Wheel Alignment – What Is It?

Pictured is a graphic of how alignment angles work and the tire wear that occurs when a vehicle’s wheel alignment is not properly set. It’s not just front wheel alignment anymore; most vehicles have four wheel alignment adjustments available. Bad wheel alignment can cost you a lot of money in premature and excessive tire wear. […]

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What Does The Tachometer Tell Me?

Most tachometer gauges (also called “tachs” or RPM gauges) are circular and have a series of numbers on them—often 0-8. Even if you are sitting still, you will see the tachometer needle move around the gauge as you accelerate by pressing on the gas pedal. The tachometer indicates how many times the engine is rotating […]

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Temperature Gauge – What Is Normal?

One common gauge is the cold/hot gauge, also referred to as the coolant temperature gauge. You will find the coolant temperature gauge on either the left or right side of the dash. This gauge monitors the temperature of the engine. Transmissions usually will not shift into the final drive gear until the engine temperature has […]

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What Is A “Smart” Air Bag Light?

Almost all cars are now equipped with smart air bags. These sensors measure the weight of the person in the front passenger seat. Depending on the weight of the person or object in that seat, the air bag may or may not deploy. With this light, there is nothing you need to do. If there […]

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What Does The Oil Light Mean?

The oil light can indicate an issue with the oil level or oil pressure—sometimes both. If the engine loses oil pressure, the oil light is going to come on. That light will be red because you have to shut the engine down quickly. If the oil pressure is too low, there will be internal damage […]

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The Temperature Light – What If It Comes On?

Most cars today have an engine temperature gauge as well as a temperature light. The engine temperature light will always be red, indicating that you need to shut the engine down as soon as possible. The longer you continue to drive, the more damage will occur. Eventually, you will damage the engine internally. By continuing […]

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Reduced Power Warning Light

Reduced power is something primarily seen on GM vehicles. The reduced power light is usually red and indicates that something has gone wrong, that the vehicle has gone into “limp mode”—as in “we are limping” or “we only have one leg and cannot run.” Such a fault in this system could be problematic. Many times, […]

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Traction Control Warning Light (TC or TCS Light)

The vehicle computer not only monitors the brake system and airbags, but it also helps move power from one tire to another in all-wheel-drive vehicles. For example, in an all-wheel drive vehicle, let’s say you become stuck in sand, mud, ice or snow and are trying to get out. One of your wheels is usually […]

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SRS Warning Light (Air Bag Light)

Air bags are a very important safety feature. In a car equipped with air bags you will see an SRS light (or Air Bag light) on the dashboard. SRS is an acronym for Supplementary Restraint System—the key word being supplementary. That means it supplements your safety system and that safety system is your seat belt. […]

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The Check Engine Light – What Does It Mean?

The check engine light has been around since about 1990. Its initial purpose was to provide information about the emission control status of the vehicle. Check engine lights are typically orange in color because they still primarily deal with emission controls. However, emission controls now includes additional elements, as well. Remember, a yellow light means […]

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What Does the ABS Warning Light Mean?

The ABS light has to do with the brake system, specifically the anti-lock system. If the ABS light is on, the Anti-lock Brake System computer has found a fault somewhere in the system. It could be anything from low brake fluid to a problem with a particular wheel sensor or another component within the system. […]

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What Does That Dashboard Warning Light Mean?

As you sit in the driver’s seat and turn on the key, you see various lights pop up on the dashboard. But what do they mean? First, there’s a reason for the color of lights on your dashboard. These colors can be associated with the traffic lights you see when you are driving down the […]

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When Should I Have My Car Towed?

One of the saddest things we see are vehicles that should have been towed but the driver decided to make it “just a little farther.” We hear things like “It was only a half mile away” or “The exit was just right up there.” These scenarios can cause a three hundred dollar job to turn into […]

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How to prevent breaking down?

This could be your worst nightmare – breaking down on I-8 in the middle of the desert without any water in your car. How do you prevent your car from breaking down? The first way is to follow your manufacturer’s scheduled maintenance plan. For all car manufacturers, the engineers that design the vehicle and parts […]

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Saving Gas and Driving Green

Driving green helps the environment and your budget. Here are some tips from EcoDriving.com. Read Your Owner’s Manual Tip #1: Your glove compartment holds one of the most important sources of fuel economy information, and it is customized for your model and engine. Your owner’s manual may even have a special section on fuel economy. […]

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Counterfeit Parts Warning

Most of us know that cheap parts manufactured overseas have flooded our markets here in the U.S. We know that using these parts are not in our client’s best interest, or the company’s for that matter. The parts failure rates are high and quality is low. Some parts do not even make it out of […]

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The Hidden Dangers of Ethanol Fuel

There is a hidden danger in the use of E-85 fuel (fuel that is 85% ethanol) that has not been publicized and will become a serious issue in the future as its use spreads. That is that ethanol mixes easily with water, environmentally conscious consumers will fill their tanks with E-85 in vehicles not properly […]

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Saving on High Fuel Costs

High fuel prices are on everyone’s mind these days. We all want to squeeze every mile we can out of each gallon of fuel. How to do so is a question we are asked a lot. Here are some tips on how to do just that. First, the tires are very important, both inflation and […]

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Tire Safety

We all know that the number one issue with tire safety is maintaining proper tire pressure. It also happens to be the number one issue when it comes to maximizing fuel economy. A new threat to safety relating to tires has recently come to light with the revelation that aged tires are being sold every […]

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Room to Live Video – The Importance of Seat Belts

We all know that seat belt use saves lives. So much so that states have seen fit to make it the law requiring use of seat belts. Yet so many people still refuse or just forget to use them. When I was younger (late 70’s) I rarely used them as well even after going to […]

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Car Advice for the Yuma Desert Heat

The Arizona desert is heating up in Yuma County again. There are several reasons to maintain your car for the Yuma heat. Preventive vehicle maintenance is important for your safety, time, and pocketbook. The desert heat can cause rubber to crack, clamps to loosen, cooling systems to overheat, tires to fail and much more. Auto […]

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