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Ladies And Gentlemen, Start Your Engines

(NAPSI)—For dependable vehicle operation, it’s essential, for starters, to prevent ignition system failure. That way, you won’t be left stranded by the side of the road. How To Tell “Symptoms of ignition problems include dimming of headlights and interior lights, illuminated ‘Check Engine’ and battery lights, and failure of accessories to operate,” explained Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council—the source of information for the “Be Car Care Aware” campaign promoting regular vehicle care, maintenance and repair. “It’s a good idea to look into these symptoms immediately to prevent ignition failure from bringing your car to a complete stop.” What To Do Driving habits such as frequent engine on-off cycles cause more wear on the starter than a simple trip back and forth to work. Other factors, including driving and weather conditions, mileage, vehicle age and excessive electrical draws like in-vehicle entertainment systems, can affect the ignition system as well. Since the fuel injection system and car battery are linked to the ignition system, a problem can be difficult to diagnose because it may be caused by one of many factors, such as a dead car battery, faulty ignition switch, worn-out spark plugs, bad fuel injectors, ignition coil problems, fuel pump failure or starter motor failure. “It’s a good idea to include an ignition system checkup in your vehicle maintenance schedule,” added White. Where To Learn More To help motorists follow a vehicle maintenance program, a free digital “Car Care Guide” can be found on the council’s website at www.carcare.org/car-care-guide. The guide is in English and Spanish and includes information on service interval schedules, questions to ask a technician, and tips to drive smart and save money.

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Noteworthy Partnership Supports Young Farmers

(NAPSI)—An all-American truck brand and a magazine known for its world-class photo essays have found a new way to support America’s farmers. The unique partnership between National Geographic Books and the Ram Truck brand has come together to sponsor a nearly 300-page, photo-rich book inspired by Paul Harvey’s essay “So God Made a Farmer.” “The Farmer in All of Us” is a comprehensive collection of original agriculture and farming photography, including all of the images commissioned by Ram for its “Farmer” video. To create the book, 10 world-class photographers were tasked by Ram with traveling throughout America’s heartland over the course of three weeks to capture the essence of “the farmer” using Harvey’s essay as their inspiration. An essential part of America With over 2 million active farms in America, Ram recognizes that the farmer continues to be a key element of this nation’s well-being, contributing to the economy, making agriculture more sustainable and supporting the health of the country by keeping nutritious food on this nation’s tables. Said Olivier Francois, an executive with Chrysler Group, “Supporting farmers isn’t just about those who till the soil, it’s about reminding America who we are and where our greatness comes from.” He believes the book truly brings the “Farmer” story to life, and continues to give back in support of the amazing students of the National FFA Organization (FFA) who embody this spirit every day. Support For FFA Every book purchased backs a minimum contribution of $25,000 by the Ram Truck brand to FFA’s “Give the Gift of Blue” program, which donates traditional FFA blue corduroy jackets to members who would not otherwise be able to own one. In addition, the Ram Truck brand has provided scholarship money to the National FFA Organization for over 60 years. Currently, it also supports the organization’s Proficiency Award Programs. Part of the organization’s Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) program, these awards offer real-world, experience-based learning and excellence in different areas of agriculture such as mechanics repair, forestry management and nursery operations. To learn more about the National FFA Organization, visit www.ffa.org. To purchase the book now, visit www.ramtrucks.com/outfitter. It will be in retail stores in late spring 2014. To learn more about Ram Trucks, visit www.ramtrucks.com.

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Potholes Can Be A Menace To Shocks And Struts

(NAPSI)—The most enduring memory of the winter of 2014 just might be the millions of potholes that continue to dish out punishment to drivers and passengers across the U.S. and Canada. But abominable road conditions can cause more than just a bone-rattling ride; they can also damage important steering and suspension components, including shock absorbers and struts. “Many drivers understand that their vehicles have taken a severe beating over the past several months, but they might not be able to detect some damage without having a professional technician inspect their steering and suspension system,” said Bill Dennie, director of ride control channel management for the Monroe® brand of shock absorbers and struts. “Because this damage can occur over a period of months rather than days, the driver might not notice how much worse his or her vehicle handles today as compared to last fall.” Although potholes are a year-round issue in many regions, they are most prevalent during and immediately following winter due to repeated freeze-thaw cycles. By almost any measure, however, 2014 has been unusually painful and expensive for road repair crews and consumers. Shocks and struts play important roles in safe driving by helping to deliver satisfactory steering, stopping and stability. Their damping action helps maintain movement of the vehicle’s suspension within safe limits. This, in turn, helps the brakes do their job by maintaining tire traction and distributing the vehicle’s weight across all four wheels. Shocks and struts also limit the transfer of vehicle weight from front to back when braking, and from side to side around turns. And properly functioning shocks and struts help protect tires from abnormal wear. “Automotive repair shops have reported dramatic increases in tire and wheel damage as a result of potholes and other hazards related to winter weather. Your shocks, struts and other chassis components have faced the same abuse and in some cases might have experienced physical damage or accelerated wear,” Dennie said. “It’s a good idea to ask a service provider to inspect your steering and suspension system before making any road trips.” To learn more about how shocks and struts contribute to driving safety, visit www.monroe.com or contact your automotive service provider.

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Tips On Managing A Student’s Move Home

(NAPSI)—Students collect more than information—they also collect a lot of stuff. Fortunately, getting all that stuff home at the end of the semester doesn’t have to be difficult. To help with your student’s next move, here are a few tips from the pros that know at Penske Truck Rental: • Reserve the right truck well in advance. When it comes to moving out of a college dorm or an off-campus apartment, most students report that a 12- or 16-foot truck is adequate for the job. It’s likely that you are not the only one moving at the end of the semester, so try to reserve the truck and any accessories you will need at least two weeks in advance. • Get to know your truck before you hit the highway. Taking the time to get to know your rental truck before you take off will pay off, especially on long moves. Also, don’t forget that a truck is probably taller, wider and heavier than the vehicle you are used to driving. That means you may have to drive more slowly and take extra precautions, particularly on turns. Also, for safety’s sake, make sure you park in well-lit areas and keep a padlock on the rear door. In an emergency, remember that you can call Penske for 24/7 roadside assistance; Peske also offers optional protection plans. • Accessories can help keep the move organized. Boxes, packing tape, bubble packing material, moving blankets and hand trucks can help to make the process a “moving experience” and make things go a lot more smoothly. • Don’t use the truck to carry everything. Items you may need to grab in a hurry, such as paperwork, credit cards, identification, a change of clothes, drinks and snacks should be kept close at hand in a travel bag with you in the cab. • Reaching the family home doesn’t mean the move is over. According to college counselors, students and their parents need to do four things once the truck is unpacked: 1. Both parents and students need to be realistic about house rules and responsibilities. 2. Compromise is everyone’s friend. For example, curfew may no longer be appropriate, but parents may expect to be notified of late nights out. 3. Ordering a pizza at 2 a.m. may be “normal” at college, but in the family home, that’s probably not the case. Having and keeping a sense of humor can help. 4. Take a deep breath, laugh and remember the arrangement is just temporary. Learn More For more useful moving tips, visit www.PenskeTruckRental.com.

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An Open Recall Can Help A Used-Car Buyer

(NAPSI)—Bad news can sometimes be good news, particularly when it involves an open recall on your car. An open recall is when a manufacturer identifies a problem with a particular model and agrees to fix it at little or no cost to the owner or potential buyer. Recalls can affect a car’s performance, safety and resale value. You’re doing yourself and others on the road a favor by having them fixed. Open recalls can be an excellent opportunity to help ensure the purchase of a well-performing car. However, problems arise when neither buyer nor seller knows an open recall exists. It’s estimated that 3.5 million vehicles with open recalls were for sale online in 2013. Fortunately, you now can easily find out about open recalls or other reported problems by shopping for used cars at www.carfax.com. Every car has a free Carfax Report to help you find the right car with the right history.

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Saving Cars And Cash

(NAPSI)—The average car on the road today is 11 years old, automakers report. If yours is among them, here’s good news: You can pocket serious savings on repairs with high-quality used parts. Here’s how it works: Go online to www.pullapart.com to find the price of the part you need and see whether the vehicle’s in stock at the nearest location. If it’s not, you can see which other vehicles have the same part and whether they’re in stock. At the Pull-A-Part superstore, you’ll see vehicles on stands, arranged in rows. The staff or the store computer can tell you where to find the vehicle you want, and you pull the part yourself. The supply turns over daily, so if you can’t find the vehicle you need today, you can sign up to be notified when it’s available. As a bonus, you can be green while saving some green. When you buy a used car part, you’re keeping it in circulation instead of sending something perfectly useful to a landfill. Learn More Further information is at www.pullapart.com.

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Keeping Equipment Ready

(NAPSI)—Professionals know extremely cold weather can make for demanding and dangerous situations, from blizzards to electrical fires. That’s why they keep their gas-powered emergency equipment—snowblowers, generators—ready to use at a moment’s notice. Now, consumers can get the same product that professionals and first responders rely on to make sure engines start right up when needed, even if they’ve been idle for months. Called Star Tron Enzyme Fuel Treatment, from Star brite, the unique formula allows for a more complete burn of the fuel charge for easy smoke-free starts, maximum power and improved fuel economy. The result can be a noticeable difference with engines that use ethanol-blended fuels. That’s because these can degrade and form gums in an engine in as little as 30 days, so engines become difficult to start. It’s also a powerful fuel stabilizer, keeping stored fuel fresh for up to two years, and works in all engines, from gas-powered outdoor equipment to cars, trucks, boats and more. For more info, go to www.startron.com or call (800) 327-8583.

 

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Protecting Your High-Mileage Vehicle

Protecting Your High-Mileage Vehicle (NAPSI)—These days, many drivers are finding ways to keep their vehicles on the road longer. Having an odometer that reads 100,000 miles or more need not mean the vehicle is on its last legs. It may just mean you should stick to a regular maintenance schedule and take advantage of automotive products that help extend the life of the vehicle. These tips can help: • Use the right gas. Unless your manufacturer’s manual says the vehicle requires a high-octane gasoline, it will probably run with no problems on regular unleaded. The difference in price can be as much as 30 cents a gallon. Your money is better spent on maintenance than at the pump. • Cut down warm-ups and eliminate excessive idling. Older cars may need to warm up briefly, but letting it idle for a long time before you put it in drive is not better. In fact, a vehicle just sitting there can suffer stress on the components and burns fuel less efficiently. • Get motor oil designed for high mileage. If there are over 75,000 miles on the odometer, consider a formula designed for high-mileage engines, such as Royal Purple’s HMX oil. In addition to proprietary additive technology, it contains additives to reduce internal wear and condition engine seals. It’s a common misconception about vehicles with high mileage that you should not use synthetic motor oil because it will remove deposits and restrict oil flow. In fact, one of the benefits of using high-mileage synthetic oil such as HMX is that the detergents in the additives in the product clean out the deposits in the engine. Maintaining cleanliness will promote the longevity of the engine. • Tender Loving Care. If your vehicle needs repairs, address them as needed and don’t let them go until you find yourself stranded. These small steps can ensure that you’ll be able to enjoy your vehicle for many more miles to come. • Learn more. You can find further facts and tips online at www.royalpurple.com.

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