SAFETY

Popular Mechanics (South Africa) - - In The Garage -

Work­ing safely is al­ways of para­mount im­por­tance.

Al­ways chock both wheels on the side of the ve­hi­cle op­po­site to the wheel you’re work­ing on. But be­ware – if your garage floor is es­pe­cially smooth or painted, the chocks may slip. In this case, po­si­tion rub­ber mat­ting un­der the wheels and chocks. Never place any part of your body un­der the jacked-up ve­hi­cle un­less you have the nec­es­sary safety stands in place.

Park your car in your garage and hide your ig­ni­tion key away in the house. I’ve men­tioned this be­fore, but be­lieve me when I say peo­ple have been se­ri­ously in­jured, or worse, when a hur­ried fam­ily mem­ber jumps into the driver’s seat, starts the en­gine and drives away while work is in progress.

Leave the gear­box in neu­tral and the hand­brake off ( this is why we use wheel chocks), as you will need to man­u­ally spin the wheels.

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