I just got back from a conference and as we were driving home, I heard the all too familiar grumble coming from Renni. You see, Renni is my Rendevous. She was my first “big” purchase that was paid for thanks to my job as a blogger. She has become so much more than just my car. She helps me with my grocery trips – baby got back! She has third row seating, so that means that we can take the whole family on trips too! As a matter of fact, ya’ll know we went to NJ in May, drove through PA in July (like all the way to Philly!), and now my conference. She’s great on gas, not a guzzler at all! She’s my buddy, my baby, and just like with our kids, I need to take care of her.
So back to the rumbling – I looked at Chris and said, “You hear that right?” And he just looked at me with that blank stare, many of our husbands get when they have no clue what we’re talking about. I must have that super mom hearing thing that everyone talks about, because to me that rumbling means my girl is hungry and dry – she needs an oil change! Pues, I was right ya’ll! I looked at the sticker, and I was about 2,000 miles past due! Aye Dios Mio!
Running errands, while sometimes can be hectic, to me is a form of freedom. I’m out of the house for a couple of hours, sans children, husband, mother, etc. I can gather my thoughts, make lists, and listen to my musica! Driving around with Renni, makes me feel confident, secure, and free! I can put the sun roof up, blast the radio, sing at the top of my lungs, and there’s no one there judging me or screaming to change the station! It’s awesome, it’s freeing, it’s a mom’s independence moment! I pulled around to the back of Walmart, to their Auto Center, and the first sign I see is the Quaker State Pit Crew Sign. Do ya’ll see that price?! Do you know what I usually spend on an oil change? Es bien duro on my pockets! For real! It’s tough, especially when you’re on a budget! I was very grateful seeing that price, especially for a brand I trust very much – like Quaker State. So I drove Renni down the Lube Lane, and walked right on in. I gave them my keys, asked them to take good care of her, and did some shopping. I even picked up some extra Quaker State oil – Hey nunca se sabe, when you’ll need it. By the time I got back to the waiting room, they were working on my girl!
Ohhhh! Renni’s getting worked on! Yay! #cambioconfiable #ad A photo posted by Maria Briggs (@mammahomemaker) on
In between oil changes, and regular vehicle check-ups, here are some things I do to make sure Renni is taken care of:
Change The Windshield Wipers
Besides going to an auto parts store to pick up the correct wipers for your car, it’s super easy to do. Once you have your new wipers remove the old ones, and replace them with the new. There should be a clip on the windshield wiper arm where the blades attach. Snap them in and voilà new wipers installed!
While you’re installing the new wipers, this is definitely a good time to fill the windshield wiper washer well. Lift the hood of the car and look for the plastic container – the cap should be labeled accordingly. Remove the cap and pour in the windshield washer fluid.
Check The Oil
While you have the hood open, you should also check the oil. If you have never done this before, you may need to take a look at your owner’s manual so that you can locate the oil stick.
How to check the oil stick
- Pull the stick out
- Wipe it with a clean rag
- Replace the stick
- Pull it out again and read the oil level on the stick.
- If the car needs oil – you will be able to see that on the oil stick and top it off if need be.
Change The Air Filter
The air filter needs to be changed when it gets full of dust and dirt. This usually gets done when you go to change your oil, but sometimes it needs done a little sooner than your oil change.
It’s quite simple and there are tons of Youtube videos that show you step by step on how to do it properly and easily.
Change Spark Plugs
If your spark plugs need changed take out your spark plug socket and get to work! If you’re not sure how to do it – Youtube it – I did! I
Check The Tire Pressure
There is a section in your owner’s manual that tells you how much pressure there should be in your tires. You can purchase a tire pressure gage at any auto parts store. Use it to check the pressure in your tires.
If the pressure is low, drive to your nearest gas station and fill your tires to the correct pressure.
Change Your Head or Tail Lights
If your head or tail lights need replaced, all you need – at most is a screwdriver and some new bulbs. Just search your make and model at an autoparts store to make sure you buy the correct ones.
Not all repairs can be done in your garage, but these few can. Not only are they easy to do, but can save you a pretty penny too. If you don’t feel comfortable doing them, you can always take your car in to your local dealer’s service department.
The thing is, that we’re mujeres – as women, we need to be able to do these things without a man around! We’re smart, we’re independent, we’re strong, we’re mothers, wives, daughters. El mundo needs to understand that we are capable of taking care of our selves and thanks to Quaker State and their #CambioConfiable at Walmart we can achieve this!