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April 07, 2007

April is National Car Care Month!


With more than 400 check lanes conducted around the country, National Car Care Month (NCCM) 2005 in April was the most successful NCCM to date. Statistics from these events, however, continue to underscore the need for consumer education. The inspection lanes, conducted throughout the United States by sponsoring local organizations and businesses, are part of the automotive aftermarket industry's ongoing public awareness campaign, "Be Car Care Aware."

Coordinators reported their activities to the Car Care Council and returned inspection forms for compilation. Overall, the net failure of any part or system was 85  percent of the vehicles inspected.

The following shows the percentage of motorists participating in the National Car Care Month inspection campaign whose vehicles failed this part of the inspection.


  • Engine Oil 30%
  • Transmission Fluid 26%
  • Brake Fluid 23%
  • Power Steering Fluid 21%
  • Coolant (Flush) 20%
  • Washer Fluid 18%
  • Coolant (Low Surge Tank) 16%
  • Coolant (Low Radiator) 11%
  • Coolant (Leaks) 8%



  • Windshield Wipers 17%
  • Rear Wiper or Washer 12%


  • Air Filter 24%
  • Belts 19%
  • Hoses 17%
  • PCV Filter 13%


  • Cables, Clamps or Terminals 13%
  • Carrier/Hold Down 7%



  • Tire Pressure 21%
  • Tire Depth 16%
  • Tire Condition (Damage) 11%


  • Brake Lights 13%
  • License Plate Lights 9%
  • "Check Engine" Light 6%
  • Backup Lights 5%
  • Side Lights 5%
  • Turn Signals 5%
  • Parking Lights 3%
  • Headlights 3%
  • Tail Lights 2%

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