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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 8, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 8 i HE LtiHBRIDGb HERALu i-riday, November 8, 19.4 In Germany, car care is top priority Contributes article Olaf G. W. Fersen, who contributes the accompanying article on Car Care in Ger- many, is a former Unit- ed Press Berlin cor- respondent, who at one time was in the repair business and later a chief editor of the magazine Auto- mobil-lllustrierte. He continues to specialize in writing for motor- ing magazines in many countries. The Germans are fre- quently accused of loving their cars more dearly than their children. A status symbol as well as a means of individual freedom of movement, the car in Germany is valued as an important personal investment that has to be taken care of. Rising prices and increasing labor costs, the critical space problem on a partly obsolete network of roads and the latent threat of higher taxes and gas prices are a constant worry to car owners. Service and maintenance these days are definitely ranging before perfor- mance and prestige value in prospective buyer con- siderations The liberal use of salt as a means of melting ice and snow on wintry roads has taught many car owners the hard way the meaning of rust corrosion. Statistics figure out the average loss of value per car and year by corrosion to be around 200 Deutschmarks Many car manufacturers fit their products with longlife undersealing these days. In all cases EASING National Identification Card Predictable Costs Frees investment usually less than Adaptable to private individual as well as business Current model prestige Easy way to get second car where this is not being done, purchasers are well advised to have their new cars undersealed when new before costly cleaning and de rusting operations become necessary. BODY PROTECTED During the last two years two other systems of protection against corro- sion have proved their worth, spraying of all chassis and body box sec- tion internals with a protective coating or filling them with plastic foam. Mounting labor costs have steeply increased maintenance and servicing bills more recently A new regulation requires workshops to hand out the amount charged per hour, so customers can figure out what their bill may look like. With labor cost between 30 and 45 Deutschmarks and ?11) an hour many car owners have to revert to do-it- yourself practices. The garage trade tries to counter this with publicity methods. The currently threaten- ing fuel shortage, however, seems to make all other worries look minor. The discussion between motorists seems to center about one theme only: how to achieve im- proved fuel economy? The most efficient recipe seems to concern both car and driver. If carefully applied it may well mean fuel savings of up to First requirement obvious- ly always is a good mechanical condition of the car. 20% FUEL SAVINGS To save fuel and to lengthen the life expec- tancy of your car, two things should be kept in mind: "Rude riding methods melt your money away" and "Rust never rests" so you have to fight it, wherever it shows. oicic MUFFLER CENTRES LTD Ten Minute Service Free Installations Guaranteed As Long As You Own The Car Dual Exhaust Specialists Monroe Shocks Walker Exhausts KEEP YOUR SPACE QLIfcT IETHBRIDGE 321 UihST N 329-4666 ALL CANADIAN WiGuirmfNthi LOWEST pricn in town GERMANS KEEP THEIR CARS IN TOP SHAPE SO THEY CAN VISIT ROMANTIC SPOTS LIKE THIS Windshield wipers need special care As with so many other vital components on your car, your windshield wipers are most likely to fail just when you need them the most during the next rainstorm. During the winter, windshield wipers have to fight freezing snow, ice, slush and road salt. In the summer, heat, smog, and even your ser- vice station attendant's windshield washer spray work together to reduce the efficiency of your wiper system. It's no wonder, after sitting quiet- ly on your windshield deteriorating day-in and day-out, that they often fail to do their job. Check When Raining The best time to check your windshield wiper system is during a rain- storm. Or you can check it the next time you go through a car wash. You can also perform a good check while someone sprays your windshield with a garden hose. However you choose to check your wipers, you should check them on both the fast and slow speeds If any trouble symptoms are present, you should replace as much of your wiper system as is necessary to eliminate the problem. In many cases, all that is needed is new squeegees (the rubber part that contacts the Replace Both Blades When you do replace all or part of your wiper blades, make sure you replace both sides at the same time If one wiper is shot, it's a good bet the one r. about to o too. Safe vision during hazardous road conditions is too important to risk for a few dollars. One final tip. If you are replacing your wiper blades, consider the new, molded polycarbonate blades. They perform more efficiently than the metal type and they cut down on glare and rattle as well. Here are five visible or audible indicators that will signal need for attention to your windshield wipers. Clear driving vision is especially important during the bad weather season. Check for the following signs of malfunctioning: 1. STREAKING arcs of unwiped moisture within wiping area. 2. HAZING a thin, hard to see through film covering most or all of the wiping area even after the blade has just wiped. 3. CHATTERING a "stuttering" motion of the blade accompanied by a "chattering" noise as the blade sweeps across the windshield, with some areas left unwiped. 4. SCALLOPING a ragged outer edge in the wiping pattern. 5. RATTLING no visi- ble signs of problems, but the wiper blade assembly sounds as if it is very loose. Predominantly occurs in all-metal construction blades. SHORT STOP AUTO LTD. We Service wturt we cell and guarantee what we eerrice. Have our technicians get your car ready for winter now. SHORT STOP AUTO LTD. 6 Streets. (VOLVO) 328-6586 ;