Would you take dating advice from strangers on Facebook? Shopping advice? Health advice? I hope not. Facebook, the black hole of the Internet, is useful for a few things. It allows you to keep in touch with friends, relatives and loved ones fairly easily when you are far apart. It’s a great source for jokes, memes and cat pictures, and it is full of individuals who have more in common with an apex predator than a human being. They look for easy prey and swoop in to make a kill, and if the world gets to laugh at someone’s folly, all the better.
“Okay, UPCG, WTF are you doing talking about Facebook here? We know what it is, we know what it’s full of.” Here’s why: for every one of us that knows something about cars, there’s at least ten others that don’t know squat. You’re lucky if they can tell you where the damn engine is in the car they drive. They turn the key, put the stick to “D” and step on the pedal on the right and they proceed to pootle along on their merry way. But if something goes wrong, there’s this weird squishy noise as their brain slides out of their ear and they completely lose all sensibility. You want to know why I’m writing this? Here’s why: MORONS ARE TAKING AUTOMOTIVE ADVICE FROM INTERNET MEMES.
You have GOT to be kidding me. I’ve seen the entire page of that work order…someone actually poured coolant into the brake fluid reservoir of a Jeep thinking that they were saving their brakes from freezing up this winter. I have no problem saying that the owner of the Jeep should be faced with one of two options: take a block of classes on auto maintenance (you know, those classes they quit teaching in high schools around 1997?) or be forced to turn in their driver’s license. This is the level things have gotten to: Facebook knows more than the professionals, don’t you know? Don’t believe me? Check out some of the other gems I found during a search…
Again, folks: these are MEMES…you know, Internet jokes. They are NOT solid bets for automotive advice. Do not risk your safety, the safety of others, or hundreds or thousands of dollars in vehicle repairs because you are a f***ing dumbass who needs to be beat about the head and shoulders with a tire iron. If you don’t have the humility (and common sense) to ask someone who is in the profession of automotive parts and/or maintenance what the appropriate measures to take are. Or do everyone within a five hundred mile radius of your location a favor: sit your ass back in front of your computer and STAY THERE. There are more cat pictures, we promise.
Don’t tempt fate. You know who you are.