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Easy Do-It-Yourself Auto Maintenance Saves Drivers Money

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CHICAGO, July 15 -- Car owners can save money and keep their vehicles running safely with a few essential maintenance projects they can do themselves, regardless of their automotive or mechanical expertise. JC Whitney, the most trusted name in auto parts and accessories, recommends some basic and easy-to-do car care that can improve gas mileage, prevent expensive repairs, and ensure safety.

"Safety and saving money are our customer's two most important concerns," said JC Whitney's President and CEO Tom West. "Instead of relying on expensive mechanics or dealerships, consumers can perform routine repairs that will save them money and provide a safer ride."

Maintain Proper Tire Pressure Properly inflated tires are safer, last longer, and improve gas mileage. A vehicle's optimal tire pressure is usually found on the driver's side door and in most owners' manuals. A selection of efficient and inexpensive tire gauges available at can save drivers hundreds of dollars a year on gasoline.

Replace Dirty Air Filters A clogged air filter can reduce fuel economy because the engine won't breathe efficiently and can foul spark plugs, necessitating expensive repairs. Changing an air filter is easy, and JC Whitney offers replacement air filters for virtually every vehicle on its easily searchable website--from the latest model year back to the 1920s--all at the lowest guaranteed prices.

Change Windshield Wiper Blades To ensure safety and visibility, windshield wiper blades should be routinely replaced. Changing wiper blades is not complicated and specific replacement instructions can be found in most owners' manuals. A large selection of windshield wiper blades is available among JC Whitney's inventory of millions of high quality and name-brand auto parts.

"With our huge selection, helpful customer service, and our industry-leading 1-year guarantee, every driver can save money as a Do-It-Yourselfer," added West. "Plus it boosts confidence and a feeling of security."

About JC Whitney & Co.

Established in 1915, JC Whitney & Co. is the largest direct marketer of name-brand automotive parts and accessories, providing "Everything Automotive" with more than 6 million automotive applications from the latest model year back to the 1920s. JC Whitney offers products for virtually any vehicle -- automobiles, trucks, motorcycles, and more -- at and through its family of general and vehicle-specific catalogs.