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Scheduled Auto Maintenance Part 3: Get a Tune Up in Mesa

Part three of our series on scheduled auto maintenance explores tune ups. How Often Should I Get a Tune Up? How often you should get a tune up depends on a lot of factors, however, even if you car is running smoothly, you want to get a tune-up every 30,000-50,000 miles. Again, however, as we covered in part one of this series, be sure to check the owner’s manual for your particular vehicle. What’s involved in an engine tune-up? On older vehicles that don’t have fuel injectors, usually a tune up means that the spark plugs, the points, and the condenser are replaced. Then the timing is adjusted as well as the carburetor. As cars have changed so have tune-ups. Modern cars don’t have carburetors. Nowadays a tune up can mean timing belt replacement, plugs, plug wires, and some fluids such as transmission fluid. A tune up nowadays is usually bundled into a lube, oil and filter job. Does Getting a Tune-Up Really Help? An old fashio ... read more

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Scheduled Auto Maintenance Part 2: Oil Changes

Scheduled Auto Maintenance Part 2: Oil Changes

Part two of our series on scheduled auto maintenance explores oil changes as well as common myths and misconceptions about them. How Often Should I Get an Oil Change? Scheduled Auto Maintenance in Gilbert AZ It used to be that you had to get an oil change done every 3,000 miles like clockwork as part of scheduled maintenance. However, with new technologies, and improvement in lubricants, oil changes are now at 5,000 miles or higher, particularly where synthetic oil is concerned. However as we covered in our last article, read your owner’s manual. You also want to periodically check your oil level, and make sure that there are no oil puddles under your car. Are oil changes really necessary anymore? Yes, particularly when you consider the benefits they provide. One major benefit of an oil change is improved gas mileage. When your car’s oil is dirty, it causes friction. Your car’s engine is, after all, a collection of moving parts. As frictio ... read more

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Scheduled Auto Maintenance Part 1: Know Your Owner’s Manual

Scheduled Auto Maintenance Part 1: Know Your Owner’s Manual

When do I need to do scheduled auto maintenance? Should I worry if I pass a deadline for auto maintenance? Can’t it wait? When Do I Need to Do Scheduled Auto Maintenance? There’s a reason the title of this article includes the words “know your owner’s manual.” A lot of people in America never even crack open their owner’s manual. And then they end up bewildered when their car breaks down and the auto mechanic gives them bad news. However, if you check your owner’s manual, you can see the timetable for every sort of maintenance that your car needs. From normal wear and tear items such as brake repair and tires to engine and power train components, everything in your car has a recommended time period to get preventative auto maintenance done. Think of it almost like checkups for your health. Most people put off going to the dentist or doctor until they have a problem. But for your health, a better way is to get a regular check up. The same h ... read more

The Importance of Auto Repair Part 3: Brakes and Tires

Part three of a series on the importance of auto repair explores your car’s brakes and tires. How Often Should I Rotate My Tires? We’re often asked “how often should I rotate my tires?” How often you should rotate your tires depends on your car, the amount of use you put it through, etc. A good benchmark however, is to rotate your tires every 5,000 to 10,000 miles. Why do you want to rotate them? Well, it helps to keep the wear on your tires even. Otherwise, if you don’t rotate your tires, one or two tires will wear out quicker than the others will. If you don’t have the expertise or the tools to rotate your tires, then your best bet is to get your car into an auto repair shop in Mesa. Considering that they have power tools, a lot of times, the wait will be mere minutes as opposed to an hour plus long process if you try to do it. However, while good tread on your tires and tires in good shape are both important, what about stopping your car ... read more

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The Importance of Auto Repair Part 2: All Aboard the Power Train

Part two of a series on the importance of auto repair explores your vehicle’s power train. What is a Power Train? What is a power train? In modern cars a power train is a set of components including the drive train, the engine, and the transmission. Basically, without a power train, your car is a very expensive paperweight or modern art sculpture in your driveway or garage. You won’t be able to drive your motor vehicle or at the very least, it won’t drive well without a power train in need of repair. A lot of warranties cover power train repairs, which is a good thing because a lot of these sort of repair jobs are usually the most expensive ones all around. A transmission repair for example can easily top $3000, more for a custom job or a higher end vehicle. However, while the drive train and the transmission are obviously important, the most important component of a power train is obviously the engine. Auto Repair: Fix the Engine and ... read more

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The Importance of Auto Repair Part 1: Belts and Hoses

The Importance of Auto Repair Part 1: Belts and Hoses

Part one of a series on auto repair explores the importance of belts and hoses. Replace The Belts in Your Automobileh2> Get Auto Repair in Mesa, AZ | Call Us Today The modern car is a lot more complex than its predecessors. In more than a century of automobiles, care have gone from simple machines with a few dozen parts to complex engineering marvels with thousands of parts. A modern car for example, has over 30,000 parts. One part that is very important in your car is your car’s serpentine belt. A serpentine belt is a toothed metal and rubber belt that is a driving belt for your car. If it breaks, it can be one of the most expensive repairs around, just as a timing belt can be. Most cars have fewer belts than their predecessors which is good, however, as one or two belts control almost everything that goes on in the engine, it’s recommended that you get your belts checked every 30,000 miles as part of regular service. Your timing ... read more

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Emissions System Repairs Part 3

Emissions System Repairs Part 3

Part three of a series on emissions system repair explores some common problems that can cause the check engine light to come on. My Check Engine Light Just Came On? What Do I Do? Get Emissions System Repair 1 First off, stay calm. The check engine light is very annoying. It gives you just enough information to worry you, but without a diagnostic tool like an auto mechanic would have, you would be playing a guessing game. If your check engine light is lit up, though, whatever the reason, it means that you have problems somewhere in your emissions system. The list of things that can trigger the check engine light is kind of long. A loose gas cap can cause it, which is an easy fix, all the way to the worst problem: a blown cylinder gasket. As to what you do, first off, check to see if your gas cap is on tight. If so, then you have to get into an auto mechanic. Can’t I Let My Check Engine Go? We don’t recommend it. Covering it up ... read more

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Emissions System Repairs Part 2

Part two of a series on emissions system repair explores your car’s check engine light. What Does a Check Engine Light Mean? You’re driving along in your car, maybe jamming out to your favorite tunes. Then you see it. The check engine light has just come on. And all of a sudden, your day has just gotten a bit darker. What does a check engine light mean? As auto mechanics in Gilbert, even we hate the check engine light. It gives a driver just enough information to be annoying. First off, don’t panic. While a check engine light can mean a number of things, from simple to complex, it is just an early warning system for a potential problem. An easy way to often fix a check engine light is to check your gas cap first. Every now and then if you fill up your tank and don’t close the cap all the way, a bit of air will enter into the system. The monitors in your car will often interpret it as a leak, and voila, your light comes on. Start with that first ... read more

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Emissions System Repairs Part 1

Emissions System Repairs Part 1

Part one of a series on emissions system repair explores your car’s catalytic converter. What is a Catalytic Converter? First off though, what is a catalytic converter? A catalytic converter is a component in your car’s exhaust system that takes a catalyst and uses it to convert exhaust into harmless compounds. Your car exhaust is usually made of hydrocarbons, carbon monoxide, and nitrogen oxides. All three of these things combined make smog and lead to things like acid rain or other forms of pollution. A catalytic converter is usually made of a platinum and palladium coated catalyst in a ceramic shell. Catalytic converters are really quite miraculous in what they do. Carbon monoxide, which is highly toxic, is converted to carbon dioxide which is not. Hydocarbons are converted into water and carbon dioxide, and nitrogen oxides are converted into both nitrogen and oxygen. But what is the most important thing that a catalytic converter does? It allows ... read more

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What Do I Do If My Brakes Are Squealing Part 3: Pedal to The Metal

Part three of a series on brake service explores some more symptoms of brake problems. When Your Brake Pedal Goes All the Way to the Floor In the earlier parts of this series, we talked about the sounds make when your brakes are going bad, such as squealing or grinding. But what does it mean when your brake pedal goes all the way to the floor? It means that you have no brake pressure. Is it bad? Yes. As to exactly how bad the problem is, it depends on what’s causing it. One cause of this problem is a lack of brake fluid. If your car is out of brake fluid, your brakes just won’t work. If this is the problem, it’s easy to spot. Look for brake fluid under the car. Another problem that may be causing this issue is if your car’s brake master cylinder has gone bad. If your master cylinder is malfunctioning your car’s braking power will be diminished, and your brake pedal will go all the way to the floor. There are other causes of this problem to ... read more

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