Motorists in the Fort McCoy community can attend several
demonstrations during the next several months at the Automotive Skills
Program, building 1763, to help ensure their vehicles are in top
operating condition for the winter season and the rest of the year.
Francis “Fritz” Downs, a volunteer for the Automotive Skills
Program at Fort McCoy, demonstrates maintenance procedures to
help winterize privately owned vehicles during a workshop.
The demonstrations will be held on a monthly basis to
show authorized patrons how to do various services to take care of their
vehicles as well as what resources the Automotive Skills Program has
A car winterizing workshop held Dec. 13 informed participants how to
check fluid levels and maintain appropriate tire air pressure in winter
and other seasons. The workshop also covered checking the proper
functioning of windshield wipers, headlights, antifreeze (levels) and
hoses and belts.
The next workshop Saturday, Jan. 19, begins at 2 p.m., and will present
step-by-step instructions for replacing brake pads. The free workshop
will show attendees how to save money by doing it themselves versus
taking a vehicle into an auto shop for repairs/maintenance/replacement
A workshop scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 9 will inform attendees how to
rotate tires and perform vehicle inspections. The 3 p.m. workshop will
cost $2 per person.
An oil changing clinic will be presented Saturday, March 2 at 10 a.m.
The cost is $1 per person.
All of these workshops/clinics are demonstration only and will not
include services performed on any privately owned vehicles of attendees.
Authorized patrons can come to the Automotive Skills Program to perform
these services on a do-it-yourself, fee basis. Trained staff members are
available to provide guidance and assistance, as necessary.
The Automotive Skills Program is open Thursdays and Fridays from 1-9
p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
For more information about services or fees in the Automotive Skills
Program, call 608-388-3013 or 388-3213.