PORT CLINTON, Ohio-In conjunction with October's designation as ``National Car Care Month,'' the Port Clinton, Ohio-based Car Care Council (CCC) issued a newsletter with a series of promotional and educational scripts that can be used any time of year.
The CCC suggested tips and quizzes-covering automotive topics such as wheel balancing and alignment, wiper blades, rebuilt engines, spare tires and saving gas-be recorded for use on local radio stations; published in company newsletters or on a firm's Web site; sent out by an automotive business as a ``tip of the month'' via e-mail or direct mail postcards; or as scripts coupled with a company promotion or advertising campaign.
One such ``Car Care Quiz'' is aimed at testing a motorist's, as well as a technician's, ``hearing'':
A motorist complains of hearing a ``clunking sound'' coming from the front-wheel-drive car's front end. The noise most probably is a forewarning that one of the following is about to fail:
a) Brake rotor; b) Fan clutch; c) CV joint; d) All of the above.
ANSWER: The CCC said the front-end clunk probably is coming from a worn CV joint-the flexible shafts that are covered with rubber boots to retain lubricant and keep out dirt. The council recommends the boots be inspected frequently for cuts or other damage that can lead to premature failure of the joint.
For more information, contact the Car Care Council: (419) 734-5343; e-mail: [email protected]; Web site: www.carcarecouncil.org.