Monthly Archives: July 2015

TPMS: TIRE PRESSURE MONITORING FOR YOUR ALBUQUERQUE AUTO

Albuquerque motorists may know that all 2008 model year and newer cars, mini-vans and light trucks in Albuquerque come with a tire pressure monitoring system. Many slightly older vehicles around Bernalillo have these systems as well. A tire pressure monitoring system – called TPMS – consists of sensors on each wheel that measure tire pressure. If tire pressure drops 25 percent below the auto manufacturer’s recommended pressure, the sensor sends a signal to a monitoring unit that causes a warning to light up on the dashboard. When Bernalillo car owners see the warning light, they know it’s time to put some air in the tires. There are many benefits to Albuquerque auto owners who drive with properly inflated tires around Albuquerque. First is cost savings. Running at the correct air pressure improves MPG. Driving on under-inflated tires is like driving through sand – it drags down your MPG. Albuquerque drivers will also see longer, more even trea ... read more

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WHY IS MY CHECK ENGINE LIGHT ON?

WHY IS MY CHECK ENGINE LIGHT ON?

The Check Engine Light strikes fear into the hearts of some Albuquerque motorists and is totally ignored by just as many. Just what it means is a mystery to most of us Albuquerque auto owners. Let’s get the urgency issues out of the way first. If your check engine light is flashing, that means that something is wrong that could cause critical engine damage. Naturally, you need to get that taken care of right away. If your check engine light is flashing, you shouldn’t drive at New Mexico freeway speeds, tow or haul heavy loads. Take it easy all the way to your Albuquerque service center. If the light is glowing steadily, you should keep an eye on it for a day or two. If the light doesn’t go off, schedule an appointment with your knowledgeable Jim’s Automotive service specialist to get it checked out. Some more Albuquerque information on how the Check Engine Light works may be informative for Albuquerque drivers. Most of your engine functions are controlled by ... read more

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SMART ALBUQUERQUE DRIVERS PROTECT AGAINST OVERHEATING

SMART ALBUQUERQUE DRIVERS PROTECT AGAINST OVERHEATING

Engines get hot when they run. This heat can build up and damage vital engine parts, so engines need a cooling system to keep them running. Cooling system failure is the most common mechanical failure in vehicles. This is unfortunate, because these failures are usually easy for Albuquerque motorists to prevent. The radiator is the best-known and most recognizable part of the cooling system. Hoses filled with coolant (also known as antifreeze) connect the radiator to the engine. The coolant draws heat from the engine, and then flows to the radiator. Air passing through cooling fins on the radiator cools the coolant. The coolant then cycles back into the engine to start the process over again. The most critical component of the cooling system, however, is the coolant itself. A mixture of water and coolant/antifreeze helps keep it both from freezing and from boiling away. Either can result in serious engine damage. Different engines require different types of coolant/antifreeze ... read more

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FUEL INJECTION: IT KEEPS GETTING BETTER FOR ALBUQUERQUE DRIVERS

FUEL INJECTION: IT KEEPS GETTING BETTER FOR ALBUQUERQUE DRIVERS

Albuquerque auto owners know that engines need to burn fuel to operate. Fuel is pumped from your fuel tank to your sedan engine where it is squirted—or injected—into your engine’s cylinders. This is the function of the fuel injectors. There are two ways to inject fuel into an engine. Fuel needs air to burn, so in the first method, fuel is injected into a port and allowed to mix with air and before it is drawn into the cylinders. In the second method, fuel is injected directly into the cylinders and mixes with air after it enters the sedan engine. Direct injection engines burn fuel more efficiently than conventional sedan engines. Some models can deliver the power of a V8 with the economy of a V6. For example, in one family of engines, the conventional version (a V6) delivers about 250 horsepower. The direct injection version delivers over 300 horsepower and gets about the same gas mileage. The turbocharged version delivers 350 horsepower ... read more

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