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The Monroe County Reporter April 18, 2018 T ? :CI iii ) LOCAL BUSINESSES THAT CAN HELP SPRING YOU FROM POINT POINT ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ i:ii fter what seemed like an endless winter, you may be planning to hit the road for ;pring or summer road trip. Just take this factoid as a warning: AAA roadside service estimates that it helps more than 9 million stranded motorists during a summer. If, like most Americans, you're not driving a fresh-from-the-showroom ride - the average age of passenger vehicles in the U.S. is just over 10 years old - it's time to give your car a little springtime TLC. "Drivers often overlook their cars when it is spring cleaning time" says Shawn Hoelzer, master technician for CarMax, the largest U.S. chain of used car dealerships. "Following a few easy steps to spruce up your vehicle helps avoid costly repairs" ,e 2018 Maintenance Tips for Spring So take your car to a dealership to auto parts chain Auto Zone. Signs of get checked out - or, better yet, to an a weak battery: dimming headlights independent mechanic you trust. (See or interior lights; power windows that Save $300 on Auto Repair.) Use this take longer than usual to go up and spring maintenance checklist to make down. sure your car is reliable and running Check the brakes: efficiently. Winter conditions and salt on the roads can lead to corrosion of brake parts; Auto Zone's Swims also points out that anti-lock braking systems get an especially hard workout in winter's slick conditions. Nothing is more crucial to your safety than your brakes, so get them checked. Trouble signs: Check the battery: You can't get where you are going if the car won't start. "Winter is tough on all the starting components like the starter and alternator. The battery works harder and can get drained" says ]immie Swims, a specialist at the pulling to one side when you flit the brakes, squeaking or grinding noises and a brake pedal that feels too soft. Inspect the tire Worn-down tires make it hard to stop, even if your brakes are in good order. Try the coin test on your tires: Insert a quarter into several grooves across each tire. If part of Washington's head is always covered, you still have 4/32 inch of tread left and can prob- ably dxive safely. If you have less tread, it's time to think about replacements. (A definite danger signal comes when you slip a penny into a groove and the tread does not reach Lincoln's head,) Even if your tire tread are OK, make sure you keep them inflated to See TIPS Page 3C -(,2:,~