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May 3, 2015

Safety checklist
What should I have checked to make sure my car runs smoothly and safely?

BRAKES. Have them all checked; pads and rotors (disc brakes), shoes and drums (drum brakes) plus brake fluid and the entire hydraulic system to avoid an expensive total brake overhaul or even a more costly totaling of your car.

TIRES. Does your car have cracked sidewalls, smooth edges, flat spots or bulges? Get thee to a tire store or alignment shop before your car leaves you flat -- either on a lonely midnight road or in the middle of a freeway at rush hour.

LIGHTS. Check them all; head, parking, tail and brake. All you need is one dim bulb ON your car for one dim bulb to crash INTO your car.

WINDSHIELD WIPER BLADES. Clearly its important that these work properly. Replace worn ones. Don't wait for a rainy day to discover that your windshield is muddier than the road.

COOLING SYSTEM. You don't know what heat exhaustion is until your radiator is boiling over and a thousand (it seems like) cars are honking at you for holding up traffic. Get your cooling system inspected and serviced.

Tomorrow: Part II Seven more checks for your car that will save you money later.

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