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Local Auto Shop Helps Scouts With A Merit Badge

A dozen Troop 58 Scouts, many of them future drivers, had the chance to complete their car service merit badge with the help of a local professional on Saturday.

Peter Nasrallah, owner of SCV Auto Care in Canyon Country, invited Scouts to come to his store and learn the basics of auto care – an opportunity for Scouts to not only learn these skills from a book , but in practice. experience which, according to scout leader William Hamor, was crucial for any young driver.

“As we get into driving and stuff, you know, we don’t necessarily have the opportunity to learn all the different types of maintenance tasks associated with a vehicle,” Hamor said. “So as they get closer it’s important for them to learn how to take care of their car for safety when they start driving and also learn about careers.”

Owner and Auto Tec Master Pete Nasrallah, left, demonstrates how to check the radiator coolant on a 2013 Acura MDX SUV while demonstrating basic auto mechanics for members of Scout Troop 58 at SCV Auto Repairs at Canyon Country on Saturday 110522. Dan Watson/The Signal

Hamor said the scouts learned how and when to get a car’s oil changed, tire rotation, replacement and alignment, just about all the standard maintenance hassles of owning a car. car.

“Just the idea of ​​being able to learn more about the car repair career and everything. Really attract them,” Hamor said. “One of my assistant Scoutmasters, Saul Gonzalez, helped us. He planned, arranged everything for us and brought them to the auto shop.

“Yes I know [Nasrallah], the store owner. I’ve known him since his young boy was in the Scouts and I met him when he was about 4 years old,” Gonzalez said. “Now his boy is 10 or 11 years old and I have kept in touch with him. I take my car to his shop and we’ve developed this friendship over the years and I’ve realized how well he explains things.

Gonzalez said Nasrallah was a natural teacher and the perfect person to teach scouts about his area of ​​expertise. Gonzalez’s son, Andres, said he learned some things he will take with him throughout his life.

“I learned how to check gas, check engine, fuel, tire pressure. Things like the basics I need [that are] important in life. For example, how do I check my car in the future,” Andres said.

Other Scouts also seemed to have learned valuable lessons.

“I noticed that as we went through the book, we went over some basic stuff, but it also touched on more in-depth stuff – going over different service codes, different fuel types, how the general mechanics work car, which is something that I personally am very interested in,” Life Scout Omar Jimenez said. “I thought it would be a very important thing to do to learn how a car works, something very complex, complicated, and it’s something I’ll eventually use every day of my life.”

Life Scout Saul Jimenez, 16, said he had just started driving and was happy to learn things that wouldn’t normally be taught in school.

“How the odometer works and the readings on the dash, then all the different fluids in the car and most importantly, when to replace them,” Jimenez said. “I love learning about it. Especially since they don’t teach that in school and all that.