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6 The Sun, Wednesday, March 20, 1991 \\;\ll // SPt?IN IIII IIII Today's computer technology makes happy i endings possible for car crash horror stories Accidents will happen. Unfortunately, many of us experience a fender bender. Fortunately, getting our car back on the road isn't the problem it once was. Com- puter technology is helping to speed the insurance claims process, locate replace- ment parts, and keep costs as low as pos- sible As recently as five years ago. car own- ers pl'owed through red tape to get their cars operating after an accident. Insurance adjusters were caught up in endless paperwork and the claims pro- cedures could be time consuming. The prices at auto repair shops were high and many times owners were told that parts were: out-of-stock. For most Americans this added up to higher insurance premiums, expensive parts and service charges, and the incon- venience of not having one's car. Streamlined system Today's procedures have been reduced to a claim adjuster checking off damaged items on a line drawing of a car. Such skeletal drawings are available for every American car and most imported cars buih during the past 10 years. This information can be transmitted by either computer terminal or phone mo- dem to a central database. Immediately, a printout is returned containing replace- ment parts identification, location and c()s{. In addition, labor costs are indi- cated. This information comes from a data- base containing more than 40 million items. It is apparent that this computer- ized system of ADP Collision Estimating Services (a division of the computer services giant Automatic Data Process- ing Inc.), saves auto insurance policy- holders both time and money. The ADP Parts and Assemblies Loca- tar System (called "PAL") is a special fi:ature developed two years ago to pro- vide even more help to auto insurers, re- pairers and auto parts distributors in prcwiding the very best service possible to the public. ALL THE KING'S HORSES AND ALL THE KING'S MEN couldn't put your car together again as fast as auto repairers using the PAL System (Parts and Assemblies Loeator System) from ADP. Using today's computer technology and an exclusive North American database, PAL finds the right part at the best price in the least amount of time. Due to the vast number of auto re- placement parts produced -- both by the manufacturers of cars and by indepen- dent manufacturers of auto parts -- a sin- gle simplified system was needed to locate replacement parts at reasonable cost in any area of the United States. The system developed by ADP Colli- sion Estimating Services does just that. It even goes so far as to give the specific name, address and phone number of auto parts distributors, available inventory, part numbers, name and cost. "Quick as a wink" With the use of telephones, portable computer terminals and modems, such detailed information is instantly available at any location in the country. It's liter- ally "quick as a wink," and from an in- dependent source not controlled by an insurance company or repair service. All of this adds up to getting your car back on the road within the least amount of time. According to ADP Collision Estimat- ing Services president Garen K. Staglin, the company is processing more than 20,000 computerized auto damage esti- mates each day in the United States and Canada. This adds up to more than four million estimates a year. In addition, the system provides a de- tailed inventory and the location of graded salvage parts, which offers the potential for even greater savings. The ADP Parts and Assemblies Loca- tar System is yet another example of computers relieving the frustration and anxiety we all experience at various times in our lives. If the worst does hap- pen, and your car is banged up, there is a simple and effective system for getting everything back to normal. Cooling system care: Good trip insurance belt; 4) The engine "'diesels" (continues to run for a few seconds alter the ignition has been turned off); 5) The engine knocks or "pings" under load. If you've noticed any of these symp- toms, have the car checked before start- ing out on a trip. The last two symptoms also may sig- nify an improper grade of fuel or need for a tune-up. To help ensure a trouble-free vacation. suggests the Council, have the cooling system serviced if this has not been done in the past year. For more information on cooling sys- tem maintenance, write for the 16-page, illustrated booklet, "'UNDERSTAND- ING YOUR CAR'S COOLING SYS- TEM." Send 50 and a self-addressed. stamped envelope to: Automotive Cool- ing System Institute, 222 Cedar Lane. Teaneck, NJ 07666. A dream vacation trip can become a nightmare when mechanical trouble in- trudes. Overheating, one of the most cOUllTIOfl causes of breakdown on the highway, seldom occurs when basic pre- ventive measures are taken. In a national survey, automobile me- chanics cited drive belts and hoses as be- ing among the most neglected parts of their customer's cars. Because these ac- count for the majority of overheating problems, they should be replaced rou- tinely after three to four years of use. Another survey tound that nearly half of all respondents had never replaced the drive belts on their cars. Among those who had, the majority did so only when the belts had broken or were near the point of tailure. Embarking on a summer trip without a thorough inspection of these and other components of the cooling system may be courting trouble, says Car Care Coun- cil. Automobile engines generate a tre- mendous amount of heat, enough to warm a six-morn house in zero weather; it's also enough to cause a "melt-down'" of the engine if the cooling system be- comes inoperative. In newer, more fuel efficient cars, with their emission controls, smaller radia- tors, air conditioning and crowded en- gine compartments, under-the-hood temperatures may reach 280 degrees F. This is tough duty for rubber parts. Car Care Council lists five warning signs of cooling system trouble: I) Anti-freeze/coolant needs "topping off" more frequently (NOTE: When add- ing anti-freeze/coolant, the proportions should be 50 percent to 70 percent anti- freeze/coolant and 50 percent to 30 percent water. Do not use permanent anti-freeze as it comes from the con- tainer.) 2) There are signs of seepage at hose connections or on the radiator; 3) A belt screeches as the engine is ac- celerated in neutral, indicating a loose )Retread or new? It's hard to tell any- A quality retread offers the motorist a more. Retreaded or remanufactured tires much better value than a comparable not only look like the most expensive new tire, according to the Tire Retread new tires, they offer the same safety and Information Bureau. handling features at a far lower cost. t # t t * ] t Is your car hard to start? Is it running poorly when cold? It may need a fuel injection cleanmg ... only $49.95 t t # t t t MAJOR & MINOR WORK FOREIGN & DOMESTIC AIR CONDITIONING BRAKES FRONT END AUGNMENT CARBURETORS FRONT END REPAIR , TUNE-UPS SHOCKS t . ENGINE & TRANSMISSION & (REPAIR REBUILDING) COMPLETE SUNSCOPE ANALYSIS t COMPUTERIZED ENGINE CONTROLS & EMISSIONS # # # # # t # t # t # # -- ANALYSIS & REPAIR t t 843 4712 JnTgstad'Owner t 1017 W. Main, Sheridan 94),-- .. . . . . . , PROTECT CAR WITH TRANSMISSION CHECK Three people out of four pump their own gas. That's the good news for dollar- conscious motorists. The bad news is that most people are negligent about checking their cars, according to Car Care Council. Among the most neglected under-the- hood checks is the automatic transmis- sion fluid. It should be looked at every month or two, and even more often when the car is subjected to "severe service" driving, which is defined in car owners' manuals. The procedure for checking the auto- matic transmission is simple, says the Council. Be sure the engine and trans- mission are at normal operating tempera- ture. Generally this would be after about 15 or 20 minutes of driving. Park the car on level ground and apply the parking brake, and/or block the wheels. Move the shift lever through all positions and back to Park or Neutral, depending upon the make of the car (again, refer to the owner's manual). Then with the engine idling, remove the dip stick, wipe it off, and reinsert it all the way. Remove it again and note the flmd level with relationship to the "'ADD" or "FULL" marks. Add fluid if needed, but do not over- fill. Excessive fluid can cause fluid loss or erratic shifting. Be sure to add fluid of the correct type for your particular car. The fluid should be red, not brown or burned in appearance. If it has lost its clear, red appearance and/or if is has a burned odor, then it should be drained and replaced, and a new filter installed. Careful attention to detail sets our shop apart from others. We're not satisfied with the job until you are -- whether it's taking out a small dent er restoring a badly damaged vehicle to like-new condition. Insurance work is always welcome, and we're happy to give free estimates in writing. Smith's Body Shop For a free booklet about what to look for when buying a retreaded tire, write to the Tire Retread Information Bureau. 621 Forest Avenue, Suite 4CC, Pacific Grove, CA 93950. Congratulations/ 157 N.W. Orchard, Sheridan 843-3357 Monday-Friday 8 am - 5 pm . Saturdays by appointment A / / , (' J M -',1 /2 . Gas shocks provide smoother If you'd like a smoother ride, greater control and improved handling from your car, light truck or van, you might want to try gas shocks. You won't be alone if you do. Gas shocks and struts have been used for years on many expensive European auto- mobiles. Today, nitrogen-charged gas shocks, struts and cartridges represent more than 40 percent of the replacement ride con- trol units sold in the U.S. and are ex- pected to account for 60 percent by 1990. Exactly what does gas charging do that has made gas-charged shocks and struts so popular? For starters, one of the pri- mary functions of a shock is to help keep the vehicle's wheels on the road more ef- ficiently. Gas shocks do this much more effectively than conventional non-gas products. According to experts at Corporation, a major m gas shocks and struts. constantly exerts pressure on hydraulic fluid, helping'it t to bumps, dips and other conditions. Gas-charged shocks and provide a booster cushion makes your car more resistant ing out on severe bumps In addition, in shocks, driving under severe tions can cause toaming fluid, which causes fade. tually eliminate fade and greater driving stability and Finally, gas-charged operate more quietly than non-gas units. 245 S. Bridge Street Your Great Auto Store. 843 q4/e now your Vehicle Is Special Too, For Intrusting We Thank You! It With Insurance Work Frame Work Glass Replacement Front End Alignment ADD ONE: AUTO 843-4440 126 N.W. Richard Street, Sheridan No Matter Where You're Goin ' We'// Keep You Rollin' MITCHELL WHEELS 8". ...................... $35.00 10" $52.00 STEEL St! Ioo,o,ooH,Hooo., 10". ................. $26.30 ALL PRICES INCLUDE MOUNTING K & V Texaco is proud to announce that Myrna Dade of SherMan Is a winner In the Texaco/'ltall Blazers "Star of the Month" game. She won an official NBA Blazer's jacket. Rusty Clemons of SherMan is the winner of a sweat shirt. The game is easy to play -- just pick up your official entry form, then select the ail Blazers "Star of the Month" and fill In your name and address and size of jacket or shirt. Just drop the form Into the entry box at K & V Texaco -- and you could be a winner, too! Take your best shot! K & V AUTO SERVICE omplete Auto Repairs & Personal Service 305 S. Bddge Street Sheridan , 843-3324 RADIAL KNOBBY YKER DUNI INTRODUCTORY PRICES ON OUR NEW LINE OF ATV TIRES 22/11 x8 22/11 xll 21/12 x 8 r Open 6 am- 7 pm Monday-Friday, 8 am. 5 pm Saturday, c, osed Sunday s457  S64B s .6OS 7 Vu/MalllerC4lrd/American ExpreslCDiscover & Texaco Credit Cards welcome ...... .......... Ill, Pm'ntm" g Se.rvw" e Ii1 i 249 S. Bridge Street Sheridan, OR 97378 843 2312 THE SUN 249 S. Bridge St. Sheridan 843-2312 /Ltk Hours: Mon.-Fd.