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- Up to this point, in the cycle of educational materials, we talked about large and beautiful stories - cars, people, films. But why not touch on the topic of important little things that are useful every day? Indeed, even in such a complex and serious mechanism as a car, there are many simple and useful tips for the driver. You probably know about some, and some, perhaps, will be discovered for yourself for the first time
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Up to this point, in the cycle of educational materials, we talked about large and beautiful stories - cars, people, films. But why not touch on the topic of important little things that are useful every day? Indeed, even in such a complex and serious mechanism as a car, there are many simple and useful tips for the driver. You probably know about some, and some, perhaps, will be discovered for yourself for the first time
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In general, these will be life hacks that will teach you how to refuel quickly, find the right buttons and connectors, and, on occasion, help you on the road. Go!
From which side should you drive to the gas station?
It happens that you rent a car from a friend, at a rental, or just recently changed the car, and do not remember which side the fuel filler flap is on. To find out from which side you need to drive up to the dispenser, just glance at the fuel level indicator in the dashboard. You will find a small triangular arrow next to the column icon. Its position and direction will tell you which side of the car the fuel filler is on: the arrow on the left and points to the left - the tank is on the left. And vice versa. What if there is no arrow? On some machines, the location of the gun and hose on the pictogram will help, but not on all.
How to open the car if the key fob has sat down?
The overwhelming majority of cars without an external lock cylinder still possess such a lock. Only this larva is hidden under the door handle trim! To open such a door when the key fob is sitting down, you need to carefully pick up and remove the nozzle, insert the sting of the key into the found keyhole and turn it. What are you saying? Does your key look like a keychain and also without an external sting? It's just hidden inside - you need to press / move the locking latch and remove the tip. Or divide the keychain into two parts, on one of which this sting will be fixed. Welcome!
How to start the engine if the Start-Stop button does not respond?
Sometimes the sensor in the car does not "see" the key and does not allow the engine to start. This happens in frosty weather, when the battery is discharged or when the key fob battery is dead. Try to bring the key as close to the Start / Stop button or to the steering column as possible (usually there is a sensor, and its place is indicated by the key image) and start the engine. It should work.
The “fuel reserve” flashed on the display. Is the car going to stall soon?
Everything in the car is designed so that the fuel shortage icon flashes in advance, recommending that you drive to the nearest gas station. However, about 5-7 liters of fuel is usually still splashing in the tank. If there is no gas station nearby, you can drive about 40–90 kilometers without stalling. Yes, this is a very average figure, which depends on many factors - from the factory calibration of the sensor and its health, speed and style of your driving. But to get to the second gas station, skipping the first, you will most likely succeed.
How to make a mini-refrigerator out of the glove compartment?
Quite simple - however, instead of full-fledged cold, you get a small flow of cooled air. But that's not bad either! The glove boxes of most modern air-conditioned machines are fitted with internal latches. If you feel and turn this, then some of the conditioned air will be supplied to the glove compartment, allowing you to slightly cool or maintain the temperature of the contents.
What is a plastic larva in the ends of the rear doors for?
Traditionally, the latch on the rear door works as a lock: when activated, children sitting in the back seat will not be able to open the door from the inside.The same function is for a round plug with a larva inside - you just have to use the sting of the key to activate it: inserted, turned, locked. If there is no visual instruction sticker on the door, then the horizontal position of the larva is “locked”, the vertical position is “unlocked”. Check it out.
How do you know which gasoline to refuel?
Useful for rental cars or if you are driving an unfamiliar car. There is a useful sticker on the inside of the fuel cap with the minimum and recommended fuel octane rating. The numbers 95 are drawn, which means that it is better not to pour the 92nd gasoline. The same sticker often saves the forgetful from refueling diesel cars with gasoline.
By the way, look at the tank cap and the design of the lid - often it has a fastener for the plug so as not to get it dirty on the dirty body.
~Where is the washer tank and where is the coolant
Often, both tanks under the hood are close and similar to each other. But just look at the neck plugs - there are usually pictograms engraved in the center. The washer fluid you need to fill looks like this: glass and dotted lines showing water splashing.
How do you know which fuse is blown and where to find it?
Fuses responsible for certain devices and assemblies are usually indicated by clear pictograms. A diagram of their location can be found on the inside of the cover of the safety block. The location will be indicated by numbers (usually with the letter F), and the characteristics (amperage, A) - the color of the fuse and white numbers on its end. Replace a burnt out fuse with a similar one, and for convenience, use plastic tongs, usually fixed nearby.
How to turn on the heated mirrors, if there is one, but the buttons are not?
Often, electrical heating of individual elements is combined with a single power button. If your car does not have its own button for heating the outside mirrors, then this function will most likely turn on together with the heated rear window. Try it and see: it works.
How to protect yourself from the sun through the side window?
Elementary. It is enough to remove the sun visor from the inner catch and turn to the side. Convenient now?
How to defeat freezing and fogging of the windshield?
Simple: turn the airflow control to direct the air towards the glass. In most modern cars, the streams are conveniently separated so that some of the warm air continues to blow comfortably into the legs or chest. In relatively cold weather, it is appropriate to use an air conditioner - it makes the air drier and allows you to quickly get rid of fogging.
How to quickly ventilate a stationary car?
There are at least two ways. The first is mechanical: by lowering the glass of the passenger door, open the driver's room and with a few energetic strokes "open-close" blow out the hot air from the passenger compartment. The second is electronic: try to hold down the unlock button on the key fob for a few seconds. On some cars with power windows, the function will automatically lower all the windows. You can also raise the glass.
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