ATLANTA (Sept. 27, 2007) — Incorrect tire pressure topped the list of vehicle problems identified during recent nationwide clinics conducted by AAA and its affiliated repair facilities.
AAA, which partnered with NAPA Auto Parts for the events, said survey results are based on inspections conducted on 6,082 vehicles by 25 different AAA clubs.
NAPA's 2007 Technician of the Year, Kit Johnson from East Helena, Mont., advised drivers to check tire pressure at least once a month to ensure tires are not under or over-inflated. “Low pressure in the tires can increase wear and fuel consumption,” he said in a AAA statement, “while having too much pressure may reduce traction. Keeping tires properly aligned will also help assure longer tire life and improve fuel economy.”
During the AAA events, inspectors also found the following car problems, listed in their order of importance:
- Clogged air filters;
- Insufficient tire tread depth;
- Engine oil that was low or needed changing; and
- Worn-out windshield wiper blades.
Other areas cited as needing attention during the AAA inspections included transmission fluid, engine coolant, antifreeze protection (for a minimum of -25 F), battery cables/clamps/terminals and windshield washer fluid.
“The results of our 'AAA Make Sense of Car Care' inspections show that many drivers are not taking good basic care of their vehicle, which can lead to increased wear, breakdowns or even accidents,” said John Nielsen, director of repair, auto acquisition and consumer information at AAA.
Mr. Johnson said consumers' vehicles are often their second-largest investment—next to their homes. “To keep automobiles operating as efficiently as possible, it is important for consumers and their trusted service technician to take a proactive approach to vehicle care and know specific areas to watch for during the coming year.”
NAPA distributes parts, accessories, tools and equipment to 6,000 NAPA Auto Parts stores and more than 12,000 NAPA AutoCare Centers nationwide.