When Eleni Mitakos began teaching girls and women in Sydney about their cars 12 years ago, she never dreamt she’d reach 50,000 clients – but that’s what’s happened.
Through her company Galmatic, Eleni and her all-female team have taught car maintenance workshops to tens of thousands of women. So, if you have a question about your car, Eleni is confident she’ll have you covered. But there’s one thing she knows about women and cars above anything else: the riskiest belief many of us have.
“I hear people say to me all the time ‘I’m not sure what happened’,” she tells Mamamia. “They think ‘I’ll just wait until the next service’ – and they don’t realise it doesn’t need to get to that stage.”
Eleni says that all too often, even though a car owner can hear, or feel, something’s not quite right, they wait until it’s too late to act.
“So I always tell women that the first thing they need to do as a car owner is get comfortable with knowing their car. Pay attention. How does it normally sound and run?”
Eleni explains that car maintenance isn’t as overwhelming as it sounds.
“It’s actually pretty basic,” she promises.
What every car owner can do before a service.
“We have a thing called a ’10-minute servo check’,” Eleni says.
“About once a month, do these two basic things because they will generally stop something major – and expensive – from happening.
“Firstly, pop your bonnet and check the level of coolant with your eye. You’ll be able to see clearly if it’s full or empty. Coolant keeps the engine cool.”
Eleni then advises that you should check your oil level using the dipstick, which is important to do because oil keeps an engine from drying out.
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And that’s a wrap. Oil rags and spanners down for us for the year ???? Don’t drink and drive and choose your Plan B before you go out. Put some air in the tyres and check the oil and coolant and cruise into Christmas and the new year. 2019 marks our 12th year and having taught 50,000 more Australians how to feel more confident behind the wheel. Giving our chassis’s a well deserved rest. Merry Christmas darlings from the Gals at Galmatic ???????????? #Galmatic #likeagirl #knowyourcarworkshops #carmaintenanceworkshop #schoolincursions #knowyourcarworkshops #girlsmakeyou #notjustforthegirls @alex.savidis
The next steps of the ’10-minute servo check’ are equally simple.