How to Open Your Car Hood

How to Open Your Car Hood

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Oh, hi again!

This post is going to be a little different.  I’m trying out videos!  Yay!

You guys get to see my pretty face (oh good lord, help us all) and hear me talk (I swear I’m not from the North) about how to open your car hood and what’s under there.

It’s not too scary, don’t worry.

Dirty car vs. clean car: a story about my husband and power tools

My car was suuuuuuper dirty when I first started working on these videos.  I’m surprised no one wrote WASH ME on the window.

Lo and behold, my husband caught wind that I was putting this post together.  Cuz, ya know, I told him. 😉

I, being the professional that I am *cough cough*, was NOT allowed to post a video of my car in the state it was in, according to my husband.

–Commence eye roll–

He asked me to stop by the shop while I was out running errands.  Ok, sure!  When I got there, he pulled out his big ol’ pressure washer and went to town.  He didn’t just wash my engine compartment, oh no ladies and gentlemen, he just had to wash the whole car!  You could tell he secretly loved every minute of it.

Sometimes I wonder if he’s addicted to power tools.

My thoughts as I’m watching him get in the ‘washing zone’:  Yes, yes dear.  My engine compartment is filthy, but so is everyone else’s.  Then I got to thinking about a new blog post about keeping your car clean — so that’ll be coming up in the future.  And dammit if I’m not going to take my own advice and wash my car more often!

Look at the difference!!


Anywho, on to the reason you came here!

How to open your car hood

Has just the thought of opening your car hood induced a mild anxiety attack?

Fear no more!!

I will be covering the basics of opening your car hood (this can be tricky, sometimes!) and giving a brief overview of what those funny little symbols mean on the different caps under the hood.

What the video entails

Since I’m straying from a normal ‘text’ blog post, I’ll break down the sections of the video:

  1. Intro
  2. How to unlatch your hood Step 1
  3. How to unlatch your hood Step 2
  4. What’s under the hood
  5. Summary

Just an FYI, video is about 4 minutes long

There ya are, folks!  A quick and dirty (or clean, I suppose) overview of what’s under your car hood.

No panicking, no anxiety, just some plastic and metal.

After the basics

Once you get to know what’s under there up close and personal, we’ll hit tons of other topics like headlights, air filter replacement, maybe even hose repair if we decide to get wild!

Until next time, Au revoir!

34 thoughts on “How to Open Your Car Hood

  1. Geezzz, you mean I should be washing under the hood?? Well, that’s news to me, so I guess I will be washing the motor part of my car, too. I am learning all kinds of new stuff!

    1. Absolutely! Under the hood ‘stuff’ can still get dirty, corroded, and/or rusty. Best to keep things clean and tidy! 🙂

  2. I love this post because so many “helpful” car sites skip right to the problem under the hood and don’t tell you how to get there! Thank you so much for starting at the very beginning. It really is a very good place to start – especially when you’re talking cars to people who don’t know the language!

    1. Thank you, Kelly, for the awesome message! I’m so glad this is helping with the beginning stages of the ‘how’. That’s my goal! Yay!

  3. I have a UK drivers license in addition to a US one. Part of the driving test was opening the hood of the car so you could show how to check fluid levels. I think that should be a requirement here, too.

    1. I completely agree, Kamie! That’s one avenue I’ve thought about once I have my blog well established. I want to reach out to the local Driver’s Ed program and see if we could work together. It’s so important to know the basics of your car.

    1. Thank you so much! Videos are mildly scary, but I’m glad I got the courage to do it. Unfortunately, my car is dirty again! Time to have the hubby pull out the pressure washer. 😉

    1. Thanks, Anitra! I honestly think we should all learn the basics in Driver’s Ed. It would make so much sense!

  4. This is great! I love to read but when it comes to trying to follow directions or a how-to, I always look for a video. Great job.

    1. That’s wonderful news, Christyw8!! My old man made SURE I knew the basics before I could even drive, lol!

  5. I definitely need to keep an eye out for your post about jump starting the car. I have been shown before, but it just goes in one ear and out the other. I think I need that post so I can refer back to it as needed!

  6. This is Great! When I first got my license my father taught me how to check my oil, add oil, check tire pressure, change a tire, all the basics that I may need to do by myself or in an emergency. I think this is a valuable resource for people who didn’t get that crash course lol

    1. Thank you so much, Melissa! I really think we should all have a crash course for the basics in Driver’s Ed. Definitely something I want to explore for a future project.

    1. Thank you for the kind words, Courtney! Just the basics can still be intimidating. Practice makes perfect. 🙂

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