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Our blog gives you tips and helpful information from the motoring industry regarding vehicle and tire maintenance and repair.

My Car Needs a Diagnostic!

From time to time we will get a call into the shop from a customer asking for a Diagnostic for their car. We will always ask the caller what is going on with their car in order to understand the issue that they're concerned with. We get everything from a warning light being on to issues with how the car runs and even complaints about a...
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It’s So Hot Outside and Hotter Inside My Car!

We have had record heat lately and now with the monsoon season upon us, it is getting uncomfortable being outside. If you park your car or truck outside and it is in the direct sunlight it can get very hot inside your vehicle. Temperatures can reach 170° or more inside! So what can you do to cool down the interior of your vehicle? When you fir...
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TO TOW OR NOT TO TOW

Having your car towed into a repair shop can be expensive. A tow bill can reach $100 or more. So how do you know when to have your vehicle towed in or not? Obvious occurrences would be when your car’s engine will not start or when your brakes do not allow you to safely stop your car. But many times a customer will have driven their car into our shop for repairs that in the end money could have been saved if their car was towed in.

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THE TIMING BELT: OUT OF SIGHT, OUT OF MIND

Many of today’s vehicles have at least one accessory drive belt or more under the hood this is visible under the hood and is easily inspected. The belt is responsible for driving crucial items needed for operation of your car or truck. They include the water pump, alternator, power steering and the very important air conditioning compressor. Another belt under the hood, the timing belt, is hidden under a cover at the front of the engine. This belt is often overlooked and is crucial to the operation of your engine.

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AN EXPEN$IVE CHECK ENGINE LIGHT REPAIR

What do you do when the check engine light comes on in your car? Many people calling into our shop asking about the check engine light on their car explain that they have already checked the engine oil and the engine coolant, and the fluid levels are okay; So why is that light on, and can damage be done to the car if it is driven with the light on? The short answer is, it depends. Let me explain.

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NEW CAR WARRANTIES – KNOW YOUR RIGHTS

Many people are buying new cars these days. With all the great deals being offered at the new car dealers and with the exciting new technologies in today’s cars, it’s no wonder. When I talk to our customers that have purchased a new car, most all of them will tell me, “We’ll see you when the warranty runs out.”

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TODAY’S MODERN ENGINE COOLING SYSTEMS

Your car has two cooling systems. I like to describe them in this way: one is the engine cooling system and the other is the people cooling system. We talked about the people cooling system, otherwise known as the Air Conditioning (AC) system, in last week’s article. A proper operating engine cooling system is critical to a well operating AC system. The evolution of the engine cooling system has changed due to the changes in technology as well as the need for the car manufacturers to increase fuel economy.

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WHAT DOES THAT FUNNY LOOKING WARNING LIGHT MEAN?

That funny looking light is very important to the safe operation of your vehicle and it shouldn’t be ignored. The light is part of the Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) that will illuminate if there is a problem with the system. Most vehicles today are equipped with sensors that are mounted in the wheels that transmit tire pressure to a computer in the car via radio waves. There are some vehicles that will have a TPMS sensor mounted in the spare tire. Other vehicles use wheel speed sensors to determine if a tire is under inflated.

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WHAT IS THAT WEIRD NOISE?

You back out of your driveway in the morning and it is a little cool in your car. You then turn on the heat, change the desired temperature from cold to hot and you hear a ratcheting type of noise. This noise occurs for a few seconds, then stops. The next few days, you go through the same routine and there is no noise. Then all of a sudden, you change the desired temperature and the noise is there again. What is causing this noise?

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YOUR CAR’S AIR CONDITIONING

We are used to having Air Conditioning (AC) professionals and even utility companies telling us that the AC systems on our houses need to be checked every year. This is important to maintain system efficiency and lower operating costs. Your car’s AC operates in a harsher environment then the AC on your house. The refrigerant system under the hood can see temperatures approaching 200 degrees. There is also vibration that the system endures when you car drives down the road from the engine and road surface. So it is important that you take care of your AC system so it can take care of you when it is so hot outside.

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YOUR CAR’S STEERING AND SUSPENSION

How long your tires last can be affected by how well the steering and suspension is working your car. Tire wear can be affected by driving habits, road conditions (potholes etc.), and the frequency of regular maintenance of the car’s chassis.

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YOUR VEHICLE’S CONNECTION WITH THE ROAD

Your vehicle’s tires provide so many important functions to the safe operation of your car or truck. One of them allows you to safely stop your vehicle. Another is to enable you to safely maneuver on our roads, especially during the monsoon storms we experience here in the valley. So, when was the last time you had your tires inspected?

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TOUR OUR LOCATION

You can take a look around Tech 1 Auto by visiting this link.

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TECH 1 AUTO LAUNCHES NEW WEBSITE!

Since 2003, Tech 1 Auto has been located at 8736 West Thunderbird Rd. #3 in Peoria, AZ. We provide automotive repairs and new tires to customers in Peoria, AZ, Surprise, AZ, Sun City, AZ, and surrounding areas.

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