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January 11, 2013

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Automotive classes offer winter vehicle-maintenance demonstrations

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.

PHOTO: A volunteer for the Automotive Skills Program demonstrates maintenance procedures. Contributed photo
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.
(Contributed photo)

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 available.

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 parts.

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.

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