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UNDER PRESSURE IN ALBUQUERQUE: TPMS

Have you noticed an increase in price when you get a flat fixed in Albuquerque or your tires rotated? It might be the result of your TPMS, or Tire Pressure Monitoring System. The federal government began requiring a TPMS system on 2008 model year passenger vehicles and light trucks. Some 2006 and 2007 models may have them as well. The system has a warning light that is mounted on the dashboard that will go on if one of the tires becomes severely under inflated. Why the new requirement? Because underinflated tires are the number one cause of tire failure. Tire blowouts cause detrimental and sometimes fatal accidents. Underinflated tires also need longer stopping distance and can skid, both of which also present dangers on New Mexico roads. Many flat tires can also be prevented by proper tire inflation, and though this may seem an economic consideration, Albuquerque car owners who have changed a flat on the side of the road recognize that this has serious safety ... read more

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WHAT’S UP WITH DIESELS IN ALBUQUERQUE?

Would you be surprised to learn that about half of the passenger cars in Europe have diesel engines? You might also be surprised to learn that most auto makers produce a variety of diesel-fueled cars for purchase abroad. Diesel-fueled vehicles haven’t been as popular in the North American markets like New Mexico. But that won’t be true for long. North Americans are seeing a lot more diesel-fueled vehicles on the road. And we’re not talking about buses and trucks. These vehicles will be passenger cars, pick-ups and SUV’s. There are two reasons for this. The first is a recent change in environmental laws that have upgraded emissions standards for diesel fuel in North America. Diesel fuel in North America used to have higher sulfur content than European fuel, meaning that it was a dirtier fuel to burn. That was okay for larger vehicles, but the lighter-weight engines in passenger vehicles just couldn’t tolerate it. But that high sulfur content is now a thing of ... read more

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WHEN DO MY SHOCKS NEED TO BE REPLACED?

A good suspension system gives a vehicle a smooth, even ride while providing Albuquerque car owners with good handling and control. But like any system on your sedan, essential parts of the suspension system can wear out, leading to a lower ride quality and safety concerns. So it’s a good idea for Albuquerque motorists to remember an automotive analysis of their suspension system in their schedule of an essential preventive maintenance. Springs do most of the work of the suspension system. The most common types of springs are coil and leaf, but air springs and torsion bars are becoming more common. The body of the vehicle is “suspended” by the springs. If springs were the only working component in your suspension system, however, you’d spend your travel time bouncing up and down like a bobblehead. That’s where your shocks come in. They keep the rebound, or bounciness, of the springs under control. Shocks also keep your tires on the road, which keeps the driver in control of the s ... read more

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LINE THEM UP: WHEEL ALIGNMENT SERVICE AT JIM’S AUTOMOTIVE

Hello Albuquerque car owners! Let’s talk about alignment. One of the most important parts of preventive maintenance for your vehicle is keeping the wheels in alignment. Poor alignment causes your tires to wear unevenly, which can significantly reduce their lifespan. This means you will have to replace them more often, which can be costly in Albuquerque. It can even damage your suspension system, which is a steep repair. But even more importantly, uneven tread wear can lead to blowouts on the road, a dangerous and potentially deadly safety risk for Albuquerque car owners and their passengers. It may not take an accident or bad driving habits to “knock” your tires out of alignment. Tires can go out of alignment with just everyday New Mexico driving. Albuquerque road hazards, pot holes, uneven or gravel roads, even the bumps and bounces of normal Bernalillo highways and surface streets can gradually put your sedan tires out of alignment. So it ... read more

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WHAT IS THAT? CHECK ENGINE LIGHT SERVICE AT JIM’S AUTOMOTIVE

Okay. You went to your local Albuquerque car wash and while your sedan was under the dryer, the check engine light started flashing. Panic! What did you just do? Something is seriously wrong with the sedan! You head for the nearest Albuquerque service station, but on the way, the check engine light stops flashing, and just glows red. Hmm. Maybe things aren’t as bad as they seem. You decide to wait until payday to take your sedan in to get serviced. In the meantime, the check engine light goes off. What? You decide the light must be faulty, or that when it comes on it doesn’t mean anything, or that it’s just in your sedan as some sort of scam to get you to pay for unnecessary expensive repairs. You’re glad you didn’t take your car to the Albuquerque repair shop and resolve to ignore that engine light in the future. Whoa! Let’s look at what really happened. Your sedan was under an air dryer. Your air intake sensor measured too much air running through the engine. It sent its report ... read more

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BUSTING AUTOMOTIVE MYTHS IN ALBUQUERQUE NEW MEXICO

Myths passed around our Albuquerque New Mexico community start with a grain of evidence and are then built up with a lot of imagination and very elastic logic. And the internet is a breeding ground for automotive myths. Some bloggers recall the sedans of yesteryear and declare their modern decedents to be virtually maintenance free and that anyone who says otherwise is out to rip you off. Let’s examine a couple of the more popular rants and look at the truth behind them. The first one is that the chassis no longer needs lubrication for suspension, steering and the driveline. They declare that anyone who has charged you for lubrication is a charlatan. The truth on which this myth is based is that many new cars come from the factory with sealed joints and cannot be greased. However, there are still some grease points on many cars around Albuquerque. A grease fitting may have been installed in conjunction with a repair. And most trucks and truc ... read more

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FUEL SAVING TIP: CAR WEIGHT AND YOUR NEW MEXICO DRIVING

Weight is the enemy of fuel economy. Everyone from here to Peralta knows this makes sense. Some of us in the Peralta area carry a bunch of unnecessary weight, and I’m not talkin’ what you see in the mirror. Guys; sports equipment and tools. Ladies; well, just take a look around the passenger compartment and trunk. I think my car has about forty-five pounds of French fries on the floor. All that extra weight wastes gas as you drive between here and Peralta, and everywhere else. Lose the junk and save some money. …And you really only need one of those spare tires

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THE EASY WAY TO SAVE CASH IN ALBUQUERQUE

The hottest New Mexico news story may be different everyday, but there’s one topic that seems to come up over and over again – the price of gas in Albuquerque. If you feel like most of your paycheck goes into your gas tank, this post is for you. Here are several basic things Albuquerque auto owners can do to greatly reduce their gas consumption, save money, and help the Bernalillo environment. You can really improve your fuel economy by how you drive – but first, here’s a review of things you can do for your car that’ll save gas no matter how you drive. The first one for Albuquerque motorists is keeping tires properly inflated. That can save two miles per gallon. Driving on low tires is like driving through sand – your car just has to work harder. Most Albuquerque service centers will fill up your tires for free, so just ask your Jim’s Automotivetech. Also, make a habit of checking your tire pressure whenever you fill up. Many Albuquerque gas stations have an air hose you can us ... read more

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THE RIGHT FLUIDS FOR YOUR VEHICLE

Albuquerque motorists’ current vehicles have over a century of engineering behind them. They have evolved into complex and powerful machines. Developments in their engines, however, have coincided with advances in many other vehicle components, including the fluids. It’s vital for Albuquerque auto owners to always use the right type of fluid for their sedan. Your service advisor and your owner’s manual are resources for auto advice on exactly what types of fluid your vehicle needs. Improper fluids can damage your vehicle and void your warranty. Some of the fluids that have changed significantly in recent years are cooling system fluid, brake fluid, transmission fluid and motor oil. Each of these comes in many varieties now, and it’s critical to know exactly which one your sedan needs. Cooling systems were once made of iron, steel and rubber. One coolant could be used to protect all of these materials. But new c ... read more

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SAVE ON SELECT NAPA AIR FILTERS

SAVE ON SELECT NAPA AIR FILTERS

$20 and $10 Instant Rebates There has never been a better time to protect your vehicle’s engine and improve its performance! Now through April 30, you can save money doing this at Jim’s Automotive, your participating NAPA AutoCare Center. Save $20 instantly on the installation of a Napa Gold Air Filter or save $10 instantly on the installation of a Pro Select Air Filter when you add to to this service to your next oil change. Make your next appointment today at Jim’s Automotive, your neighborhood NAPA Auto Care Center

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