March 18, 2011
Writer: Writer: Andy Cargal

Automotive students will provide free vehicle checkups for the community March 23 at Brigham Young University-Idaho. They will inspect every major engine component—from alternators to brakes—as part of Automotive Service Night in the Mark Austin Building.

 On average, more than 200 vehicles are processed through one of the 15 service bays in this triennial event. “Its remarkable to think about how many vehicles can be serviced in one night,” said Justin Miller, automotive program coordinator.

 The event is from 5 to 8 p.m., which gives enough time for each vehicle to receive a thorough 45-point inspection, which includes noises, fluids, vital engine components, brakes, and tire pressure. The inspection takes about 10 minutes from start to finish, and with all 15 bays being fully utilized; the students are able to complete one car per minute.

 Forty-five Automotive Technology students will volunteer their services. “The students get a chance to practice their basic skills as well as teach others in the community about preventive maintenance,” said Miller. “While providing this service out of the goodness of their hearts, the students in turn gain valuable teaching experience.