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Women’s car course offered

Susan Wood

Joanne Shope received a crash course in the operation of her vehicle Friday.

The South Lake Tahoe woman, who’s retired from the El Dorado County Health Department, wants to keep her 1989 Ford 4×4 going for as long as she can. To do so, she needs all the help she can get.

“My interest is in maintenance and prevention,” said Shope, who’s lived at South Shore for 26 years.

Enter Tires Plus on Lake Tahoe Boulevard. The car repair shop that’s been in business on the South Shore for about a year offered free mechanical inspections Friday geared toward women who want a firsthand look at the maintenance of their vehicles.

From the undercarriage of the frame to fluid replenishment, Manager Tim Rutherford took Shope through the complete inspection. The shop will do tune-ups during another round of upcoming clinic services.

“I’ve never actually gone through it like this,” Shope said.

Shope appreciated the gesture by Tires Plus because she said she sometimes feels like a sitting duck in car repair shops, a common complaint among women in a predominantly male world.

Shope learned continually adding coolant to the engine, without draining it is bad for a car, as is neglecting the brake fluid. When it becomes a rust color, the fluid burns and jeopardizes the operation of the brakes. She also pulled out the air filter and looked at her belts and hoses with Rutherford.

Tires Plus designed the workshop to assist motorists who need to winterize and summerize their vehicles.

“It’s a community service. We just want to make people aware of us,” Rutherford said.

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