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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 4, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta PAGE 8 Three Main Points In Care Of Your Auto hi oaring for the family iiuMv are flirce main points riHicern: safely, economy, ;md "1 can't afford to tiave ihe engine looked after is a common complaint. However, mechanics point 01 il that a regular1 clu'ck will save money. Monthly bills will usually run quite low, lu general, Ures, brakes, lights, steering arid other safe- ly feai ures .should lx? under wn.slant check, "I havoii't had a (im. tire m .seven .said one ear owner. Closer inspection re- vealed that thv'ee Ures were in need of replacement. This could prevented by rotating the tires. The immu- faetiinir'.s manual when to rotate, usually every miles. Ba kl wi 11 affect ihe brakes, alignment and steering. If wlieel balance ami alignment are kepi up and lives are ed the life of the (ire will last up to 20 cent longer, As winter approaches studd- ed tires may be considered. However, t h o r e, tluye are Valclies.' A suuldtx? tiro is -OIK? which hard material iaiir- liodded in the tread io prevejii skidding on ice. According t-o i.hc Highway Traffic Act tlwso devices ean be no longer than 3-jf> of an inch or more than -of an inch in diameter. In Ontario they are allowed from Oct. l to March 31. The use of these tiros ts al- 'iowed all proviiieo.s. How- ever, eight U.S. states forbid them. In some areas they are only allowed during certain nuKilh-s of winter. Tires should also be checked TO woMiiiiv for inflation pressure. Ai." pres- sure touts to change rapidly in and cold weather. can stop tin's car on i is an oi'ten-heani re- mark. But trying to stop a car instantly can lead to disaster, researchers Tite foot brake applies to all four wheels. Years. ago drivers could adjust their brakes by simply turning a nut at each of: tile rear wheels. Today's mech- anisms are complicated and adjustments should lie left to ttie professional mechanic. Brakes should be inspected at regular intervals. Badly worn parts should he replaced. Whenever a car has been JN'ar De De: I'm a 20-year-old iiousewile trying Io make ends meet on a small income. It ,seem.s like everything we make for house and car payments. We've just about got our present car paid for anil I look forward to the day when we aren't saddled with the a mouth payments. But my husband says we Khuuld get a new car. Ours still runs pretty good although if. does some minor work. How can I talk my husband in- to keeping this car so we can nave some extra money for Bungs we desperately need? MHS. K. N. L., Lawlon, Okla. DEAR MRS. K. N. L. Ilow ftould a a mouth raise im- press your hu.sba.nd? That's the equivalent amount of extra .money you could realize from keeping" your car. Von now snake a mouth in car pay- ments. Yet automotive service Showers Create Problems Sununor showers, especially after a long dry spell, can make road surfaces as slippery as winter ice, a special safety bul- letin issued by the Rubber Manufacturers A s s o c i a (ion warns, The danger of skidding is greatest, says the trade group during the first IS to 30 min- utes after it starts to rain; up to an hour or more in a light drizzle, T h i s is due to the little- known fact that rain tends to float up onto the road surface .a greasy film of oil, gasoline and rubber residue which be- comes a treacherous i c e-like lubricant between the tires and the road until enough rain (alls to wash it away. The possibility of an accident a wet road, says the As- sociation, is between 5 and 10 times as great as on a dry road, in terms of the likelihood of a skid and loss of control of a car. In terms of stopping dis- tance, it may take up to four times' as far to stop an a wet road as a dry road. Keep Your Cool VVIu'-n your car loses it.s c yiM're heading lor it may be expensive. A' trouble by making Mire ear's fanbelt, radiator hoses are in good condition, that coolant is always proper level. from a ill... woman who experts estimate thai for 5 month put aside for mainUj- nanace, you can keep your car in show imvn indi'Ji- nilely. You say your present cor is s new set of tires, new battery and had your brakes relined. So thai KM a month should, take eare of all routine maintenance including time-tips, replace- ment of won) parts like ex- haust systems and eventually major expenses like tires. I'm enclosing a copy of Cookie Jar which will tell you when maintcnanaee should Ire done. When hubby's income justifies 3 new ear, keep on with the Cookie .lar plan and poekel ihe savings tor the ex- tra lime you ean keep it. loo. DKAB OE DE: My boy friend, Kddie, is cool guy but, my parents won't let me go out in a car with him. It's not that Eddie isn't a gentleman. It's thai his ear inakes a lot of noise when it pulls away from ihe house. ThC7 car isn't a hot rod but ib sounds like one. Eddie is a good driver. So don't you think my parents are being unfair? Lonesome Liz, Manhattan, Kansas. DEAR LONESOME LIZ: H Eddie's ear is a normal one :vnd sounds like a hot rod, your parents may be giving you and Eddie a life sentence instead of ihe death penalty. That hot rod sound may come from a de- fective exhaust system. The car could be filling with deadly carbon monoxide which comes irom me exhaust. Tell Eddie io have the exhaust cheeked at his favorite service outlet. Your boy friend sounds like a live one. Keep him that way, DE DE: My fiance wants io iake mo a trip over the Alean High- way, hear there an-n'i too many service accommodations, How far can we go? -OUST WONDERING, Toronto, Ontar- io. DEAR JUST WONDERING: 'ft depends on your self-control. Got To (rive When the crankcase ventilation valve on your ear's engine gets stuck, it's like plug- ging up a Iwiling tea kettle-- something's got to give. Pres- sure builds up in the crankcase forcing oil and unwanted Funies through bearings and seals. The I'CV valve should be checked periodically, replaced yearlv, and and Su- it's Dangerous Driving mill s burned out headlamp or broken tail light is though! less and dangerous youi: lights a thought and light the way. Check them for- t'yndition ;isid aim. Make sore you aw ifi 'he places. drums, the brakes should ho before continuing. Tt may be that brakes won't hold. K tiiat happens one should wait the drums dry and then drive slowly to the nearest gar- age lor an immediate check. "The biggest mistake an amateur mechanic .said a professional, "is to ig- nore, car parts he knows little about. He thinks it is safer not to touch the things he has little knowledge of. ('m doing that, he vvilJ quite leave a glaring defect un- attended." A case in point is (he stcei'- sng mechanism. There ai'e many cars on the road today which have a tot of "play" in ihe steering wheel. Sometimes one may have turn the wheel tv.'o w more before there i.s any reac- tion in die ear. Many drivers "gel used io UK defect" and wait before having any adjust, ments made. At certain speeds a driver may reel a "shinuny" or via. lent vibration. Sometimes, Uio driver avoids that certain .speed but keeps on driving. It may mean that tlie kingpin is loose or about to snap off this could result in disaster. Caring for car lights usually requites nothing more than 5i gMxi cleaning of the glass. But a regular cheek to sjxii burned out bulbs is also advised. There are many other parts Horn, inside and outside mir- rors, windshield defrosters should always Ire in good con- dition. Windsliield wipers occasion-, ally need new blades or re- placement wiper arms to press hem against tlie glass. With possible exception (4 cleaning lights and electrical connections and replacing blades, few drivers make m a j o r repairs themselves. Most repairs call for three tilings: 1. An honset. depend- able service garage or service station. 2. A skilled mechanic, High-quality, reliable parts. Mechanics agree that if a car is regularly checked and looked after, the expenses will far lower that if a "hump" or s "noise" is neglected. When you Travel on Vacation LET YOUR AUTO CLUi HELP YOU! -BECAUSE IT PAYS TO BELONG! JUST LOOK WHAT A.M.A, MEMBERSHIP ENTITLES YOU TO: 0 Personciliz-ed Routings Reservation Service 41 Advice on to go ond where to stay f Touring Road Reports 41 Personalized Accident Insurance Coverage Plus many other benefits, AMA CLUB BENEFITS ARE ALSO AVAILABLE FROM ANY CAA or AAA AFFILIATE CLUB FROM COAST-TO-COAST! THE MOST TRUSTED NAME Plicae 328-1771 ;