Changing the oil in the car.

@deebomb (15323)
United States
January 27, 2007 3:28pm CST
Do you think that girls that drive a car should be taught how to change oil and tires. They also should be taught how to watch the water level and oil and transmision oil. They should be taught emergancy repairs. Do we teach them enough about safty when teaching them to drive. Things like keeping a pair of pany hose in the car for anemergancys. It can be used for a fan belt to get the car to a place to be fixed.
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@dfinster (3535)
• United States
29 Jan 07
I was taught by my father to change a tire, how to check and change the oil and check a few other things and had to know how to do this before I was even allowed to take the car out. I know this helped save me a few $$ later in life when it came to not having to pay for someone else to change my oil every 2500 miles and gave me a little extra peace of mind if something would ever happen if I was driving alone.
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@deebomb (15323)
• United States
29 Jan 07
It Would be nice if all fathers would teach their kids how to do at least the maintance check ups in order to keep on top of it. And I think they should teach the kids how to change a tire so they don't have to set on he road side waiting for help.
• United States
31 Jan 07
Father's aren't alway around to teach them...I lucked out that my mom was taught by hers and my mom was therefore able to teach me.....along with various male friends. I like working cars.
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@deebomb (15323)
• United States
31 Jan 07
when I was first married it was the thing to do hang with out and be a gofer so I picked up a few things.
@laneita (78)
• United States
30 Jan 07
i think all girls should know the basic of the car. i was taught what to look for an the have the oil changed. wish my girls had someone to teach them. wish i had someone to teach me. as an adult now i know what to look for an how to check things that cause i have no one ealse to do it for me. but i teach my girls what i know about my car an what i would do if there was a problem.
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@deebomb (15323)
• United States
3 Feb 07
Some colleges offers adult education claases in car maintance. In Neber at the jr. colege it was called powder puffs machanics. A lot of men probably woud benefit from such a class too.
• United States
25 Mar 07
Yes, I believe young ladies should learn basic maintenance as well when learning how to drive as well as tips on avoiding being taken by a mechanic. For instance, a woman can always request to have the old parts to make sure, the part was changed out. I tell you, after "mechanics" trying to take me for a ride a couple of times, I'm very careful about where I take my car, and I've been blessed to find a few good mechanics.
@ossie16d (11834)
• Australia
30 Jan 07
Actually I did learn how to do these things many many moons ago deebomb but never have to put them into practice, which is probably fortunate. However, I am now waiting for the time to come when I can remember what in my late teens, just so that if needed I can do all the things you suggest. LOL In the same way that I think females should be taught these sorts of things they should also know how to replace a washer in a tap, clean out a drain and those sorts of things. At the same time boys should be taught how to cook, clean, wash, iron, sew on buttons etc. There is no reason why males and females should not be able to do all the work that was previously considered to be "single gender tasks".
@deebomb (15323)
• United States
30 Jan 07
I totally agree with you. You can't always waite for some one else to come and fix something.
• United States
31 Jan 07
Ossie this is so true, it really is a shared responsiblity....In our house my husband & I have divided the chores by what we know and in some of the chores we both know how, but some I don't mind to do that he does and vice versa, it's nice to have the help.
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@Rosepetal (352)
• United States
27 Jan 07
More knowledge is always better than little or no knowledge. Although I don't feel the average female is physically capable of changing a tire, and most women will go to a gas station to get an oil change, any car owner should be aware of the water level, oil, and transmission oil level. As far as using a pair of pantyhose for a fan belt, that's a first for me. I can supply the pantyhose, but I don't think I could make it work.
@deebomb (15323)
• United States
27 Jan 07
The average female can change a tire if they are taught how. I could and did before I came down with Rheumatoid arthritics. Every car should have a star tire wrench. With this you can put foot pressur on the bottom side as you pull up on the opposite side.
• United States
31 Jan 07
Yes, the average girl can change a tire, I did at 16 in my skirt (unfortunatly, I didn't have a choice), but at that time I was only 5'2 weighing a buck 10...
• United States
23 Mar 07
I agree! Girls should be taught how to change tires, check fluids etc. They should have an emergency kit. They should also have a cell phone to use in case of emergency (but not to be used while they are driving)... Girls should never feel helpless, or be stuck by the side of the road in the middle of the night with a broke down car.
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@deebomb (15323)
• United States
24 Mar 07
I agree with you totally.
@blackbriar (9080)
• United States
21 Feb 07
I learned how to change tires,oil, all filters, brakes, mufflers, belts b4 I knew how to drive. My dad and bro did most of their own car maintenance when I was a kid so I learned from them by helping. Darn trans filter in my current car is being a lil stinker. Might end up having to take it in for a flush/filter/fluid change.
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@deebomb (15323)
• United States
23 Feb 07
It's good yo know how to take care of a car so if a man is'nt around you at least know to take it in to get fixed and knowing can prevent unneeded repairs
@kgs_mommy (260)
• United States
8 Feb 07
DEFINITELY!!! If you're going to take the responsibility of a car, you should have to know everything that goes along with it! You should never depend on someone else to do something for you!
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@deebomb (15323)
• United States
9 Feb 07
You are so right. If you wnat something done right do it your self.
• United States
8 Feb 07
i think that a girl should know how to change the oil in her car just because it is a helpful thing to know how to do even if they never use it. It is a life lesson that may not help them out but at least they know how to do it should they need to. I dont think that we teach them enough about safety because of the fact they talk on their phones, put make-up without lookin at the road, and they easily get distracted.
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@deebomb (15323)
• United States
9 Feb 07
Yes I cathc my granddaughter doing this when I ride with her. That and using er knee to steer with. I really get after her. She dosen't realise it only takes a second to be in trouble.
• United States
7 Feb 07
I never thought about panty hose...how clever! My husband and son taught me how to change tires and oil but I have never had to. I do watch the lights on dash. I also check oil and antifreeze and add if they need it.
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@deebomb (15323)
• United States
8 Feb 07
cars are not as simple as they use to be. I can remember fixing some problems with a wire.
@jhrcsr (349)
• United States
31 Jan 07
Ya know, I grew up on a farm. I can drive tractors and grain trucks, harvest corn, beans, etc, even help take animals to market. I can write stories for magazines, newspapers, etc. I take care of a home and children and a spouse. BUT I cannot change a tire nor the oil. I can check the oil though and fill it if necessary. Otherwise, I call my husband or one of my brother in laws to come rescue me. They have offered many times to teach me how to do these things. But I guess I feel that I do a lot of stuff around here, the least that my hubby can do (or his family can help with since they are liscenced mechanic) is help me out in a car jam. Probably the wrong attitude, but it has worked for 20 years now.
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@deebomb (15323)
• United States
31 Jan 07
The thing about being able to change a tier is if you are out some where and you have a flat tire do you sit beside the road and wait for them to come and change it? What if you can't get a hold of them to come chang the tire? are you going to wait or have a stranger stop and help? I don't trust strangers these days.
@Sasselle (698)
• Australia
31 Jan 07
I'm female and I know how to change a tyre - my old man made me learn. I've had to do it twice and both times I've had to call for help anyway as I've either not been able to get the bolts off ... or not been able to tighten them enough when putting it back on =S It's a good idea in theory. Watching the oil level is something I believe every driver should know how to do - it's so simple =)
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@deebomb (15323)
• United States
31 Jan 07
yes the oil and water are simple to keep track of. Maybe a star tire iron would have made changing the tire easier because of being able to use your foot as well as your hands. I know it made it easier for me.
• United States
31 Jan 07
Of course you should teach the girls the basics of car maitenance.....I am a girl and was able to change oil, spark plugs ect...I knew that if the car overheated to stop immediatly ect ect....I had a girlfriend that came into work on day saying her car was smoking from under the hood and didn't know why....it turned out she hadn't been keeping an eye on the water level and overheated it, and because of that no longer had a car, had she known some of this she would have knew that her car needed water.....It has saved me some money by doing it myself and some of knowledge has given an edge when mechanics try to take advantage that Im a girl. I know have my husband to do those things, but it sure feels good that I know I can take care of the basics myself.
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@deebomb (15323)
• United States
31 Jan 07
Lack of water and oil can sure screw a car engine up in a hurry and put a person on foot.
@mansha (6301)
• India
30 Jan 07
I am a lady that can drive and I know how tochange oil and change tyres too. I learned the skils while learning to drive from mu husband. I often ahve to live alone so I needed to oearn these things. I get the sevicing done too and I sit whole time in the garage and get it done in front of my eyes, not now but when I live alone I still do so. I think you need to learn the hard part too if you want to enjoy the luxurious ride too.
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@deebomb (15323)
• United States
3 Feb 07
I agree with you. You just never know when this responsibilaty will fall on you.
@mommycrat (148)
• United States
30 Jan 07
They need to at least be taught how to monitor everything. It drives me crazy when a girl is clueless...I can't change the oil or tires, but I know when it all needs to be done. I wish I knew more about cars, and I'll learn right alongside my daughters!
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@deebomb (15323)
• United States
30 Jan 07
Boys are not always taught about these things either. Here where I live the young people have to take driver's training before they can get a driver's lisence. This should be part of the training.
@Debs_place (10525)
• United States
28 Jan 07
I think that this is a great idea, in fact I think the boys should learn the samething. This sould be part of a course in school called 'Life skill' - it should include basic sewing, cooking, balancing a checkbook, automotive and home repairs, etc. The Panty hose may have worked at one time as a fan belt, but these days cars come with serpentine belts and trust me, they are not easily replaced. They should also learn to use jumper cables and how to get out of the snow.
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@deebomb (15323)
• United States
28 Jan 07
You are right. And it should also include not just balancing a check book but how to budget and say no to those frivilous expendures, and be a required class. I hadn't looked at the newer fan belts so I guess that was not a very good idea about the panty hose.
@nexis777 (134)
• United States
27 Jan 07
Yes, I definitely think girls should be taught how to change the oil, tires, and know how to add fluids if they are low, at the least! I've never actually changed the oil on my car, but I've watched my Dad do it enough times I know I could. Same for changing the tire. I've done parts of that process, but never had the need to do it all by myself, but I'm glad I know how. I think it's great when women have a guy to look after them and take care of this kind of stuff, but frankly when you're stranded in the middle of no where, these are simply good practical things to know!
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@deebomb (15323)
• United States
27 Jan 07
Yes because these days you don't want to set out there any longer than necessary.
@sunnypub (2131)
• United States
27 Jan 07
I think everyone should know the basics. My dad taught me and my siter how to change oil, do a tune up, change a tire and of course check and replace all of the fluids, when we were first learning how to drive. Since then I have also learned how to change the alternator and do other various repairs. I think every car should have an emergency tool kit in it as well and every driver should know how to use everything in tht kit.
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@deebomb (15323)
• United States
27 Jan 07
My daughter works on her car most of the time. Her husband dose not know toomuch about cars and dose nnot like to ask and if it save money she will ask some one she know to teach her what to do.
@jude79 (58)
• Australia
3 Feb 07
I think that these days females should be taught how to do those things. I have had to teach myself along the way, but I know how to do those things, plus change spark plugs & leeds, distributor, battery, brake pads, and alot of other things. It now turns out that my bf does not know much on how to fix things with cars, so i am the one with the tool box and know how.
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• United States
8 Feb 07
as far as changing the oil, i dont think its as important for a woman to know how to do as much as changing a tire would be and watching the water level. i always hate to see ppl with cars who overheated on the side of the road and it could have been prevented. the panty hose is a great idea!