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Waxing your Car
First, make sure that your car is washed and dried before you wax. Once you've
washed and dried your car, park it in shade so you can wax it all at once. If
you don't have any shade, make sure you only do little sections at a time and
don't wax if it is really hot or really cold out. Use a damp sponge to get a
small amount of wax (size of a half-dollar) on your sponge and apply it to your
car in a circular motion. Continue this process until the entire car is covered.
Try not to get any wax in the seams of your car. If you do get a little bit,
use a soft toothbrush to get it out. Once the car is covered, go back to where
you originally put the wax on and start to remove it with a soft terry cloth
towel or even a cloth diaper. As you wipe off the wax, periodically shake the
cloth out to keep the wax from building up and leaving streaks on the car. Once
you are done, look down all the sides of the car (left, right, top) to make
sure there isn't any left over wax. If you plan to use the same cloths you used
this time, wash them with liquid fabric softener so they don't scratch your
car the next time you use them.
Changing your Oil
If you plan to change your oil regularly by yourself, you should probably invest in a jact, some jack stands, an oil pan or bucket, and a set of sockets. If you are in a hurry, you can run your car for about 10 minutes to heat the oil up as warm oil drains faster than does cold oil. Be sure to put the oil and filter someplace where you will remember to put it in. Some people who change their own oil forget to put new oil back in.
After you have the car raised up and secured, find the oil drain plug underneath the car. It is usually in about the middle of the car towards the front. Look in your manual to locate exactly where it is if you can't find it. Put the oil pan under the drain hole and loosen the bolt with a socket. Remember: lefty loosey, righty tighty. Remove the plug once you loosen it and be prepared for the oil to splash. If you had your car running before, the oil may be hot. Once all the oil is out, clean the drain plug and the drain and put the drain plug back in securely. Find the old filter (usually on the side of the engine) and put the oil pan underneath it to catch any leftover oil. Unscrew the old filter and make sure that the rubber seal from it isn't stuck to the engine. (Be careful with the old filter as it is full of oil.) Put a little bit of oil under the rubber mount of the new filter before you put it in. Place the filter back in and tighten the screws.
Use the funnel to pour the new oil in. It usually takes about 4 - 5 quarts of oil to fill it up but use your owners manual to get the exact amount. Once thats done, put the oil cap on, run the engine and check the dipstick. You may or may not have to add more oil after your car runs. Pour the old oil into a plastic container and dispose of it properly. You can take it to a recycling center or to an auto dealer and they will dispose of it for you.
Keep your New Car New
Take care of your car when you drive, go easy on the gas and brakes. Check your oil and coolant levels frequently, and add some if you need to. Take your car in for the major services (30k service, etc) to keep it running good. Don't drive your car any harder than you have to. Driving your car on residential streets day in and day out is hard enough on your car, you don't need to put it though any more. If your check engine light or any other service light comes on, bring it to the dealership or auto mechanic to get it checked out.
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