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Tucson, AZ 85705

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December 2013

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Maintenance for High Mileage Vehicles in Tucson, AZ

Posted: Dec 24, 2013



The median age for cars in the Tucson, AZ area was over nine years. And two-thirds had over 75,000 miles. At Advantage Auto Repair & Transmisson we hear reports that those numbers continue to rise.

If you have a high-mileage vehicle in the Tucson area, bring it into Advantage Auto Repair & Transmisson for high-mileage maintenance.
3155 N. Stone Ave.
Tucson, AZ 85705
520.807.5555

Many people in AZ are keeping their vehicles longer. The economy has influenced that, but the fact that modern vehicles are more durable and reliable means that owning a high mileage vehicle doesn't have to be a painful experience.

Local car owners in Tucson with over 100,000 miles on their vehicles often ask which service intervals they should follow. Let's start with the special needs of the older vehicle...

The reality is that time and mileage will take its toll. The engine and transmission will have more sludge. The fuel, steering and brake systems will have gum and varnish built up. There'll be more dirt and contaminants in the fuel tank. Corrosion and deposits in the cooling system. And seals and gaskets will start to dry out.

All of this, plus normal wear and tear, means that the engine might not be as strong as new, so it just has to work harder to get the job done.

So we need to compensate. Consider high-mileage formulations for oil changes, transmission service, etc. These special formulations contain additives that condition the seals and gaskets to prevent leaks. They also have more detergents to clean sludge and other deposits. They cost a bit more, but they're worth it.

In general, if an auto service was recommended every 15,000 miles when the car was new, you should continue to get the service done every 15,000 miles.

Talk with your Tucson service advisor at Advantage Auto Repair & Transmisson about the condition of your engine. See if he thinks you should adjust your auto service intervals for oil changes or other auto maintenance to account for the older engine working harder.

Expect the oil filter to get dirty faster. Same goes for the fuel filter. And some leaks are to be expected so you need to keep a closer eye on fluid levels.

If anything, following recommended service intervals for your vehicle is more important in a higher mileage vehicle. Skipping oil changes or other services can lead to problems much more quickly than with a newer vehicle.

So, have your Tucson auto service advisor at Advantage Auto Repair & Transmisson help you with an assessment of your older car or truck. If you haven't gotten around to a fuel system cleaning, or replacing power steering or brake fluid, a differential service or transmission service – it's time to start taking care of those things. It'll help keep you on the road for many more happy miles.

Advantage Auto Repair & Transmisson
3155 N. Stone Ave.
Tucson, AZ 85705
520.807.5555
http://www.advantage-autorepair.com


Odometer Rollback on Your Tucson, AZ Vehicle

Posted: Dec 18, 2013

How do Tucson drivers know if an odometer is telling the truth?

Well, back in '86, Congress passed the Truth-in-Mileage Act to protect AZ consumers against mileage fraud. It says a AZ seller must certify the mileage reported is the actual mileage.

To have your odometer checked in Tucson, AZ, stop by Advantage Auto Repair & Transmisson:

Advantage Auto Repair & Transmisson
3155 N. Stone Ave.
Tucson, AZ 85705

 

If it isn't, the seller must say why; for example, maybe the odometer is past its mechanical limits. Some older odometers only go to 99,999 and then start over at 0. Or, the odometer has been tampered with, broken or replaced.

If the seller tells you the mileage isn't accurate, there's not much chance of putting a good number to it. And there's the unscrupulous seller who claims the reading is true, but it isn't. What can Tucson vehicle owners do?

You can go to www.CarFax.com, where, for a small fee, they'll give you a comprehensive vehicle history search on your vehicle, showing local Tucson, AZ, ownership history, accident reports, total-loss events, manufacturer buybacks, Lemon reports and warranty status.

You can get a mileage history by checking with the local AZ DMV (or wherever you happen to be) and other verified sources looking for inconsistencies in the mileage reported when the car was bought and sold. If there are signs of odometer rollback, now you'll know.

If so, proceed with caution. Or, negotiate a lower price. Or just walk away. There's always another vehicle.

Advantage Auto Repair & Transmisson
3155 N. Stone Ave.
Tucson, AZ 85705
520.807.5555
http://www.advantage-autorepair.com


Professional Fuel System Cleaning

Posted: Dec 12, 2013



Getting adequate fuel to your engine is very important for performance, fuel economy and safety. In order to accomplish this, your fuel system needs to be clean.

Today's production cars have fuel injectors, rather than a carburetor. The injectors need to be cleaned from time to time in order to deliver the fuel with the correct pressure, spray pattern and volume.

Tucson drivers can buy fuel system cleaners that you pour into your gas tank to help maintain an already clean fuel system; however, they can't do a major cleaning. For that, you need to see Advantage Auto Repair & Transmisson in Tucson. We have the tools and chemicals to do the job right. Our friendly and knowledgeable team at Advantage Auto Repair & Transmisson can remove particles, gum and varnish from your fuel system and get those injectors running cleanly and efficiently.

You'll find Advantage Auto Repair & Transmisson at 3155 N. Stone Ave. in Tucson, AZ 85705. Or just give us a call at 520.807.5555 to schedule an appointment.

You'll enjoy more power, better fuel economy and reduced exhaust emissions. The cleaners also help prevent rust and corrosion in your fuel system and lubricate engine parts.

And, as with all maintenance, it can help prevent repairs that can happen because you didn't take preventative steps. Our advisors at Advantage Auto Repair & Transmisson can tell you when your car is scheduled for a fuel system cleaning.


Wheel Balancing at Advantage Auto Repair & Transmisson

Posted: Dec 03, 2013

So you love your job, and your family life is great. Congratulations! You have achieved balance. But can you say the same for your wheels? Tucson drivers can tell if their tires are out of balance by vibrations at higher speeds on AZ roads. If one of the front tires is out, you feel the vibration in the steering wheel. If it's a back tire, you'll feel the vibration in your seat.

Tires and wheels are pretty heavy. When a tire is mounted on a wheel at Advantage Auto Repair & Transmisson, it is usually not perfectly balanced. So the technician will spin the tire on a machine to determine where it's too heavy. He will then place weights on the wheels in strategic locations to balance it out. When a tire is out of balance, it actually bounces down the road instead of rolling smoothly. Since the average size tire rotates at about 850 revolutions per minute at 60 mph/97 kph, it is actually slamming into the pavement 14 times a second. That's where you get your vibration.

Most people in Tucson are surprised at how smoothly their car rides after balancing all four wheels.

Most high-quality tires sold in Tucson hold their balance pretty well. They just get out of balance gradually with normal wear and tear. If you suddenly feel a vibration, it is probably because you lost a wheel balancing weight along the way. Definitely get a balance at Advantage Auto Repair & Transmisson in Tucson if you feel a vibration, change your rims or have a flat repaired. Putting off a needed balance job leads to excessive and tire wear, wear to your shocks, struts, steering and suspension parts. Wheel balancing not only improves your ride and handling, but also can save you some repair bills and possibly an accident. Additionally, you will get better fuel economy.

Some Tucson area drivers have their tires balanced at every rotation. Others do it every other time. Check your owner's manual for your requirements, or ask your friendly service advisor at Advantage Auto Repair & Transmisson. Doing this will put you on the path to mechanical wheel balance.

Advantage Auto Repair & Transmisson
3155 N. Stone Ave.
Tucson, AZ 85705
520.807.5555
http://www.advantage-autorepair.com

 


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