Kids & Cars Car Clinic

Murphy's Lab - Future Drivers & New Drivers Car Clinic

with Steve Ford "The Car Guy®"


(60 minutes)
(Museum Kids & Cars Clinic – Instruction w/Q&A)

Museum and ‘Murphy’s Lab’ Admission – Free to “Clinic Students”: Students admitted and approved at the entrance for registration and attendance of the “Murphy’s Lab” clinic participate with no charge; other guests/visitors 12 and under admitted free, individuals aged 13 and older admission $10. Active military free with proper I.D.

Kids Car Clinic Video

This free educational clinic is for kids, new teen drivers and all teenagers! This hands-on, under-the-hood class gives children the chance to learn car basics and car and roadside safety. Parents, Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles are all invited to join your children to get informed and empowered about their cars. The Murphy Auto Museum is proud to host this informative clinic and thrilled to have Steve Ford, "The Car Guy®" on our team and thank him for volunteering his time to Murphy's Lab.

Past Car Clinic Topics:


Tour and explanation of the 'under-the-hood' space on a modern car or truck:

What, where and why the 'major' components are, including radiator, alternator, air-conditioning compressor, brake system/master cylinder belt(s), hoses, air cleaner, smaller and bigger electrical wires, engine and transmission. Summary discussion w/Q&A .


How, where and when the primary fluids and preventive maintenance checks of main "preventive" under-hood checks and inspections are and "how to" check oil, coolant level, power-steering fluid level, wiper/washer fluid level, and brake master cylinder fluid level.


What, how and why explanation of tires, how tires are constructed and how tires can be damaged and cause roadside breakdowns.

Demonstration of "how to" locate, identify, utilize and be comfortably familiar and prepared for "changing a flat tire" -- including safety precautions, jack use, lug wrench and wheel removal/installation procedure and tips.

Discussion and Q&A

Review of the 'how-to' steps of the day's class on the under-hood and roadside emergency info - and conclusion of class/clinic.

Car Clinic Disclaimer: Car maintenance and hand tools use still require adult supervision and mentor guidance for proper and safe use.

Murphy's Lab- Kids & Cars Educational Videos

Below are the links to four new educational video clips "Murphy's Lab" for teenage car buffs. Thanks to Steve Ford "The Car Guy®", offering free insights for kids to learn about car basics and the foundation information about hand tools.

Disclaimer: Although hand tools can appear easy to use, they still require adult supervision and mentor guidance for proper and safe use.

“Socket To Me”

Murphy Auto Museum "Socket To Me" (Ratchets & Sockets) from Steve Ford.

“Cool Tools”

Murphy Auto Museum "Cool Tools" from Steve Ford.

“Bolts to Drive You Nuts”

Murphy Auto Museum "Bolts to Drive You Nuts" from Steve Ford.

“Boxed In Wrenches”

Murphy Auto Museum "Boxed In Wrenches" from Steve Ford.

Steve Ford – THE CAR GUY® holds one of the strongest combinations of hands-on automotive technical expertise and journalism backgrounds in the mass media. His blend of building on a career based upon mainstream auto service career work and subsequent experience as an automotive technician-instructor has established a solid foundation for his an award-winning newspaper, magazine and television/radio broadcast journalism, as well as serving as a national-level professional speaker to convention, industry and consumer audiences — all giving him keen insights into the auto industry and the needs of contemporary motorists and enthusiasts.

Ford holds current ASE-certification as an Automotive Technician/Trainer and is a graduate of Michigan State University with a  Master of Arts degree in Instructional Design & Distance Learning, and earned his Bachelor of Arts in Marketing Communications from California State University Northridge. He has been married for twenty-five years, has two children and is a fifth-generation Californian.

The Murphy Auto Museum is so lucky to have dedicated volunteers like Steve Ford that donate their time and talent to help us teach our young visitors about tools and cars.

Hours & Suggested Donation

Year Round
Saturday & Sunday: 10:00am-4:00pm

Memorial Day though Labor Day
Friday: 10:00am-4:00pm

Adults: $10 | Children 12 yrs & under: FREE
Active Military with ID or in uniform: FREE
Annual Membership: $40

Open by appointment during the week for group tours.  More »

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