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4B Â· Northwett Arkansas TIMES, Sun., Ort. 27, 1974 : : FAVITTKVILLE, ARKANSAS . .Â· Â·*Â» Â· With Emphasis On Aid To Washington federal Auto Diagnostic Centers Set ;By FREDERICK L. BERNS .TTIMES Washington Bureau ^WASHINGTON -- How many times have you driven into an automobile repair shop to get riEw sparkplugs and driven home with new brake linings, shock absorbers and exhaust pipes as well? Chances are that you, loo, have felt tlial frustration and doubt when an auto mechanic announced that, "uh, your car...Well, it's in a bad way." ' Sometimes, oE course, the mechanic's warnings are valid, and - the extra repair work lie prescribes really is necessary. But all top often, according to federal officials, you are conned Into paying for repairs you never needed and never will. But now help is on the way -- a network of government- operated diagnostic centers designed to inform you what, f anything, is wrong with your :ar. Congressmen, like most car owners, know little about their complicated vehicles and are at a mechanic's mercy when something goes wrong. So, when they passed the Motor Vehicle Information and Cost Savings Act of 1972, they provided for Ihc creation of six "pilot" diagnostic centers. Two arc operating in Washington and the other four will open elsewhere in the nation early next year. Additional centers will be added it the pilot sites prove successful. A total of 1,500 vehicles have been inspected here since the Washington centers opened ;n March. DIFFERENT SYSTEM Inspection, at the centers, i 'ar different that than [he inspection your car is accustomed .0. It is a significant step up Â·I'om the procedure at the cor- :icr service station, where an Ulendent with a flashlight and wrench inform you that your a i l p i p e is rusty. A n d the government-run centers, which charge nothing, are far more economical than Lhe 400 private diagnostic centers in operation across the country. Those centers, run by retail outlets, often use unsophisticated testing equipment and charge customers between S3 and $20 for their services. Critics complain these services are oriented toward "selling repairs." T h e Washington stations check 250 parts of an automobile during the 15 minute tests, reporting the problems 01 a computerized report care vhich the motorist can then submit to his mechanic. The card is actually a computerized print-out describing what conditions should be corrected "for more efficient operation of your vehicle" and yhat problems .must be recli- 'ied before your vehicle can pass ihe local safety inspection examination. Thus, for no charge you receive a complete analysis of your car accessories (like windshield wipers and defroster), unricrhood components (e.g. battery), ^missions system, wheels, brakes and other equipment. - SAVES MONEY "It's the kind of thing that could save people a l o t of money," says Bobei'l Brumbach, a technical manager for the federal project. "It's a step beyond the normal pass-fai" system." About 21 states now authorize 'epair shops to conduct safety nspections. If a car's brakes ail such an inspection, the driver is not told the nature of he problem. So he heads for he repair shop knowing only .liat some part of his brakes ire in need of some kind of 'epair. "There's a lot of work done that's not necessary and a lot oi work that is charged for but never done," according to Roy Dennison, a motor vehicle safety specialist for Ilia District Motor Vehicles. The new Inspection system, which is manned by seven persons, relies on advanced equipment. A dynamometer device, for example, checks a car's exhaust system by counting the hydrocarbons it releases into the air. And a scuff gauge reviews the front wheel alignment. The printout provided to the driver at the end of the inspection specifies exactly what is malfunctioning where. If an lUtomobile fails the brake test, "leaking brake cylinder" or .some other reason will appear on the customer's copy. The price tag for the pilot project here was $3 million. The U.S. Department of Transportation is funding this and the four other projects, for which" eight slates have submitted applU 1 cations. "So far there has been great: public acceptance," Dennison; said of the Washington stations.; "It is tax money well spent," Where The GOP Was Born Republicanism Lives On At Ripon RIPON, Wis. (AP) -- Alvan Bovay was disgusted with the way things were going in Washington, so he called about 50 trends and neighbors together to discuss it one spring evening. After hearing speeches, many aimed at crooked politicians, they a'greed to form a new grass roots political organization and seek support from other Midwest farmers and merchants. They decided to call thcm- jelves the Republican party. Many things have changed in Ripon' since that March 20, 1854, meeting. But some things Â·re still the same. The Little White Schoolhou.se where Bovay -and h i s friends met has been moved three times. It became a certified national landmark in August, so designated by the National Parks Service.. . Much of 'the fervor sparked lit that neighborhood gathering 120 years ago is still evident, two-thirds of Ripon's voters consistently vote Republican. Seven times as many Republicans as Democrats turned out tor September's state primary. . "Republicanism," as they call it in Ripon, is a way of lite tor the townspeople. It kept them from losing faith in the party while the nation weathered Watergate and. the downfall of former President Richard M. Nixon. - 'People didnlt talk about Watergate" around here very much. Most of us thought a lot was made out of nothing," said Carl Diedrich, a spokesman for a jiroup of local businessmen galled the Republican Educa- The TIMES Is On Top of The News Seven Days a Week I ion Foundation. POLTICALLY SOPHISTICATED "The people around here, partly because of the history and tradition of the Little White Schoolhouse, arc fairly sonhis- icated politically. These things jo on in politics, and it wasn't something to be alarmed about." added Ray Riordan, a awyer who has run unsuccess- 'ully for state legislature four limes. Several area GOP com mittees reported record contri- nitions this year while Republican campaign donations were dropping in the rest of the na- ion. A child's first glimpse of his- ory is the Little While School- louse, and even Ihe closed cur- ain of the polling both can't shut out tradition. "Sometimes I think I'm going .0 vote for a Democrat, bufc ( when it comes down to it, I' lardly ever do," said one wojn- an. "It would be like voting against your town." Only once, in 1964, when Lyndon Johnson scored a four-vote victory over Barry Goldwater, has Ripon gone Democrat In a national election. The town was founded by English and German pioneer farmers wiio started a college and brought one of the first northern railroads through Ripon. It's much like any other rural Midwest community today. The population has 'grown to 7,0(10 and many workers toil in the modern cookie factory and the washing machine plant. The broad streets are shaded by century-old trees, the parks are spacious and green, and the three-block business district is jammed with small barber shops, hardware stores, bou- tiqu.es and bars. The only men wearing - neckties or women wearing dresses work in the banks, insurance offices and law f i r m s off the main street. But they slide onto stools next to grimy factory workers when they order lunch at their favorite taverns. LONELY FOR DEMOCRATS "It can get pretty lonely around here if you're not a Republican,' said Pat Slattcry, 23, who came to Ripon to edit the weekly newspaper after graduation from the University of Wisconsin. Despite the local polls' glowing descriptions of the schoolhouse as a national shrine and cornerstone of community pride, few Ripon names are on the lists of 7,000 tourists who stop each year. "It's always been here, and people faks It for granted, but I'm sure they're still quite proud of It," said Dr. George Miller, a local historian a n d professor at tiny Ripon College. "We're going to have an open house and other activities this fall to get more local people involved," said Edwin Kuhn, whose duties as Chamber of Commerce secretary include serving as schoolhouso curator. The chamber shoulders most ot the $1,500 bare bones annual budget for the schoolhouse. 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