~ no matter what you drive ~Have you ever seen a puddle of fluid under your vehicle? It can be a frightening sight but if you know your colors, it can lessen the scare. It's easy enough to check fluids in your vehicle and in doing so, you'll sometimes prevent a small problem from becoming a large problem. Any auto store will have the fluids, except petrol or diesel, needed to operate a vehicle. Once purchased, I keep them all in a box, easily accessible in my mud room and, bi-monthly, check all fluids in all vehicles, street and farm. Make sure to keep fluids in a place where they won't freeze. Don't keep fluids in a unheated garage or outbuilding.
If you garage your vehicle, an old piece of carpet or vinyl flooring under the engine will catch drips and prevent staining of the floor.
Radiator leaks are yellowish green, depending upon the type antifreeze you use. Be diligent about not allowing pets around antifreeze. Dogs, especially, love the taste and if they drink it, they'll die.
Power steering and transmission leaks are reddish in color.
Engine trouble is usually dark brown or black oil. It's easy enough to check your own oil and you should, especially if you have an older car or don't change oil frequently. Oil is the lifeblood of your vehicle and should be changed according to manufactures instructions. I change oil every 3,000 miles and the small shop I use also checks other fluids, tire pressure, etc.
Air conditioner fluid is clear water and in an older vehicle, sometimes the freeon needs to be topped off. If your air conditioner isn't working as well as it used to, have a reputable garage check the freeon levels. If you have this done while you're also having the oil changed, usually, there's no additional charge.
Keep windshield wiper container full and, in winter, use a fluid that has antifreeze or add a tablespoon or two on your own. Sometimes I'll also wash the windshield with Rain Off, a silicon type wash that allows rain to bead up and run down the windshield. When using Rain Off, I've found it best to not use the wipers unless driving in a hard rain or the windshield will streak.
The note, following, is from someone who signed "Donna" but didn't allow me the courtesy of a response. Thus, this public response.
"There's a huge difference between denying a segment of our population their civil rights and expressing ones first amendment rights. Mr. Cathy and the rest of you certainly can have your opinion; no one is denying you that. But when people's opinions discriminate against others and their rights, which is what you are doing, then you are intolerant. In my opinion intolerance is an unforgivable act. You may hid [sic] under the guise of the Bible all you want but you are still intolerant and discriminating against a certain segment of society with your rigid beliefs. What out though one day you may be denied certain rights because a segment of society does not believe you should have them. What goes around always come back around." [signed] Donna
Dear Donna - If you'd given me the opportunity to send you a private e-mail, I would have taken that route. However, you have no-comment turned on, thus the public response.
The last time I checked, engaging in sexual intercourse, or not, wasn't a matter of "civil rights"; thankfully. In voicing my opinion that I believe marriage is between one man and one woman, I am not denying anyone their "civil rights" nor am I hiding under, nor behind, the guise of the Bible which, frequently, addresses homosexuality; . Genesis 2:24, Romans 1:26, 27, I Corinthians 6:9 are some of those Bible verses. If you have a problem with God's word, take it up with Him; I'm sure He'd love to hear from you.
Frequently, I am the only heterosexual person at a party where I've been invited by homosexual friends. Frequently, I take vacations with a dear friend who has an "alternative lifestyle" whom I love dearly and would give her a kidney if she needed one. Perhaps it would surprise you to know, our friendship spans decades.
Because I believe marriage is between one man and one woman doesn't mean I am intolerant towards homosexuals. Stating that I believe the Bible when it says marriage is between one man and one woman isn't judging; it's a statement. I can't judge; I live in a glass house.
I'm curious, if you had the courage of your convictions, why are you hiding behind "anonymous"?
P. S. "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof, or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assembly, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."
Blessings ~ knowing your vehicle fluids ~ First Amendment Freedom of Speech ~ traditional marriage ~ friends who make life interesting ~