Bethesda, Maryland – Some 80 per cent of vehicles on the road need service or parts, as reported in a survey of results from community car care events across the U.S.   The Car Care Council compiled the results from events in April and October 2008.

The council reported that nearly one out every 10 vehicles had the check engine light on, while the top problem areas were motor oil, windshield wipers, air filters, belts and hoses, and lights.

For lubricants and fluids, the top three failure rates were low, overfull or dirty motor oil, at 32 per cent; inadequate washer fluid levels, at 23 per cent; and low, leaky or dirty coolant at 23 per cent. Transmission, brake, power steering and clutch fluids had failure rates of 17 per cent or below.

Approximately 15 per cent had front windshield wiper failures, while 10 per cent needed the rear wiper serviced.

In 18 per cent of vehicles inspected, at least one belt was reported as unsatisfactory, and seven per cent required at least one new hose. New air filters were needed in 18 per cent of vehicles, while seven per cent needed new PVC filters. Battery clamps, cables and terminals needed maintenance in 10 per cent of the vehicles inspected, while nine per cent were not properly held down.

Improperly-inflated tires were found on 15 per cent of the cars, while 12 per cent had worn tread and were in need of replacement.

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