Monthly Archives: August 2015

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

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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