Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 8, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
2 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Friday, November 8, 1974 With lower fuel supplies, higher costs Car care now more important than ever Why you can't get started Servicing or replacing the car battery may not be the answer to a car's winter starting woes. That's what a high percentage of motorists learned when they ex- perienced starting failure and sought to correct it solely through attention to the battery. According to a hard- starting survey conducted by Champion Spark Plug Company last winter, repeated failure was ex- perienced by 38.9 per cent of car owners who had their batteries charged after initial "can't starts." Of those motorists in- stalling a new battery after not starting, 25.9 per cent had at least one other failure. When car owners treated starting woes with engine tune-up, they had better success in forestalling future problems, the sur- vey showed Rate of repeat can't was 14.6 per cent after a tune-up. In- stallation of new spark plugs alone was a better answer to starting trouble than battery service since 18.7 per cent had additional problems with new plugs 1 The survey also revealed hard starting continues to be the leading problem confronting motorists. In the U S 29 per cent of owners reported at least one failure last winter. In Canada, 30 per cent had trouble. Cold weather was not solely to blame for starting trouble. Warm weather regions in the U S. were only slightly below the national average in reported "can't starts." In Pacific Coast states, 27 per cent of car owners surveyed had at least one failure' while the South Atlantic states had a 28 per cent "can't start" rate. These areas also had the lowest incidence of tune-up purchases in the U.S. We'll give your car THE WORKS We can work out any car's problems in short order. After our champion mechanics give your car a going over, the going's great! The at V- SERVICE SPECIAL OIL CHANGE 4 quart oil change 10-30 tr, X, mriG CHRYSLER DODGE LTD ICHRVStERI LEASING! Cm 1RUCIS Advent of bad weather season accentuates need for check-ups Like the dieter who has just shed 20 pounds and rewards himself with a double banana split, the motorist seems to be celebrating the abatement of the severe gas- oline shortage with a new binge of wastefulness. At least this is the contention of the U S. Federal Energy Agency which is detecting signs of "business as usual" when it comes to use of fuel Even though the supply of gasoline at the fuel pump is more plentiful now than earlier this year, serious problems remain. Gasoline prices are in some cases dou- ble what they were before the crisis. Some say they are going to rise even higher. Oil supply down There is still only a given amount of oil left in tne earth and that supply dwindles every day. Noted author Barbara Ward is among those who believe that the supply of crude oil will be exhausted in a century or two. On the shorter term basis, there is still a lack of political stability in many parts of the oil-producing world and black gold remains a potent bargaining weapon. Thus common sense dictates that the motorist con- tinue the gasoline-saving efforts be made during the depths of the shortage He should continue to observe those prudent practices of careful driving. He should adhere to speed limits that are not only sav- ing gasoline but human life as well. He should continue to maintain his car's engine and other components related to good gas economy. Yet, here's what seems to be happening. Police report that cars are being driven faster than the 55 mile per hour speed limit. Expressway traffic jams are reaching their pre-shortage density as public transportation and car pools are being abandoned. With the hardest driving days of all coming upon us this fall and winter, it is hoped that good car maintenance remains a habit with the motorist. Fall and winter driving conditions often create slow and stop-and-go-traffic patterns. This situation is wasteful of expensive fuel and only a car with a well- tuned engine can get efficient gas consumption. Best insurance A tuned engine is also the best insurance against what AAA indicates is the Number One problem facing motorists That is starting trouble which affects about car owners, primarily striking in the winter time. So with gasoline prices at record-high levels, the prices of new cars at all-time highs and costs in general on an upward cycle, money spent on car maintenance is a sound investment. In addition to keeping your car running longer and better on the least possible fuel, maintenance gives you the extra benefits of safety, good performance and trouble-free operation all year around. Start by making sure this fall and winter find you in a well-functioning car. Ask your favorite auto serviceman to check your car from bumper to bumper and roof to tire treads. Tractor firm in business SASKATOON (CP) Farm tractors made in Romania and shipped par- tially assembled to Canada are rolling off an assembly line in Saskatoon. The tractors are put together at the Romanian- owned Terra Power Trac- tor Co. Ltd. The company employs five mechanics, all from Romania, and a small of- fice staff. General Manager loan Ban said in an interview that an ad- ditional six mechanics will be hired in a few weeks and in about two months about 10 more mechanics will be needed to put the as- sembly line into full production, when six or seven tractors will be turn- ed out each day. Terra is assembling 45- and 65-horsepower units but will soon put together models ranging in size from 35 to 80 horsepower. Components are packag- ed in Romania.