|Automotive Maintenance and other award requirements were revised on January 1, 2009.|
|Automotive Maintenance merit badge|
|Created:|| as Auto Mechanics
in 1992; 2009
|BSA Advancement ID:||127|
|Latest pamphlet revision:||2008|
|“||Modern automobiles are important to many aspects of American life. Those who service automobiles must understand each principle, and how these principles interact to provide smooth, efficient performance. Owners of cars also benefit by understanding how their vehicles operate. This enables them to understand why certain periodic maintenance is required to keep their vehicles in tip-top shape.||”|
Automotive Maintenance requirements
NOTE: You will need access to a car or truck and its owner's manual to meet some of the requirements for this merit badge.
- If you start before January 1, 2009, you can choose to work on Auto Mechanics, Automotive Maintenance, or do both. Here is the worksheet for Auto Mechanics.
- Read and follow the owners manual.
1. Tools Necessary for Auto Repair – Safety
2.b.1. Video: How to Check Brake Fluid Levels
2.b.2. Video: Checking Car Motor Oil Level
2.b.3. Video: How to Check Engine Coolant Levels
2.b.4. Video: How to Check Power Steering Fluid Levels
2.b.5. Video: How to Check Windshield Washer Fluid Levels
2.b.6. Video: How to Check Transmission Fluid
2.b.7. Video: How to Check a Car Battery for Corrosion
2.c. Video: How to Replace Automotive Fuses
2.d. Video: Checking Car Drive Belts
2.e. Video: Check and Replace Lights
2.f. Video: How to Change a Car Air Filter
3. Dashboard Gauges
4.a. Video: How to Interpret Car Tire Ratings
4.b. Tire Pressure Tread Wear - Video: Checking Car Tire Pressure - Video: How to Put Air in a Tire
4.c.Video: How to Diagnose an Alignment Problem.
5. How Car Engines Work - Engine Diagram
6. How Car Cooling Systems Work - Cooling System Diagram
7. Fuel System Diagram
8. See the Automotive Maintenance Workbook for graph paper to make your diagrams.
- Video: How Automobile Ignition Systems Work - Video: How to Change Spark Plugs - Video: How to Jump Start a Car
9. See the Automotive Maintenance Workbook for graph paper to make your diagrams.
Video: How Manual Transmissions Work - Drive Train Diagram
10. Video: How Engine Brakes Work - Video: How to Inspect Car Brakes
ABS Brakes Diagram - Conventional Brakes Diagram - Difference between ABS and Conventional Brakes
11.a. See the Automotive Maintenance Workbook for the Operation Maintenance chart you need to calculate the cost of ownership of vehicles.
- Automotive Maintenance overlaps several Traffic Safety requirements.
- The Webelos Handyman Activity Badge also includes Automotive Maintenance requirements.
|General Merit Badge information
- Bob Hewitt's (Misterfixit's) Autorepair Page
- Animated Engines
- WWW Virtual Library: Autos
- Other Online Videos: Car Inspection Videos, Car Maintenance