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Monthly Archives: October 2018

Do Not Be Afraid

Do Not Be Afraid

The Fear Generators The thought of automotive repair seems to strike fear in the hearts of even the bravest of Phoenix consumers. Why is that? When consumers go to the doctor or dentist and get bad news they fear bodily pain; when they get bad news about their vehicle they fear the pain they might feel in their wallet because repair invoices are higher than preventive maintenance invoices. Auto repair shops are still tops in the rating charts of businesses consumers don’t trust. They also top the charts in complaints to the Consumer Protection Division. The media took hidden cameras to several untrustworthy auto repair businesses to reinforce in the consumers’ minds that some shops are a bunch of rip-off artists. The general public is not very knowledgeable about the ins and outs of automotive repair because the places they do business with don’t bother to educate their customers. Fear Eliminator: The Warranty A reputable shop w ... read more

The Cyclops Syndrome

The Cyclops Syndrome

Beware The Cyclops Syndrome We’ve all seen it…driving down the road on a dark night and here comes a single lighted something coming your way. Is it a motorcycle? A UFO? It passes by and you realize it was a car with a headlight out! When driving at night, even on busy lighted highways it is essential to see and be seen…clearly! It is also helpful when driving behind someone to see their taillights and to be able to know their intentions by seeing their brake lights or turn signals! This brings me to your headlights. Back in the day they were made with glass but now they are made with plastic or polycarbonate. This material is porous and expands slightly when it gets hot. Over time it becomes oxidized and gets cloudy in appearance. Not only does it look bad, it reduces visibility. Your auto car professional now has a way to clean these for you and it is money well spent so you can see when driving at night and others can see you clearly t ... read more

Scary Car Trouble

Scary Car Trouble

If Car Trouble Scares You…Read On… Sometimes there is nothing scarier than car trouble…you know how it is…you drive along and all is great then suddenly… You hear a different noise (squealing or scraping sound when you hit the brakes, knocks or pings when you climb a hill, rumbling or hissing sound from your muffler, thumping from a tire, clicking of a worn CV joint, chugging when you turn off the engine) You notice a different smell (moisture or antifreeze odor inside the car) You see a small leak or a puddle from under the car (antifreeze, oil, brake fluid) You see lights illuminated on your dashboard (check gauges, check engine light) You hear nothing at all (dead battery) Your mind immediately goes into panic mode! You wonder how long it will take to fix the problem? How will you get to work? How will you pick up the children or get them to school or practice? How will you run errands? How much will it cost? Will it nee ... read more

October is National Car Care Month

October is National Car Care Month

Twice a year the Car Care Council, a non-profit organization, celebrates National Car Care Month. This happens in April and again in October. The reason they feel the need to spend money on advertising the importance of car care is because so many consumers don’t take care of their vehicles properly. Neglect of this kind causes accidents, expensive breakdowns, pollution, using more fuel than necessary and even lost time at work! The Car Care Council hopes a gentle reminder twice yearly will prevent all this. Here is a check list for safety, dependability and savings! Have all fluids checked Have air filter checked Have battery and charging system checked Have belts and hoses checked Have oil and lubrication service Have all lights checked Have all wipers and fluid checked Have tires checked for proper inflation and tread Have suspension system checked Have brake system checked Many consumers feel a false sense of security today because they have cell phones or On ... read more

The Sound of Silence

The Sound of Silence

The job of a muffler is to keep your vehicle quiet. There is a lot involved for a piece of equipment that doesn’t look too intricate. It silences the noise of your car in these ways: Changes the pressure pulses Dampens the pressure pulses Absorbs the pressure pulses The noise is measured in decibels and the muffler dissipates the level of sound. There are two types of mufflers; direct-fit or universal. A direct-fit muffler doesn’t require modifications. A repair shop just has to line it up and bolt it on. They are, however, not readily available for all vehicles. A universal muffler is easy to find and usually requires some modifications. This is done by lengthening or shortening pipes or even replacing them. New hangers are a must to keep the new equipment from rattling. Thankfully these modifications are not difficult or expensive; they just take more time. If you are replacing a direct-fit muffler with a universal muffler, don’t expect it to muffle the ... read more