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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 8, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 14 (HE LtiHBRIuut HERALu Friday, November 8, Inspection increases safety Trend is to "Mandatory" and "com- pulsory" are not the most popular words in the English language. Among car owners they are es- pecially distasteful because the automobile is, in and of itself, an expres- sion of the free spirit. Nevertheless, as our roads become more crowd- ed and our society becomes more complex, the need for stronger disciplines in the operation and maintenance of our cars increases. One area in which most states have been woefully lax is that of vehicle inspection. A truly effective GETYOUR FREE CAR WASH WITH GAS FILL-UP Batteries Winter Tune-Up Snow Tires Excellent Service Cibie Lights Complete Car Care ALCAN SERVICE STATION Lethbridge, Alberta Phone 328-2728 maintenance inspection would involve more factors than safety. More Than Safety For this reason some legislators now are looking at motor vehicles from the standpoint of its en- vironmental influence as well as safety. Air pollu- tion and noise pollution are becoming matters of serious public concern. The U.S. Government un- dertook to regulate the nechanical condition of the nation's cars with its Highway Safety Act of 1966. At that time 20 states and the District of Colum- bia had periodic motor vehicle inspection. Another 10 initiated programs before the 1970 deadline re- quired by Department of Transportation. One more had come in since then. Hold Back Funds Supposedly, the govern- ment would hold back a percentage of the state's federal highway funds if no inspection program were developed by the 1970 deadline. This has not happened. Motor and Equip- ment Manufacturers Association, the U.S. organization representing manufacturers of automotive service parts and equipment, has created a task force to help bring about some much needed broadening, strengthening and standar- dization of vehicle inspec- tion nationwide. Some progress has been made. Significant Additions According to Wayne E. Rapp, of Walker Manufac- turing Company, Chairman of the Task Force, "the significant additions to vehicle inspection programs that will emerge during the '70's, other than more thorough and sophisticated testing techniques and standards, are the inclusion of exhaust emission checks and tests for noise level. MOWS THE TIME TO CHECK YOUR CAR 608 5th Ave. South PHONE 328-1181 MAKE THIS CHECK 1. Check battery for condition and charge, also ignition system points, condenser, plugs, etc. 2. Add windshield system anti-freeze. 3. Check operation of pollution controls. 4. Check automatic choke operation. 5. Change oil. 6. Lubricate car. 7. Check radiator and heater hoses for defect. 8. Install proper anti-freeze and thermostat. 9. Inspect and adjust all types of pulley belts. 10. Mount snow tires, free of defects, properly inflated. A.M.A. CLUB BENEFITS ALSO AVAILABLE -ROM ANY C.A.A. OR A.A.A. AFFILIATE CLUB FROM COAST-TO-COAST! IT PAYS TO BELONG TO THE A.M.A. THE MOST TRUSTED NAME IN TRAVEL Phone 328-1181 608 5th Ave. S. Lethbridge smaller cars, less luxury OTTAWA (CP) If you think North American compact cars are small now, wait until 1980. Not only will they likely be much smaller, but they will likely be slower and hard-riding, with few hints of luxury, suggests Dr. E. P. Cockshutt of the National Research Council. He says the 1980 models will have to be 400 to 500 pounds lighter than present about the weight of the i smallest car manufacturers are going to meet government goals for better gasoline mileage. It is unlikely car makers can improve engine efficiency enough by 1980 unless automobile size is drastcally reduced, Dr. Cockshutt, head of the mechanical engineer- ing division's engine laboratory, said Thursday in an interview. His laboratory is directly involved in research to im- prove engine performance. Last week, U.S. government officials said they want the auto industry to promise to make cars averaging at least 20 miles a gallon, or 25 miles to a Canadian gallon. The ad- ministration also wanted auto efficiency improved 40 per cent by 1980. The Trudeau government hasn't announced any similar goals for the Canadian subsidiary auto plants, but an in- dustry department spokesman said Canadians will inevitably drive the style of car that the Americans decide to build. "Two-thirds of the cars Canadians drive are built in the said Ian Craig, the department's director of vehi- cle systems. He understood the car makers have agreed to meet the U.S. government's goals, but it was still unclear whether the industry would be shooting for an over-all 40-per-cent efficiency improvement or a 40-per-cent improvement on all models of cars. Dr. Cockshutt said people will have to change their taken-for-granted attitudes about automobile luxury. Fast acceleration, power brakes, power steering, air condition- .ing and soft rides might have to be sacrificed if new cars are going to meet new conservation standards. Dr. Cockshutt said current North American-made com- pacts may get 25 miles a gallon under optimum driving conditions, but their over-all mileage performance was considerably below this mark. Refinements by 1980 in the standard gasoline engine wouldn't produce much better mileage and car makers may turn to diesel engines which, under varying load con- ditions, are 20 to 50 per cent more efficient than standard gasoline engines, said Dr. Cockshutt. Another engine refinement likely to come into wide use was the "stratified charge" system which U.S. auto makers now are testing. It required a thinner fuel mixture by mixing gas and air in the engine's cylinders. THOMAS RADIATORS Repairs Recoring Cleaning Service to all Makes of RADIATORS GAS TANKS HEATERS Industrial, Farm, Auto, etc. Fast, Efficient Service 327-4121 TOM GELLENY Residence 327-0288 1209 2nd Ave. South, Lethbridge ;