Do I Really Need To Replace A Cabin Air Filter?

              There is a lot of confusion in the marketplace regarding cabin air filters. Many people have never heard of it, others are somewhat skeptical because it is a relatively new comer to the automobile. Most all of us are quite familiar with the air filters that need to be replaced in our home heating […]

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Where Have All The “Wing Vent Windows” Gone?

While some may have no idea what a “vent window” is, many of us remember them as standard on just about every four door car. A vent window is a small triangular shaped window that was in the front doors just in front of the main door window. The vent window was hinged so that […]

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Preventing Auto Theft

Statistics show that in 2015, one out of every eight car thefts were the result of keys or a key fob being left in the vehicle. One out of eight! That’s a staggering number, especially when you consider that in 2015 almost 708,000 cars were stolen in the U.S. That means 88,500 vehicles were stolen […]

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Automotive Career – High Tech?

Parents, if becoming an automotive technician is not high on your list of career choices for your child, perhaps it’s time to look again. If you are a student and are wondering if there is a career in High Tech in the automotive field, read on. Automotive service and repair has changed dramatically in just […]

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Should I Buy An Aftermarket Warranty?

First, extended warranties are all over the board. A dealership typically offers two types. One is the type the manufacturer offers, so if I bought a Subaru, it would be a Subaru extended warranty. If I bought a GM, it would be a GM extended warranty. The dealership also offers an “after-market extended warranty.” That […]

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My Shop Ripped Me Off!

What if you have a problem? What if you feel you haven’t been treated fairly or they’ve blown past the estimate and you weren’t informed? Or what if they didn’t fix your problem, made it worse or introduced a new one? No business is perfect all the time, and even the best shop makes mistakes […]

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Dealing With Your Repair Shop

It’s very common in this industry for new issues to become apparent only after something is dismantled—things that couldn’t have been apparent before the job began. For that reason, upgrading an estimate in the middle of a job is not necessarily a bad thing. However, you certainly have the right to ask questions so you […]

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What Questions Should I Ask When Looking For The Best Repair Shop?

Six Questions to Ask a Shop Once you’ve checked their credentials as thoroughly as possible, call the top shops on your list to narrow down your choices. Following are the six simple questions you can ask any shop. (As a word of caution, let me note that it’s extremely dangerous to choose a shop based […]

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How Do I Find A Good Repair Shop? #3

When you’ve taken your vehicle in for a service, a thorough shop will have information for you because they’ve conducted a multi-point inspection of your car, regardless of the type of service they performed. They should assure you either that your car is in great shape or provide you with a list of recommended maintenance […]

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How Do I Find A Good Repair Shop? #2

If you do feel comfortable after calling and following the advice in post #1, you’re probably on to a good shop. Then, drive by their location and just look them over. Observe the cars in their parking lot or in the service bays if you can see inside. Do you see a mix of cars […]

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How Do I Find A Good Repair Shop?

If you’re moving out of your current area, one of the best actions you could take in finding a reliable repair shop is to ask your current one. Most shops are in some kind of network or association and they may know a good shop in the area where you’re relocating. If you’re looking to […]

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Should I Replace Light Bulbs In Pairs?

As you can see above, headlamp bulbs are much different than most of us remember them. Most of the time, people will only replace the one headlamp bulb that is burned out when one fails. However, it is wise to consider replacing both bulbs instead of just one. Remember, they have both been on the […]

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Have Fun At Work!

On our web site we have a chat feature. It’s mostly routine stuff, in addition to inquiries from the Yuma area, there are often questions from all over the country and once in a while from overseas. I’ve always told our staff that it’s okay to have fun at work, we can’t always take things […]

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What To Look For If You Want To Buy A Used Car – How To Buy A Used Car

Buying a used car can be risky business. Let me offer some strategies that might prove helpful in that situation. First, do your homework. Look online, read consumer magazines, peruse some used car lots, investigate the “For Sale” ads in your newspaper and check out Kelley Blue Book for reasonable pricing. Take all the time […]

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Driving On Snow And Ice

Snow and ice certainly provide challenges to drivers. (Don’t laugh; I know we are in Yuma but you may travel to snowy or icy conditions.) When driving on snow you need increased traction. That’s why four-wheel-drive vehicles (or front-wheel-drive vehicles) get around better—simply because of their superior traction. The photo above is from a Spring […]

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How to Drive in Desert Southwest Thunderstorms

Thunderstorms are another danger in our part of the country, often coming hard on the heels of dust storms. The desert sand doesn’t soak up much water, so our dry washes suddenly fill with fast moving, deep water. It creates a very dangerous situation, especially when the thunderstorm occurs miles away and the wash fills […]

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How To Drive Safely In A Sand Storm

Here in the desert southwest, sandstorms can be extremely dangerous, often sending visibility to near zero. If you are caught in a sandstorm, as visibility diminishes, so should your speed. Your safest option is to exit a freeway or busy street and find a safe place to park such as a shopping mall or other […]

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Stuck In Traffic? Traffic Jams & Your Safety

The one thing you want to avoid is becoming trapped behind the car in front of you. The way to avoid that is to stop far enough behind that you can still see their rear tires touching the pavement. That way, you can maneuver around it if you need to. You’ve heard of, or perhaps […]

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What Do I Do After (Before) An Automobile Accident?

Having an accident is always an emotional situation—whether that emotion is anger, frustration, fear, sorrow, anxiety, worry or panic. Even something as minor as a fender-bender or a slow-speed parking lot accident can be enough to create emotion. Try to remain calm. When you are in an accident, remember first that insurance companies typically investigate […]

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What Do I Do If My Car Breaks Down?

You should be familiar enough with your gauges to know what “normal” is, so when the gauges are not within normal range, you will realize something is wrong. When you are driving, and begin to feel something about the function of your car that you are unsure about, or hear a new noise, cautiously move […]

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How To Change A Flat Tire

While to some people, changing a flat tire may sound like no big deal, to others it is a daunting task. For some of those who think it’s a piece of cake, modern vehicles may change your mind. That’s because some vehicles have the jack equipment stowed in very out of the way places and, […]

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Should I Have To Pay For Diagnosing My Car’s Problem?

Years ago, a technician might spend five minutes diagnosing a car and five hours making the repair. Today, we might spend five hours running tests and diagnosing the vehicle, and five minutes repairing or putting a component on it. The use of electronics drives this change. Vehicles today have a tremendous number of electronic systems. […]

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When Should I Service My Car’s A/C System?

In states with sweltering, hot summers, few things are more frustrating than having your air conditioning blow hot air when it is over 100˚ outside. Proper maintenance can prevent this. Your air conditioning system is a sealed system. In closed systems, the only way you lose fluid, or in this case refrigerant, is when you […]

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When Should I Jump Start My Car?

Knowing when to jump start a car can save you time and frustration. Not every no-start condition can be resolved by a jump start. Jump starts only help when the actual problem is a discharged (dead) battery is the cause of the no-start condition. If you hear a series of rapid “clicks” when attempting to […]

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Do I Really Need To Change My Coolant? Is A Coolant Flush Necessary?

The cooling system’s primary component is antifreeze/coolant, which helps keep the engine from freezing in the winter (don’t laugh, we do travel to other climates you know), and keeps it cool in the summer. As with brake fluid, your coolant can be tested to determine when it needs to be replaced. In this case, we […]

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