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Beginner Car Maintenance for Women - learn how to care for your car!

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4 Lessons (22m)
    • 1. Know Your Car and get Confident behind the wheel

    • 2. The Easy 10 Minute Car Check

    • 3. How to change a Tyre!

    • 4. Everything you need to be Cruise Ready

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About This Class


The interactive way to get to Know Your Car!

Are you a Gal that drives and owns a car, but doesn't really know much about what happens under the hood/bonnet? 

What would you do if your car stopped for no reason on the side of the road?

What if your car overheated? 
Do know where the coolant goes?

Where to put the oil? How to change a tyre?

That’s why we created the ‘Know Your Car’ Online Course.

To help get women and teenage girls safe behind the wheel!

My name is Eleni and I founded Galmatic - the All Gal Online Garage in 2007.

Since then we have taught over 50,000 women and teenagers, the essential car basics that keep you saving $ at the mechanic and your car driving - every time you need it to. 

So what's in this course? 

Nuts and Bolts

The fun, easy and interactive way to help get you safe behind the wheel! 

4 Video Tutorials

Covering all the basics you need to be ready to drive on your own with an understanding of how to maintain your vehicle.

4-part Interactive Workbook

With checklists to compliment the video tutorials and personalise the program to your car make and model.

Glovebox Guide Playbook

A recap of the program ‘must know’, in the format of an instant download for your phone, like a one stop self-serve garage in her handbag.


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1. Know Your Car and get Confident behind the wheel: Hi. My name's already founder of Gal Medic, and since 2007 we have taught over 40,000 people how to feel more confident behind the wheel, and the way we do that. It's just by getting our hands crazy, we'll write you one head spanner in the other and just popping the bonnet and getting more comfortable with what you can and can't touch. How to get to know that noises of your car and just feel less intimidated when you go to a mechanic. The online course that you are going to go through is divided into four sections. We have a car basics under the Bonnet section, which get you comfortable with doing what we call a 10 minutes over chick. So what you could do once a month for under 10 minutes at the service station to make sure that you maintain your car between car services, We also look a tire key. What to look for when you're checking your tires visually at that servo check and also had a change. A tire. Nobody actually ever wants to change a tie when you're running late, or when you have an important meeting or you have a date to go, Teoh. But if you know how to do it, then if there's no one else around and Roadside assistance is an hour and 1/2 away, you feel comfortable knowing that you could just pop the boot for the tire out and change a tire. And you can do that in under 10 minutes as well. We also look at car safety at night. So how to be more cautious around a dark car parks in the evening and want to do to feel more comfortable when you're in the car, and also the perfect things that you need to kick in the car. We have two types of birds a kid, the more traditional sense. And what were you doing in the car to be what we call crews ready? There's a glove box guy that you can download straight on to your phone. It gives you the 10 minutes of check in bullet point form. We also have a video they that shows you how to change a time just in case you don't remember how to. Everything you need is on that glove box guy that you just download and keep on your fun. We also have our workbooks, so make sure that you down with them, print them and go through them. And now you're a perfect companion to the video tutorials. Welcome again to your metaphysical gal Matic online garage. If you have a point, need to ask any questions. Want to get in touch? We have life check on our Web sites and chat away. It's always a gal medic trainer that's online. And you could follow us on Instagram or Facebook. We have a YouTube channel. Can you touch which ever way you feel comfortable? Welcome again and I look forward to seeing you on the road. 2. The Easy 10 Minute Car Check : Let's start with under the bonnet. This is my heart, Charlie, and what we're going to do is have a look. It just what you're going to do at that 10 minutes Survey check, but also get a little bit more familiar with what's under the bonnet of the car. Now you'll get used to your car, but keep in mind you'll sometimes be driving a friend's car. You may hire a car. You may be in your mama dad's car. Or you may have more than one car that your family uses that you're jumping in and out off so it's could get comfortable with every kind you drive. But you'll feel the most relaxed, hopping the bonnet with your own car. So let's have a look with my car, Charlie, on how you can do your under the bonnet. 10 minutes Server chip. This is the engine bay, which is the area under the bonnet that holds your engine. What we're gonna cover today other things to look out for on your 10 minutes servo chick. So when you're the service station once a month, what to keep an eye on what check to keep your car maintained at its best between car services. Now the first thing we're gonna cover is the cooling system. So what that means is the areas the parts of your engine that help maintain the temperature of your car so your car gets hot when it's on when you're driving, and the cooling system is really important, but easy to maintain. Here we have the radiator, and it is connected via hoses to the cooling reservoir or the overflowed that is a plastic container that houses Poland. Now colon is used to pick up hate from around your engine and help cool your car in my engine. Bait is very easy to know where that reservoir is, cause it's so obvious you can see it very easily. To find yours started the radiator, follow the horrors around and look for the plastic container that has a fluid in it. Yours is either gonna be pink like mine, lavender or grain. So what you want to do is first of all, look for it because we no longer in modern cars have a radiator cap that we pop. We check the fluid levels in the colon reservoir. There'll be an indicator that says full alone. Once you read that on the side, if you're running low and need to add some Maureen, what you're going to do is just remove the cap. It is not hot in this area, so you won't burn yourself. You remove the cap and you pouring some coolant that needs to be the same color as the coolant that you've already got in your car. So if you've got a pink red coolant like mine, that's the color that you need to put in. If you go to an auto supermarket and give them the details of your car, make and model, I will give you exactly the correct one for your car. But just always keep in mind if you just picking one up from the service station, it needs to be the same color. Fill it up until you get it too full. The next thing we want to check is the oil. Now this little area, he is called the Dipstick. We just pull it out and it's quite long and sometimes a bit tricky to put back Yunus Well, because it's quite longer thing and bendy, we're chicken for two. Things were checking for the amount, but we're also checking to see what the quality of the oil is like. As you can see here, I pulled the dipstick out. I want, but and there's some indicators. There is a law and a fall, and you want to have it between those two up towards the full. Not too low, but not overflowing. Ada. So as well as checking the amount, we're checking to see the quality, the color and the consistency. So you can see here. I'm just putting a little bit on my fingers. It is warm, it's not going to burn you. And what I'm checking is to see. Is it nice and smooth? Is that granule? Ah, is it getting old if it's got a little sandy texture and made its old and it starts to need a change as well as if it's thick, the amount we take the dipstick out. We give it a wipe, and we look to say how much is on so we make sure that we're in between those two indicators. Once you've done that, put the dipstick back in. Now what you want to do? He's just take a night off the quality what it felt like. So when you check it again in a month that you can see how your cars going and see the quality off it. If you do need to fill up because it was a little Loy, take the engine cap off. Now this is the oil camp. What you want to do is I've put it just up there, so I don't lose it. What you want to do is pour some oil in now, bottles have a straight site and a curvy sign. You always want to pull from the curvy side, not from the straight side she pulled from the curse side. You won't need a funnel now. If your oil was low, what you want to do, it's not putting any more than a later. So the size bottle I've got there is a later you don't want to overfill it. You want to fill it up and then check it again later on to see if you still need to add some more oil. Don't forget to put the old cap back on. Put it on quite nice and firm and do keep in mind that this part of the car is always warm . Now, one thing we wanted always check, which we sometimes forget to is the fluid that we put on our windscreen wipers. And that just has to be straight water. You don't need to put anything else in. Make sure you don't put in dishwashing look good, because that will keep bubbling and foaming and also eat away at the cle paint on top of your arm Paintwork you just fill this out with normal tap water. That way, you always got windscreen wipers ready with water in case you've got a dirty windscreen. Now the final thing we're gonna do is check out battery. You may have a maintenance for a battery, which means it's just flat. Fabulous. You don't need to check that. If you do have the battery like mine, you need to take the cap off and make sure there's enough distilled water covering the little silver plate and then put caps back on 3. How to change a Tyre! : Let's crouched down to the tires and do a quick visual tire inspection. Look for the amount of tight trip, which is the grooves in the tire, and check to see that there are no nicks bulges of bold spots. You need the right amount of tire tread for grip breaking and control, and there's an easy way to check your tire tread depth. Grab a 20 cent coin and slip it into the trade with the platter poolside, showing you need to have the platypus bill covered. If you can see the bottom of the bill, then your trade is too low. Let's check the amount off air you having your tires next. The air pump at the service station will allow you to choose the amount of air you and use the plus and minus sign to set the required amount. The hardest connected to the pump is how you will do this to determine how much you need. Look for your tired placard, which is usually like aided in the driver's inside door panel. You're looking for the PS I amount. Charlie's recommended tire pressure is 32 p, a sign now on age. Well, we're going to remove the Thai capital, and we're going to connect the hose to add the airing. When you're looking at the hose at the connecting part, you want to just have a quick visual check because often these get run over at a service station and they're not in great condition. Once you've done a check, pop it on and listen out for the beeps. When you hear the machine beep, it means you've added in the correct amount of a that you've asked the machine to put in for. You do this on all four times. Be extra careful to make sure that you do put the caps back on often filled up with air because if you leave the cap off, you will lose a little bit of a as time goes by. So check all four tires before you leave, and changing a tire means we're actually changing a wheel. So we're taking the wheel off that has the flat tire and putting the spare whale on that has the new tire on it. You want to make sure in the boot you've got all the things here. I'm holding the will brace, which is what takes the nuts off the wheel. There are two times. This one is my favorite. We use this one in class all the time. It has four different sizes, depending on the size that the nuts on your whale arm. So you want to make sure that you've got a wheel brace. You also need to have a jack A jackets, how you're going to actually lift the car up. All of them are slightly different, but this one is usually the most common one you have, and it's what will help you get the car up so you can get that wheel on. Now. This bit is the big. We often leave on the side of the road if we change a tire. And it's just the part that connects to the jack and lets the jack go up and down. And, of course, a spare wheel, a spare tires, what we need to do a tire change, changing the tyres into tricky. But we want to make sure that we do it safely, correctly and in the right order. When we wanna make sure is that the boots closed, bonnets closed, and there's no one in the carnal that the doors are closed if it's on the side of a road, we want to make sure that if what standing well away from the road so that there's no one else that's going to get hurt while we're changing the tire, we want to make sure that we've got the right equipment out ready before we start doing it . So we don't work out with missing something. It's obviously we need the spare time. Then we need something to lift the count, which is the Jack. We need any other components. The jack needs to lift the car, which in this case is the range. And we need something to take the nuts off the the wheel so we can actually get the wheel on and off. And you always need the logbook. So if you've changed the tire on a car before, then you're OK. But if you've never changed on this particular car, you just want to make sure you've got the Jack points in the correct spot. The first thing that we're going to do is actually loosen the nuts on the wheel, so we're going to loosen them diagonally across and just enough so that we can have what we call them hand loose once we've got the nuts loose within going toe. Actually jack up the car. We've already looked in the log book to find the correct Jack points under the car. I always said the jacking underneath so that the jacks almost closed, not quite open enough, and we slip them under the points. What we're going to do is slowly jack up the car until the Jack is actually touching the points in the vehicle. Words touching, and we slowly will start to jack up the car and you'll notice the whole car will start to lift. If we put the Jack in the wrong spot, you might notice that the car's not lifting properly, and also you'll notice that it might make start making some cracking noises once we've jacked the car up enough and everyone always says, How do I know it's enough Jacket up until you've got about an inch or two from the tire of above the actual ground, or until the Jack one go up any further. Now what we're going to do is loosen the nuts even more, taking them all off, and we always say, Put them into your pockets so you don't lose the nuts. If you lose one or two, you can always take one off each other wheel to pull back onto the spare. So we've put the nuts in our pocket. Now what we're going to do is actually carefully take the wheel off. So staying nice and low, staying fairly close to the car, and we're going to lift the wheel off, rolling the wheel onto the ground, and we're going to grab the spare tire. So what we're going to do now is stand very close to the car and I actually put my body against the car and we have to make sure that the actual holes in the wheel lineup with the nuts on the car. So what we're going to do is do that before we actually have to lift the tire. So I've lined all the holes up. We're gonna lift it onto the whale, and sometimes it takes a little bit of a jiggle just to get them on. I hold it with my leg while I slowly put the nuts back on diagonally across from each other . So that way you don't have just the top ones on in the bottom of the wheel is poking out all the other way around. So I've put the nuts back on and I tartan them by hand. I can then lower the car, removed the jack out carefully, and then I'm going to grab the wrench and tighten the nuts up again until they're as tight as I could get them. Have a check around to make sure there's nothing that I've left behind and then pack everything away back into the booth. So now that we've got the spare tire on a couple of things to point out, it says temporary use only spare tires are designed to get you to a service center, not for you to keep driving for the next few months on. And if you see the sticker here, it says maximum 80 kilometers per hour. You're not allowed to exceed that speed limit with this tire. Once you go into the tie center, they're gonna put in your tire on for you, and then you're going to get a will balance in a wheel alignment that will make sure that you can handle the car correctly, especially in a breaking emergency or when you're turning a corner and perfect for fuel economy. So it's important that once that spare tires on that, you get back into a tire service center and get a correct tired back. 4. Everything you need to be Cruise Ready : safety tip number one. Lock the doors when you were driving. Think about when you pull up in a set of lots. What do you have sitting on the front state? Do you keep your handbag there? What about in the backseat when your car stationary pedestrians walking on the footpath or crossing the road can easily come up to the car, open your door and grab what's inside. It's a term known as Carjacking. You can keep yourself safe from car checking simply by locking the doors that will cover you when you're driving. Safety Tip number two is car park safety. You want to afford parking and dark, secluded Karpin's Backstreets and Lane ways. Try not to park behind trees or in dark, unlit areas where you are not visible to pass a buys when walking to your car. One. Walk quickly and go straight to your car getting and lock the doors. Two. Don't sit in the car, checking your phone or fixing things in the bag. You want to get in and drive off quickly and three. Even if you are running late, try and look for well lit car park, parking other cars and close to the lift and exits. Grab a bag. We're going to put the ultimate car cruise kit together. This is the stuff that you want to keep in a bag rather than rummaging around in the car because keep in mind in a car, it gets 20 plus degrees hotter than it is outside the cup sevens, 35 degrees outside. It's gonna be over 55 degrees inside. In this kit, you want to pack some pen. It'll some tissues, some makeup wants because they're not only great for fixing up makeup touch ups, but you can use them as hand wipes and a fabulous as deodorant wants a swell. You want some hand sanitizer and perfume? It goes off within hours, sitting in a car that you may not want to put in a glass bottle. So that's where it's great just to grab a body spray from processing or chemist to throwing . Instead, you also want to have some temp ons, panty liners, all period knickers, depending on what you prefer. I now fall and a cuticle stick. And even though those things don't go on much like a hip bright, it's good just to keep them all in the same place. Now I use a little Bobby hairbrush because it doesn't take up too much room. Lip balm goes off. It melts so quickly in a car, so you want that in your kit as well. And sunscreen. When you do a lot of driving, you can get quite suntanned and sunburn on your face in your hands. So that's nice to put in. I've got a little battery powered torch. You have one on your fine but a lot. Just have an extra one and also hang cream. This is a sop. It's my favorite hand cream and that obviously hand cream goes off very, very quickly as well. Now, high hair ties and hair clips again don't go off. But since I've got everything else in that kid, I throw them in there so that I've got everything in the bag. I put in a notebook and pen. I prefer pence. Two pencils cause pencils need a shop owner and pins don't break. And if you've got everything in that bag, you can leave it at the front door, zipped in. You know you got everything that you need, and you don't have to have it rummaging around in the glove box or you're going through the boot looking for stuff you're good role in the back, sipped up. Keep where you keep your handbag in the house and then you can grab it on your way out. So that's what we call kid number one or a cruise ready kid, or just job stuff that you need in a cock it the second kit, which, of course, you Nate, and it's the one you usually think about. He's a first aid kit now, when it comes to first aid kids, there are so many on the market that you can get and each one will have all different things inside. But what's great about a first aid Cute that you buy just from the supermarket or chemist? It says you know a car kit or, you know, a small first aid keep is that it's going to have everything you need, so you don't have to go buying everything individually. What you want to do is periodically check that everything you're still in there. That was in the little list that comes with the kit that it's not open that it's not dirty that it hasn't expired and that you actually don't have blunt scissors or rusty things sitting in there. So you just want to check that it is fully stopped and the little kids like we have heat a fabulous and they're very inexpensive. But they have one in them missing, which is on extra item you can buy to throw in the Q. And that's the little thermal blankets. They look a bit like al foil, and they great to keep, just in case there's an accident, and you need to keep someone nice and warm as they're in shock. Back of the first aid kit tells you what you need. If you can't find everything in your kit, write it down So you got a list for the next time you go shopping.