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Tahoe-Truckee high school students explore car maintenance

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The “open hood" format allowed young drivers to see engine workings up close.
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TRUCKEE, Calif. — How much do you know about checking your engine oil, brake fluid, transmission oil and power steering fluid?

Probably not more than students from Truckee and North Tahoe high schools, who are now smarter about inspecting vital fluids, as well as other important vehicle maintenance items.

The “Don’t Blow Up Your Car Seminar” was hosted by Quality Automotive and Smog service specialist Gary Gunter in an effort to introduce new drivers to the need to be aware of what is going on under the hood.

“Driving is more than turning left and right. New drivers need to be familiar with simple maintenance and inspection items in order to keep them safe and avoid damaging their investment,” says Gunter.

The “open hood” seminar allowed young drivers to see engine workings. A discussion of all the warning lights that may come on was covered as well, as many young drivers don’t know what to do when the check engine light comes on.

“If the light is flashing, this is a real emergency and you should pull over at the nearest shop or have the vehicle towed to a location that can diagnose the code,” says Gunter, who also explained that a vehicle can go into “limp mode,” which will not allow the vehicle to exceed 45 miles an hour.

“Paying attention to maintenance and knowing the signs of a potential problem is a good way to avoid this from happening,” added Gunter, who said this seminar is an important part of driver education.

For these students, one hour invested in learning some important information could save them and their parents thousands in repair bills.

Another seminar is being planned for October. Interested attendees should call Gary Gunter at 530-587-1933 to reserve a spot. All participants receive a Car Care booklet from the Car Care Council, as well as a few other usable items.

This article was submitted to the Sun by Quality Automotive and Smog, located in the SaveMart/Crossroads center off Highway 89 on Truckee. To learn more, visit http://www.QualityAutomotiveandSmog.com or call 530-587-1933.