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Posted: Jan 10, 2012
Title: How To Put On Winter Chains
Details: Putting the Chains On

Place the chain on the tire, starting at the top, laying the chain over the entire tire. Push the rest of the chain on the rest of the tire as best you can. Once both sides have been chained, then turn the car on and move forward a few feet to allow the bottom of the tire to be revealed for the rest of the chain to be put into place. Repeat the process with the rest of the chain. Tighten the chains on both sides of the car with the closer link. Drive a little bit further, stop, and tighten the chains again to fit the tires more closely.
Testing for Proper Placement

As you drive, your car ride will be bumpier, but thatís because of the chains. Itís normal. Check your chains before heading out much further. Stop the car, check to be sure the chains are still locked on and do not have extra space between the chain and the car tires. If there is slack, continue to tighten the chains.
Taking the chains off the car tires is a simpler process. Simply reverse the steps to put the chains on and enjoy the freedom of being able to drive those snowy passes this year
From: http://www.doityourself.com/stry/putting-chains-on-car-tires-for-winter-weather

Posted: Aug 24, 2011
Title: How to Check Your Oil
Details: First, make sure you park your car on level ground. You don't want all the oil sloshing to the back while you're checking the dipstick at the front. The dipstick is a long rod that goes deep into your engine to check the oil level. It's usually easy to get to, and should have an orange handle. Most also say OIL on them (or OEL if your car speaks German). Also be sure to park someplace well lit. The pump are of large fueling stations usually have enough light to keep a stadium lit. You don't want to spend 10 minutes stabbing your engine over and over with the dipstick because you can't find the hole, trust me. If it's possible to wait a few minutes for the oil to settle, do it. If you can't it's not a huge issue, you'll still get a fairly accurate reading. With the hood safely propped, pull the dipstick out and wipe the end clean with a towel or rag. Re-insert the dipstick into the engine, making sure it goes all the way in. Now pull it out, but don't turn it upside down to look at it, this makes the oil run upward and ruins your reading. The dipstick will have two marks at the bottom. They are usually either lines or holes in the stick. The oil level can be read by looking to see where the oily part ends and the dry part begins. If it's between the two marks, you're good to go. If it's below the bottom mark, you need to add a quart of oil. Never add more than a quart at once without driving and taking a new reading of the oil level. Overfilling the engine can be messy. From: http://autorepair.about.com/od/regularmaintenance/a/checkoil.htm
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