If you want to do some work on your own on your truck, but you are not that experienced of a mechanic, here are five tips to keep in mind that will keep you safe while you work.
#1 Keep Your Clothing Simple
You should not wear anything on your hands when you are working on your truck. That means you should take off all watches, rings and any other jewelry that you wear that could get caught on something or damage while you are working on your vehicle.
You should also avoid wearing loose clothing that can get caught on something. Also, if you have long hair, be sure to pull it back.
#2 Let Your Vehicle Cool Off
You should never work on your truck when it is hot. Allow your engine to cool off to you don't get burned when you touch it. Also, be sure that you give your vehicle enough time for all the oils to cool off before you work on those areas of your vehicle. When the fluids in your vehicle are hot, even the steam coming off the engines could scald you.
#3 Be Careful Where You Put Your Tools
As you work, be careful with where you place your tools. Ideally, you should put your tools inside of your tool box or belt every time you need to put them down. Or, place them on the bench or floor next to you. Never set your tools on top of the battery of your vehicle. If you put a metal tool on top of your truck's battery, it could actually cause the circuit inside to short and even potentially explode. So be careful with where you place your vehicles; ideally you should never place them on your vehicle itself.
#4 Keep Your Vehicle in Neutral & Brake On
When you are working on your vehicle, you should have it set in neutral. You should also have the hand brake or emergence brake applied. Taking these steps will help ensure that your vehicle doesn't roll on you while you are working on it.
#5 Don't Manual Siphon Fluids
If you need to drain fluids, do not manual siphon fluids such as cooling agents, coolant or fuel through a tube using your mouth for suction. These fluids may be good for your car, but they are not good for your body. Don't put yourself at risk by using your mouth to siphon fluids. Most all fluid areas in your vehicle have drains that you can use to remove the fluid from these areas if necessary.
For more information or assistance, contact local truck services.