Cars don’t have to be a mystery. We’ve got maintenance tips, and even how to get some problems fixed for free.
Welcome to the first episode of “A Few Things Every Man Should Know About:” Every week this series will cover 3-4 interesting facts on a single topic.
No matter what you think you know – take a few minutes and have a look, you just might learn something. Even if you don’t, you’ll at least confirm that you already know a lot, which is always good for the ego.
In the comments section, tell us topics you’d like to see covered. We have several in the queue, but your suggestions are welcome. If you have info to add, please share that too. This series is meant to start conversations, not just be a pile of facts.
We started out with a common topic … Cars. So, sit back, click play and prepare to learn a few new things about your automobile. We look forward to seeing you back here next week.
To find a reasonably priced OBD Reader, go to eBay or Amazon and search for “OBD Reader” and either WiFi or Bluetooth.
- For iOS Devices – Purchase a WiFi Reader
- For Android or Windows Devices – Purchase WiFi or Bluetooth
For the software, just go to your device’s “app store” and search for ODB apps. Most are free but there are also premium apps available that do have a cost. For simple code reading and clearing, most free apps will get the job done.
TOP TIP – If you read a code that doesn’t make any sense, just do an Internet search for your car model and year, along with the trouble code. Quickly you will find more information on the problem and what could be causing it. In most cases, you won’t be the first one to experience the trouble you’re having.
Technical Service Bulletins (TSBs)
This one is easy… simply do an Internet Search for your car model & year along with the letters “TSB.” Do this every so often to keep up with new problems. If you are headed to the dealer for any reason, always look up TSBs before going. If you find something you think they should look at, print it out, bring it in and ask them to fix it for free.
- Most cars DO NOT need oil changes every 3,000 miles.
- Check your owner’s manual for the recommended interval
- If you hate getting your oil changed, consider switching to full-synthetic oil, which can go 10,000-15,000 miles before a change. It is 2-3 times more expensive, but about the same in the long run.
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Video: Steve Nazarian