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FLASH FLOOD CAR DANGERS IN ARIZONA

Tips on how to avoid expensive car or truck damage during a monsoon flash flood

AVOID FUEL PUMP FAILURES

How to avoid fuel pump failures

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Free oil change for teachers!

Free oil change for teachers!

Yes – calling all teachers! Come to our Chandler shop on Saturday August 11th and bring your school ID with you to claim your free oil change and a multi point inspection for your car, van or truck. Desert Car Care wants to take this time to salute the dedication of our teachers to the upcoming generation. I remember special teachers from my school years, those that inspired me and those that chastised me (because I needed it). So come along to Desert Car Care of Chandler between 8.00am to noon on August 11th, get your free oil change and vehicle inspection. You’ll also have a chance to win some prizes, back-to-school savings passes from Staples, car service prizes, or a Keurig coffee maker

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THE TOP 5 INDICATIONS YOU SHOULD PULL OVER NOW

The top 5 indications you should pull over – now. #5 Lack of visibility If your windshield looks anything like your pair of sunglass lens from your high school re union ,it may be a good idea to immediately pull over and get that windshield squeaky clean ..or as close to clear as possible. We can easily forget that we are mastering a 3 000 pound plus moving object, and when you are driving at 65mph, you are mapping out roughly 96 feet per second of terrain. At that rate it would take about 316 feet to come to a stop with ideal conditions and a brake\suspension system that is up to par. Visibility is key ,and if you become impaired from splashing road debris, mother natures mood swings or broken wipers ….pull over..now, and correct the restriction of visibility. #4 Sudden differences in how the vehicle handles While driving you feel a major change in steering or handling (how fluid your vehicle operates various terrain differences) …this may indicate a ... read more

IS THERE A PROBLEM WITH GOING GREEN?

IS THERE A PROBLEM WITH GOING GREEN?

In these days of high gas prices and concern for the state of the planet, many people are thinking of buying hybrid or all electric cars. Nissan brought out the Leaf to much hype but is it as good as it’s made to appear? Battery life is not the only problem it seems, here are a few links from around the web for you to browse through. Do you have any experience with the Nissan Leaf? Why not share your views with others, good or bad.   http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2012/06/nissan-leaf-battery-range-upsets-owners.htmlhttp://www.consumerenergyreport.com/2012/02/20/nissan-leaf-maintenance-issues-or-lack-thereof/http://cleantechnica.com/2012/04/10/lease ... read more

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Car Maintenance

ENGINE OIL AND LUBE SECRETS THAT YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE GETTING YOUR NEXT OIL CHANGE

ENGINE OIL AND LUBE SECRETS THAT YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE GETTING YOUR NEXT OIL CHANGE

What Engine Oil? Engine Oil companies provide information as it relates to the “typical data inspection sheet”.
This basic information is an average of the physical and common chemical properties that are contained in their prospective engine oil blend’s. In all actuality the most important ingredients or properties for the consumer is the zinc%, sulfated%, flash point, pour point and most commonly advertised or talked about : viscosity and viscosity index. Viscosity, technically put is the resistance to flow and its ability to maintain sheering stress which is dependent on flow. Many engine oils are pretty thick and allow for higher viscosity and the thinner oils allow for less viscosity. Why have the variable levels of viscosity ,and not just maybe 1 or 2 .. ??..and more importantly whats in it for me and my vehicle?? One of the most important ingredients to the operation of an engine is the Oil and its ability to lubricate at va
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Car Maintenance

WHAT ABOUT GREEN CARS

What About Green Cars? Purchasing a green car means that people will have some extra concerns, but they will also have some extra advantages. People will need to weigh the pros and the cons before they decide to purchase a green car, but as long as they maintain their vehicles, they will receive the benefits for several years to come. Maintaining a Green Car As with other vehicles, it’s important for people to change the oil in their green cars when it is recommended. An added tip is that green car owners consult their manufacturers’ manuals to make sure that they are putting in the recommended brand of oil if they are changing the oil themselves. Green car owners will also need to make sure that they are changing their oil filters and spark plugs when the manufacturer suggests it. By performing regular maintenance, people with green cars can make sure that they are even more fuel efficient and emitting the least amount of harmful substances into the air. The Advantages of the ... read more

HOW TO FIND A GOOD AUTO MECHANIC

Choosing a Reputable Auto Mechanic in Phoenix The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence certifies car mechanics by testing them twice a year on several areas of auto repair. The mechanics who have passed these tests have a blue and white NIASE patch on their uniforms. The car owner can also contact NIASE to find a list of certified auto mechanics in their area. Another organization that tests or certifies auto mechanics is the Association of Diesel Specialists. Certified ADS mechanics must attend schools to keep current with new technologies and meet high standards for service. Other resources are the Better Business Bureau and of course, word of mouth from people who’ve used a certain auto mechanic and have been pleased with their service. Once the car owner has done preliminary research they should call a shop and ask for the basic prices on jobs like tune-ups, or oil and oil filter changes, for the make and model of heir car. They should ask what the hourly rate for ... read more

UNDERSTANDING THE RIGHT TO REPAIR ACT

Support for the Motor Vehicle Owners’ Right to Repair Act from the Engine Repower Council may help give the legislation the impetus it needs to become law. The measure already enjoys broad support among motorists because it puts them – not the auto manufacturers – in charge of who performs maintenance and repairs on their cars, trucks and SUVs. The new legislation offers an important chance to prevent large corporations from taking over the decisions that rightfully belong to private vehicle owners. The Right to Repair Act (also known as HR 1449) seeks to force openness in the automotive industry that will guarantee independent mechanics and vehicle owners access to the information they need to work on vehicles. Traditionally, automakers keep key information to themselves in an effort to keep auto owners returning to dealerships for service. If passed, HR 1449 will allow all mechanics and drivers to work on all models of cars. Without legal protections in place, many mechani ... read more

CRAIGSLIST SCAMS WHEN BUYING A VEHICLE

You thought that vehicle purchased on the Internet was a smoking deal, when a few days later your confronted with the horror of big dollar repairs that will be needed

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