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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 27, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta PAGE 12 It Can Help Kill Rust Is A Villian BIG REDUCTION University of Michigan engineering sludents found as much as 55 percent less air pollution after tuning cars in a recent project. Every few seconds, someone is injured by a car and in the time it takes for a coffee break, someone dies on the highway! The National Safety Council points out that faulty vehicles contribute to.at least 10 per cent, of highway acci- dents and rust is often the chief villain. But many problems caused by rust can be detecM and corrected ahead of how? Experts at Zieb Pro- cess Corporation have ed this list of common questions from car owners: 1. I keep my car in a heated garage in winter, yet I have more trouble with rust than ever. Why is this? A heated garage can actually increase rusting by as much as 300 per cent. According to a University of Manitoba survey, ice on the car melts and becomes water, the electrolyte that completes the electro chemical circuit necessary for rusting. 2. Are there any areas in the U.S. or Canada where because Keeping Engine In Shape Assures Starts In Winter H you want to avoid those long waits for starting help on a cold or rainy day, Champion Spark Plug Company has some advice for you. And it's not move to a warm, dry climate. The best way to make cer- tain your car starts every time Fast Driving Good Way To Ruin Gas Mileage Two drivers of the same au- tomobile may get different gas mileage due to the differences in driving habits. Other factors include driving conditions and mechanical condition of the au- tomobile. It. costs almost 50 per cnet more to drive 80 m.p.h. than it docs to driver 50 m.p.h. Cost of driving 60 m.p.h. is 25 per cent higher than cost of driving 30 m.p.h. Driving conditions: Slowing down under wet or snowy con- ditions conserves fuel. Wet pavement can reduce mileage by 1 mile per gallon. When parked, tarn off engine. One minute of idling uses more fuel than restartins uses. Starting and stopping. Avoid "jack rabbit" starts, sudden stopping and racing on the green light. Windy conditions. Drive slower if you're interested in better fuel economy. Here are some suggestions on care and mechanical condi- tion of your car for better fuel economy: Use good grade of gasoline recommended by the manufac- turer of your automobile. Be sure the thermostat isn't stuck in the open position. A warm running engine is more efficient (uses less fuel) than a cold running engine. Be sure tires are inflated properly. Balance and align tires. Free Pick-Up And Delivery Of Your Car! ALL WORK PERFORMED BY EXPERIENCED WORKMEN! LETHBRIDGE SH and DOOR Cor. 5th Ave. and 4th St. S. Phone 327-1581 this whiter is to put and keep your engine in shape. Champion Spark Plug Com- pany conducted surveys of hard starting experience in the U.S. and Canada and found that engine condition, rather than weather severity, in- fluences starting ability. Take the Province of Quebec and its sister Province of Bri- tish "Columbia.' Quebec has se- vere winters. British Columbia has mild winters. Yet 19.5 per cent of Quebec motorists had starting trouble while 32.2 of British Columbia's car owners experienced difficulty. Why? Bate of tune-up pur- chase, in Quebec was 43 per cent while B.C.'s rate was only 23.4 per cent. A comparable picture devel- oped in the U.S. Cold, blustery New England states had a 22.3 per cent rate of starting failure against 31.9 per cent ra'e tune-up purchase. The balmy- climed Pacific Coast states suf- fered a 25 per cent rate of starting failure and a 21.3 per- centage of tune-up purchases. Like the economy, your en- gine is affected by the law of supply and demand. In foul weather, a sub-par engine de- mands more voltage to fire and the supply is generally lower. More specifically, when the weather is cold or wet, the car's electrical system loses power. Aggravating the situa- tion, the presence of worn ig- nition parts can "leak" voltage or "block" electrical flow, making greater demands on voltage available. Further complicating the problem is the presence of worn spark plugs. These re- quire more voltage than new plugs to fire. The critical function of spark plugs in starting is shown in the following statistics. Engine with newly installed spark plugs account for only 12 per cent of all starting failures. Plugs with miles or more usage have 41 per cent starting trouble, more than triple the rate of new plugs. So, fo decrease your chances of starting trouble this winter, get a tune-up. of climate there is no rust problem? There is no area where rust is not a problem. It is less in arid areas because moisture must be present for rusting to take place. 3. Does frequent washing and waxing prevent rust? Car care helps, but unless the interior boxed in areas of the car, where 88.per cent of all rusting starts, are protected, rust can still eat holes in your' car and your pocketbook. The rustproof- ing sealant must be sprayed at high pressure through strategi- cally located holes. 4. What is the- major safety problem caused by auto rust? Brake failure. According to the Lincoln Technical Institute of Detroit, this condition is a di- rect result of environmental conditions such as salt and moisture on our streets. Major fleet operators say that 40 per cent of their brake lines are rust damaged after two years of service. The LTI people further recommend that car owners protect their car and their life with a rust preventive process. 5. What about air pollution? ;is there really enough contam- ination in our air to cause ve- hicle rusting? This is the find- ing of extensive investigation of rusting just undertaken by the Canadian Province of Ontario. In some industrial areas tons of sulfur dioxide gas are put into the air every minute. This is true of residential and com- mercial areas, too. Since sulfur dioxide plus rain water results in sulfurous and sulfuric acid which effectively accelerate rusting, your car has a bath of dilute sulfuric acid every time it rains! 6. What about the chemicals certain elides are adding to salt? Do they retard rust? Corrosion inhibitors have been tried with salt. Comprehen- sive testing of such corrosion inhibitors was undertaken by municipal governments both in the U.S. and Canada a few years ago and the inhibitors were found to be ineffective. The only testing by a disin- terested authority was just completed by the University of Manitoba over a two-year peri- od. As previously, found, the body rusting was exactly same with or without the in- hibitor. SKI DOO has never looked better, acted better, or had better ideas for you! NORDIC 1095 BERT MACS CYCLE LTD. 913 3rd AVE. S. PHONE 327-3121 OPEN THURSDAY and FRIDAY Till 9 P.M. This is no time for untuned car trouble! Rugged winter weather is rough on your car. And your best insurance against annoying winter car trouble is our expert engine tune-up. We'll give your car a new set of depend- able Champion spark plugs plus other basic tune-up items it may need. Then you're set to enjoy faster starts, better gas mileage, safer passing and dependable perfor- mance all winter long! CALL IN TODAY! El Roncho [TCXACO] Service 6th AVE., M.M. DRIVE PHONE 327-5406 ;