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Menopause and Car Buying Are Hand-in-Hand?

Published Nov 7th 2006, 10:41pm by

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Recently, Meineke Car Center in Billings, Montana, setup a workshop focused on learning how to take care of their bodies and their cars. As The Billings Gazette mentions, “who knew that menopause and car maintenance could be compatible?” The talks were sponsored by the local company, St. Vincent Healthcare's Spirit of Women.

The idea is to make the learning more entertaining by combining two non-related informative sessions into one. Dr. Thomas Kent, a local gynecologist, spoke to the women present about menopause and what to expect or not to expect.

"This is a first, I've never given a talk in a car-care place," said Kent, dressed in blue scrubs and a white lab coat.  According to the Billings Gazette, most women enter menopause between the ages of 45 and 55, though the process can begin for women in their 30s up through their 60s. We can’t get away from it do we?! To learn more about menopause visit the North American Menopause Society.

Pinkcaddy_1 So what about the car talk? After hearing from the good doctor, the ladies took a seat in the service area to listen to some tips about car maintenance from Matt Wentzell, the manager of Meineke. Car maintenance is important for the safety and life of your vehicle and many people put off regular service visits to save money and others simply aren’t aware of the importance of regularly scheduled service. “Something as easy as checking whether headlights and taillights have burned out is smart,” Wentzell said.

For those of you who couldn’t attend, here are some basic tips from the class:
Ignoring squeaky brakes will only lead to more costly repairs later
Air filters should be replaced annually
Fuel filters should be changed every two years
The vehicle's suspension should be checked annually
If your tires are over four years old, even if the tread is good, you should replace them because the quality of rubber decreases over time.
• Tires should be rotated every 5,000 miles, and rotated and balanced every 10,000 miles Use a battery cleaner only for any corrosion you find on the battery terminals

For more about this event as well as comments (there are some goodies), head to the Billings Gazette.




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