4WD Skills Training Week TwoPosted on December 11, 2018
Here’s the latest from Jim McCabe and John Pepper about the second week of 4WD Skills Training they’re teaching in Papua New Guinea:
It’s Tuesday morning, December 11. On Monday we spent half the morning in the classroom giving the course overview and objectives. Then on to the specific vehicle setups, such as manual vs automatic transmissions; open and locked differentials; suspensions, brakes, tires, first aid and emergency equipment; and recovery equipment.
The rest of the day we spent outside in the parking lot where the 4WDs are parked for some “hands on” practice time. For the participants this included:
- Handling the tools and equipment while we explain about the items in depth.
- Learning how to patch a tie and what tools they need to get the job done. We drill holes in the tires to simulate a nail puncture and then everyone gets an opportunity to practice installing tire plugs and inflating the tire.
- Becoming familiar with the “Hi Lift” jack, what it can do, and how to use it. This tool has many accessories to accomplish different jobs. We practice how to stabilize a vehicle before working on it, using the “Hi Lift” jack to lift the stabilized vehicle to remove a tire for repairs or changing, and using the jack for getting the vehicle out of a deep rut, or moving the vehicle sideways a short distance. Participants also practice using the jack as a winch to pull the vehicle forward or reverse out of deep mud or over an obstacle.
It’s a lot of work and students are physically and mentally tired at the end of the day. Your prayers are appreciated!