Monthly Archives: December 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

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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