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TIPS FOR GETTING WATERLOGGED CARS, TRUCKS BACK TO GOOD OPERATING CONDITION

 TIPS FOR GETTING WATERLOGGED CARS, TRUCKS
 BACK TO GOOD OPERATING CONDITION
 LOS ANGELES, Feb. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Last week's torrential rains and mud slides ruined many vehicles in Southern California. But most waterlogged cars and trucks can be brought back to good operating condition with some minor work. According to Tony Caronia, technical services manager for Fram/Autolite, here's what to do:
 -- Take your vehicle to a mechanic to check for water damage as
 soon as possible; driving around will only cause more serious
 damage.
 -- Ask your mechanic to check all of the vehicle's fluids for water
 infiltration. If water is found, the mechanic should drain the
 fluid and change all of the filters, including transmission,
 fuel, air and oil. Owners of rear-wheel cars should also have
 their rear-end fluid checked.
 -- Ask your mechanic to check spark plugs, spark plug wires, coil
 and/or distributor. The wires are vital to your vehicle's
 operation; any moisture around them can cause starting and
 stalling problems.
 -- Get a complete chassis lube and replace wheel bearings. "A car
 that has been immersed in water may have serious on-board
 computer, electrical and transmission problems," explains
 Fram/Autolite's Caronia. "Water in the gas tank can also cause
 serious damage if not handled by a professional."
 According to Caronia, experienced do-it-yourselfers can easily change the fluids and filters, check the distributor cap for moisture and remove the spark plugs to allow them to dry out.
 "After removing all the plugs, initiate the starter which will remove water from the cylinders," he says. "Even those with no car repair experience can perform a little preventive maintenance by making sure the interior is moisture-free.
 "The vehicle must be dried out to prevent rotting and rust problems. Open the windows, take out the mats and dry it out. You can even use a hair dryer to help remove the dampness," says Caronia.
 "You can pay a little now to get your vehicle back into shape or a lot later," he adds.
 Allied Signal Aftermarket Group, headquartered in East Providence, R.I., markets a complete line of automotive products, including Fram Filters, Bendix Brakes and Autolite Electronics products. ----
 EDITOR'S NOTE: Tony Caronia is available for an interview if more information is needed.
 -0- 2/19/92
 /CONTACT: Melissa Carden of PHI Public Relations, 401-885-4300, for Allied-Signal Aftermarket Group/ CO: Allied-Signal Aftermarket Group ST: Rhode Island, California IN: AUT SU:


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