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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 4, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta PAGE 12- DANGER AHEAD Her trip may be sliorier fhan she planned from the look of her tires. Some tire damage 15 not as obvious as this, so It pays to have your favorite serviceman inspect for damage on your next visit. Rattles., Squeaks Your Auto Needs Attention When something goes wrong with the fridge, washing ma- chine or television set, repairs are usually made as soon as possible. Whan something goes wrong with the family car it often keeps Felling along until it steps or crashes, or is the cause of a major repair bill. A car has a language all its own and it can save money if one takes time to learn the meaning of unfamiliar naises in a car. Rattles, grcans, hiss- es, leaks, pings or high-pitched clicking sounds or any other sound which does not seem normal, needs an immediate check. Quite often it will cost little if the repair is made at once. Any pronounced loss ot power, stalling or bucking may mean the vehicle is calling for service to its fuel system, such as gas lines, tank and fuel pump or carburetor. Or it may be the ignition system any- tliing from spark plugs arid points battery or wiling. If the engine is vibrating it could be that one or more valves are sticking, or that the ignition timing is off and a tune up is called for. If the automatic transmis- sion shifts jerkily or acceler- ates slowly it may be in need of adjustment. Shock absorb- ers often call for replacement by causing excessive steering wheel kickback or body pitch and sway on rough roads. A balking steering wheel may be signalling the need for front wheel alignment or adjustment of the steering gear. There are many trouble signs that can be heard before they are delected. Pings or a high pitched clicking sound from under- neath the hood could mean valve trouble. There are two valves to a cylinder one opens to admit the fuel mix- ture into the cylinder, the sec- ond vnlve exhausts the gases after tiring. If the valves are Rotating Tires Is Wise Move Tires should be rotated and run in different wheel positions in accordance with car manu- facturer's recommendations, or every miles, to equalize wear and thereby increase mileage, handling and riding comfort. Also, says tlie Rubber Manufacturers Association, re- check inflation after rotation to ge, proper front and rear pres- sure relationship. not working properly they will overheat and eventually wear out. This is when the problem begins and a bill of up to becomes a good possibility. Grinding or clattering sounds from underneath the back seat when changing speed needs to be locked into. They could mean drive shaft or rear-axle trouble. Listening to strange noises coming from a car is only the beginning. When a driver de- tects something he still has to tell the mechanic what is wrong. Julie Candlcr, an authority on women drivers, also has some good advice for male drivers. Miss Candler says that be- fore a car is taken in for re- pairs or a check, one should make sure that the warranty or any other guarantee has lapsed. If the warranty is still in force, the vehicle should be taken to the dealer from whom the car was bought. If there is no warranty ot' any kind, make sure that the garage and mechanics have a good reputation. Never tell a mechanic "go ahead and fix what's wrong." They could do an overhaul of your car. The simplest way to let the garage know what you want done is to make out a list of specific repairs needed. There are many drivers who are not mechanically inclined. These are the people who are prey to unscrupulous operators. Many cities have so-called car- diagnostic centres. For a fee varying up to these centres will thoroughly check a car using the latest gadgets. Nec- essary repairs are accurately pinpointed, many cf these cen- tres will also do the repairs. However, the car can be taken anywhere for repairs. Lethbridge mechanics have a few pointers for those who want their cars repaired. If possible make an appoint- ment in advance. If this is not possible try to get your car in tire garage early as possible in the morning. Most garages open between 7 and 8 a.m. and they handle repairs most of the time on a first come, first- serve basis. Let tile mechanic make the diagnosis, don't do it y-uurself if you are not a mechanic. To avoid any misunderstand- ing about the cost cf the work to be done, ask for an estimate in advance. Give the garage your address and phone num- ber where you can be reached if the cost runs higlier than es- timated. Maintenance Of Auto Key To Vacation Fun This bit ot doggerel was pop- ular in a more simple, less af- fluent yesterday. The trick was to make things last as long as possible, whether it was an all- day sucker or a suit of clothing. It is ironic that today, when the philosophy seems to be, "Use it up quickly and get another some products are actually built to endure longer. Take tire modern car, for ex- ample. There is no question that to- day's automobile is built to last. Tires, for example, can ac- tually give service ten times longer than they did years ago. Paints are more durable, bodies are better prepared to withstand deterioration. Engines are better built to cope with punishment that was undreamed of only 20 years ago. In fact, every component has a lab-tested durability going for it. The secret of taking advan- tage of built-in strength lies in a conscientious program of maintenance B y practising sucli a program, you stand to save in several important ways. First, you preserve your car's vital componenets from premmature water. A timely squirt of lubricant here, a quart of oil there often can pro- long engine and chassis life, avoiding lengthy and expensive sessions in the service bay. Periodic service also saves you money as you go. Tune-ups save gasoline mileage and cut short chances of engine dam- age and road services calls. Proper wheel alignment and balancing add miles to tire life. Frequent washing and wax- ing stop body and paint de- terioration. And when you do trade in the car, the money you spent in maintcnanace also will be returned, at least in part, by a higher trade-in value. Even if good car care weren't economically wise, you'd still benefit measurably from its practice especially at this time of year. Nothing can ruin a spring and summer holiday trip like a breakdown which at best can cost you time and money and at worst could lead to a serious acci- dent. Somehow the most scenic road you can travel becomes a drab, miserable stretch of high- way when your car has quit running on it. Champion Spark Plug Com- pany urges you to stop by your favorite service outlet which will make your car run better and last longer. And don't be sur- prised if more frequent stops for necessary maintenance lead to more frequent stops to your bank to add to your savings, not take from them. Lube Job Much Like Insurance When you get that prevaca- tion lubrication at your favor- ite service outlet, you're likely getting more than a freshly- greased chassis. Chances are you're also talcing out an anti- breakdown insurance policy. According to Chek-Chart Cor- poration, more service outlets are conducting safety inspec- tions every time the car is on the hoist for a lubrication. The importance of such inspection is increasing since extended lubrication intervals recom- mended by manufacturers mean that cars are on the hoist less frequently. Chek-Chart recommends the following components be in- spected during a lubrication and any necessary defects be corrected: Brake system Steering and suspension Shock absorbers Tires and wheels Exhaust system Fuel system Cooling system Drive line units Threaded fasteners Seat belts Electrical system Lights and1 horn Leeks and Latches Visibility items such as glass, wipers, washers, mirrors and defrosters In inspecting these systems a trained mechanic will check for various fluid leaks or low lev- els of lubricants. Particularly sensitive areas are brake fluid leakage, power steering fluids, shock absorber and drive line lubricants. If you spot any leakage on your driveway or garage floor, bring it to the attention of your mechanic. An untuned car is an Put the "oomph" back in your car WE CARE FOR YOUR CAR AT SERVICE 1406 3rd Ave. S. phone 328-4644 KEN BARRETT, Lessee e LUBRICATION GENERAL REPAIRS All YOUR CAR NEEDS ;