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Highland College of Montana Tech offers free vehicle safety inspections

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BUTTE - If you’re going to be traveling by car this holiday season, you better make sure your vehicle is road ready. Highland College of Montana Tech will give your ride a free inspection.

“Here we can get it up in the air and look at every area. Look at the differentials, look at the transmission, look at the engine, look at the coolant and just make sure we don’t have something that’s going to leave you stranded on the road,” said Highlands College Instructor Jerry Stewart.

Students from the automatic department are conducting the free safety checks this week for anyone who stops by for a thorough inspection.

“Then we do a battery and alternator test, that’s what he’s hooking up. And then the other students are doing ball joints and shocks, struts, stuff like that, checking your air filter, fluids,” said student Dustin Gervais.

People say they really appreciate the free service check.

“You never wrong with it. You’re going down the highway and something happens and what are you going to do? You pull over to the side and wait for help and I would just rather it was all checked out so I felt safe,” said Liz Simonich.

Well, even though you think there’s nothing wrong with your car, there’s still a lot of items on this checklist that they need to go over. That’s why experts say you should get your car checked out before you travel.

“The inspection is where everything starts in our industry. If you don’t do good inspections you miss safety items, you miss belts and stuff and that’s what strands people out on the highway. Especially during the winter months, we don’t want people stranded on the road,” said instructor Lonnie Horn.

Better safe than sorry. The free check will continue Tuesday from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

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