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Repair classes to benefit Cheney Junior Rodeo


Reasonable drivers know to turn into the blowout when your tire pops on the road. The next step however, changing said tire, can be a challenge few have experience completing.

Puncturing a tire while driving is an inevitable circumstance of owning and operating a vehicle. Cheney’s Jay McNall is eliminating the hesitation to learn how to solve such a problem, along with other tasks, that car owners should have in their arsenal of knowledge.

McNall has had plenty of experience teaching others basic car maintenance. He taught these same skills to women’s classes at Eastern Washington University in the 1980s, now he is offering his knowledge to community members.

McNall knows this information is “good for all generations to know” and is excited for the spring class April 5.

The first thing he will ask participants to do is “get out their owner’s manuals.” He believes few people have ever cracked the spine and knows there is an exceptional amount of knowledge in those books that should be taken seriously.

McNall wants to teach owners how to change a tire, change their oil and check for tire pressure.

All of these duties can help prevent higher costing repairs at mechanic shops. Safe tire pressure means tire blowouts are less likely, oil changes keep engines running smoothly, and owners doing these tasks themselves saves money.

A second class Sept. 20 is also on the books for McNall and his wife, Sherri, who caters lunch for those who sign up for the class. McNall is proud to say his wife is “quite the cook,” adding she has helped in a number of weddings.

The winter class will focus on winter maintenance including checking antifreeze and other fluid levels and getting more comfortable putting on chains.

His benevolence doesn’t stop with helping car owners. McNall is donating the funds raised to the Cheney Junior Rodeo, for which he has many close family ties.

The Cheney Junior Rodeo is an important local event for McNall; he’s hoping more recognition for the event will pull in even more volunteers and participants.

To sign up for a class or receive more information, contact Jay McNall at 230-6850 or Sherri McNall at 230-7166.

There is a $25 fee per student per class.

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