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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 27, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta -PACE 11 Three Main Points In Care Of Your Car In caring for the family ear there are three main points of concern: safety, economy, and efficiency. "I can't afford to have the engine looked after so is a common complaint. However, mechanics point out that a regular check will gave money. Monthly bills will usually run quite low. In general, tires, brakes, lights, steering and other gate- ty features should be under constant check. "I haven't had a flat tire in seven said one car owner. Closer inspection re- vealed that three tires were in need of replacement. This could have been prevented by rotating the tires. The manu- facturer's manual recommends when to rotate, usually every miles. Bald tires will affect the brakes, alignment and steering. Remember Belts, It Is Important Young people, supposedly at odds with the oWer generation, have at least one area of agreement with their parents. Both are ignoring the life- saving use of car seat belts. Champion Spark Plug Com- pany, through its Highway Safety Program, queried near- ly high school seniors on Beat belt wearing habits. In cars equipped with belts, well under 60 per cent use the re- straining devices. Only 14.8 per cent said they always use belts. Another 29.8 per cent said they used them inost of the tone. The biggest percentage, OT.5, said they sel- dom used belts. Some 17.7 per cent said they never used seat was little difference in use between boys and with less than a percentage point difference in their an- In addition to youngsters driving cars equipped with seat belts but not using them, large percentages are driving cars which have no seat belts. Of those driving their own ears, less than half of the vehicles are equipped with belts. Over 63.6 per cent of all cars, in- cluding, those belonging to par- Exhaust Fumes Deadly One of the most common forms of suicide is the inhal- ing of car exhaust fumes in a closed garage. A very effective Hller, one saucepanful of pure carbon monoxide is enough to put its victim to sleep forever. A great deal less than that in a closed ear will bring about headache, nausea and drowsi- ness; reason enough to keep the exhaust system good and tight. How do you know if your car is exhaust-safe? You can't tell much from sniffing because carbon mon- oxide is odorless. There's no mistaking the sound of a blown muffler or leaking exhaust pipe, of course. First a rumble and then a roar, the noise is your signal that you have waited too long to have the system checked. The best way to be sure about the condition of your car's exhaust system is to have it examined by a competent serviceman while the car is on a lift. His trained eye can spot the pinholes and other signs of deterioration which are the tip- off that it's time to replace. If your car has not had a new muffler in :he past two yews, you can expect to replace it won. .Life expectancy runs be- tween two and three years. -ere equipped with belts. The students' failure to wear teat belts was not because of i- failure to recognize the consequences, the survey found. Almost two-thirds of them identified not wearing belts fs a major contributing cause to traffic fatalities. Estimates by tha National Safety Council show that about one out o' five fatalities could have been avoided if seat belts were being worn. to J. R. Mc- Oeorge, Champion's Public Re- lations "anager and Director of the Highway Safety Pro- gram, "In our presentation to school groups we have Indiana- polis race drivers stress the re- sponsibilities as well as the skills of operating a car. "A race driver would no more think of operating a car without a seat bett than he would without a steering McGeOrge said. If wheel balance and alignment are kept up and tires are rotat- ed the life of the lire will last up to 20 per cent longer. As winter approaches stud- ded tires may be considered. However, there, there are 'catches.' A studded tire is one which has hard material Im- bedded in the tread to prevent skidding on ice. According to the Highway Traffic Act these devices can be no longer than 1-16 of an inch or more than 'A of ail inch in diameter. In Ontario they will be allowed until next spring and then ban- ned. The use of these tires is al- lowed in all provinces. How- ever, eight U.S. states forbid them. In some areas they are only allowed during certain months of winter. Tires should also be checked for inflation pressure. Air pres- sure tends to change rapidly in hot and cold weather. "I can stop this car on a is an often-heard re- mark. But trying to stop a car instantly can lead to disaster, researchers warn. The foot brak'e applies to all four wheels. Years ago drivers could adjust their brakes by simply turning a nut at each of the rear wheels. Today's mech- anisms are complicated and adjustments should be left to the professional mechanic. Brakes should be inspected at regular Intervals. Badly worn parts should be replaced. Whenever a car has been driven through water deep enough to soak the brake drums, the brakes should be tested before continuing. It may be that brakes won't hold. If that happens one should wait till the drums dry and then drive slowly to the nearest ga- rage for an immediate check. "The biggest mistake amateur mechanic said a professional, "is to ig- nore car parts he knows little about. He thinks it is safer not to touch the things he has little knowledge of. "In doing that, he will quite often leave a glaring defect un- attended." A case in point is the steer- Ing mechanism. There are many cars on the road today which have a lot of "play" in the steering wheel. Sometimes one may have to turn the wheel two inches or more before there is any reac- tion in the car. Many drivers "get used Ui the defect" and wait before having any adjust- ments made. At certain speeds a driver may led a "shimmy" or vio- lent vibration. Sometimes, the driver avoids that certain speed but keeps on driving. It may mean that the kingpin is loose or about to snap off this could result in disaster. Caring for car lights usually requires nothing more than a good cleaning of the glass. But a regular check to spot burned out bulbs is also advised. There are many other parts and equipment in a car which help in the safety of a car. Horn, inside add outside mir- rors, wind shield defrosters should always be in good con- dition. Windshield wipers occasion- ally need new" blades or re- placement wiper arms to press them against the glass. With the possible exception of cleaning lights and electri- cai connections and replacing wiper blades, few drivers make major repairs themselves. Most repairs call for three things: 1. An honest, depend- able service garage or service station. 2. A skilled mechanic. 3 High-quality, reliable parts. Mechanics agree that if a car is regularly checked and look- ed after, the expense5 will be far lower that if a "bump" or a "noise" is neglected. SKI DOO hm leaked better, acted brtHr, or had better for you! ELAN "645 BERT MACS CYCLE LTD. 913 3rd AVE. S. PHONE 327-3221 OPEN THURSDAY and FRIDAY Till 9 P.M. You can trust the Care of Your Car to your friendly dealer neighborhood Pacific 66 he cares about you! Drive in Soon and Have Your Car WINTER CHECKED Antifreeze tf Hoses