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Change Your Wiper Blades Twice Yearly at Advantage Auto Repair & Transmisson

Posted: Mar 07, 2018

Because 90% of our driving decisions are based on visual information, unobscured vision is paramount. Which brings us to the topic of today's Advantage Auto Repair & Transmisson article: wiper blades. While this isn't the most exciting automotive subject, it's important. You wouldn't drive at night in Tucson with your headlights off, but a dirty or streaked vehicle windshield can catch the glare of the sun or on-coming headlights and make it just as difficult to see.

Most of us in Tucson replace our wiper blades when they no longer do the job. They are so worn, hard or brittle that they can't clean the windshield. They may even be falling apart. In other words, we deal with our wiper blades from a failure perspective. We address them when they no longer function. The theory, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it," doesn't apply here. Instead, we should think about wipers blades as an important safety system that we should maintain rather than repair.

AZ automotive experts recommend that we change our wiper blades twice a year, in the spring and fall. That way you have functional blades for those Tucson spring showers and winter storms.

When we use our wipers a lot, they get worn from the Tucson road grime and bug juice. Even if we don't use them very often, they're exposed to the sun, heat and cold, and air which cause them to dry out, become brittle and break.

And of course, you need a good windshield washer fluid in your vehicle to help the wipers do their job. Always use washer fluid because plain water doesn't work as well and it can freeze in the reservoir. If you're driving where there are a lot of bugs in AZ, you can pay a little more and get fluid that does a better job of clearing them. If you live where you have extremely cold winters, you can get fluid that resists freezing.

Like everything else in the automotive world, there've been some big advancements in wiper blades, both in terms of the design and the materials from which the blade is made. If you are a local Tucson driver that has a need for better than average windshield wipers, you can pay some more for an upgraded wiper. And if you live where there's a lot of snow and ice in AZ, they make special winter blades that don't clog up and freeze like standard blades.

At one of your fall and spring oil changes, ask your Advantage Auto Repair & Transmisson service advisor which is best wiper blade for your driving conditions. Replace your blades on schedule so you never have to struggle with your vision when you switch on your wipers.

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

Does Your Car Have A Recall Item?

Posted: Feb 11, 2018

No matter how well they're made, vehicles are bound to have problems with their design or manufacturing. Think of all the moving parts. When the government thinks a problem is really serious, they require the vehicle manufacturer to issue recall notices to Tucson residents and to fix the affected vehicles free of charge. The they try to contact all Tucson residents who own that type of car so they can have it taken care of at their Tucson service center.

To find out if your car has any recall issues, give us a call:

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

These recalls always affect safety, so Tucson residents would be wise to take them seriously. It's really easy to find out if a vehicle is being recalled. For links to government sites, look in the AutoNetTV website.

Other website include:;; and All of these sites have free recall searches.

Recalls are pretty serious for Tucson residents and don't happen all that often. But sometimes cars have less serious problems that Tucson residents still might want to know about. For these less serious cases, the vehicle manufacturer issues what is known as a Technical Service Bulletin – or TSB. These bulletins tell Tucson service centers (including Advantage Auto Repair & Transmisson) how to repair a problem that occurs frequently or is especially difficult.

Your Tucson service center receives updated information through subscription plans, which are sometimes available in consumer versions too.

Whatever your source, pay attention to Tucson vehicle recalls to keep you and your passengers safe.

Fall and Spring Inspection at Advantage Auto Repair & Transmisson

Posted: Oct 01, 2017

Good vehicle care for us Tucson residents has always meant taking our vehicles in every spring and fall for a check-up. Vehicles needed routine maintenance to prepare them for the changes in weather. Today's vehicles aren't quite as sensitive to seasonal changes. Older vehicles required different weights of oil for summer and winter. But today's engines can run on the same oil all year. Both the engines and the oils have been improved.

Antifreeze—or coolant as it's also called—protects the engine from both freezing and hot temperatures and thus is required by the engine year-round. Modern coolants don't have to be changed as often as they did in the past, but your owner's manual has a recommendation for when it should be replaced to extend cooling system life.

Getting a spring and fall checkup at Advantage Auto Repair & Transmisson in Tucson for your vehicle is still good auto advice.

First of all, there is a lot of preventive auto maintenance involved in properly caring for a vehicle. Dropping your vehicle off twice a year at Advantage Auto Repair & Transmisson for a quick inspection and routine maintenance is still part of good vehicle care. The changes in the AZ seasons can provide a good reminder that it's time to get the vehicle serviced, just as they remind us that it's time to take care of the furnace or air conditioner, purchase school clothes or bathing suits, drag out or put away the coats and boots.

There are other advantages to spring and fall maintenance for Tucson residents. Springtime signals the advent of warmer weather. Although modern coolant is designed to last longer than one season, it's a good idea to check it regularly to ensure you have enough. While you're at it, your vehicle should also be checked for leaks and worn hoses in the cooling system.

Summer is the time when most of us Tucson residents take vacations or go on road trips. So a spring check-up for our vehicles can lead to a stress-free summer and better memories on the road.

Fall, of course, signals the advent of colder weather in the Tucson area. This is a good time for a routine battery check. The hot weather of summer takes a toll on battery life – then comes winter. Cranking up a cold engine takes a lot more battery power than starting a warm one. So before that cold weather hits, it's a good idea to check your battery and replace it if necessary. But your tires aren't completely adapted to changing weather conditions. If you live where temperatures drop below 45°F (7°C) in the winter, or if your commute frequently takes you through snow or ice, you may want to consider changing to winter tires in the fall.

A fall check-up at Advantage Auto Repair & Transmisson, just like a spring check-up, can keep you on the road no matter what AZ weather brings. Consider how much a worry-free summer vacation and a less stressful Tucson winter commute are worth to you. Then, spring and fall, reset your clocks, change the batteries in your smoke detectors and take your vehicle in for a check-up.

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

New School: Automotive Advantage Auto Repair & Transmisson Technician Training

Posted: Aug 28, 2017

Tucson consumers are demanding. We want a safe, reliable vehicle that handles well and is comfortable to ride in. Oh, and we want good fuel economy, too. We also want vehicle repairs that are cheap, fast and easy. Unfortunately, one usually comes at the cost of the other.

Today's vehicles have made significant improvements in reliability and performance over the last few decades. They also deliver more power to Tucson drivers more efficiently than ever before. For example, some of today's 4-cylinder engines are equal to yesterday's V-8's. Our vehicles also offer an amazing range of features that make them more comfortable and convenient than ever before.

But all of that improvement has come at a price for Tucson vehicle owners. Our vehicles are more complicated and difficult to repair than ever before. They have numerous mechanical and electrical systems. Fuel systems are so complex they have to be run by a computer. Our vehicles are covered with sensors and high-tech electronic equipment. Our dashboards rival the control panel of the first manned space flight.

With all that complicated equipment, it's no wonder we call mechanics service technicians these days. You can't learn to repair vehicles in the backyard with your dad anymore. Today's Advantage Auto Repair & Transmisson technicians have to go to school. School may come in the form of classroom instruction, online courses or both. Technicians are also trained on-site at the Tucson service centers where they work (including Advantage Auto Repair & Transmisson) to keep them abreast of constant improvements in vehicle engineering, diagnostic equipment and repair techniques.

Today's technicians need to be certified to work on our vehicles. They can earn a variety of certifications in AZ, but the highest of these is Master Technician. It's like a graduate degree in auto repair.

Vehicle repair at Advantage Auto Repair & Transmisson in Tucson requires more than just training and certification, though. It also takes information and creative thought. Tucson area auto service centers subscribe to data services, technical libraries and online repair communities in order to get the information they need to: work on various makes and models of vehicles, get recommended maintenance schedules, learn about non-standard features and locate hard-to-find parts in an unusual engine. They also use this information to help diagnose rare or difficult vehicle problems. Many auto repair problems also require a bit of creative thinking for the team at Advantage Auto Repair & Transmisson to solve. Tucson service technicians at Advantage Auto Repair & Transmisson act much like doctors in these situations. They're given a set of symptoms, and they have to come up with a diagnosis and treatment that will fix the problem. This process becomes as much of an art as it is a science.

A proper diagnosis, even by a highly qualified technician, can take time. And a technician's time is going to cost us. It's just the price of progress.

Of course, the best vehicle care for Tucson vehicle owners is planned preventive auto maintenance. This is also the least costly way to keep your vehicle in good repair. Regular inspections and replacement of worn parts will prevent most repairs from ever being needed in the first place.

And with the amazing complexity of today's automobiles, isn't it good to know there's someone out there with the knowledge, training and skill to give us good auto advice? Whether we need preventive maintenance or repairs, the team of automotive professionals at Advantage Auto Repair & Transmisson can help us keep our vehicles on the road. We just can't do it on our own anymore.

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

Advantage Auto Repair & Transmisson On Your Serpentine Belt

Posted: May 23, 2017


Today we're going to be talking about serpentine belts for our Tucson, AZ, customers. Let's start by talking about the accessories that are driven by the serpentine belt. First is the alternator. That's the device that makes electricity to power the vehicle and recharge the battery. Then there's the air conditioning compressor that makes cool air for you while you're driving around AZ in the summer.

The power steering and power brake pumps are driven by the serpentine belt in most Tucson residents' vehicles. Those pumps provide pressure that assists your steering and braking.

In many vehicles, the water pump is driven by the serpentine belt. The water pump is what circulates the coolant that protects your engine. In some cars around Tucson, AZ, the water pump is driven by the timing belt.

The radiator cooling fans on some vehicles are also driven by the serpentine belt. Some have separate electric motors. That's really a lot of work for one belt.

But modern engine design has a single belt that snakes around the front of the engine and drives most, if not all, of these accessories. Serpentine belts do a lot of work, but they're tough and can last for a long time.

Just how long will they last? That'll vary for each individual car in the Tucson area. Your owner’s manual will have a recommendation for when it should be changed, but it could need it sooner. The good news is that a visual inspection at Advantage Auto Repair & Transmisson can detect a belt that's getting close to failing.

Your friendly and knowledgeable Advantage Auto Repair & Transmisson service advisor can look at the belt: if it has more than three or four cracks per inch, it needs to be replaced. A deep crack that's more than half the depth of the belt - replace. Frayed, missing pieces, a shiny glazed look? Toss it. Come see us.

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


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