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Monthly Archives: April 2020

Un-necessary Service

Un-necessary Service

I hear the phrase un-necessary service and wonder what that means. We visit the doctor for physicals, we visit the dentist for cleanings, we have our home air-conditioning unit cleaned and checked, a yearly eye exam and of course, the car needs a checkup too. All of these professionals recommend some kind of service or checks to keep everything working properly. Most shops recommend services on cars that come in to their bays using the guidelines set out by the manufacturers or from the shops’ experience of early component failures. Sometimes there are a few recommendations and sometimes there are many service recommendations. We recommend service to keep your car safe and reliable, just like the dentist tells you about issues developing with your teeth and gums. We know no one likes to spend hard earned dollars on maintenance services, especially when after these services are performed the car seems to run as usual with no noticeable differences. I have found there is basical ... read more

The Lifespan of a Tire

The Lifespan of a Tire

Tires go through a lot. Heat is very hard on tires and aside from a hot, summer day, pavement is 10 to 15 degrees hotter than that.  Our car’s tires sit on that heat all day long.  Sunlight and coastal climates are also hard on tires.  It takes time but there is a chemical reaction in the rubber components of tires and heat and sunlight speed up this deterioration.  Phoenix is certainly considered a hot climate in the summer months so paying attention to our tires’ pressures is very important. A car that just sits over a long period of time without being driven also accelerates the aging process.  Spare tires have this problem as well.  They look okay as they still have good tread…but the integrity of the rubber has been compromised.  Looks can be deceiving when it comes to rubber components. Tires that are not properly cared for also have a shortened life span.  Here are a few things you should keep in mind: Tires must be p ... read more

Always Remember... Safety First!

Always Remember... Safety First!

Having a well-maintained vehicle is very important to safety while driving.  Many accidents could be avoided by having a car serviced regularly. Another detriment to our safety on the highways is distracted driving.  I doubt you can drive without noticing another driver that is either driving recklessly or seems to not be paying attention while driving.  Distracted driving is any activity that could divert your attention away from the main task of driving. It is both dangerous and disturbingly common. Drivers spend more than half of their time focused on things other than driving. You may be surprised to learn that cell phones and texting are just part of the problem when it comes to distracted driving. We know many think that if they are “hands free” it is okay…but I’ve talked to people that have been so focused on their phone conversation they don’t “remember” their drive at all!  Now that is scary! The fact is, anythi ... read more

It Is Kind of Like That!

It Is Kind of Like That!

In many ways, our vehicle’s health system is a lot like our human makeup!  Seriously! Clogged Filters – When your filter gets full of debris, it can’t do its job.  It is how a human with asthma must feel! Most of us know we need to change the filters in our homes but some might not realize that they also need to change the filter in their cars. In vehicles built in 2007 and later you will find 80 percent of them have a cabin air filter and its function is to protect drivers and their passengers from contaminants such as pollen, mold spores, dust and other small and annoying particles.  Sludge – This is similar to clogged arteries!  It is actually a gooey, tar like substance that deposits itself inside your car’s engine.  One of the roles of motor oil is to keep your engine cool so it has to be able to take the heat…when it fails to do so these deposits form in the engine.  Some vehicl ... read more