Monthly Archives: June 2015

WHAT TO DO IN CASE OF AN ACCIDENT

If you’ve ever been in a car accident around Albuquerque New Mexico, even a minor one, you know how upsetting it can be. It’s hard to think straight and know what to do. Let’s review what you should do in case of an accident in Albuquerque, New Mexico: When an accident occurs, you should always stop. Leaving the scene of an accident is considered a crime in New Mexico – even if it’s not your fault. And hit-and-run penalties are fairly severe, possibly resulting in steep fines, loss of your driver’s license or even jail time in our local Albuquerque lockup. Most states, including New Mexico require that you try to help someone who is injured by calling for help or performing first aid if you are able. Warn other Albuquerque motorists by putting out flares, using your flashers or lifting your hood. Call 911 as soon as possible. Tell the operator if medical or fire help is needed. Always file a police report ... read more

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STRAIGHT AND TRUE IN ALBUQUERQUE: WHEEL ALIGNMENT

STRAIGHT AND TRUE IN ALBUQUERQUE: WHEEL ALIGNMENT

Most Bernalillo folks worry about running out of gas or having a breakdown on the side of the road. That is why we practice preventive maintenance on our vehicles — that and to keep our repair bills down. But one important part of preventive maintenance that may get overlooked by Albuquerque drivers is a periodic alignment inspection. Poor alignment causes tires to wear rapidly, unevenly or both. This means they will have to be replaced early, and new tires are more pricey than an alignment check in Albuquerque. Bad alignment can also cause damage to suspension and steering systems, which can be expensive to repair in Bernalillo. Tire wear on misaligned wheels can also lead to blowouts, which are dangerous, can lead to serious accidents, and can seriously damage your sedan. Also, poor alignment itself can be the cause of an accident, since the sedan may not steer properly. One or more wheels on your sedan can be k ... read more

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GIVE YOUR ENGINE CLEAN FUEL WITH A NEW FUEL FILTER FROM JIM’S AUTOMOTIVE

GIVE YOUR ENGINE CLEAN FUEL WITH A NEW FUEL FILTER FROM JIM’S AUTOMOTIVE

Your sedan requires plenty of clean fuel to run. If your fuel contains contaminants, your fuel injectors will eventually become clogged up. When this happens, your sedan engine may not get the proper amount of fuel at the correct pressure to run at peak performance. This hurts fuel economy and performance as you drive around Bernalillo. It can also lead to the buildup of harmful deposits on valves and in the combustion chamber. That’s why all vehicles, including sedans, come equipped with a fuel filter somewhere between the engine and the fuel tank. The job of the filter is to clean out little pieces of dirt and contamination. The filter captures the contaminants and keeps them out of the fuel stream. Of course, like all filters, it will eventually get clogged up and need to be replaced at Jim’s Automotive in Albuquerque . If your fuel filter is clo ... read more

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FRESH AIR INSIDE YOUR CAR IN ALBUQUERQUE

FRESH AIR INSIDE YOUR CAR IN ALBUQUERQUE

Air quality has certainly become a hot issue in our modern Albuquerque world. We install air filters on our ventilation systems and in our vacuum cleaners. There’s a filter that cleans the air going into our sedan’s engine — so why not one for the air in the passenger compartment? Foreign and domestic manufacturers haven’t been ignoring the issue. Cabin air filters are becoming a standard feature on newer vehicles. These filters can clean particles out of the air down to three microns, which accounts for pollen, dust and most pollutants. Peralta motorists who suffer from allergies or have a respiratory disorder should be a lot more comfortable. And even if you don’t have a medical need for the filter, the cleaner air in your car just might help you breathe better, figuratively as well as literally. Cabin air filters are still fairly new in Bernalillo, so you’ll have to check your sedan owner’s manual to see if you have one. If ... read more

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NAPA 2 year / 24,000 Mile Warranty

NAPA 2 year / 24,000 Mile Warranty

There has been a lot of bad press about auto mechanics, pretty much since I can remember needing work done on my car that I couldn't do myself. As recently as this week (November 2014), Channel 7 ran a story (from ABC News) about how not to get taken advantage of by your mechanic quoting examples like a $1200 brake job. Unfortunately, like with any industry, a few bad apples ruin the whole bunch in the eyes of the consumer. So, we would like to tell you more about the NAPA AutoCare Difference!Let's start with the NAPA AutoCare Center 24 month/24,000 mile nationwide warranty. We truly are your neighborhood mechanics who care about our neighborhoods. Not just any auto repair shop can become a NAPA AutoCare Center. There are a number of principles that must be followed in order for an auto repair facility to become part of the NAPA AutoCare family ... read more

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GET BACK GIVE BACK WITH NAPA BATTERIES

GET BACK GIVE BACK WITH NAPA BATTERIES

GET BACK and GIVE BACK this July at your participating NAPA AutoCare Center. Visit Jim's Automotive to GET BACK with Rebate Visa® Cards of $15 to $25, by mail, on qualifying NAPA batteries, alternators and starters installed. Plus, when you redeem your rebate, you'll GIVE BACK. NAPA will donate up to $2 to the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund to support U.S. military families with loved ones lost or seriously injured in duty. Get all the details -and save now - at Jim's Automotive! Offers good through August 31, 2015. Rebate Card issued by U.S. Bank pursuant to license from Visa U.S.A. Inc

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WIPE OUT! NEW WIPER BLADES FOR ALBUQUERQUE DRIVERS

When Albuquerque motorists talk about vehicle safety, they think of tires and brakes. But do we think about our windshields? Isn’t the ability to see a prime safety factor when it comes to driving around New Mexico? Yet we often don’t even notice our windshields until we can’t see through them, or until our wiper blades fail. It’s estimated that around 46 million people are driving with wipers that won’t keep their windshields clear during a storm — that’s 46 million people with impaired vision during a storm. For safety’s sake, Albuquerque drivers need to change the way they think about wiper blades. Most of us, 78% in fact, only change our wiper blades after they fail. In other words, we don’t get new ones until the old ones become a dangerous safety hazard. Instead, we Albuquerque auto owners need to make wiper blades an essential part of our preventive maintenance routine. Wiper blades should be changed twice a year, in the spring and in the fall. In New Mexico areas that e ... read more

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THE JIM’S AUTOMOTIVE GUIDE TO SAVING FUEL: CAR WEIGHT

THE JIM’S AUTOMOTIVE GUIDE TO SAVING FUEL: CAR WEIGHT

The team at Jim’s Automotive in Albuquerque and New Mexico car owners are all talking gas mileage right now. Better gas mileage. Fewer emissions. Albuquerque car owners want to save the environment and their pocketbooks. And we all know—or should know—that preventive maintenance will help maximize gas mileage. But is there something more Albuquerque drivers can do? After all, some of us Albuquerque folks can’t cut back on our driving, and others would like to do more to economize. Weight is one major enemy of fuel economy. The more you lug around in your vehicle, the more fuel you have to burn to get from Albuquerque to Cedar Crest. And that means buying more gas in Albuquerque and producing more emissions. Of course, your sedan’s weight isn’t negotiable. And you can’t do much about the weight of your passengers. And this isn’t an article about diet and exercise. But look around your sedan. Are you hauling a bunch of unnecessary weight ar ... read more

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HIGHER MILEAGE SERVICE INTERVALS FOR ALBUQUERQUE

Albuquerque motorists have probably noticed that the government mandates a lot of equipment on cars: emission devices and control computers; safety equipment like airbags; and crash worthiness requirements. All of this is great for the motoring public in Bernalillo but it does add quite a bit to the price of a new car in New Mexico. Because new cars are more expensive, Albuquerque residents are driving their old cars longer. The average car is now over nine years old. 68% of vehicles on the road have more than 75,000 miles/120,000 kilometers. As cars age, their performance drops, they have difficulty idling for long periods and are more sensitive to weather extremes. Fortunately today’s cars are up to the challenge – but they need a little help to keep on going. Some owner’s manuals don’t outline service requirements and schedules at higher mileage. Of course, that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have to be done. In fact, it’s more important than ever for Albuquerque ... read more

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