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Tri-County news • Fall Auto Guide • Thursday, October 27, 2016

Prepare cars for winter conditions

October is Car Care Month and AAA is reminding drivers about the importance of properly maintaining their vehicles. There are a few simple things every driver can do to make sure their car is ready for the road. “Learning how to handle common maintenance issues is beneficial to anyone who gets behind the wheel,” said Nick Jarmusz, Wisconsin director of public affairs for AAA—The Auto Club Group. “Proper maintenance can extend the life of your vehicle and help prevent costly repairs.” Below are four simple car care practices AAA recommends every motorist perform on a regular basis: Check the air and wear of tires About 83 percent of American do not know how to properly inflate their tires, according to the Rubber Manufacturers Association. The pressure on all tires— including the spare—should be checked monthly, with a quality gauge when the tires are cold. Proper pressure levels can be found in the owner’s manual or on a sticker most often located on the driverside door jamb. Do not use the pressure stamped on the sidewall of the tire. Note that the pressure levels on some cars are different for the front and rear tires. Check the tread depth on each tire by placing a quarter upside down in the tread grooves. If the top of Washington’s head is exposed at any point, it is time to start shopping for new tires. Also, look for uneven tire wear when checking the tread. This can be an indication of suspension, wheel balance or alignment problems that need to be addressed. Ensure battery is properly charged Extreme temperatures break down car batteries internally and can accelerate the rate of corrosion on battery terminals, leading to insufficient electrical power and the risk of being stranded without warning. At every oil change, check the battery cables and ensure they are securely attached to the terminals. Clean the terminals if there are signs of corrosion. Disconnecting the cables to clean the hidden areas where they contact the battery terminals is the best way to remove external corrosion. Most car batteries have a three to five year service life, depending on local climate and vehicle usage patterns. If your battery is getting old, have it tested at a AAA Approved Auto Repair shop or by using AAA Mobile Battery Service to determine if it needs to be replaced. Keep those wipers working Inspect the wiper blades monthly. Check to see if they are worn, cracked or rigid with age. Damaged wiper blades will not adequately remove debris, compromising the driver’s vision and safety. The life of a rubber insert is typically six to 12 months depending on its exposure to heat, dirt, sunlight, acid rain, and ozone. Streaking and chattering are common clues that the rubber is breaking down and a replacement is needed. The windshield washer fluid reservoir should be checked monthly. Top it off with a solution formulated to aid in the removal of insects or other debris. In winter, use a solution that will not freeze Turn to prepare/page 9

The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica

Functional and attractive

Car buyers flocking to 2017 Chrysler Pacifica by Faye Burg Employees at Vande Hey Brantmeier Automotive, Inc., are thrilled with the reception the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica has received. General Manager John Martin said the new Pacifica has been selling well and customers are very pleased with their purchase. Designed to look good and have unprecedented functuality, the Chrysler Pacifica is in a class by itself. Built of strong, yet lightweight steel, the Pacifica shape offers advanced aerodynamics and increased strength. The independent rear suspension provides for a smooth ride and easy handling. Hybrid technology provides outstanding fuel economy and the ability to travel long distances with a tank and charge. With an average 18 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway, the Pacifica offers great gas mileage with a 3.6 L V6 engine and 3,600-lb. towing capacity. Stow ‘n Go seating made easy with no heavy lifting or seat removal is a plus in this versatile vehicle, which is available with eight passenger seating and hands free sliding doors and lift gate. Easily open sliding doors and lift gate with a wave of your foot. Spacious leg, shoulder, and head room make for a relaxing,

Keep kids safe

As part of National Child Passenger Safety Week, AAA—The Auto Club Group and its Auto Club Group Traffic Safety Foundation joined organizations nationwide to encourage parents and caregivers to make sure their children are riding safe and secure. “This week serves as a good reminder for parents and caregivers to keep safety basics in mind when it comes to traveling with children in a vehicle,” said Amy Stracke, executive director, Auto Club Group Traffic Safety Foundation. “This means ensuring that all children—from babies to teens—are safely buckled up every time they ride in a vehicle.” AAA and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend all infants and toddlers ride in a rear-facing car seat until they are 2 years of age or until they reach the highest weight or height allowed by their car seat’s manufacturer.

enjoyable ride. An easily removable center seat adds more options for families. A built in Stow ‘n Vac allows for quick clean ups. Perfect for the life of today’s active families, the Pacifica’s enhanced style offers LED lighting, chrome accents and 20-inch wheels. Easy tilt seats allows for safe and comfortable entering and exiting of the Pacifica. Premium seating awaits as you enter the Pacifica and enjoy the heated steering wheel and keyless entry with convenient push button start. Active noise cancellation lets you enjoy a quiet ride without engine and street noise, while enhancing your listening experience with the available Harmon Kardon 20 speaker system. Two 10 inch touch screens allow second row occupants to wirelessly connect and stay easily entertained. Dual backseat screens can be used individually or simultaneously. Drive safely and efficiently while enjoying the ability to communicate, navigate and stay entertained with Uconnect Touchscreen easily functioning with voice commands. Over 100 standard and available safety and security features make the Chrysler Pacifica a multitude of technology options to keep your family safe. The 360

degree surround view camera along with blind spot monitoring and rear cross path detection make daily maneuvering safe and easy. The Chrysler Pacifica is just one of the many quality new and used vehicles offered at Vande Hey Brantmeier Automotive in Chilton. The dealership has proudly offered the newest Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep cars as well as an impressive selection of used cars, trucks, and SUV’s to Chilton and the surrounding areas for decades. The experienced, no-pressure sales staff works with each customer to find the right vehicle for each individual’s needs and also offer competitive financing, top-notch service, and a full inventory of automotive parts. Repeat customers are common as they come to rely on the courteous and knowledgeable staff that continues to work with them before, during and after a sale. Martin invites customers to stop in for a test drive. “It is a really neat vehicle,” he said. “It is fresh and new with all the bells and whistles. You won’t be disappointed.” Vande Hey Brantmeier Automotive is located at 516 N. Main St., in Chilton. Martin can be reached at 849-9301 or by e-mail at

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