Cruisers car clinic set for Saturday

Published 10:56 am Friday, March 28, 2014

Cruisers

Can’t tell an oil filter from a brake pad? Don’t fret. The Vicksburg Cruisers Club is here to help.
The Cruisers will offer a free auto maintenance clinic for women, new drivers and anyone else unfamiliar with the many parts and pieces of cars from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the parking lot between Hobby Lobby and Garfield’s at Vicksburg Mall, said Pete Dionne, president of the club.
“There are so many out there who don’t know anything beyond turning the key,” Dionne said.
The program is free, but donations will be accepted and benefit Warren County Children’s Shelter, he said.
The crash course in car maintenance began two years ago as program for women, but this year, the Cruisers are expanding the focus to anyone unfamiliar with automobiles. Participants probably won’t be able to change their own alternator afterward, but they will be able to perform basic tasks, Dionne said.
“We have a page and a half list that we go through of everything that we show them from checking fluids to battery cables,” he said.
The course will familiarize participants with parts and pieces that might come up in conversation with a mechanic.
“It’s pretty much everything people should know,” Dionne said.
Members of the cruisers will also have classic cars on display, Dionne said. The club has more than 25 members and meets on the second Thursday of each month.
“It’s a family oriented club. Everything we do is geared toward bring the kids or your spouse. If you want to bring your dog, bring your dog.”