Doing good under the hood

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Moms, daughters learn to keep vehicles, relationships in working order

By Deb Hurley Brobst

The Foothills chapter of the National Charity League spent a Saturday afternoon recently trying to debunk some of the mysteries of car maintenance for a half dozen moms and their teenage daughters.

The group gathered at Lexota in El Rancho to get two hours of car know-how such as how brakes work, how to check oil and brake fluid, how to change a tire, and how to jump a car battery.

The moms and daughters are part of the National Charity League, a service, leadership and education group that helps local charities and helps bring moms and daughters closer together, according to Polly Fisher, one of the group’s organizers. The car maintenance session was the group’s 12th-grade education program for the year.

Lexota owner Dave Willhardt provided easy-to-understand explanations and answered questions, most of which came from the moms.

The moms were interested in getting the information, not only to help their daughters stay safe when driving, but also to get themselves more information about keep their vehicles maintained.

The daughters were interested in being better prepared when it comes to cars.

“Preventative maintenance will save you money in the long run,” Willhardt said.

He suggested they get in the habit of checking oil when they get gas, and that it is better to have things checked out rather than letting them go and possibly ringing up a large repair bill.

Emily Fisher of Evergreen, a senior at Lakewood High School, said she knows how to check the oil in her car, but when she leaves for college, she’ll be on her own, and knowing more about car maintenance will help.

“I feel better about driving,” Emily said. “I’m always nervous that my car might break down. If I know how to check and prevent some problems, it will make me feel a lot safer.”

Contact Deb Hurley Brobst at deb@evergreenco.com or 303-350-1041. Check www.CanyonCourier.com for updates.