Car Care events reveal strong maintenance needs

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The Car Care Council says results of vehicle inspections held at community car care events across the country during Car Care Months in April and October 2011 reveal that 84% of vehicles need service or parts.

This is the highest percentage in five years. The unsatisfactory condition of vehicles reflects the current economic climate and reinforces the continued need for consumer education about the benefits of regular vehicle care, maintenance and repair.

“During an uncertain economy, some motorists think they will save money by putting off needed vehicle maintenance,” says Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council.

“These results demonstrate the importance of consumer education as the lack of proper vehicle maintenance can greatly impact highway safety, air quality, cost operation, and vehicle performance and dependability.”

An analysis of vehicle inspection forms, submitted by volunteers who conducted a record number of car care events in 2011, found the top problem areas to be engine oil and fluids, air filters, battery cables, lights, belts and hoses.

Nearly one out of 10 vehicles had the check engine light on and new air filters were needed in 19% of the vehicles. At least one belt was reported as unsatisfactory in 20% of the vehicles inspected, and 15% required at least one new hose.

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