Yearly Archives: 2015

THE JIM’S AUTOMOTIVE GUIDE TO CARING FOR YOUR TRANSMISSION

Most cars and trucks have automatic transmissions, yet a lot of Cedar Crest car owners only have a fuzzy understanding about what a transmission does. Think back to the last time you rode a bike in Cedar Crest. You started out in a lower gear and shifted to higher gears as you went faster. Down shift for hills, stuff like that. Think of your legs as the engine – there’s an ideal speed you can pedal and you change gears to leverage the work you’re doing. Lower gears for power on hills or for starting out. Higher gears for more speed. That’s what the automatic transmission does – it automatically starts in lower gears and shifts up to higher gears to go faster on New Mexico highways. And automatically shifts back down to climb Cedar Crest hills, pass or start up again. sedan automatic transmissions have certainly gotten more sophisticated in recent years. They have more speeds than before: the base is fou ... read more

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VIVA LA DIFFERENTIAL AT JIM’S AUTOMOTIVE IN ALBUQUERQUE

There are a lot of Albuquerque people who are due for a differential service, but had never heard of a differential before.With front-wheel drive being so common in New Mexico these days, the differential is just taken care of during a transmission service, so most Albuquerque folks don’t even have to think about it. And rear-wheel drive differentials don’t need to be serviced for years, so it’s understandable that it’s not something on the top of mind. So it’s not uncommon for Albuquerque people to not know they have a differential let alone know that it needs service. To better understand what a differential does, think about a track at any New Mexico high school. There are lanes marked off on the track. For the longer distance races, the starting lines are staggered. The starting lines for the outside lanes are ahead of the starting lines for the inside lanes. That’s to compensate for the longer length of the outside lanes. Staggering the starting lines means that each r ... read more

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RECOMMENDED SERVICE INTERVALS AT JIM’S AUTOMOTIVE

Most people in the Bernalillo area are aware that automotive manufacturers have recommended service intervals. Following recommended service intervals is very important. The engineers that design our vehicles have tested the various systems and components to meet durability and safety standards. Some of these standards are self-imposed and others, like those for emissions components, are government mandated for the areas around Cedar Crest, Isleta and Peralta in New Mexico. The maintenance schedules are designed to achieve the standards. Think of the benefits of following recommended intervals as falling into three general categories: Protection, Efficiency and Safety.Protection. Let’s start with motor oil. First of all, the engineers recommend a particular weight and type of motor oil for your sedan. All of their oil change recommendations assume using the proper motor oil. Motor oil contains detergents and other additives t ... read more

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FUEL SAVING TIP: ALIGNMENT FOR YOUR ALBUQUERQUE SEDAN

Imagine you’ve left Albuquerque and you’re up in the arctic on a dog sled. Your dog team is pulling straight and true. You can cover a lot of ground quickly. Now imagine what would happen if one or two of the dogs wanted to go their own way and were pulling off to the side. That would slow you down. You would have to work harder to keep the sled going where you want it. The dogs are all working as hard as before, but you’re covering less ground for the same effort. You’re wasting kibble. The same is true of your sedan when the wheels are out of alignment. That wheel that’s pulling to the side is dragging down the rest of the car; so you push a little harder on the gas pedal to keep up your speed. You’re wasting gas. So have your wheel alignment checked at least once a year. It is critical to get it checked right away if you feel the car pulling to one side. Sometimes we Albuquerque auto owners bump a curb or hit a pothole and knock ... read more

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PROFESSIONAL FUEL SYSTEM CLEANING

Getting adequate fuel to your engine is very important for performance, fuel economy and safety. In order to accomplish this, your fuel system needs to be clean. Today’s production cars have fuel injectors, rather than a carburetor. The injectors need to be cleaned from time to time in order to deliver the fuel with the correct pressure, spray pattern and volume. Albuquerque drivers can buy fuel system cleaners that you pour into your gas tank to help maintain an already clean fuel system, however, they can’t do a major cleaning. For that, you need to see Jim’s Automotive in Albuquerque. They have the tools and chemicals to do the job right. The knowledgeable team at Jim’s Automotive can remove particles, gum and varnish from your fuel system an ... read more

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HEY ALBUQUERQUE DRIVERS, WHAT IS THE MOST DISTRACTING FOOD?

So what is the most distracting food to have in the car while driving around Albuquerque?Is it: A Hamburger; Coffee; A Soft Drink, or Gummy Bears? Well, you may be surprised to learn that all but the gummy bears are in the top ten most distracting foods when you are driving, but if you chose ‘coffee’, then give yourself an extra two points; coffee is the number one food distraction for drivers in Albuquerque and around the country. Food distractions cause 25 percent of all car accidents; over a million and a half each year! You’ll notice that all of the top ten distracting food items are messy. Messy foods are the type of food you might spill (very distracting!), then try to clean up (a safe-driving impossibility!). If you gotta eat on the run, take five-then drive. You’ll thank yourself later for two reasons, one being that you can actually relax for just a moment in our fast-paced world, and the other is that y ... read more

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NAPA WIPERS AND HEADLIGHTS BUY ONE GET ONE FREE

NAPA WIPERS AND HEADLIGHTS BUY ONE GET ONE FREE

Welcome to Jim’s Automotive. When you drive, almost all of the decisions you make are influenced by one thing: your ability to see clearly. So with inclement weather ahead, now’s the time to get to Jim’s Automotive for a great deal on windshield wipers and premium headlight capsules! Have one NAPA Wiper Blade or qualifying headlight installed and we’ll give you the second blade or capsule FREE! Before you head out for the holidays, head to Jim’s Automotive, your local NAPA AutoCare Center. FREE Wiper Blade and capsule offer good through December

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SUPER SLICK AT JIM’S AUTOMOTIVE IN ALBUQUERQUE: SYNTHETIC OIL

When you get an oil change, it’s always a safe bet to just use the type of oil the automobile manufacturer recommends. But sometimes we’re asked if we’d like conventional or synthetic motor oil. We glance at the price tags on the two options and choose the cheaper one. But in this case, the more expensive oil might be the better bargain for Albuquerque auto owners. Conventional oil is made from petroleum. Its molecules form long hydrocarbon chains. Synthetic motor oil is either more highly refined petroleum or completely man-made. Its molecules are more uniform. This provides essential advantages over conventional motor oil. First of all, the molecular structure of synthetic motor oil makes it more slippery than conventional oil so it lubricates better. This translates to better wear protection for Albuquerque motorists, cooler operating temperatures, more engine power and increased MPG. Further, synthetic oil is more heat-resistant than con ... read more

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GET WHERE YOU’RE GOING WITH POWER STEERING SERVICE IN ALBUQUERQUE

Today we're going to talk about power steering service in Albuquerque. If you took an informal poll around Albuquerque you'd probably find that most have never heard of power steering service. That's not surprising. Even though power steering is standard on every vehicle, most people in Albuquerque aren't aware that it needs periodic service. If you're younger than a certain age, you've probably never driven a car or truck without power steering. To get an idea of the difference; if you've ever cut a board with a hand saw, you know it's a lot of work. Using a power saw is easy-peasy by comparison. Without power steering, your arms have to do all the work to steer the wheels, and that's hard, especially around downtown Albuquerque. That's why old cars had such big steering wheels; to get enough leverage to steer. Most vehicles in Albuquerque have a hydraulic power steering system. The serpentine belt from the engine powers a pump. The pump pressurizes the power steering fluid. T ... read more

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EVERYTHING YOU EVER WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT WHEEL BEARINGS

Why are wheel bearings essential for Albuquerque drivers? It’s simple: your wheel bearings keep the wheels on your vehicle. In today’s Jim’s Automotive post, we’ll discuss more about wheel bearings and how you can make sure they can do their very essential job while you drive around Cedar Crest, New Mexico. Wheel bearings are pretty simple parts. They’re made of high quality steel and are engineered to last 100,000 miles or more if properly cared for. The bearings do two critical jobs: First, they allow the wheel to freely rotate with as little friction as possible. Second, they support the weight of the vehicle. For example, if your car weighs 3,600 pounds, each wheel has to support approximately 900 pounds. That’s a lot of heavy lifting over many, many thousands of miles. Even though wheel bearings are pretty straightforward, they need to be in near perfect condition to do their job for Albuquerque motorists. The bearings are packed with heavy grease to lubr ... read more

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