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Free Basic Auto Maintenance Course

***Limited Space Available***

A hands-on teaching seminar for the basics of automotive maintenance. Topics covered will include

  • Tire changing and rotation
  • Headlight replacement
  • Fluid checks
  • Engine oil and filter change
  • Disc brake rotor and pad replacement

Attendance will be limited to 20 attendees for safety and to make sure everyone can get their hands dirty.

Ted Redmer is a long time amateur mechanic and all around gearhead sporting many associated knuckle scars and off-color stories.

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  • Ted A.

    I just want to thank Ted for a thorough and very informative evening. A lo I people might have rushed through the lessons, but Ted and his cohorts at Hackerspace were more than patient with dumb questions (they were all mine) and was incredibly comprehensive in walking through each step of each project. What a great teacher. I left feeling confident I could change my own brake pads, which is something I wasn't sure I'd understand. Just outstanding.

    December 5, 2013

    • Ted R.

      Teds of the world unite!

      1 · December 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Awesome. Really felt like I got hands on experience!

    December 5, 2013

    • Ted R.

      Glad to hear it, I appreciated your diligent keeping of the lug nuts. I wanted it to be more hands-on, but I got a bit ambitious with the amount of content. Next time!

      December 5, 2013

  • Ted R.

    I promised to put together an emergency car kit so here goes:

    Glove Box:

    - Emergency Belt Cutter and Window Breaker: http://www.amazon.com/Seatbelt-Breaker-Emergency-Escape-Tool/dp/B002AMAXNA
    - Assorted fuses
    - Small Flashlight

    Trunk:

    - Quart of oil
    - Rag
    - Jumper cables or a hot shot with cables
    - Headlight bulb (low beam if your car uses individuals for high/low)
    - Philips and flat screwdriver
    - Adjustable wrench
    - Reflective triangle
    - Hi-Viz vest

    Optional but recommended:

    Basic Tool Kit

    Recommended: http://www.lowes.com/pd_117591-16878-62669_4294707909__?productId=3978823&Ntt=tool+kit&pl=1&currentURL=%3FNtt%3Dtool%2Bkit&facetInfo=

    Acceptable: http://www.harborfreight.com/130-piece-tool-kit-with-case-68998.html

    I had an AWESOME time guys, thanks to everyone that attended (especially the die hards that made it to midnight!) and especially to Hackerspace and David Powell for letting some vagrant off the street to come in sight unseen and put people underneath cars!

    December 5, 2013

  • Ted R.

    First, sorry to all the folks that couldn't find the place. Google Maps has a problem and sends people to the wrong place. Let me know if you came and couldn't find it and I'll make doubly sure you have a spot in the next class.

    For the folks that made it, THANK YOU. I had a blast teaching it and hope you got a lot out of it. Sorry it ran so long, but like I said, I'm a talker :)

    Here is the link to the presentation for download: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/107948283/Basic%20Auto%20Maintenance.pptx

    December 5, 2013

  • Ted R.

    EMERGENCY REQUEST!

    One of the planned donor cars had to back out because of family health problems.

    Does anyone here have a car that needs front brakes done? I will need to know right away or I'm just going to do the brakes on my own car. I will need to know the following:

    Make (Brand)
    Model
    Trim level (EX, DX, SXT, etc.)

    Part cost will be between $100 and $150 totally dependent on the type of car. I will only want reimbursement for parts, there will be no labor charge.

    December 4, 2013

    • Carol N.

      R u a certified mechanic. U want cash credit? Do u guarantee if problems. Want it in writing

      December 4, 2013

    • Ted R.

      Carol and I spoke on the phone, we're going to use her Civic for the course.

      Just to clarify a few things - I am not a professional mechanic but I've wrenched on just about everything under the sun. I think you'll all learn tonight that it doesn't take a professional to do all the work we are going to do tonight, just some basic hand tools and attention to detail.

      I give a 30 day warranty on anything I work on (cost of parts or professional repair but not liability for any damage caused - again, not a licensed or bonded mechanic), but I also give a good faith warranty that if the job was clearly screwed up by me I'll take care of the parts cost.

      Carol, parts cost came to $123.99 for your rotors and pads. I take cash, personal check, and Paypal.

      December 4, 2013

  • Robert C.

    How much space is available? I'm on the waitlist, but should I come anyways in case somebody doesn't show up?

    December 4, 2013

    • Ted R.

      It's going to be pretty tight unfortunately or I'd say everyone on the waitlist can come. With the space available it's already going to be pretty "close". We plan on holding more of these in the near future, keep an eye out for the next one!

      December 4, 2013

  • Nikki K.

    I'm so sorry, but I think I'll have to cancel my RSVP to this event.. I have a final exam to study for that's making me very nervous (we can get kicked out of this grad school program if we don't do well in this course). As soon as you host another one of these sessions, I'm there.

    December 2, 2013

    • Ted R.

      No worries, good luck!

      December 3, 2013

  • Tom M.

    I really wish I could attend this, unfortunately I have class on Wednesday evenings. Please consider holding a second event in the future.

    1 · November 15, 2013

    • Ted R.

      I'll hold as many as I can recruit warm bodies for and we can make it work with Hackerspace. If we can generate interest I'm looking at doing some intermediate level stuff as well.

      November 18, 2013

  • hamadi k.

    thank you

    November 15, 2013

  • Nikki K.

    Glad I saw this in time to get in! Thanks for offering this - can't wait!

    November 15, 2013

  • Redheaded S.

    DANG! Don't you ever do anything on the weekend? I work evenings....pout. I'd love to take this.

    November 14, 2013

  • Carol N.

    Thank you!

    November 14, 2013

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