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One in Three Americans Skips Vehicle Service, Repairs

Unnecessarily increasing the odds of a breakdown.

by on Oct.09, 2015

AAA made 24 mil roadside calls in 2014.

Are you tempting fate? You are if you are among the 35% of Americans who have been skipping or delaying vehicle service and repairs, according to a new study by AAA.

The motoring and travel organization wants that putting off repairs, such as oil changes, and battery and tire replacements, can not only leave a family stranded on the side of the road but put their health and safety at risk. A delayed repair also can mean higher costs later.

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“According to a survey of AAA’s certified Approved Auto Repair shops, consumers that forget or ignore recommended maintenance ultimately pay higher repair costs,” cautioned John Nielsen, AAA’s managing director of Automotive Engineering and Repair. “These repair facilities estimate drivers can save an average of one hundred dollars per visit simply by properly maintaining their vehicle.”


April Showers Brings … National Car Care Month!

Time to perform preventative maintenance check on vehicles.

by on Apr.24, 2015

Checking lubricants and fluids are part of the preventative maintenance routine recommended in the spring, according to experts.

Most of the nation has shaken off the yoke of winter and spring is upon us, which means its time to live the famous refrain, April showers bring … potholes and rain mostly.

April not only marks the beginning of spring, but also National Car Care month. It’s the time of the year that motorists need to focus on replacing windshield wiper blades, check the air pressure in tires and to ensure brakes are safe and working properly, according to the Car Care Council.

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The council says that cars inspected between April and October 2014 revealed that 84% of vehicles need service or parts, up 5% from the previous year. (more…)

12 Tips for Prepping Your Car for Summer

A few simple steps can save you fuel, reduce repairs and improve performance.

by on May.02, 2011

Some simple steps can prevent this.

If $4 gas hasn’t scared you off on plans for a summer vacation, you may already be getting out the map – or plugging your destination into the navigation computer.

But laying out a good route is only one of the steps you need to take when warm weather approaches, whether you’re planning a cross-country drive or simply expecting to continue your daily commute.

The buds and flowers are only one of the signs that summer is coming up fast.  If you’re not prepared, you could personally experience another familiar, if far less enjoyable, sign of warm weather – the cars stuck on the side of the road, fan belts busted or radiators boiling over.

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Last year, AAA recorded about 9.3 million service calls during the summer, nearly 500,000 of them just during the Memorial Day holiday.

The numbers are all the more likely to increase as the nation’s automotive fleet continues to age.  People are also holding onto the family chariot longer than ever — the average ownership of a new car now a record 64 months, according to industry data, a 14% increase since 2001, while used car ownership has risen to 52 months, also a record high.  So, even though today’s vehicles are more reliable than ever, they need to be well-maintained to run properly.


Hey Baldy, Check Your Tires

Survey shows 11% of vehicles with at least one worn tire.

by on Nov.19, 2009

Honest Abe is a good tread depth tool.

Honest Abe is a good tread depth tool.

A survey of more than 7,000 vehicles revealed that 11% had at least one bald tire. This, of course, can increase the risk of a crash — or at least sharpen your skid recovery skills — especially in wet weather, which if you look out the window you might observe frequently occurs during fall and winter months.

It’s a good thing makers have developed automatic windshield wipers so at least luxury car owners are spared the manual labor of turning on these vision clearing devices. For us peasants, who manually do so, flip on the headlights at the same time when it is raining.

According to AAA, more than 33 million motorists will take to the road for Thanksgiving travel, and that means nearly four million motorists could be at risk by driving on bad tires, if the survey sample accurately models the problem.

Moreover, in another national motorist phone survey earlier this year, 64% of car owners did not know how to check tire tread depth and 9% never check tread depth. Tsk, tsk.

The surveys were sponsored by the Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA), a trade group in the U.S. RMA is urging motorists to regularly check tire tread depth and replace worn out tires before they become a safety risk.

“In this bad economy, drivers may be delaying necessary vehicle maintenance to save costs,” said Charles Cannon, RMA president and CEO.

Checking tread depth is simple and only costs a penny.

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To do the “penny test,” take a penny and insert Abe Lincoln’s head upside down into the tread. If you can see all of his head, your tire is 2/32nds of an inch deep or less, and should be replaced.


Preparing Cars, SUVs, and Trucks for Winter

There's more involved than checking the antifreeze...

by on Oct.20, 2009

Tire pressure drops as the temperaure declines.

Tire pressure drops as the temperature declines.

When there is a chill in the air and the baseball playoffs are snowed out, it’s time for motorists to prepare their vehicles for the upcoming cold-weather season. There are key components that frequently come to mind when thinking of winter car care such as antifreeze and the vehicle’s battery. However, there are other components that are susceptible to wear or failures when the temperature drops that are too frequently overlooked.

“Properly preparing your vehicle for upcoming winter weather is essential for safe driving and will greatly decrease the chances of your vehicle leaving you stranded in the cold,” said John Nielsen, director of AAA Approved Auto Repair and Auto Buying Services.

As motorists prepare their vehicles for winter weather, AAA offers the following list of frequently forgotten maintenance items that should be addressed:

  • Antifreeze: Antifreeze protection is the first item that comes to mind when most people think of winter vehicle maintenance. A 50/50 solution of engine coolant and water will provide the necessary antifreeze capability.