i want the kind of funding that scientists in comic books have. where are you getting this money? do you publish papers or do you just turn people into giant lizards and call it a day? do you have to get that shit peer reviewed? who is paying for your research? can you give me their email address
i have googled ‘evil science grants’ and the results were not satisfying
So I work at a car dealership (two technically, a gm and a toyota) and I’ve worked in service and now I work in marketing/sales. Over the past year I’ve learnt quite a few little tips and tricks about cars. With the cold weather coming up I thought I’d make a little post.
Change your fucking oil. So important. Depending on the blend of oil (synthetic vs conventional) you can get it changed at different intervals. Now service places often say 3,000 mile changes are needed. Nope, not true. You are actually being more wasteful and paying more in the end of your cars life if you do that (you are being what we call “upsold” essentially). Check your owners manual for the correct intervals, type of oil, and if you have a newer vehicle go by the oil life monitor, not the sticker printed on your windshield.
If it clanks, squeaks, knocks, shrieks, or makes any other noise that sounds bad, get it into a shop to be looked at. Don’t wait until a light goes on. My coworker had an engine knock and didn’t get it looked at right away. A few weeks later her check engine light went on. She needed a new $2,000 engine. It might have been prevented had she had it looked at sooner (she ended up leasing a new car which can be expensive per month).
Some vehicles have a tire pressure monitor system (TPMS). These are really nice because they let you know if a tire has low air (in which case something could be wrong with the tire). To find out how much air your tires need, check on the door panels or your owners manual. These pressures are supposed to be what your tires need to be at when COLD. Over-inflate at most 2 PSI. Correct tire pressure means longer tire life, means saving money (and even gas). If the light comes on check pressures, if it stays on bring it in, since the sensor might just need a quick (free) reset.
Many places offer free alignment checks, and battery checks. Take advantage. If you need an alignment, get one. By having your tires (really your tie rods) aligned to vehicle specs, your tires wear more evenly. Which saves you money! It should be done with every new set of tires.
Before winter sets in, get your battery checked. If you need a new one, get one. You do not want to be at work, or home, stuck, because your car won’t start.
You can use your AC even in cold weather. It helps get moisture out. Turn it on once in a while to help keep the system from getting stale.
You should get your car checked over by a mechanic at least once a year. They can tell you if anything needs replacing, like belts, brake pads, rotors, batteries, tires, AC needs recharging, etc. You don’t necessarily need to replace everything right away, but its good to know what will need replacing eventually.
In winter, make sure your exhaust pipe doesn’t get clogged. The car will not start typically if it is.
Seriously, read your owners manual. The car manufacturers know their cars. Trans fluid, brake fluid, power steering fluid, diff fluid, etc should be changed only when your manufacturer recommends (or there is something wrong with a component). Don’t listen to service advisers who really just want that upsell (ie your money), for a fluid change or flush you might not even need yet (or ever).
If your tire tread is low (take a penny and if your tread is below Lincoln’s head you need new tires soon), get new tires. Sometimes payment plans can be worked out. And in winter you need tires that have grip.
If you live in an area that heavily salts, WASH YOUR UNDERCARRIAGE. Hehe, but really, wash the underside of your car and your car often. This can help slow or prevent rust.
If you get a chip in your windshield, get it looked at. Sometimes they can fill it, sometimes you need a new one. If you catch it soon enough filling it is much cheaper.
Pay attention to any lights that come on on your dash. They are there for a reason, typically to warn you something somewhere is fucked up.
IF YOUR CHECK ENGINE LIGHT IS FLASHING PULL THE FUCK OVER AND GET YOUR CAR TOWED (OR DRIVE VERY CAREFULLY TO THE NEAREST REPUTABLE CAR REPAIR PLACE). This is a signal that something is really fucked up, like a spark plug is hanging up, and can be a fire hazard (think gasoline on a hot surface kinda fire hazard). You can cause major (expensive) damage to the engine very quickly.
Carry an emergency kit for cold weather in your trunk. They sell these already made up.
I’m sure there are more, so if you know any feel free to add things! But here are some basics. Follow these and you should have a car that lasts a long time and runs well. Hopefully.