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You ain’t seen nothing yet! special interest

You have probably noticed that Market Treasury is changing. We said to ourselves, there must be a better way for businesses to reach consumers. There must be a better way for people to find the services and businesses they need. There MUST be a way to make direct mail fun, engaging, and personal. We asked one another, why should we be a coupon book when we’re so obviously awesome? Why can’t we be a “magazine-magazine”? And why can’t we be both? The answer was obvious: If you don’t fit into either category, invent a new one. So that’s what we’re doing, combining advertising and editorial, taking the best parts of each and adding a few missing pieces. Over the next few months, you’ll see added content. Coming soon: A real estate section, which is a brand-new concept for direct mail that we think is pretty brilliant. AND we’re changing to a “perfect bind” or flat spine. Each month, we get better and better, and that’s due in large part to you. We are so excited about the level of participation from you in just a few months. Our first kids’ contest, a drawing contest, resulting in an avalanche of creative and beautiful entries. Our second contest, poetry, produced so many poems we could hold a poetry slam to rival any college coffee house. The winning entries are published in this issue (page 12) as well as pictures of the poets themselves. Since we couldn’t fit pictures of our drawing contest winners in the last issue, we will gladly reprint your work with your pictures next issue (just email us at design1@markettreasury.com). We’re starting fiction contests for readers, with the very first winning story to appear next month. We’re starting our ambitious Unknown Author Project (see page 5) in an effort to help new, talented novelists get their big break. This month has just a short excerpt to give you a taste, but next month we will begin the project in earnest. We want your photographs (see page 12). We want pictures of your pets, just because. In a nutshell, we want YOU. Creativity and art are very important and often go ignored, so we’re going to change that. The best part is we are still direct mail, so you get all this for free if you are in our distribution zones. If you aren’t or know someone who would like to get the magazine, you can subscribe for just the cost of postage. Call our office at 719.487.8158 or email info@markettreasury.com to get the magazine at your house.

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IN THIS ISSUE: THE UNKNOWN AUTHOR PROJECT PG. 5

the Unknown Author Project

Market Treasury’s new, original fiction section

RESTAURANT GUIDE PG. 6 TIPS FOR FILING YOUR TAXES PG. 8

POETRY CONTEST WINNERS! PG. 12 WORD SEARCH & NEXT CONTEST

seniors: A PERSONAL ACCOUNT OF ELDER ABUSE PG. 15 health experts: ASK DR. KURT PERKINS PG. 17 ASK DR. ANDREW HALL PG. 17 SEND US YOUR PET PICS! PG. 22

automotive: THE OIL CONUNDRUM PG. 23

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WHAT IS YOUR CAR TRYING TO TELL YOU?

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MARKET TREASURY MULTIMEDIA is

PRESIDENT Sonia Fleming CREATIVE DIRECTOR David Fleming ART DIRECTOR / editor Andrea Jones GRAPHIC DESIGNERS Andrea Jones Paul Trujillo STAFF WRITERS Elizabeth Behnke Andrea Jones PROGRAMMING Tommy Cox OFFICE MANAGER Karl Jones SALES Jeff Anaya Jennifer Schafer CONTRIBUTORS Joshua Dillon Kathy Allen Tim Wilson Dr. Kurt Perkins Dr. Andrew Hall 4

Dear Reader, Most writers would agree that it is hard to get a first novel published. JK Rowling’s first book Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was rejected by twelve—count them, twelve—publishing houses. It wasn’t always so difficult. In the pre-television, pre-Hollywood, preinternet era, literature was prized for entertainment and enlightenment. Authors did not need literary agents to find publishers. They had another way to promote their work and develop a following of readers: Serial publication. The words of Charles Dickins first appeared in print when The Pickwick Papers was published piece by piece in a literature periodical. Harpers, the Atlantic Monthly, The Saturday Evening Post and Scribner’s Monthly were the platforms upon which some of the greatest writers in history launched their careers. Among the American writers that wrote in serial form were Henry James, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Herman Melville, and Rudyard Kipling. As Scribner’s Monthly put it in 1878, “it is in a magazine that the best novelists always appear first.” And then the 20th century happened, and as time progressed, magazines have largely forsaken literature in favor of filling their pages with Kim Kardashian. I could make a joke here about how much space her rear occupies, but I’ll let you ruminate upon the subject. Having cavorted with artists and creative people throughout my career, I’ve met several talented people searching for literary agents, the first step to publishing in the modern era. One of those writers is Joshua Dillon, who has inspired me to begin The Unknown Author Project. Starting with our next issue, Josh’s very first novel will be published in a serial format in these pages. Each month, Market Treasury will bring the next installment of There Are More Things to you in print and online until the book finds a publisher. We’ll give you a little taste of Chapter 1 this month. In my opinion, it is time to get back to some of the traditions that gave us enduring works of literature, art and more. The Unknown Author Project will continue beyond Josh Dillon’s book. I invite you to participate in the project by becoming rabid fans of the authors we feature, utilizing the dazzling tools of the internet to help build a buzz. You can be a part of launching the careers of great authors. But that’s not all: you can be published, too. Each month, we will have a short story contest for readers sponsored by local businesses. The prize is fame and glory, with your words reaching 100,000 people (and growing). There’s nothing to lose, and who knows what you’ll gain? Sincerely,

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There Are

More Things a nOVEL BY jOSHUA dILLON

cHAPTER 1: tHE LEVIATHAN arah has been an orphan for most of her life. Her father died after taking a small boat onto a river that heaved and dashed his body onto sharp rocks, scattering his various parts like Osiris. Her mother wept by the riverside, then turned her eyes to the healing promises of magic. She also died, a short time later, next to that same river, which would forever curl and twist serpent-like through Sarah’s imagination. Sarah believes that river contains a creature lurking within its depths. It is part monster, part deity; an ancient totem image tattooed upon her memory. The leviathan that swallowed Jonah, and later spit him upon the shores of Nineveh, can occasionally be seen stalking the waters of a sleepy town in northwestern Oregon called Solomon. “It’s not so important that you believe these events actually happened,” Sarah tells James, “so much as that you can see them happening.” James listens as she spins a strange tale of witches and thieves, and madmen obsessed with justice, weaving the mythology of her history with an almost effortless poise, the faint trace of a smile hinting at the playful detachment of a singer crooning an old and familiar tune. He watches her eyes gleam with inner sparks flickering upon the backdrop of her haunted imagination, as she tells him about a cottage, deep in a primordial forest, overrun by frogs, where undead secrets sleep beneath the shadows of weeping willows. And he is bewildered. It is a mystery to him that she could have emerged from such a mythic past to enter his own, much less unusual, life. But they fell in love regardless. They would often walk through the park, watching ducks float upon the surface of a sleepy lake, as colorful leaves would spin gently toward the ground. They worked day jobs and ran errands. And, together, they attempted to banish the past.

ne morning, Sarah is still asleep while James is calmly preparing eggs, oblivious to the presence of a strange, melancholy face watching him through the kitchen window. Had he looked, he would have observed a man’s face, partially concealed by the upturned collar of a rain-soaked trench coat, but he would not have known that the face belongs to Samuel Roberts. Samuel is an unhappy man, whose eyes would have seemed to James to have the vacant, hollow quality of a person lost in reminiscences. In fact, Samuel’s mind is currently spinning through a vortex of haunted visions: memories of a cottage deep in the woods, with dilapidated walls strangled by vines, blanketed in a pungent smell of swamp water and infested with a plague of frogs. Samuel shudders at the memory of that strange chorus of croaking. Samuel had never imagined that seeing Sarah again would resurrect so many painful memories. Many years ago he’d watched her mother die. He remembers the woman’s hands stretching toward the creature she had given her life to save. He wrings his own hands, remembering that sickening mixture of mud and blood. The air had been crisp, and bullfrogs croaked in the darkness.

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Always these memories seem to be haunted by frogs. Their cold, black eyes watching him stumble toward that horrible cottage, into which he sometimes dreams he is trapped by an invisible power. In his nightmares, the doors always slam shut, preventing his escape. Often, the old lady herself is there, returned from the dead, her voice cackling with a strange guttural laughter. Can’t wait for the next issue? Read the rest of Chapter 1 at JoshuaDillonNovel.wordpress.com. We will bring you more of Chapter 1 in our next issue. Get hundreds of coupons for you, your friends and your family at www.markettreasury.com

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when you need an expert

Itemizing Deductions Can Lead to

Big Tax Savings By Jeremy Vohwinkle, About.com

When it comes to reducing your tax burden, itemizing deductions may be the way to go. The standard deduction is certainly easier, and might be a better option if you have a simple tax situation or don’t own a home, but if you determine that itemizing is right for you, it could lead to substantial savings.

Itemizing vs. Standard Deduction The standard deduction is exactly what it sounds like—a flat amount that you can deduct from your taxable income. The amount you can deduct is based on your filing status, number of dependents, and what year you’re filing the taxes for. For additional information on the standard deduction, see IRS Publication 501.

When you itemize deductions, you have the ability to deduct the actual dollar amount of individual deductions. Some of these deductions come in the form of mortgage interest, property taxes, medical expenses, and more. If you think that if you totaled up all of your allowed deductions and it would be greater than the standard deduction, it would be wise to itemize.

What Expenses Can be Itemized? The most

common expenses include mortgage interest; charitable contributions; property taxes; state and local income taxes; medical expenses that exceed 7.5% of your adjusted gross income; various miscellaneous expenses that exceed 2% of your income such as union dues, tools and supplies needed for work, tax preparation fees, some legal fees, and many more.

Should You Itemize? There is no right or wrong answer, and it ultimately depends on your situation. To determine if itemizing would be worthwhile, you should take a look at Schedule A of Form 1040. On this sheet, you can list your itemized expenses, and then total them up to compare the amount to the standard deduction. If the itemized amount is greater, then you would want to itemize. If the total itemized amount is less than the standard deduction, you would not want to itemize. The largest deductions for most people come in the form of mortgage interest and property taxes, and in these situations, even a modest mortgage could put you over the standard deduction limit. Since this can total into the thousands of dollars over the standard deduction, the tax savings can be significant. 8

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contests, activities and games

Congratulations to our winning poets! Last month, we asked our youngest readers to send us their best poems. Once again, we were blown away by the volume of entries and the amazing talent of all the participants. We even had an entire sixth grade class from James Irwin Charter Schools submit entries (our thanks to teacher Paula Higgins for thinking of us), so we decided to choose three poets from that class to feature as well as our three winners. The winners will receive a gift card to Poor Richard’s Bookstore in downtown Col. Springs. You can pick up additional copies of the magazine to show off at our office (see the address below).

Next contest (all ages):

The First Signs of Spring Photo Competition Spring is just around the corner, so for our next issue, we want to see the first signs of spring in Colorado. Send us your best nature photos of March in Colorado Springs, and we’ll choose up to 6 winners from these age groups: Kids ages 0-9, ages 10-13, 14-17 Adults ages 18 and up Email up to 3 high-resolution images (no camera phone pictures) to design1@markettreasury.com or mail them to our office at 4345 Beverly St. Suite A Colorado Springs, CO 80918. Entries will be judged on originality, subject and skill. All entries become the property of Market Treasury. To have your photos returned, please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope. The deadline is 3/21/12. Winners will receive gift cards to Camera Works. 12

Winner, ages 0-9: Christopher Yates, 5 “Flying Jets” We are jets, jets, jets The fastest planes you’ve ever met, met, met We can fly very high, high, high We can go just like fire burning in your eye. The fastest planes in the world!

Winner, ages 10-13: Anne Fey, 12 “Falling Into Summer” The sun hides The trees bend The heat resides Did summer end? The air is so cold The coats are found The changed leaves are bold Fall came with no sound.

Winner, ages 14-17: Mandee Knowles, 14 “The Swallow’s Example” Leaving on a winter trip, And every year they come back With a hop and a skip. They begin repairs on open sacks, Made of mud and twigs, and straw, and grass. As they work, they sing a song, That makes you want to sing along! And when all of their work is complete, They sit up in their homes, with their families so sweet. Sleeping at dusk, and rising at dawn, They begin their day’s search for something to chow on. The neighbors join in all the fun, Enjoying the comfort of the warm sun. They’ll have a feast, but all will cease, When night is again upon them. Thinking only of today, And not of tomorrow, The swallow’s example is one we should follow. To advertise in Market Treasury, call 719.487.8158 or email info@markettreasury.com


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Poets from James Irwin Middle School Malia Busekrus, age 12 Picture not available “Free Verse” I love you in the morning, I love you at night. I love you every day and so on and so forth.

Victor E. Ikpoh, age 12

You can trust me to care for you, I’ll always be there, day and night.

Rachel Lopes, age 12 “Homework Oh Homework” Homework oh homework, I hate you, you stink, I wish I could wash you away in the sink. If only a shark could shred you to bits, Homework, oh homework, you’re giving me fits. I’d rather take baths with a man-eating shark, Or wrestle a lion alone in the dark. Eat spinach and liver, pet ten porcupines, Homework, oh homework, you’re hurting my mind.

Don’t worry; I’ll never leave you, time and time through. If you get sick, don’t fret, I’ll be there even if you’re across the world. I love you forever and ever! I will never leave you, even if you say you hate me. I love you in the morning, I love you at night, I love you every day and so on and so forth!

Homework, oh homework, you tickle me pink, Homework, oh homework, I hate you, you stink.

St. Patrick’s Day word search

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Gray as a mouse, Big as a house, Nose like a snake, I make the earth shake. As I tramp through the grass, Trees crack as I pass. With horns in my mouth, I walk in the South. Flapping big ears, Beyond count of years, I stomp round and round Never down to lie, Not even to sleep. Elephanton am I, Biggest of all, Huge, old and tall, If you ever met me, You wouldn’t forget me. If you never do, You won’t think I am true But Old Elephanton am I, And I am frank.

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Our new section for

Senior Citizens Market Treasury is pleased to bring you a special section just for seniors, where we will focus on the issues that matter most to you and to your loved ones. We are very proud to feature Kathy Allen’s true story on the facing page, which we hope brings attention to a serious problem in this city and across the nation: Abuse of seniors in assisted living facilities. We will continue to publish her emotional story in upcoming issues. We would love to have you contribute to our section with Grandparents’ Words of Wisdom, favorite recipes and more. Do you have or know of an event specially for seniors? Email us at design1@ markettreasury.com or mail your anecdotes to 4345 Beverly St. Ste. A Col. Springs, CO 80918. Please let is know of community events and organizations, and we will compile event calendars for future issues.

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Five Suits, One Robe and a Bad Toupee A personal account of elder abuse

by Kathy Allen

Often my work with senior citizens involves lighthearted, gentle assistance as they navigate through the operations of Silver Key Senior Services. Our interface involves explaining processes, giving directions, lending an arm, pushing a cart, and kindly listening to their stories. As I walk through my workday, I am often pulled away because my cell phone is demanding my attention to another senior’s plight – my older sister who is a victim of elder abuse in another state. While I possess the knowledge of dozens of resources available in the Pikes Peak region, I am challenged in my efforts to speak on my sister’s behalf over 1000 miles away.

were enjoying each other (although he is married). We did not understand the direction this friendship was headed. Within a couple of months, my sister began telling her friends and sisters that her relationship had deepened and that this new friend was her soul mate. Life takes curious turns of events and mine is no exception. While I have not always agreed with my older sister and her decisions and choices, I have always been willing to let her live her life and follow her own path. Today, the stress of her life choices has created a deep abyss of psychosomatic dementia. Her mind has literally shut down to protect her from her grief. Once she created beautiful needlepoint works of art that are treasured by friends and family. Today my 69 year old sister cannot pull the threads of her memory together to create a sentence.

Once she created beautiful needlepoint works of art that are treasured by friends and family. Today my 69 year old sister cannot pull the threads of her memory together to create a sentence.

For five months, my family has been fighting a very conniving perpetrator who has committed crimes of financial abuse that have led to my once millionaire sister now being homeless, without the ability to drive, medically unstable, depressed, and finally (and most importantly) unable mentally to work against this invasion! In less than a year, her new “friend” wormed his way into her emotions, her checkbook, control over her decisions (i.e. a new will), alienated her from her family and friends, took medical oversight, obtained Power of Attorney and Temporary Guardianship…all without the knowledge of her children, her sisters, and her friends.

My story is a common one in the world of agencies like Silver Key, Department of Human Services, Adult Protective Services and even AARP. But today, for me, this is personal.

Although it can be a family member abusing the senior by knowingly obtaining money or cars, it also can be at the hands of a caregiver. In my sister’s situation, she befriended a man her age through her son. At first, they

As stewards of our families and our community, it is vital that we raise awareness of this crime against our aging population. This is a crime that crosses all barriers – education, financial, religious and upstanding citizens. It is our responsibility to be tuned in and to report any instances of abuse, not just bruises and black eyes but bullying, control, and isolation. Kathy Allen has a B.A. in Communication from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. The plight of her sister is the impetus for her first novel, a mystery involving the aspects of elder abuse her sister has experienced.

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Elder abuse is an insidious crime. As I have talked with friends and co-workers, I have heard dozens of stories where a family member has been taken advantage of. The term “abuse” is not always used in conjunction with our seniors being mistreated financially or by a new friend surfacing to make mom or dad happy. We tend to understand child abuse and domestic abuse. Elder abuse is not as frequently identified.

We go to court in October to determine guardianship for a once vibrant, intelligent, compassionate, and devoted member of the family. The perpetrator has fought diligently to retain control as he stands to lose much more than money. There is a criminal investigation, a guardian ad litem, adult protective services, and an attorney hired by me in opposition of the petition for permanent guardianship. Five suits, one robe, and a bad toupee (perpetrator) will determine the future of my sister. My sister will have no voice…her fate now in the hands of lawyers and the courts.

If you suspect abuse of someone you know, call Silver Key Senior Services, Inc. at 884-2300.

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health and beaut y

A new you By Elizabeth Behnke

Exercise is an important factor in achieving your fittest figure and optimal health. In order to look your best, you probably go to a gym and eat lots of green leafy vegetables, but sometimes those things are not enough. Did you know there are ways to enhance and even surpass the results of your diet and exercise regimen? If you are struggling to reach your goals or just need to fit into that perfect dress for a special occasion, consider A Slender You. The services A Slender You provide include alternative and additional methods to staying fit like the mineral body wrap, which can help you to lose 10 inches in just one hour-long session by leeching toxins and excess water weight from your body. A Slender You also provides infrared slimming treatments and ION cleanses. All of their services and methods have their own unique benefits and produce effective, natural results, so contact them to discuss what service will help you achieve your particular goal. If you are interested in looking your best and feeling refreshed, A Slender You is here to help.

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Ask Dr. Perkins Q: What is chiropractic? A: Chiropractic is a system that analyzes and treats dysfunctions in health by addressing the body’s central nervous system. The sole purpose of the chiropractic care I provide is to optimize the nervous system, which is responsible for running and coordinating every cell function of your body. Muscles and organs are only as good as the nerves supplying them. Someone with tight muscles or poor organ function is probably experiencing tired nerves. Q: What is chiropractic care for? A: People utilize chiropractic care for a variety of reasons. The majority of them are for natural pain relief. This can help, but using chiropractic care for short term pain relief is about as effective as splashing water on your face to quench a deep thirst. The truth is, drugs or whiskey can do a better job to relieve pain in the short term. But you should ask yourself, are those things correcting the problem, or are they just dulling the pain while allowing more damage to occur? Q: Do I need continuous chiropractic care, or is an occasional visit enough? A: It’s no mystery that the people who experience the best results under my care are those who use chiropractic care on a regular basis, as opposed to “band-aid care,” but that can get pricey. That’s why I have created a model to provide affordable care for the whole family. It’s called the More Than Enough plan. Check out my ad for more information, but act

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Ask Dr. Hall Q: I have heard about dental implants but I have concerns. Are they safe and is the procedure painful? A: Dental implants are a great way to replace missing teeth. They are highly predictable and safe with over a 95% success rate. The process of having dental implants placed is very simple. We take a 3D image of the spot where the tooth is missing to evaluate the bone and create a computer-guided stint. Because the jaw bone does not have nerve innervation like teeth, patients often comment that getting a dental implant is easier than having a tooth worked on.

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Q: I have crooked lower teeth. Do I have any options other than traditional braces? A: Patients are often reluctant to wear braces if they can avoid it. A great solution for you may be Invisalign, the clear alternative to braces. These custom-made, clear aligners gradually shift and move your teeth into place. Every two weeks, you pop in a new set of aligners until treatment is completed. Q: Do bleaching kits from the drug store perform as well as custom ones made in a dentist office? A: Drug store kits are not custom-molded to your mouth and leave little control over where the bleaching solution goes, which can lead to sore gums and tooth sensitivity. For this reason, custom bleaching trays are far better than over-thecounter kits. I have found the Kor Deep Bleaching System to be the best way to whiten or bleach teeth. It consists of 14 days of at-home bleaching and one in-office bleaching session with phenomenal results. Get hundreds of coupons for you, your friends and your family at www.markettreasury.com

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pets and animals

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These facts about animals are wild! During World War II, the United States Marine Corps spent $2 million trying to train bats to drop tiny bombs across Japan. Seriously! A group of owls is called a parliament. A group of frogs is called an army. George Washington’s teeth were not wooden. They were made of elephant ivory and walrus tusks. Humans share 98.5% of their DNA with chimpanzees. We also share 70% of our DNA with slugs! Ants do not have lungs. Their exoskeletons have tiny valves called spiracles, which draw oxygen into an internal system of tiny valves called tracheae. Queen ants sleep an average of nine hours every day in relatively long stretches. In contrast, worker ants sleep half that much by taking about 250 power naps a day, each about one minute in length. A queen ant can live for years, but her poor minions typically last a few months. Cats have 32 muscles in each ear. Ostriches can outrun horses. Males can roar like lions. Bats cannot walk on their legs. They crawl using the claws on their wings. 22

Jellyfish are 98% water and will evaporate in the sun. Giraffes and humans have the same number of bones in their necks. The Indian giant squirrel is usually about three feet long. While it is illegal to keep foxes and raccoons as pets in Colorado, you can have as many kangaroos as you like. A chicken with white ear lobes will lay white eggs. A chicken with red ear lobes will lay brown eggs. A polar bear’s body gives off no detectable heat and is invisible in infrared vision. Cows from different regions have different accents when they moo.

Hey, all you pet lovers out there! Send us pictures of your favorite furry friends and we may print them in our next magazine! Email your high-resolution images to design1@markettreasury.com or mail to 4345 Beverly St. Ste. A, Col. Springs, CO 80918.

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The Oil Conundrum: Get the most from your oil change by tim wilson, Your Import Car Doctor

Q: Why are oil change recommendations always changing? A: Some folks are steadfast in changing their oil every 3,000 miles. Then there are folks who fervently believe that a 10,000 mile interval between changes is just fine. Recommended Oil Change Intervals for new vehicles have grown from the old standby of 3,000 miles to 10,000 miles, in some cases, and even more in a few instances. Motor oil performance has improved dramatically, as has engine engineering, improved materials, control systems and more. I whole-heartedly support extended oil change intervals for newer vehicles, but only if you follow the recommendations below. Let’s conserve all the oil that we can! It’s not just personal; it’s in our national interest. Q: How do I know what is best for my car? A: The first consideration should be oil quality. Manufacturers are very specific regarding their oil specifications, particularly for vehicles with extended oil change schedules. This is very important! As we all know, oil prices have been rising like the national debt. The price goes up even further when the specified oil is a premium product with a premium price, and that’s assuming you can find the right oil to begin with. Q: Wow, my car uses expensive oil! Can I use a less expensive brand? A: Not using the proper oil invites problems, possibly BIG problems, down the road! If there’s a warranty issue with the engine, the oil will be sampled. And if you get caught with another kind of oil than the manufacturer states, guess what! You just bought yourself an engine! Q: How can I avoid problems with my oil to begin with? A: When’s the last time you checked your oil level? It’s not uncommon for us to see vehicles in the shop with no oil showing on the dip stick. Yep, these are usually the engines with that loud, metallic knocking sound under the hood, the ones retired to the salvage yard long before their time. Q: With gas prices on the rise again, what’s a person to do? A: I find that I can impact my gas mileage a mpg or so by carefully watching my driving habits. Maintaining proper

tire pressure and alignment will provide a bit more of a boost in mileage and can really extend your tire life. If you’re in the market for new tires, you’ll want to compare the difference in the rolling resistance of the various models.

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Ignoring those dashboard lights could cost you! automotive resources

by Elizabeth Behnke

Admit it: sometimes it’s easy to ignore those dashboard warning lights in hopes that they go away. Unfortunately, your car is not going to be fixed by a magical auto repair fairy, no matter how hard you clap your hands. So what are some signs you should never ignore? Luckily, we have the scoop.

Check Engine Light/Service Engine Soon –

This is possibly the #1 most overlooked warning sign your car gives you. Because this light could mean hundreds of things, it is easy to say that one of them is not a serious issue. However, ignoring the check engine light could be a costly mistake. Yes, most of the time it indicates a simple problem, but you should have a professional make sure your car is still road-worthy.

Oil Pressure Light – If you see this light turn on,

you are probably running low on oil, which is crucial for your car’s engine. Ignoring this light though could lead to severe engine trouble.

Brake Warning – It could just mean your hand-

brake is engaged or it could be that your brake pads are wearing out and need replacing. DO NOT ignore

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issues with your brakes. If this light comes on, see your mechanic as soon as possible.

Battery System Warning Light – The charging system involves more than just the battery alone. This light can also indicate broken wires or problems with your alternator. Broken alternator = Engine no go. Engine Temperature – If this light comes on, you are having problems with cooling. If it flashes, find a safe place to pull off the road and get mechanical assistance. Your cooling fan may not be working, which can cause serious engine trouble.

ABS Light – The ABS system is usually integrated

with traction control and stability systems. These are in place to keep you safe during panic stops, wheel slippage, and handling. Drive at your own risk when this light comes on; it is something you will want to have checked out. Other things like vibration, steering difficulty, and noises will only get worse with time, and it is up to you whether you would rather pay a small fee to get it fixed now, or thousands of dollars later when something falls out of your car.

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