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Monthly Archives: December 2019

Keep Your Vehicle Physically Fit!

Keep Your Vehicle Physically Fit!

On December 26th our television sets and other devices seem to be taken over by ads brought to us by diet and exercise gurus.  They seem to feel that a New Year should be a time to restart our bodies to be at peak efficiency!  I suppose during the busy holiday season we can overdo on the food and at the same time have less time to exercise.  The same can be said of our cars.  We often get so busy running here and there (in our cars) during the holidays that we neglect old faithful!  Here are a few resolutions to keeping your car fit! We can inspect it and make sure to remind you when it is time to bring it to us in order to… Keep your car’s fluids clean and don’t let them run low! Keep your car’s filters clean. Keep your car’s tires properly inflated. Keep your car’s wipers in good working order. Keep your car’s lights lit! Keep your car’s brakes stopping when they need too! Keep your car’s charging ... read more

Helping Your Vehicle Survive the Holiday Season

Helping Your Vehicle Survive the Holiday Season

Unless you have a deserted island you can escape to during the holiday season, you and your vehicle can feel the strain.  Traffic in Phoenix is heavier, more ‘occasional’ drivers are on the roads and if you are like the majority, you spend more time just sitting in traffic and through a traffic light…or two…or more if you live or work around a shopping center. We want you to enjoy the holidays and one of the ways to have less stress during this joyful time is to make sure your vehicle is up to the challenge!  Here are just a few things we can do for your vehicle so you can be sure you arrive on time for the family feasts, holiday parties, community events and shopping extravaganzas: We make sure your oil and filter are clean. We check the tires for proper inflation and rotate if needed. We inspect the brakes to make sure you can stop on a dime if necessary! We top off fluids or exchange them. We check the charging system so you don’t come ... read more

Why Do Auto Repair Shops Markup Parts?

Why Do Auto Repair Shops Markup Parts?

I am often asked why auto repair shops markup parts.  The fact is, any retailer marks up product.  Yes, you may be able to find the part at a lower cost on Amazon or your local junk yard but Amazon and the local junkyard aren’t responsible for the quality of the part nor do they offer a warranty on the part.  The responsible auto repair shop insists on quality parts for their customers.  “Safety first” really does matter to us!  I have seen “do it yourselfers” put cheap parts on their cars…and then a month later they are busy replacing the cheap part with yet another cheap part.  That isn’t smart financially and it isn’t really safe. What is included in the parts markup? A warranty of two or more years An expert installing the part A shop that takes responsibility if the part fails There are industry standards for parts markup so rest assured you are not getting “ripped off.”  The marku ... read more

What is Brake Dust?

What is Brake Dust?

I’m sure most of us have experienced this…you drive through an automatic car wash and when you get home you notice the clean shine of your entire vehicle…until you look down at the wheels.  What is that grime on the wheels?  That is brake dust… metallic particles, carbon fibers and adhesive residue from your vehicle’s brake pads that attaches to your wheels.  To keep it from building up it should be removed weekly as it essentially bakes on to the surface of alloy wheels.  It is recommended that you wash the wheels when they are cool to avoid streaking, discoloration and pitting. The adhesive residue in the dust causes it to bond firmly with the wheels and since they are most often acidic it starts a corrosion process.  The metal filings in the dust usually oxidize with the metal of the rims causing galvanic corrosion to occur. If you are removing the dust yourself be careful not to inhale the dust or the vapor from cleaning pr ... read more