For those of you who have been privileged to use a mission vehicle, there are a few things that are expected of you to be counted as faithful stewards over the things God has given you here on the earth. It is important to be aware of these things or else how could He or we expect you to fulfill those obligations?
Weekly Vehicle Maintenance
- Vehicle is washed, vacuumed, and dashboard/interior dusted with a slightly moist cloth.
- Tire Pressure is checked. There should be a tire pressure gauge in each vehicle. It should be kept in the glove compartment. Tire pressure should be maintained at a level of 35 PSI. I know 30 is “close enough”, and you don’t want to spend the time to air them up. The honest truth is that those 5 PSI can significantly extend the life of the tires, saving the mission a good chunk of change to spend elsewhere to further the work. Please ensure that your tires are inflated to 35 PSI
Gas Fill Ups
- During hurricane season (June 1 – November 30) you should not let your tank get below half. This is a good practice all year round though as keeping more gas in your tank leaves less room for it to evaporate and you get more bang for your buck.
- Your gas card should only be used for purchasing regular unleaded gasoline.
- On the gas receipt, you should do 4 things
- Circle the Date
- Circle the total cost
- Circle the last 4 digits of the gas card number ( it usually looks like this: XXXXXXXXX6002) or write them in if it did not print on your receipt
- Put your Name, the name of your area, or the last 5 digits of your VIN on the top- some way to identify who the receipt came from- any one of these things will do.
- You should check the oil level each time you gas up. This is a preventative measure. Recently, a mission vehicle got an oil change, but the oil technician did not put back in the oil plug, causing all the new oil to drain out from the engine. An engine running without the proper fluids can destroy the engine. This can cause thousands of dollars in damage. Because the elders were obedient, and checked their oil, it was caught early and no major damage occurred.
- The Vehicle Coordinator(s) keep track of when you get oil changes, so they will let you know (mostly via text) when you are due for a new one. If you find that your oil is low or exceedingly dirty, give them a call and talk to them about it.
- Some vehicles will have some indicator about oil life or something similar. This isn’t always accurate.
- We put semi-synthetic oil in our vehicles, be sure to specify that when you talk to the technician. Synthetic oil lasts around 7500 miles before it needs to be changed, compared with 3000 miles on regular oil.
- Firestone is our preferred location. Go here if at all possible. The reason is because they will do a free Tire rotation if we request it (which you always should). Also, because we have a national account they give us a discounted price.
- Each month, vehicles are inspected. APs may inspect the Zone leaders vehicles at MLC. Zone Leaders may in turn inspect District Leader’s vehicles, usually after a district meeting. District Leaders may inspect the vehicles of the members within their district on exchanges or at district meeting. The purpose of these inspections is to ensure that vehicles are being properly maintained, and to catch any repairs that may be needed early, so that Elders and Sisters can go about the work safely. Inspection forms will be emailed to zone and district leaders at the beginning of the month.
- Once per quarter, at Zone Conferences, each vehicle in the mission will be inspected by missionaries assigned by the Vehicle Coordinator(s). This will be prior to the start of the meetings.
- Remember – Take care of your car, and it will take care of you!
YAKIMA BIKE RACKS
Most of our vehicles are equipped with Yakima Bike Racks. Due to some recent incidents we would like to cover how to install them, and properly load them with bikes. So please watch the video below.
As we have been performing lots of maintenance on bicycles lately, we have had an opportunity to do a little research on how to do it correctly. We both wished we had known these things earlier! So in an effort to keep you safe and your bikes in good working order, we will post a few sites and videos with basic instructions for those who need it. God speed, and drive safe out there!