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Boys & Cars What Should They Know?

The first knowledge/skill category in the Heinlein Maneuver program is the automobile.

Midway through the 20th century, cars became a central feature of life for young people. The automobile provides mobility, status, challenge, and social freedom. Nearly every aspect of our lives has developed around this technology. Without a drastic change in our thinking the automobile will continue to dominate our lives. The Heinlein Maneuver would be remiss, if it did not prepare its charges for their lifelong relationship with the automobile.

Basic Knowledge of Automotive Systems & Technology. This is geared towards answering the question, “How does my car work?” This knowledge should include basic understanding of: Engine, Cooling System, Charging System, Ignition System, Automatic Transmissions, Brakes, Wheel Alignment, Hybrid Power Systems, Dashboard Gauges, Air Conditioner, Electrical Systems, Fuel System, Emissions System, Battery, Starting System, On Board Diagnostics, and Timing Belt.

Driver’s Education. Everyone should know how to drive and the rules of the road. This is the kind of knowledge and skills acquired in a good Driver’s Education course.

Specialty/Emergency Driving. Driving a manual transmission vehicle. Maneuvering a car out of a skid. Getting a car unstuck. Pulling and backing up a trailer.

Preventive Maintenance. In its simplest form, preventive maintenance can be reading and following the service schedule in the automobile manual. A Heinlein Maneuver preventive maintenance program will include the ability to:

  • Perform non-destructive testing
  • Perform periodic inspection
  • Schedule preplanned activities and maintenance to correct deficiencies found through testing or inspections.

Emergency Repair. Change a flat. Jump Start a car.

That should get a young man started tooling around as well as provide the ability to speak knowledgeably to a repair professional.

What do you think? Enough or too much? What needs to be added?

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