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Auto Hobby Shop: High performance, low cost

Thomas Johnson, 19th Force Support Squadron Auto Hobby Shop lead mechanic, drains the oil of a car June 9, 2017, at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark. Johnson said that oil changes and brake problems are the most common issues customers come in with. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Rhett Isbell)

Thomas Johnson, 19th Force Support Squadron Auto Hobby Shop lead mechanic, drains the oil of a car June 9, 2017, at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark. Johnson said that oil changes and brake problems are the most common issues customers come in with. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Rhett Isbell)

Thomas Johnson, 19th Force Support Squadron Auto Hobby Shop lead mechanic, finishes draining the oil of a customer’s car June 9, 2017, at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark. Johnson uses a variety of tools to help make draining oil from cars easier. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Rhett Isbell)

Thomas Johnson, 19th Force Support Squadron Auto Hobby Shop lead mechanic, finishes draining the oil of a customer’s car June 9, 2017, at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark. Johnson uses a variety of tools to help make draining oil from cars easier. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Rhett Isbell)

Thomas Johnson, 19th Force Support Squadron Auto Hobby Shop lead mechanic, checks oil levels for a customer’s car June 9, 2017, at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark. Classes on general maintenance are available at the Auto Hobby Shop, once a month. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Rhett Isbell)

Thomas Johnson, 19th Force Support Squadron Auto Hobby Shop lead mechanic, checks oil levels for a customer’s car June 9, 2017, at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark. Classes on general maintenance are available at the Auto Hobby Shop, once a month. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Rhett Isbell)

LITTLE ROCK AIR FORCE BASE, Ark. --

The Auto Hobby Shop offers members a place to repair or service their personal vehicles, as well as offering basic maintenance classes.

Individuals on base have access to equipment from a ball joint press to a car lift at a low cost compared to other commercial mechanics.

One of the major benefits of the shop is base members can save money by repairing their own vehicles utilizing equipment they may not have at home as well as have a mechanic on standby to educate them and answer any questions they may have.

“I just enjoy helping people out and seeing them walk away with a smile,” said Thomas Johnson, 19th Force Support Squadron Auto Hobby Shop lead mechanic. “Their car is fixed the right way and they’ve saved a substantial amount of money.”

Good customer service and a knowledgeable staff are the pillars of the Auto Hobby Shop.

“When people come in, they get first-hand knowledge from a certified mechanic while learning basic mechanics on the vehicle,” said James Simpson, 19th FSS Auto Hobby Shop parts and tools attendant.

Tools and a helping hand aren’t the only things offered at the Auto Hobby Shop; classes are taught by professional mechanics and are available to everyone.

“We offer one class a month for members on base about things like general maintenance, brakes maintenance or a class on how to better deal with winter troubles later in the year,” Johnson said.

At some point, people will experience mechanical difficulties with their car. They can rest easy knowing the Auto Hobby Shop of Little Rock AFB is there to assist them with all of their mechanical needs.

For more information, call the Auto Hobby Shop at (501) 987-6803.