 

Post # 5
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Helper bee

Never. Triple A is my good friend.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

My brothers were all mad about cars growing up so I learned from them. I can check oil/tire pressure/change a tire. I check my car regularily.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: City, State

I do my oil changes regularly as recommended – every 8,000km for my current car. My fiance keeps an eye on the tires regularly. Coolant I don’t pay as much attention to.

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2016 - Sussex, UK

My husband is a mechanical design engineer but was a mechanic for a few years and there is literally nothing he can’t fix so I consider myself very lucky because I wouldn’t remember to do anything! My dad used to top up oil, check tyre pressures etc before I met DH.

Post # 9
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Buzzing Beekeeper

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redwinetime :  we do regular oil changes otherwise I’ll check it before we’re going on a long road trip, but not at any regular intervals. Having the oil light come on when you’re a few hundred miles from home is super annoying so I learned my lesson.

My mechanic hosted a free women’s car care class because he is just awesome and he taught us how to check/top up all fluids, change the wiper blades, change a tire (and how to use our full body weight to loosen stuck nuts rather than just yanking our arms out of their sockets), how to cool down an overheated engine (you turn the heat on! who woulda thunk!?), jump a battery, and how to recognize when you’re beyond your skill level and it’s time to call AAA. It was invaluable and very empowering!  

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2014

I just get it serviced when it needs to be serviced based on the miles, I drive a lot of miles, so that means it gets serviced every few months. It’s also still a relatively new car. The car tells me if the tire pressure is low, so I don’t ever have to check that and just add air if the light comes on. DH is a recreational mechanic and has worked on cars for years, so if he doesn’t feel like we need to check the oil in between services, then I trust him. 

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

When my car tells me it’s time. Or if I had to see a tire looks low I will check. But I never opent he hood. 

Post # 12
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I know how to check most things (due to an old car I had that regularly had issues), but my current car alerts me when things get low, so I don’t really do it much anymore. I will check oil before a long trip, just in case.

Post # 13
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

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redwinetime :  hubby does it for me but he taught me how to do loads of car stuff.

I got a flat (got a nail driving in an industrial area) a few years ago but couldn’t be bothered calling my roadside assistance company and hubby was at work so I did it myself on the side of the road.I even went and got a tyre repair kit and fixed the puncture before hubby got home!! Super proud of myself as I’m a girly girl who grew up in a family who outsourced stuff like that because they didn’t know how!!!

Post # 14
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Bumble Beekeeper

I paid for a car with all the bells and whistles to tell me when shit needs to be done so i dont have to check it haha. It goes to the dealership maybe 4x a year between oil changes, fluid top ups and tire change overs. It also tells me the tire pressure, so I’ll know if its low (recently had a nail in the tire and it let me know when it got below a certain pressure).

Post # 15
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Busy Beekeeper

I know how to do it all but I don’t bother.  If the service guys ever told me I was low on oil coming in, I’d be inclined to check more often, I suppose, just in case something is wrong.  My car tells me if I have a flat and usually that just means a low tire – I’ll take care of that completely on my own because it’s super easy, so why not.  Generally happens the first really cold day of the year and the tires just need a poof more air.  

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