Auto Mechanic Skills
With this skillset, you will develop the ability to provide routine and not-so-routine maintenance on your vehicle. You'll begin with small, routine tasks like checking your tire pressure and your oil level. At the 5th tier of practice, you will learn to diagnose issues with your vehicle by sight, sound and feel.
Auto Mechanic Skills Tracker
(1) Learn how and when to complete routine auto “check-up” tasks yourself, including:
- Check oil, coolant, brake fluid, and power steering fluid levels.
- Check and refill windshield wiper fluid
- Check tire pressure and tread depth.
- Check lights.
- Change oil and oil filter.
- Change engine air filter.
- Top off coolant.
- Rotate tires.
- Change a headlight, taillight, and blinker bulb.
(3) Learn to complete a tire change by hand.
Tire changes require an electric or manual jack, which takes the car’s weight off the tire, as well as a jack stand to keep the vehicle secure while it’s lifted.
(4) Make a minor repair or part replacement such as a battery, brake pads, or spark plug.
Instructions for minor repairs can usually be found by searching the make and model of the vehicle as well as the broken part online. Minor repairs should be for easily accessible parts that are more prone to wearing out.
(5) Learn to recognize the signs of an issue with the following vehicle parts:
- Power Steering
You can also download the skills tracker as a printable .PDF here.
Getting Your Badge
You can find the auto mechanic badge here.