Earning Farmgirl Sisterhood Merit Badges
Make It Easy
6. Grease Chicks
- Become more familiar with auto maintenance by getting in the habit of checking your fluids. When you fill up at a service station, take time to check your oil level, coolant in the overflow tank (take care not to burn yourself), brake fluid, power steering fluid, and windshield washer fluid. Once a week, you should also check that your tires are sufficiently inflated. Finally, keep track of your mileage and fuel usage for one month.
- Now that you’ve become more familiar with your engine fluids, it’s time to get your hands dirty. Learn how to change the oil in your vehicle and do so. Make sure to bring your waste oil to a recycling center; the American Petroleum Institute has information for finding a center near you (www.recycleoil.org).
- Find other ways to challenge yourself with your vehicle’s maintenance. Learn to change a tire, replace spark plugs, flush and change the engine coolant (taking care to recycle the fluid properly), or any similar task. You must complete three different tasks to earn this badge.
January, 2011 Edition