Workshop Descriptions

Basic Auto Care Clinic 101

In this workshop you will learn the basics of the combustion engine and how the systems of a car work together. Topics include tools, manuals, maintenance schedules, and finding a good mechanic. Projected images, diagrams, and actual parts and tools are used for reference, with opportunities for questions and participant dialogue throughout.  For the hands-on part of the workshop, participants will have the opportunity to practice changing a tire using the jack provided with their own car. We’ll go under the hood and talk about checking vital fluids, changing an air filter, and the process and materials needed for an oil change.

For anyone interested in personal empowerment through understanding more about cars.


Basic Auto Care Clinic 202

Basic Auto Care 202 is intended for those who have taken Basic Auto Care 101 from Sarah, or for those who already have experience changing a tire and want to delve into other projects with their cars.

In this three hour hands-on workshop, participants will have an opportunity to change the oil in their own vehicles while learning how to use a jack and jack stands to safely work underneath the car.  We will also review how to check and change an air filter, how to inspect your breaks, and discuss any other questions that may come up. Participants must be familiar with the year, make, model, engine size, and number of cylinders their car has.  If you do not have a car or do not want to change your own oil, there will still be opportunity to learn by helping other participants.

What to Bring:  You will need to bring oil in the proper amount and viscosity, and an oil filter that fits your vehicle.  Please have your owner’s manual and know where the jack and lug nut wrench are stored in your car. Though not required, it will be helpful if you have the tools needed to remove the drain plug and oil filter on your vehicle, an oil drain pan, and a funnel.  Come dressed to be on the ground and with clothes that you don’t mind getting oil and grease on.