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WHAT DOES A CHECK ENGINE LIGHT MEAN PART 1

Part one of a series on the check engine light explores some of the meanings of this enigmatic system display. What Does the Check Engine Light Mean? What does the check engine light mean? When this light comes on, it is one of the most annoying lights that your car has. Why? Because it tells you virtually no information. However, there are according to LIFEHACKER.COM only a few causes of this light. The second part of this article will explore the rest of them, but here are the first two causes: Like it or hate it, emissions testing is part of life in the Phoenix area. By Arizona law, you can’t even egister your car unless you pass emissions. And during emission testing, the check engine light is an instant fail, and you’re out $35 for the inspection fee plus any repairs. One major source of problems where the check engine light is concerned is your car’s catalytic converter. As auto parts go, this part is essentially worthless ... read more

SCHEDULED AUTO MAINTENANCE PART 3

SCHEDULED AUTO MAINTENANCE PART 3

Part three of a three part series on scheduled auto maintenance explores some situations that may require you to get your car in sooner than the timetable in your owner’s manual. Get your Scheduled Auto Maintenance Done Scheduled Auto Maintenance: What If You Drive More? Did you know that just driving around town is actually worse for your car as far as wear and tear than just driving on the freeway? Why? Well, the sudden starts and stops for example. This affects your tires and brakes obviously, but because your engine goes from high revving to low revving and back up to high again, it can affect the performance of your engine. That’s why when you look at your owner’s manual, they don’t just have mileage, they have years as well. So example 50,000 miles or five years whichever comes first. This is when you should scheduled auto maintenance. If the myth of the little old lady who just drove her car to church on Sundays is true ... read more

SCHEDULED AUTO MAINTENANCE PART 2

SCHEDULED AUTO MAINTENANCE PART 2

Part two of a three part series on scheduled auto maintenance explores some situations that may require you to get your car in sooner than the timetable in your owner’s manual. Get your Scheduled Auto Maintenance Done Scheduled Auto Maintenance: What If You Drive More? Did you know that just driving around town is actually worse for your car as far as wear and tear than just driving on the freeway? Why? Well, the sudden starts and stops for example. This affects your tires and brakes obviously, but because your engine goes from high revving to low revving and back up to high again, it can affect the performance of your engine. That’s why when you look at your owner’s manual, they don’t just have mileage, they have years as well. For example 50,000 miles or five years. If the myth of the little old lady who just drove her car to church on Sundays is true, oddly enough, she is more of a candidate for auto repair than someone who dri ... read more

SCHEDULED AUTO MAINTENANCE PART 1

Part one of a three part series on scheduled auto maintenance explores factory recommended timetables. Autor Repair in Queen Creek Do I Have to Follow the Factory Recommended Maintenance for My Car or Truck? Do you have to follow the factory recommended maintenance schedule for your car or truck? Well that depends on you. We can’t recommend following the maintenance schedule that is in your owner’s manual enough, however. Why? Well, if you follow the recommended schedule you reduce the likelihood of having what can often be a completely free repair, particularly if you have a good warranty, turn into an enormous repair bill. Look at an automatic transmission for example. Transmission fluid is usually at or around $10 for a one-quart bottle, and obviously the labor charges would be small as well. The bill for the fluid and the mechanic to put it into your car or truck is pennies when you compare it to a transmission repair bill that can easily top $2000 or more, yet we s ... read more

Auto Repair: Batteries and Electrical Pt 3

Auto Repair: Batteries and Electrical Pt 3

What is a voltage regulator on a car? How does it work? In part three of our series on your auto’s electrical system, we will answer these questions. What is a Voltage Regulator on a Car? If you need work on your car’s electrical system give us a call us According to ASK.COM, a voltage regulator on a car is “a car component used to maintain a consistent voltage output. It acts as gatekeeper by shutting off the flow of energy to the car’s battery once the voltage goes above a certain level. ” [SOURCE ARTICLE] Why do you need a voltage regulator? Well, if the flow of energy to the battery isn’t controlled, too much or too little power can be delivered. If too little power goes to the battery, it will eventually be drained of energy. If too much power goes to the battery, however, it can literally cause the battery to explode ... read more

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Auto Repair: Batteries and Electrical Pt 2

Auto Repair: Batteries and Electrical Pt 2

Part two of a series on auto repair explores alternators and their relationship to batteries. What is an Alternator? Get Auto Repair in Mesa us What is an alternator? Well according to the site How Stuff Works: “An automotive charging system is made up of three major components: the battery, the voltage regulator and an alternator. The alternator works with the battery to generate power for the electrical components of a vehicle, like the interior and exterior lights, and the instrument panel. An alternator gets its name from the term alternating current (AC).Alternators are typically found near the front of the engine and are driven by the crankshaft, which converts the pistons’ up-and-down movement into circular movement.” [SOURCE ARTICLE] Your alternator has a curious connection to your car battery. In our last article, we covered the effect of Arizona ... read more

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Auto Repair: Batteries and Electrical Pt 1

Auto Repair: Batteries and Electrical Pt 1

Sometimes, auto repair isn’t scheduled, but it is also not unexpected if you know how things work. This article will cover batteries and electrical problems with your vehicle. Battery Replacement in Arizona Get Battery Replacement Mesa us Arizona has one of the most extreme climates in the US. With temperature extremes of well over 100 ° in the summer, one of the pieces of advice that a lot of people spout is: “but it’s a dry heat.” Dry heat can definitely cause your battery some problems here in Arizona, ultimately leading to battery replacement. Let’s say you are from out of state and you shelled out some money for a brand new heavy duty battery, then you moved to Arizona. Make sure you keep your receipt. Why? Well that battery that is guaranteed for five years is actually going to start to lose power after just two years here. A battery that’s three years old is ancient by Arizona standards. It’s the heat you see that is the root ... read more

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All About Tires Part 3: What Tires Should You Get?

Part three of a series on replacing your tires explores what tires you should get for your vehicle, as well as common mistakes that consumers make. Should I Buy a Set of Tires or Just One? Tires don’t wear out at the same rate. In addition, when it’s time to replace your tires, you want to make sure that you be careful of mixing and matching tire types. For example, you don’t want to mix in non-radial tires with radials. You also want to match your tread as closely as possible. Otherwise, you will likely have a bumpy ride when you drive. One of the best ways to match your tread across your car is to buy a set of tires each time it is time to replace just one. A lot of people will sputter and squawk at this idea. Buying a set of tires is too expensive! I just need one! As an auto repair shop, we’ve heard these sort of objections a lot. However, for one thing, the bumpy ride we mentioned above can have a bad effect on your car. If your wh ... read more

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All About Tires Part 2: Get New Tires or Retreads?

All About Tires Part 2: Get New Tires or Retreads?

Part two of a series on replacing your tires explores how to avoid blowouts by getting the right tires for your vehicle. Should I Get New Tires or Retread Tires? Get New Tires if Your Tread Depth is Getting Low A lot of people swear by retread tires, and make no mistake, they are considerably cheaper than buying new tires. Generally retreads are about 1/4th the cost of a new tire, so essentially, you can get a set of four tires for the price of one. However, when you buy new tires, you’re getting a lot better chances of the tires lasting, as well as a warranty on each tire. Some retread places offer warranties too, however, be cautious. Some of the warranties have so many loopholes written into them that you have a better chance of winning the lottery than actually getting your tire replaced for little to no money. We had a customer who we’ll call Mortimer come in after replacing his retreads for the fourth time that year finally break dow ... read more

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All About Tires Part 1: When to Replace Your Tires

All About Tires Part 1: When to Replace Your Tires

Part one of a series on replacing your tires explores some common questions regarding tires as well as some common misconceptions. Tire Replacement: Rotation, Rotation, Rotation Rotate and Change Your Tires Every 7500 Miles Tire rotation is something that a lot of people neglect when they bring their car into an auto repair shop. If you do it properly, however, it has a lot of benefits to offer. First off, one myth that a lot of first time car owners have about tires is the belief that all a car’s tires wear evenly. However, if you learn anything from this article, know that your tires do not wear out at the same rate. Front tires wear out quicker than your rear tires do. It makes sense if you think about it. First off, your primary brakes are located on the front two wheels. Your engine, which is easily the heaviest piece of your car puts more weight on your front two tires than on your back two. Every time you hit your brakes, your ... read more

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