In this course you’ll learn how to diagnose some common vehicle failures with limited tools and unlimited creativity. Matt demonstrates some unorthodox methods to temporarily repair your vehicle and get you back to the paved road.
I can help you get out of the woods...literally!
Meet Your Instructor
Matt’s connection to the outdoors started at a young age. Spending much of his childhood on his grandparents’ farm and following his dad on photography expeditions that took them as far from home as Kenya. He attended college in Nashville, TN where he studied Automotive Collision Repair and Refinishing Technologies. After a few years in the automotive field, Matt made a shift to pursue a career in physical security. He also became involved in Search & Rescue, where he obtained Search Team Leader and Operational Tracker certifications from the Commonwealth of Virginia. After meeting his wife Alex, Matt stepped away from his security career and founded Mountain Marrow. He is now a full-time educator, teaching practical outdoor skills and safety for Search & Rescue as well as the general public. When he’s not teaching or training, Matt spends much of his time studying Appalachian heritage skills and drinking coffee.
Detailed Course Description
Matt will discuss and demonstrate some of the most common vehicle failures and issues that could ruin any adventure. He’ll then work through some simple diagnostics that can be performed nearly anywhere to effect temporary repairs that will keep you rolling instead of walking.
Matt combines dynamic thinking and basic mechanics to address no-start issues, flat tires, lock-out scenarios, and warning lights. He shows methods using common tools and also lesser known improvised techniques.
Leaning in on his Search & Rescue experience, Matt also takes you on a step-by-step walk-through of what to do if your vehicle is beyond repair and how to abandon a vehicle in the backcountry if you decide abandonment is necessary. A downloadable sample Vehicle Abandonment Checklist is included to print out and put in the glovebox of any vehicle you own.
When all the repairs are done and the vehicle is back in the garage, Matt discusses some storage considerations and how he safely carries gear in the car that can help in case of an accident and not compound your problems. He also provides a downloadable Backcountry Breakdown Checklist of tools and supplies that you should consider for your own vehicle emergency kit.
What are other students saying?
Everyone should do this course!
I can't say enough about how amazing this training video is! So many of us venture out and don't ever think of what to do in the event that our vehicle brea...Read More
I can't say enough about how amazing this training video is! So many of us venture out and don't ever think of what to do in the event that our vehicle breaks down in the middle of no where. Sarge did a phenomenal job with this breaking it down for anyone to easily understand. We all watch thousands of videos of how to start a fire, build a shelter, carry this, carry that, but this is the first I have seen that covered some really darn good practical information that can serve you everyday or anywhere. I really can't give this one enough praise. Fantastic work sir!Read Less
Lots of really creative and super useful info and that ge...
Got to add a few more tools to my "get out of dodge bag" Thanks for new tricks for the bag. Enjoyed it!!! Good Stuff !!!!!
Got to add a few more tools to my "get out of dodge bag" Thanks for new tricks for the bag. Enjoyed it!!! Good Stuff !!!!!Read Less
Practical review of useful information. As one "technically challenged" it is very useful despite my ignorance of many things. I would add two comments...Read More
Practical review of useful information. As one "technically challenged" it is very useful despite my ignorance of many things. I would add two comments which I think helpful. First, I would suggest never putting any item directly on the ground. Always have some type of surface/tarp/cloth/carpet on which to place any loose item to minimize the chance of something going missing. And if in a hot environment do not leave anything metal exposed to direct sunlight. Very informative, and glad to have it available for review. Completely satisfied.Read Less
Good review to think through
Enjoyed watching - I do wish I could've seen the inside of the engine he was referring to when bypassing the starter. It sparked but I couldn't see the exac...Read More
Enjoyed watching - I do wish I could've seen the inside of the engine he was referring to when bypassing the starter. It sparked but I couldn't see the exact location. Thanks for the course!Read Less
Good information. Good delivery. Thank you
Learned a few good things to keep me on the road and safe. Everyone should take this course!
Learned a few good things to keep me on the road and safe. Everyone should take this course!Read Less
Great course!! If I were going to make it better,then I think I would like to see a little more on where to get some of the items in the tool kit. There was ...Read More
Great course!! If I were going to make it better,then I think I would like to see a little more on where to get some of the items in the tool kit. There was no mention on how to get a stuck car out of mud, snow, sand(dump a bucket of water under the tire). A good video would be problems in the winter- if you got stuck, why go out at all- prewinter prep, rescue ideas, stay or go.Read Less
Vehicle Abandonment Checklist [DOWNLOAD]
Do I stay or do I go?
What you can expect to learn.
Learn how your windshield washer fluid could be the key to fixing your FLAT TIRE
Learn how to break into your vehicle without breaking a window
Learn how to use a PIRATE HOSE to fix a flat tire
Learn the most common vehicle failures
Understand that vehicles are made of multiple systems that can be viewed separately
Diagnose issues with the starting and charging system
Learn how a basic diagnostic flow can lead to pinpointing an issue
Learn what tools may or may not be needed to effect temporary repairs
Learn three ways to repair a flat tire and how to diagnose a blind leak
Learn to store tools and equipment in a safe and logical order in your vehicle
Who is this course for?
- Welcome from Matthew Sargent
- Overview & Safety
Backcountry Breakdown: Field Training Lessons
- LOCKOUTS (How to Break Into/Key Into Your Own Vehicle)
- STARTING ISSUES: Diagnosing Problems & Field Fixes
- WARNING LIGHTS
Backcountry Breakdown: Field Training Lessons - TIRES
- TIRES Part 1: Jacking
- TIRES Part 2: Leaks & Valve Cores
- TIRES Part 3: How to Plug a Tire (and improvised plugs)
- TIRES PART 4: Pirate Hose & Tire Stuffing
[BONUS] DO I STAY? or DO I GO?
- Emergency Abandonment Checklist [FREE DOWNLOAD]
- An In-depth Review of Tools & Storage [FREE TOOL CHECKLIST DOWNLOAD]
- Final Thoughts