U.S. consumers' performance of certain automotive maintenance chores in 2000 indicates a recovering aftermarket, according to the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA) annual analysis of U.S. automotive maintenance, Market Analysis of Replacement Rates of U.S. Automotive Parts 2001.

Windshield wiper arm replacement increased nearly 52% from 1997 to 2000.

Replacement of air filters, drivebelts, brake shoes and pads returned to normal levels after declines in 1999.

Consumers' rates of adding anti-freeze and flushing radiator/cooling systems also returned to pre-1999 levels.

"Several categories of U.S. automotive maintenance returned to normal levels in 2000, after slight dips in 1999," said Frank Hampshire, MEMA research director.

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