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  • DAILY NEWSNORFOLK Tuesday, October 11, 2011

  • -A NORFOLK DAILY NEWS, TuESDAY, OcTObER 11, 2011

    Fall Car Care Helps Forgo Frosty Frustration Properly preparing your

    car for winter is simple and doesnt require a lot of time or technical expertise. The payback in reduced risk of a preventable breakdown and improved performance is well worth the minimal effort.

    According to the experts at the nonprofit National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE), cold weather will only make existing problems worse.

    Here are a few items that are easy and simple to check before fall turns to winter:

    First, familiarize yourself with your owners manual and follow the manufacturers recommended service schedules. No one knows your car better than the company that manufactured it.

    Motor oil: The easiest way to protect and improve the performance of your car is to upgrade to a high- performance synthetic motor oil and change it regularly. Synthetic motor oils have better low temperature fluidity and a lower coefficient of friction than mineral-based motor oils. This will help ensure easier start-ups on cold weather days. Some motor oils, such as Royal Purple, are actually formulated with molecules that chemically bond with engine components for continuous engine protection. Its also been proven in independent tests to improve fuel economy, reduce emissions and increase horsepower and

    torque. More information is available at www.royalpurple.com.

    Tires: Worn tires can be extremely dangerous on rain, snow and ice. Examine tires for remaining tread life and uneven wearing. Be sure to check the sidewalls for cuts and nicks as well. All season radials or winter tires are a wise investment for those who must drive in inclement weather regularly. Tire pressure should be checked once a month and tires rotated as recommended.

    Dont forget to check your spare and be sure the jack functions properly.

    Cooling System: It may be time for a flush and refill if its been more than a couple of years since the coolant has been changed. The level, condition, and concentration of the coolant should be checked periodically. A 50/ 50 mix of antifreeze and water is usually recommended. Additionally, the condition of hoses should be checked for cracks and leaks.

    Windshield Wipers: Check the condition of your wiper blades and replace them if needed. If your climate is harsh, purchase rubber-clad, winter blades to fight ice build-up. Stock up on winter-formula windshield washer solvent. Youll be surprised by how much you use. If you dont have an ice- scraper, buy one before you need it.

    Battery: A dead battery can make a cold winter morning a miserable one. If your battery is beyond its recommended service life, replace it. Top any low battery cells with distilled water. Clean and tighten battery terminals to ensure electricity gets from the battery to the starter on chilly fall mornings. If corrosion is present, clean it with a mixture of baking soda and water, and put on a set of battery washers to keep corrosion from coming back. Make sure the battery terminals and hold downs are tight. Its also good to clean and lubricate hinges

    The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) rec - ommends winterizing your car each fall.

    and the hood latch.

    Fuel: Its important to keep gas lines from freezing in cold weather. No vehicle can run if it cant get fuel. A full gas tank will help prevent moisture and ice from forming. Particularly cold weather may warrant using a fuel deicer to prevent fuel lines from freezing. A block heater is another option that is fairly inexpensive and easy to use.

    A few minutes in the garage this fall will help prevent a much more time- consuming and unpleasant experience this winter.

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    NORFOLK DAILY NEWS, TuESDAY, OcTObER 11, 2011 -A

    Avoiding An Auto Repair Rip-Off By Craig W. Armstrong

    There are many people in life who are valuable to us: a loving spouse, children, extended family-and a mechanic you can trust. Because many of us know very little about car repair, we need a trustworthy mechanic. Many auto mechanics arent deceptive; theyre just untrained or ignorant of certain kinds of repair. Here are a few suggestions to avoid an auto repair regret or rip-off.

    I know a guy... This is the best place to start. Talk to your friends, family and coworkers. Which repair shop do they use? How long have they been going there? Would they recommend them? Once you have decided on a shop, contact the Better Business Bureau (BBB) to find out if any complaints have been filed against it.

    If you are satisfied with what you find, take your car in. Be as specific as possible when

    describing the problem; they cant help if they dont know whats wrong. At this point it is a good idea to ask if the shops mechanics are ASE (Automotive Service Excellence) certified. Keep in mind that mechanics can be ASE certified in many different areas, such as brakes, engines, electrical systems, etc., so if you have a problem with your brakes, a mechanic certified in engines may be underqualified to fix your problem.

    Next, make it clear that you want to be contacted BEFORE ANY WORK BEGINS. Most shops are good about this, but it never hurts to remind them. Also state that if anything needs to be replaced, you want the old part. This may stop a rip-off before it starts. A dishonest mechanic is less likely to needlessly replace something if youre going to see the replaced part.

    When you find out the diagnosis, take notes. Have the

    mechanic explain everything to you in terms you can understand. Ask whether the repairs are necessary or only recommended and then tell them youll get back to them about doing the repair.

    Now its time to use your best anti-rip-off tool-the Internet. Do some research; use a search engine and find out if what they told you is accurate. You can even find parts prices online and figure out if they are charging you fairly (be aware that a markup price is standard business procedure). You could also contact a few other local shops and get their price for doing the same repair.

    If your investigation proves the repairs are legitimate and at a reasonable

    price, give them the OK to proceed. When you pick up your car, go over the invoice carefully with them and make sure all charges are explained. Also verify in writing any guarantees that come with their work.

    We all want to hire someone we can trust, and most mechanics are trustworthy. Once you do find your mechanic, youll also be able to say, Ive got a guy... .

  • -A NORFOLK DAILY NEWS, TuESDAY, OcTObER 11, 2011

    Manageable Means to Reduce the Cost of Auto Insurance Among the numerous costs

    that come with owning or leasing a vehicle, auto insurance is one that motorists almost universally feel is too expensive. Such consumer concern is one reason for the bevy of auto insurance advertisements on television, with each insurance company seemingly offering lower and lower rates than the competitor whose ad ran two advertisements before.

    While it certainly helps to comparison shop when looking for auto insurance, there are several other steps motorists can take that might reduce the cost of auto insurance.

    * Maintain good credit. Insurance providers will almost certainly pull an applicants credit report before providing a policy quote. Many consumers might question how this is relevant, but insurance providers are fully aware that a host of studies have shown there is a direct correlat