Whatever was wrong with my vehicle had been going on for some time..and it was getting worse. There seemed to be a loss of power. I was seeing white smoke..or steam coming from the exhaust. I was losing engine coolant and when I filled the radiator and had the engine running..there were bubbles erupting through the coolant. There should never ever be bubbles coming out of my coolant !
Navigate with a map and compass: Maps of all sizes fascinate me. One day I want to have one of those three-foot high globes in my reading room. And in the pre-GPS days, I always wanted one of those $1.99 compasses attached to my dashboard.
Worked out great so far, but know this: You will need three different drive socket sizes. # 1/4″ drive socket sizes – 2, 2.5, 3, 4, 5, 5.5, 6mm x Length 37mm. # 3/8″ drive -7, 8, 9, 10, 12mm x 48mm L. # 1/2″ drive – 14mm x 55mm L. Make sure you have them.
If you do decide to change your spark plug yourself, how do you know when to do it? Less effective performance from the engine is always a big give away. This usually means that the spark plug is worn out. A spark plug gage will give you the confirmation that you need.
Using the shop towel, clean the drain plug and replace the sealing with a new one. Tighten the drain plug back to its original spot by hand first and then use a 5/8 inch socket and Best Torque Wrench Under 100 to tighten it further.
Telescoping magnet- This type of tool is worth its weight in gold. It is basically a small, strong magnet attached to a telescoping wand. It basically looks like a radio antenna. You will use this to pick up nuts and bolts that fall into hard-to-reach places. You will drop them and this tool will rescue you. If only they had one to pick up rubber O-rings…
While at the garage or tire store, it’s always worth having someone check all your tires. Tire should always be in perfect condition and it’s not easy to tell this by just walking around your car. It better to get them checked than to have to change another tire.