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|(ARA) -- You may be interested in some cold hard facts about caring
for your car in cooler temperatures. One of America's most trusted care car authorities,
Lucille Treganowan--who hosts a national television show--oversees two auto mechanic
shops and recently published a book on car repair - offers practical tips to help you
cruise through the cool weather months: Step 1: Give Your Car the Once-Over |
Even if you've got two left hands when it comes to your car, you can still provide the first line of defense in winterizing: information. Inspect your car for winter well being by examining the basics and if anything's amiss, tell your mechanic.
Step 2: Have an Auto Checkup
Step 3: Better Safe than Sorry
Step 4: Words to Live By
And finally, a few tips to get you through a rough winter:
Treganowan, owner of two shops called "Transmissions by Lucille," is also the spokeswoman for Jiffy Lube International. The company has sent her all over America to present car care advice to the public.
The Story Behind America's Most Trusted Mechanic
(ARA) -- The most renowned female mechanic in America, Lucille Treganowan is a no-nonsense grandmother who dealers, competitors and her own employees ask for advice on tough auto repairs. Today, Lucille hosts a national television show, oversees two auto repair shops and recently published a book on car repair -- all at the young age of 67.
Born in Kansas in 1930, Lucille attended the University of Arizona, where she met her first husband. After moving to his hometown of Pittsburgh and having three small children, the marriage ended and Lucille was faced with the challenge of supporting her family alone.
After finding work at an auto repair shop, Lucille was increasingly frustrated by her inability to answer customers' repair questions. She began to read automotive books in her spare time and soon found that she could repair transmissions the other mechanics had given up on.
She opened her first shop, "Transmissions by Lucille," in 1973 and now employs nearly 30 people at two locations. Her success in a male-dominated field has garnered her much attention, including a front-page article in the "Wall Street Journal," a feature story in "People" magazine and appearances on national television including the "Oprah Winfrey Show," "Home Improvement" and "Dateline NBC." Later this year Lucille will also be featured in "Ladies Home Journal" and "Reader's Digest."
Lucille currently hosts a weekly half-hour television show, "Lucille's Car Care Clinic" on Home & Garden Television and a regular column in the MSNBC web site on the Internet. In addition, Treganowan penned "Lucille's Car Care: Everything You Need to Know from Under the Hood By America's Most Trusted Mechanic" with co-author Gina Catanzarite (Hyperion 1996, $19.95), now also available in soft cover.
Lucille to Continue National Car Care Tour in 1999
Recently, Lucille has been traveling around America as Jiffy Lube's national spokesperson and presenting car care clinics to the public. She began her national tour in Chicago in January 1997 and helped Jiffy Lube launch its national air bag safety campaign in Los Angeles in April of that year. Jiffy Lube also sent her to North Dakota to help residents recover their vehicles from flood damage in June 1997. Over the past year, Lucille has continued her media campaign with appearances on Capital Hill as well as on "Good Morning America" and in "Ladies Home Journal." This October, her winter car care tips will be featured in "Family Circle."
Cindy Landers, director of public relations for Jiffy Lube International, said the company plans to continue national car care clinics throughout 1999. "Lucille has a tremendous appeal to the public. She is at once professional and credible, and always has the best interest of the consumer in mind," Landers said. "As the leader in our industry serving 23 million customers each year, Jiffy Lube has a responsibility to educate people about car care and help them keep their vehicles safely on the road. We recognize our responsibility to always maintain the highest degree of integrity. Lucille represents us well in this cause."
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