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YOUR WELL TRAINED TECHNICIAN AT JIM’S AUTOMOTIVE

YOUR WELL TRAINED TECHNICIAN AT JIM’S AUTOMOTIVE

When your sedan has a problem, or just needs some routine service, you might get a little nervous. Your car’s so important to your life in Albuquerque, you need to back on the road as soon as possible – with the problem fixed right the first time. If you’ve ever checked into some of the technician training Jim’s Automotive professionals receive, you may be surprised at how much specialized knowledge and skill goes into diagnosing and repairing a modern car. For example: Today there are four cylinder engines that generate more power than the 1980s-era V-8’s. I mean a new V-6 Toyota Camry could beat Sonny Crocket’s Ferrari in a race to sixty. Some sedans have several networked computers controlling most of the engine functions and many other vehicle operations as well. Isleta motorists take all of this sophistication for granted – but somebody has to fix it when it breaks. It’s a real challenge for ... read more

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GEAR UP: TRANSMISSION SERVICE AT JIM’S AUTOMOTIVE IN ALBUQUERQUE

GEAR UP: TRANSMISSION SERVICE AT JIM’S AUTOMOTIVE IN ALBUQUERQUE

The transmission system in your vehicle allows you to change gears. Lower gears are power gears. They get your vehicle moving and get it up hills. Higher gears get the vehicle up to speed and get it rolling faster. If you have a standard transmission, then you have to do the work of shifting gears yourself. But with an automatic transmission, the vehicle shifts gears on its own. It automatically starts out in low gear and automatically shifts to high gears as it gets rolling. Again, it will automatically shift to a lower gear to climb hills or when you need a burst of speed. How does it know when to change gears? Today’s automatic transmissions are computer-controlled. The computer gathers information about what the vehicle is doing, and changes the gears as needed. Automatic transmissions are becoming more sophisticated all the time. More gears, or “speeds” are being added. Almost all vehicles have four at least speeds. Five or six is common. Some automakers are even increasin ... read more

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JIM’S AUTOMOTIVE: GOOD SERVICE AND GOOD FUEL ECONOMY

JIM’S AUTOMOTIVE: GOOD SERVICE AND GOOD FUEL ECONOMY

Most Albuquerque and Isleta car owners want to save on gas and seek our advice on improving fuel economy. At Jim’s Automotive, we are frequently asked, however, if it is really worth the extra effort. Just how much money can Albuquerque auto owners actually save? The US government has a website dedicated to helping us use less fuel. It presents the cost savings in a way Albuquerque car owners can relate to and is relevant for all vehicles. Let me give you an example: Having your sedan engine properly tuned, can save up to 4%. If you’re paying three-fifty for a gallon of gas in Albuquerque, you could save fourteen cents a gallon. In today’s Jim’s Automotive article, we’re focusing on the things you can do to improve your sedangas mileage driving around New Mexico. We’ll tell you the potential savings per gallon of gas at three dollars and fif ... read more

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IT’S ABOUT TIME: FOLLOWING SERVICE INTERVALS AT JIM’S AUTOMOTIVE

There are a lot of things in life that Albuquerque residents have to do on a regular basis. We wash dishes every day, do our laundry and mow our lawns every week, and pay the bills every month. We should go to our Albuquerque dentist twice a year and see our doctor for a check-up once a year. When we don't stay on schedule with these routines, it can lead to embarrassing, painful or expensive consequences. Scheduled maintenance is also part of good car care. Albuquerque drivers should take their sedans in regularly for a good check-up. But many Bernalillo folks struggle to remember, or actually even ignore, this auto advice. When it comes to our cars, we're more likely to listen to "If it ain't broke, don't fix it" than "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." Yet it is the second adage that is the more applicable one. Regular brushing treatments prevent cavities. Filling a cavity prevents a more painful and more expensive root canal. In the same way, replacing coolant ... read more

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CAN YOUR CAR LAST ANOTHER YEAR?

Have you checked out the price of new vehicles at Albuquerque car dealers? Ouch! Add financing and insurance and – well a new ride may not seem so attractive. A lot of Albuquerque, New Mexico folks are hoping to make their cars last a lot longer. Fortunately, with the current state of automotive engineering and manufacturing, there’s no reason a modern vehicle can’t be made to last for a 150,000 miles or more for smart Albuquerque drivers. The old adage: ‘a stitch in time saves nine’ is really true for Albuquerque auto owners when it comes to car maintenance. A great example is coolant service. Over time, coolant becomes corrosive and actually starts to damage your radiator and other parts. Smart Albuquerque auto owners have their cooling system service taken care of right on schedule. Ditto for your power steering system, brake fluid, air conditioning system, differential and transmission. Of course, oil changes should be done ri ... read more

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HEY ALBUQUERQUE DRIVERS, HOW MANY MILES ARE ON YOUR CAR?

Nowadays, Albuquerque motorists are paying more at Bernalillo gas pumps. For some families in the greater Bernalillo area, it adds up to several hundred dollars every month. That’s got to come out of the budget somewhere. This is one of the reasons many New Mexico auto owners are putting off buying a new car. They plan on keeping their old vehicle for a year or two longer than before. Even now, 2/3 of the personal vehicles on our local Albuquerque, New Mexico highways have over 75,000 miles on them. The average age of vehicles is over nine years. And most people in Bernalillo can’t afford to be stranded or inconvenienced by a break down. So following a regular maintenance schedule, like personal diet and exercise plans, is actually critical to preserving your investment. Determining what to do for a higher-mileage vehicle can be challenging because many auto maker’s manuals don’t publish service intervals after 60,000 miles. Thus, Albuquerque car owners need to be better at k ... read more

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COOL BREEZE: AIR CONDITIONING SERVICE AT JIM’S AUTOMOTIVE IN ALBUQUERQUE

Most New Mexico auto owners know that their vehicles need regular preventive maintenance like changing the oil and filters, rotating the tires and refilling the washer fluid. But did you know that your air conditioning system needs routine maintenance as well? Taking care of your air conditioning system can extend its life and prevent costly repair bills. Why is it essential for Bernalillo drivers to get routine maintenance on their air conditioning system? First, the refrigerant contains an added lubricant. As the refrigerant circulates through the air conditioning system, its parts are lubricated. This constant lubrication keeps the parts functioning well. But over time, this lubricant is used up, and without it, the parts will eventually seize up and fail. Albuquerque folks should understand, however, that the air conditioner will continue to pump out cool air even without the lubricant, so you won’t know the system is sick ... read more

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BLIND SPOT SAFETY FOR ALBUQUERQUE DRIVING

Blind spots may be a good thing when it comes to a spouse’s annoying habits, but when driving an automobile in Albuquerque, they are definitely to be avoided. So, while it’s not good marital advice, it’s good auto advice to minimize your own blind spots and stay out of other Bernalillo car owners’ blind spots, especially when it comes to large, heavy vehicles like trucks and buses. First, minimize your own blind spots. Do this before you pull out of the driveway or parking space. Adjust your rearview mirror so that you see as much of the area behind you as possible. And, no, this doesn’t include the passengers in the back seat. The rearview mirror isn’t designed to be a baby monitor. Next, lean to the side until your head almost touches the driver’s side window. Now adjust the driver’s side mirror so that it just catches the side of the sedan. Then, lean to the middle of the car and adjust the passenger ... read more

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CHECK ENGINE LIGHT DIAGNOSIS AT JIM’S AUTOMOTIVE

Hello Albuquerque auto owners. Have you ever had your check engine light come on? Did you panic? Or just scowl and ignore it? What should you do? Pull to the side of the road and call a tow truck? Or just keep driving? What does that little light really mean for Albuquerque drivers? First of all, the Check Engine or Service Engine light does indicate that something is wrong. That’s why it is called a warning light. But the something that is wrong might be a loose gas cap, or it might be serious sedan engine trouble. That’s why Bernalillo drivers often don’t know how to respond to it. The check engine light has two modes: it flashes or it stays on. A flashing light is serious. You need to get your vehicle to Jim’s Automotive in Albuquerque ASAP. No, you don’t need to call a tow truck, but, yes, you can’t wait to get your car serviced. If your check engine light is on and flashing, you should not tow trailers, haul heavy l ... read more

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DON’T WAIT FOR A BELT OR HOSE TO BUST

DON’T WAIT FOR A BELT OR HOSE TO BUST

STOP INTO JIM’S FOR A BELT AND HOSE INSPECTION Think about this: Most vehicles’ belts fail without warning. Now think about yourself stranded on the side of the road. Not a pretty picture, is it? So visit Jim’s Automotive, your local NAPA AutoCare Center today for an inspection of your belts and hoses. If needed, we’ll install a NAPA Premium Micro V-Belt and DriveAlign Tensioner – and you’ll save instantly! Start 2015 off right with a belts and hoses inspection at Jim’s Automotive! Offer good through February 28, 2015, for most cars, light trucks and SUVs

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