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Lesson 26

Lesson 26: Why Basic Car Maintenance Is Important

Teens may have learned about basic car maintenance during the permit phase of their driving education, but they can always use a refresher.

  1. Why car maintenance is important
    Learning about basic car systems and how they function will give teens an appreciation for all they control as a driver. Additionally, a properly operating and maintained car is a safer car. It is also easier and less expensive to make repairs before they become major issues. Make sure your teen knows how to:

    • Check the oil and knows what to do if the oil is low or discolored.
    • How to jump-start a car correctly.
    • Replace windshield wipers.
    • Refill the windshield washer fluid.
    • How to check the tire pressure and knows the correct pressure for the tires.
    • Identify different fluid leaks based on color.
    • Change a tire.
    • Identify the different dashboard warning and check engine lights.

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