Working with a bored teenager? Homeschooling a young child?
It’s never too soon to teach someone the basics of auto maintenance. Alternatively, to respond to common auto repair questions.
But, you ought to be careful in which you begin.
Teaching a youngster (who may well not even know how to open the hood! ) on how to replace a timing belt isn’t a smart move. Your youngster can easily become overwhelmed, and feel that do it yourself auto repair projects are far too difficult.
That’s the wrong message to convey.
On the other hand, when you start with an easy project, your son or daughter can gain some confidence, along with a sense of accomplishment. That’ll help make your child more eager to understand the next lesson.
Try these “starter” auto maintenance projects.
– Test the fitness of the wiper blades. If possible, install new blades.
– Look into the air pressure of the tires, along with the tread depth. Explain signs of tire wear. Rotate the tires if it’s time.
– Inspect the air filter. Insert a fresh one if it’s clogged.
– Check the fluid levels-such a soil and brake, windshield wiper, coolant and transmission-and top them off.
– Complete an oil, lube and filter job.
– Demonstrate how to put on the spare tire. Check its tire pressure.
– Try out your battery, and appearance its fluid levels.
– Inspect the belts for signs and symptoms of fraying or cracking.
– Put together a car emergency kit.
– Execute a tune-up (a little more advanced task).
– Continue your car maintenance 101 lesson at our stores.
– Let’s say you checked the air filter as one of your teaching lessons. You find that it’s filthy.
– Next, you could take your child to your nearby Advance Auto Parts store where you can get all your auto repair questions answered. Show your child how you can look up the correct size air filter to your vehicle, pick the right brand and bring the filter home. By replacing the old filter together with the one you just bought, then complete your lesson.
Again, completing these relatively simple do it yourself auto repair projects can give your kids some confidence-and spark a desire to battle more complicated tasks down the road. Plus, if your child or teen is part of a homeschooling group, you could potentially give lessons to all of them, positively influencing an entire selection of young people and teach them valuable real life skills.