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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 27, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta FACE 8- Rattles, Squeaks Mean 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. When something goes wrong with the family car it often keeps rolling along until it stops or crashes, or is the cause of a major repair bill. A ear has a language.all its own and it can save money If one takes time to learn the meaning of unfamiliar noises in a car. Battles, groans, hiss- es, leaks, pings or high-pitched clacking 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 Any pronounced loss pow- er, staffing 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- thing from spark plugs and points battery or wiring. If the engine is vibrating it could be that one or more valves are sticking, or that the ignition timing is off ami a tune-up is called for. If the automatic transmis- A. W. "CHICK" MACINTOSH Let Us Get Your Car Ready For Winter Driving! Engine Tune-Up Battery Check Anti-Freeze Check Oil Change Tire and Brake Check Lights and Wipers Fan and Pulley Belts LICENSED MECHANiC! QUALITY PARTS! REASONABLE PRICES! Call In Today! LAKEVIEW 1001 MAYOR MAGRATH DR. PHONE 357-5697 sion shifts jerkily or acceler- ates slowly it may be hi need of adjustment. Shock absorbers often rail 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 detected. Pings or high pitched clicking sound from underneath the hood could mean valve trouble. There are two valves to a cylinder one opens to admit the fuel mixture into the cylinder, the second valve ex- hausts the gases after firing. It the valves are not working properly they will overheat and eventually wear out. Tins is when the problem begins and a bill of up to becomes a good possibility. Grinding or clattering sounds from underneath the back seal when changing speed needs to be looked 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 Candler, 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 vehilce should be taken to the dealer from whom the car was bought. If there is no warranty of any land, make sure that the garage and mechanics have 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 clone 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 of these cen- tres will also do the repairs. However, the car can be taken anywhere for repairs. Lcthbridge mechanics have a few pointers for those who wont cars repaired. If possible make an appoint- ment in advance. If this is not possible try to get your car in the 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 the mechanic make the diagnosis, don't do it yourself if you are not a mechanic. To avoid any misunderslan- ing about the cost of 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 tf the cost runs higher than es- timated. CMWUf TUSH m CHHHt CAHBOH SYSTEM FUWESOUTOPVBUR ftg EXHAUST AT Of UP TO i ooo WORSES EVENTUALLY CROCK THEN THE PBlSOrlOUS CMC CAN WORK WHV INTO VOUR nW fWSI- BLV KEStXTt. K AMowmy leu tint A LBK-FRK EXHAUST HF (TSOUMPS TO AVOIP CW4SCR Changing Filter Always Pays Off "Should 1 change oil filter when 1 change Typically, the filter dou- bles the cost of his oil change. Is it worth it? Or should he, as some car manufacturers suggest, change oil filter with every other oil change? Readers Digest, in a report to consumers, answered the question this way: "To protect your engine and your warranty, changing the oil filter frequently is important. The filter removes the heavy grit and dust that your engine has s u c k e d in; eventually it gels. clogged and can lake no more. If you change oil after to miles, it. certainly pays to install a new filter each time. If you change more frequently you may want to replace the oil filter at each second oil change." For the experienced car buff or mechanic the answer is sim- ple: change filter whenever you change oil without question. Why? There are three reasons: 1. A filter holds a quart of oil that does not dram with the five quart urankcase. An oil change without a filter change is thus only an 80 per cent change, and the new oil is im- mediately contaminated. 2. Car manufacturers' rec- ommendations are for e a 1 conditions that seldom exist sustained turnpike driving in dust free regions with temper- ate climate. Stop and go short hop neighborhood driv- ing is tough on engines since they never get hot enough. Stop and go motorists should not only change oil fil- ter at every oil change, they should also change oil more fre- quently. Warranties spell this all out under 'exceptions" but the average motorist is not reading the fine print. 3. Dirty oil really beats up an engine. Don't get careless be- cause you can't see the wear like you can a dirty shirt. Here's how bad it is: a car maker some time ago tested engines over miles, changing oil every miles. One set of cars had oil filters, the other identical set had no oil filters. Results: filtered cars had 87 per cent less mam bearing wear; 93 per cent les connect, ing rod bearing wear; and 84 per cent less cylinder bore wear. The responsible car owner can increase the life of his en- gine as much as 25 per cent by changing oil and filler to- gether. Suggestions For Glass Maintenance The following.suggestions for auto glass maintenance are of- fered by Karl K. auto glass replacement manager for Libbcy-Owens-Ford. KEEP WINDOWS CLEAN. A dirty windshield, rear -window or sidelights impairs vision. Dirt accumulation may form a grit that scratches the glass when it is wiped. KNOCK ICE OFF WIPER BLADES in winter, to maintain the efficiency of the wipers. REPLACE BROKEN 0 B CRACKED windshields imnw diately. Clear, unobstructed vision is important at all times. NEVER USE ABRASIVE CLEANERS such as rubbing compound on the inside of the real- window if it is the defog- ging type. The lines on the glass surface carry an electri- cal cm-rent and damaging them can break the circuit. DON'T USE GLASS AS A HANDLE to slam door. This undue stress may break tbfl glass. INSPECT THE- WEATHER- STRIPPING regularly to pre- vent scratches from worn-out stripping. If the rolling media-, nism binds, have it inspected and repaired to prevent .the glass from rubbing internal door parts. 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 the Rubber Manufacturers Association, re- check inflation after rotation to get proper front and rear pres- sure relationship. Moore's Esso Service Cor. 3rd Ave, nnd Mayor Mograth Drive WE NEVER CLOSE OPEN 24 HOURS A DAY Your Headquarters For: Imperial Oil Products Fishing licences Stereo Topes Garden Supplies Campfire Equipment Fishing Supplies Bar-B-Q Supplies For your convenience headquarters for: HUNTING LICENCES and AMMUNITION We Now Fill Propane Bottles MOORE'S ESSO SERVICE Corner 3rd Avenue and Mayor Magrath Drive Phone 327-1046 Licensed Mechanic On Duty from 8 a.m. io 5 p.m. Monday thru Friday, ;