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YOUR VEHICLE IS NOT MAINTENANCE FREE, ALBUQUERQUE CAR OWNERS

A generation ago, Albuquerque motorists seemed to be more inclined to keep their vehicle’s preventive maintenance on schedule. One reason for this may be that vehicles back then were a lot less reliable than they are today. Having your sedan in to your Albuquerque shop every year or two for repairs seemed to be a good reminder to keep the oil changed. For example, almost everyone in Albuquerque used to take their vehicles in for regular tune-ups. Vehicles had mechanical ignition systems, which meant ignition points, spark plugs and coils had to be replaced and the timing adjusted every few years. As long as the sedan was in for a tune-up at Jim’s Automotive, the vehicle was inspected and you took care of any needed repairs at the same time. Today’s engines have electronic ignition systems and engine control computers. Spark plugs can last for up to 100,000 miles. Vehicle reliability has vastly improved in the last few decades, and surveys report fewer problems ... read more

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BREATHE FREE IN ALBUQUERQUE: CABIN AIR FILTER REPLACEMENT AT JIM’S AUTOMOTIVE

There are a lot of new features, both optional and standard, on Albuquerque car owners’ vehicles these days. One you may not have heard of is called a cabin air filter. Simply put, its job is to keep the air in the passenger compartment of your car nice and clean. A cabin air filter is similar to the filter you use on your furnace at home in Albuquerque. Cabin air filters can catch particles down to three microns. By comparison, a grain of sand is 200 microns. So cabin air filters are effective against dust, dirt, pollen, mold spores and most pollutants in our Bernalillo atmosphere. Good news if you suffer from any types of allergies, or if you live in an area in Albuquerque prone to air pollution. Cabin air filters are generally located in the engine compartment or under the dashboard. They can be tricky to access and replace, so you’ll probably want to go to your knowledgeable Jim’s Automotive s ... read more

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E-85 FUEL SAFETY ADVICE FROM JIM’S AUTOMOTIVE

Today at Jim’s Automotive we want to talk with you about a very important safety issue. This automotive safety warning is coming from a very unusual source: fire fighting experts. You’ve probably heard of E-85 gasoline being offered in the Bernalillo area. Some newer vehicle models are specifically built to run on E-85 – the rest are not. E-85 gasoline has been developed to fight air pollution and reduce oil consumption. E-85 fuel is a mix of 85% ethanol, a grain-base alcohol, and 15% gasoline. So-called Flex-Fuel vehicles are designed to use either normal gasoline or E-85 gas. The result is lower harmful exhaust emissions to our local Bernalillo community. All gas engines can run with up to 10% ethanol and in fact a lot of gasoline sold in the Albuquerque, New Mexico area does contain some ethanol. The problem comes when well meaning motorists without Flex Fuel certified vehicles put E-85 into t ... read more

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SHOCKS / STRUTS BUY 4 FOR THE PRICE OF 3

SHOCKS / STRUTS BUY 4 FOR THE PRICE OF 3

Sure, you know that new NAPA Shocks and Struts can give your vehicle a smoother, more comfortable ride. But did you know that right now at Jim’s Automotive — your participating NAPA AutoCare Center — you can buy four qualifying NAPA Shocks and Struts for the price of three? Shock and strut savings via a Visa® prepaid card by mail, equal to the lowest cost unit, up to the current NAPA suggested list price. See us for details. So improve your vehicle’s ride and performance — now at Jim’s Automotive! Offer good September 1 through October 31, 2015, with installation. Learn more about how updating your shocks or struts affects your vehicle

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COOLANT ANTIFREEZE SERVICE IN ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO

Albuquerque drivers may know that most automotive failures in Albuquerque, New Mexico are tire related, but do you know the second most common cause for vehicle failure? Nope, it’s not teenagers. It is the coolant system. But, if you take good care of your sedan coolant system, it will take good care of you. A sedan’s engine creates a lot of heat – so much heat, that if it is not properly cooled, the engine can lock up, resulting in massive damage and costly repair bills. But when everything is working right, your sedan engine operates at the proper temperature and all is well. Without antifreeze in your cooling system, the water could freeze and cause sedan engine damage. This could be very pricey, not to mention inconvenient. The right mix of water and antifreeze is critical and protects the engine against damage from freezing and overheating. Antifreeze also protects the coolant system against corrosion that could cause the system to fail. The thing to remember is this ... read more

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WHAT ALBUQUERQUE AUTOMOTIVE SERVICE CONSUMERS SHOULD KNOW

There are some things Albuquerque auto owners should know about Albuquerque car service and repair. First and foremost, Jim’s Automotive cares about you and your family’s safety. And we really appreciate your business. Jim’s Automotive in Albuquerque wants to build a trusting relationship that becomes the foundation for a mutually beneficial experience for years to come. Building on that foundation, there are some things that would help you understand the auto service and repair business better. First, it can be really hard to fix cars. The days of shade tree mechanics are long gone. The majority of automotive systems are computerized. It takes a lot of training and very expensive equipment to diagnose and repair modern vehicles. The knowledgeable techs that work for Jim’s Automotive need extensive computer training – not just how to run the diagnostic systems, but also searching for the right parts, networking with other service advisors to help them with a dif ... read more

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ALL LINED UP: WHEEL ALIGNMENT SERVICE AT JIM’S AUTOMOTIVE

When all of your vehicle’s wheels are lined up exactly with each other, your wheels are in alignment. Hitting a road hazard or even just the normal bumps and bounces of everyday driving in Albuquerque can cause your sedan’s wheels to be out of alignment. Driving for an extended time in Albuquerque when your wheels are out of alignment results in uneven tire wear. This is dangerous … and expensive. Worst case scenario, you have a blowout on a crowded New Mexico interstate. It can also cause premature wear to your suspension system, which can be really expensive to repair. At the very least, you may have to replace your tires years too early. Here are some alignment basics from Jim’s Automotive: The ideal alignment for your sedan was designed by its engineers. Alignment service at Jim’s Automotive starts with an inspection of the steering and suspension – to see if anything’s bent or broken. Then your knowledgeable Jim’s Automotiv ... read more

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ROAD TRIP: BE READY FOR ANYTHING WITH A TRIP INSPECTION AT JIM’S AUTOMOTIVE

Road trip, anyone? Nothing spoils a great vacation for us Albuquerque drivers then ending up stranded on the side of the road or spending a week in a rundown motel while our vehicle sits in the shop. Long days on the road can bring out the worst in your vehicle, so before you leave, prepare it for the journey by getting a diagnostic examination at Jim’s Automotive in Albuquerque. After all, you wouldn’t travel without clean socks, why ask your vehicle to travel with a load of dangerous dirty oil? The first step in a trip inspection at Jim’s Automotive is to look at your travel plans. What kinds of roads will you be driving on? Will you be in the New Mexico backcountry or on the freeway? Will you be crossing mountains? Off-roading? What will the weather be like? How many miles away from Albuquerque will you be traveling? How much are you hauling? Will you be towing a trailer or lugging a rooftop carrier? Will you encounter dust, mud, snow or sea salt? All of these questions can he ... read more

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DIRECT FUEL INJECTION UPDATE FROM JIM’S AUTOMOTIVE

For those of you in Albuquerque New Mexico who pay attention to these things, you may have been hearing about the new direct injection engines and want to learn more about them. Some deliver the power of a V8 with the economy of a V6. For example, in one family of engines the conventional V6 makes about 250 horsepower. The direct injection version of the same engine makes over 300 horsepower and gets essentially the same gas mileage. The turbocharged version makes over 350 horsepower. So what are the differences from a conventional engine? The core difference is in the fuel injection system. The system most vehicles use now is called a port injection system. The fuel injector squirts fuel into a port just outside the cylinder where it’s then drawn into the engine with the air. With a direct injection system, the injector squirts the fuel directly into the cylinder. The gain ... read more

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CLEAN AIR FOR YOUR ENGINE: A NEW ENGINE AIR FILTER AT JIM’S AUTOMOTIVE

All of us Albuquerque drivers know we have to get the oil changed in our sedans periodically. That’s just part of good car care. But when Bernalillo technicians change your oil, they also usually inspect your air filter. That’s why they sometimes let you know that your air filter needs to be changed before releasing your sedan. Don’t just chock this up to trying to sell you something else. Peralta car owners really do need to change their air filter when it gets dirty. You can check your owner’s manual to see how often your air filter should need to be changed, but remember, if you live in an area in New Mexico with poor air quality, or if you drive a lot or drive under harsh conditions in the Bernalillo area, you may need to change that filter more often than is recommended. Changing an air filter isn’t guesswork. If a filter’s dirty, it needs to be replaced. Air filters aren’t very costly at Jim’s Automotive in Albuquerque. B ... read more

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