KI Western Auto hosts Venture Scouts
Auto Care 101
STEVENSVILLE — The Kent Island Western Auto, owned by Doby and Linda Middleton, in Stevensville, recently hosted a Auto Care 101 clinic for local Venture Scouts from Venture Crew 175 of Sudlersville. The unit is sponsored and meets at Calvary Ashbury United Methodist Church. Western Auto Automotive Technician Jim Tribul provided the instruction for the group in his work bay for about an hour and half.
Tribul went over basic care car needs many people ignore and then eventually pay the price to have those items fixed or worse, have to buy a new car sooner than needed if they had taken just a few minutes to pay attention to basic care.
Tribal told the group, “Every time you stop to fill your gas tank there are some quick things you can do the check your vehicle to help prevent trouble. 1. Check the engine oil at least weekly, and 2. Check the tire pressure regularly.”
The Middletons prepared a valuable packet for the group, listing items everyone should do to care for their vehicle. The packet started with “How to Pack an Emergency Kit.” Recommended items: roadside flares, a First-Aid kit, jumper cables, a flashlight with fresh batteries, screwdrivers (both Phillips and flat head), an adjustable wrench, a pair of pliers, duct tape, a spray bottle with washer fluid, bottled water, Granola or energy bars, and a AAA or roadside emergency card, to mention just a few.
Basics for under the hood: check engine oil levels and cleanliness, antifreeze/coolant level (never attempt to remove radiator cap while engine is hot or warm), brake and powersteering fliud levels, transmission fluid and engine belts. Air filters and windshield wipers blades need replacing — both should be changed once a year. Make sure battery cables are clean and tight.
If your vehicle breaks down, try to get your vehicle off the roadway as far as possible to provide safety and turn on your flasher/hazard lights indicating an emergency stop. Stay inside your vehicle, and don’t accept rides from strangers.
Remember, today’s vehicles are more complex and complicated than the cars of the 1960s, ‘70s and ‘80s, incorporating more computer electronics, silicon chips and sophisticated engines, Tribul said. However, the same basic care still applies to all kinds of vehicles and can extend the life and durability of your vehicle.
Several of Scouts shared their impressions following the clinic.
Greg Tarr, 15, of Queen Anne, said, “I already knew quite a bit about car care from working with my dad on our family car, however, I was impressed with how many different types of fluids are put into a car engine. I’d like to eventually take all the pieces of a car apart and then put it back together.”
Seth Garcia, 16, of Millington, said, “I was impressed with how much Mr. Jim knew about automobiles. He knew what he was talking about.”
Scout Angelo Moore, 15, of Sudlersville, said, “I enjoyed the experience practicing the changing of a flat tire. Mr. Jim took us through how to do it safely, step by step.”
Angelo also noted how different it is being part of a Venture Crew in Scouting. “It’s a more mature experience, being with others who are primarily my own age. That’s different from a regular Boy Scout troop,” he said.
Crew units include both older boys and girls, ages 14 to 20, with a focus on career education and personal skill development activities, as well as high adventure activities.
The clinic was arranged by Venture Crew Advisors Sharla Rice-Moore and Melanie Tarr.
Members of local Venture Scout Crew 175 of Sudlersville gather in the work bay at the Western Auto on Kent Island for a free auto care clinic. From the left, technician Jim Tribull, Crew members Shayla Moore, Angelo Moore, Anna Baldwin, Seth Garcia, Maggie Kling, Nick Short, Greg Tarr, Nick Short, Crew Advisors Shayla Rice-Moore and Melanie Tarr, and KI Western Auto owner Doby Middleton.
From the left, KI Western Auto Technician Jim Tribull explains basic maintenance during a clinic for a Venture Scout Crew 175 of Sudlersville. Also pictured, Scouts Angelo Moore, Maggie Kling, Greg Tarr, Anna Baldwin, Shayla Moore and Nick Short. Venture Scouting focuses on career and skill building as well as normal Scouting activities. The clinic was hosted free for the group by KI Western Auto owners Doby and Linda Middleton.