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Auto Repair Safety Rules




Auto Repair Safety Rules



Part of the Auto Repair For Dummies Cheat Sheet


When you’re repairing your car or doing basic maintenance, practice these
safety methods to avoid injury to yourself and damage to your automobile and to
be prepared in case of a mishap:



  • Don’t smoke while you’re working on your vehicle.


  • Never work on your vehicle unless the parking brake is on,
    the gearshift is in Park or Neutral, and the engine is shut off (unless it has
    to be running for you to do the work).


  • Be sure that the parts of the engine you’re working on are
    cold so that you don’t get burned.


  • Never jack up a car unless the wheels are properly
    blocked.


  • Use insulated tools for electrical work.


  • Before using a wrench or ratchet on a part that seems to be
    stuck, make sure that if it suddenly comes loose, your hand won’t hit anything.
    To avoid the possibility of bruised knuckles, pull on wrenches rather than push
    them whenever possible.


  • Before working on your car, take off your rings, tie, long
    necklaces, and other jewelry, and tie back long hair.


  • If you’re using toxic chemicals such as coolant ,
    cleaners, and the like, keep them away from your mouth and eyes, wash your hands
    thoroughly after using them, and either store them safely away from pets and
    children or dispose of them in a way that’s safe for the environment.


  • Know that gasoline is extremely dangerous to have around.
    Not only is it toxic and flammable, but the vapor in an empty can is explosive
    enough to take out a city block.


  • Work in a well-ventilated area. If possible, work outdoors
    in your driveway, your backyard, or a parking lot. If you must work in your
    garage, be sure to keep the garage door open and the vehicle as close to the
    door as possible.


  • Keep fire extinguishers handy. Place one in your garage and
    one under the front seat of your vehicle. (Be sure to secure it with a bracket
    that will prevent it from rolling under the pedals.)






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