Sometimes you find yourself needing to know how to do one simple thing in your car, and you just can't remember. Maybe it's how to change the clock for Daylight Savings. Maybe it's how to link up a new garage door opener. Maybe it's how to adjust something in the backseat. You know that messing around can just cause more problems, so you want to know the right way.

So how do you figure it out?

1. Check your manual. 
Always a good first step. Many cars now have a "Cliff Notes" style version with the most common things people want to find in their manuals to make it easier to wade through the thick book.

2. Check online.
If it's a situation more than one person has found themselves in, chances are there's an article, blog, or YouTube tutorial about how to address it. I like the YouTube videos because you can see exactly what to do, and if it's not the right strategy for your car, you'll be able to see it right away. This is how we figured out how to link up our garage door opener - the owner's manual and articles were not helpful at all, but a two-minute YouTube video had us on the right track right away.

3. Contact your dealer.
My salesman has contacted me a few times since buying my new car, assuring me that if I have any questions as I drive the car, I can always contact him. My father in law, a former car salesman, said he was never bothered when people had to come back with questions. If he, or the service department, couldn't figure out the answer, they knew someone who could.

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