Monthly Archives: October 2015

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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SMOOTH SHIFTING IN ALBUQUERQUE NEW MEXICO: TRANSMISSION SERVICE

So you have some exciting plans for the New Mexico weekend. You’re going to take some of your Albuquerque, New Mexico friends out on the boat for some water skiing. Of course, you’ve gotten the boat all ready. And you haven’t forgotten about your tow vehicle. You’ve gassed it up and even vacuumed it out. However, there is something even more vital than the cleanliness of the interior: you want to make sure that your sedan maintenance is up to date. Think about it – heavy freeway traffic on the way out of Albuquerque. There’s hilly terrain as you get to the lake. Some dirt roads – and it’s going to be pretty hot in Albuquerque this weekend. And all the time you’ll be towing around several thousand extra pounds. That all adds up a lot of severe strain on your engine, brakes and transmission. Let’s just consider the transmission. It’s going to be working overtime, spending more time in lower gears. The internal transmission temperature is going to ... read more

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ALBUQUERQUE NEW MEXICO WINTER PREP SERVICE FOR YOUR AUTO

When winter approaches in New Mexico, Albuquerque drivers break out the sweaters, coats, boots and mittens. We want to be ready for Bernalillo area winter conditions. Your sedan needs to be ready for winter as well. The last thing Albuquerque drivers want is to get stranded out in the cold. You need your sedan to be safe and reliable. It’s a good idea to get caught up on any neglected maintenance items anytime – but the stakes are higher in cold New Mexico winters. There are some specific things Albuquerque car owners we need to do to have their vehicle ready for winter. The most obvious is having the antifreeze checked. If the antifreeze level is too low, it can’t properly protect your engine, radiator and hoses from freezing. If your car does not seem to be making enough heat to keep you warm, your antifreeze level may be low or you could have a thermostat problem. Get it checked out at Jim’s Automotive in Albuquerque. If you are due for a cooling system service, now is a perfe ... read more

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THE HARM IN SKIPPING AN OIL CHANGE FOR ALBUQUERQUE DRIVERS

People in Albuquerque have been hearing a lot about higher oil change intervals these days. Maybe you’re wondering: What are the key issues? Some new vehicle manufacturers in Albuquerque are now recommending much higher oil change intervals than they have in the past. As much as 5,000 to 8,000 miles or more. This practice came under scrutiny when four of the largest new car manufacturers announced that owners like those in Albuquerque were experiencing engine damage resulting from these higher oil change intervals. The manufacturers’ standard oil drain service for particular vehicles was scheduled at around 7,500 miles. People following these recommendations were experiencing engine damage. It turns out that oil sludge was building up. This caused small oil passages to clog and engine parts to fail. What causes oil sludge? It’s a factor of time and mileage. There are hot spots in every engine that cause oil burn off that leads to sludge. Also, water from normal conde ... read more

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TRACKING TRUE IN NEW MEXICO: WHEEL ALIGNMENT IN ISLETA

Wheel alignment is often overlooked by busy Isleta and Peralta drivers until serious tire damage has been done. One wheel can be knocked out of alignment by hitting a curb or pothole on a Bernalillo interstate or surface street. When a vehicle’s out of alignment, one or more of the wheels does not track true and pulls against the others. This causes several serious problems. First off, the tires will wear out faster and will need to be replaced prematurely. It could also lead to expensive sedan suspension problems. When undergoing an alignment service at Jim’s Automotive, your sedan is put on an alignment rack where the tires, steering and suspension parts are checked for damage. Then the alignment is charted and checked against the factory settings. Precision adjustments are made to bring the wheels back into alignment. This gets all four wheels going in exactly the same direction. Peralta car owners should be awar ... read more

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