September 25, 2007

Tire pressure tops list of five most common car problems, says AAA

Atlanta, Georgia – Tire pressure was the number-one vehicle issue identified during a series of nationwide clinics conducted by the American Automobile Association (AAA). Other top problems included engine oil and air filters.

“Drivers should check tire pressure at least once a month to ensure tires are not under- or over-inflated,” says Kit Johnson, 2007 NAPA Technician of the Year. “Low pressure in the tires can increase wear and fuel consumption, while having too much pressure may reduce traction. Keeping tires properly aligned will also help assure longer tire life and improve fuel economy.”

Among the problems found at the clinics, AAA says that the second most common issue was a clogged air filter, which can reduce engine efficiency and mileage; insufficient tire depth; engine oil that was low or needed changing; and worn-out windshield wiper blades. Motorists should examine and replace blades once a year, or sooner if streaking begins.

Other areas cited as needing attention include transmission fluid, engine coolant, antifreeze protection, battery cables/clamps/terminals, and windshield washer fluid.

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