|Tips and Tricks for DoingItYourself
|Always remove jewelry like rings, watches, and necklaces so they don't catch on obstructions.
|Don't wear loose clothing or wear your hair long while working on a car. Not only will it get dirty, it could get caught on moving parts.
|Work outdoors if you need to have your car running. Exhaust gases can be lethal if you are working inside your closed garage.
|Don't smoke while working on your car. There are many flammable substances that could ignite.
|Don't open the cap on the radiator when it's hot (right after the car has been running for a while). The hot fluid inside is under tremendous pressure and can shoot out and burn you.
|Use a jack stand or drive up ramps to support your car if you need to go underneath it. Factory jacks are only for changing tires.
|Most fluids around a car are toxic. Keep kids and pets away while working to avoid accidental poisoning.
|Electric cooling fans mounted on the radiator can turn on and off at any time. (There's actually a thermostat switch that controls the fan) Avoid the fan when working or disconnect the fan motor from the power source.