Brakes - Brake Job - NAPA Brakes - $9 goes to UNMCH from your NAPA brake job

BRAKES - Now getting new brakes from Jim's Automotive can help children who are facing real life and death challenges. The Children’s Miracle Network is a life line to local hospitals like Albuquerque’s UNM Children’s Hospital. UNMCH services the greater New Mexico region and provides life saving medical treatments to children who might not otherwise receive care. It is Jim Automotive’s pleasure to build awareness and raise money to help such a worthy organization. This donation is made possible by NAPA Parts, NAPA Brakes and Jim's Automotive.

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Get you name on our wall of Fame - Your brakes matter to your safety and now, for a limited time, your new NAPA Brakes will add up to a $9 donation to the UNM Children's Hospital. Brakes have multiple points of failure. Brake pads are the component that wear out most often. Followed by the rotors. The rotors can be machined before they need to be replaced. However, they do wear out and need to be replaced before they lose their ability to stop your vehicle. Calipers and fluids also need to be replaced occasionally. Follow your manufacturers specification for how often they recommend a brake flush and fluid service. Schedule your appointment today.

 

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CHANGE YOUR OIL CHANGE A LIFE

CHANGE YOUR OIL CHANGE A LIFE

Thank you to everyone who participated in our "Change Your Oil, Change A Life" campaign. As a group NAPA AutoCare Centers of New Mexico was able to raise more than $6400 with the help of NAPA and all of you

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WINTER IS HARD ON YOUR BATTERY

WINTER IS HARD ON YOUR BATTERY

WINTER IS HARD ON YOUR BATTERY BUY NOW AND SAVE Winter weather can be hard on your vehicle’s battery, Don’t wait until you see a warning light on your dashboard or worse – getting stranded in the cold – to find out you need to replace it. Visit your nearby NAPA Auto Care Center for a battery check, and be sure of dependable vehicle performance this winter. Should you need a replacement, choose NAPA Legend or Legend Premium batteries and receive a VISA gift card of up to twenty dollars from your participating NAPA Auto Care Center

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BATTERY BASICS FOR ALBUQUERQUE

BATTERY BASICS FOR ALBUQUERQUE

It’s important for Albuquerque car owners to know battery basics. First, let’s talk about which is harder on a battery – hot or cold New Mexico weather. Most Bernalillo car owners think it’s cold weather because that’s when we call on our batteries to have enough power to start a cold sedan engine. However, heat does more damage to a battery than cold. Truth is, our batteries start to die a little from day one. Keeping a full charge slows the process, which is hard with short Albuquerque trips because the alternator doesn’t have time to fully recharge the battery from starting the engine. Albuquerque car owners can top off the charge with a computer controlled battery charger – say, once a month in the New Mexico summer and every three months during the winter. As far as how long a battery will last, statistics show that 70% have given up the ghost within four years. By that time, they aren’t capable of taking a full charge like they used to, and your sedan alternat ... read more

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WIPER BLADES BUY ONE GET ONE FREE

WIPER BLADES BUY ONE GET ONE FREE

WIPER BLADES BUY ONE GET ONE FREE When you drive, almost all of the decisions you make are influenced by one thing: your ability to see clearly. So with inclement weather ahead, now’s the time to get to Jim’s Automotive for a great deal on windshield wipers. Have one NAPA Wiper Blade installed and we’ll give you the second blade FREE! Before you head out for the holidays, head to Jim’s Automotive, your local NAPA AutoCare Center. FREE Wiper Blades offer good through December 31. Clear. Visible

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SHAKE IT UP IN ALBUQUERQUE!: WHY WHEEL BALANCING

Our vehicles are not massage chairs. While we may enjoy a good vibration in an overstuffed recliner, us Albuquerque motorists generally want as smooth a ride as possible in our vehicles. One way to achieve this is to keep a vehicle’s wheels in balance. When a tire is mounted onto a wheel, it is usually out of balance. This means that as the wheel spins, there is a slight wobble to the path of the tire. For best handling performance and safety on the road, Albuquerque car owners want to minimize this wobble as much as possible. So we balance our tires. To balance a tire, your knowledgeable Jim’s Automotive service advisor spins it on a machine or drum to determine where it is off-balance. He then attaches weights that counter-balance the uneven weight. Most Albuquerque drivers are surprised at how much balancing improves the smoothness of their ride. High-quality tires generally hold their balance well. But over time, wear and tear take their toll and tires can be ... read more

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WHEN ARE YOUR TIRES WORN OUT?

Hey Bernalillo, are your tires worn out? What is the standard for our New Mexico streets? How can you tell on your sedan? While there may be legal requirements for the Bernalillo area, there are safety concerns that go beyond meeting minimum replacement mandates. 2/32 is the depth of the tire tread wear indicator bars that US law has required to be molded across all tires since August 1, 1968. When tires are worn so that this bar is visible, there’s just 2/32 of an inch – 1.6 millimeters – of tread left. It’s that level of wear that’s been called into question recently. We’re referring to the Consumer Reports call to consider replacing tires when tread reaches 4/32 of an inch, or 3.2 millimeters. And the recommendation is backed by some very compelling studies. The issue is braking on wet surfaces in and around Bernalillo. Most of us think of our brakes doing most of the work, but if you don’t have enough tread on your tires, the brakes can’t d ... read more

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RECOMMENDED ALBUQUERQUE SERVICE INTERVALS

Everyone in Albuquerque, New Mexico knows we are advised to go to our Albuquerque dentist twice a year. Oral-conscious Albuquerque residents have a teeth-cleaning and examination. Once a year, we get x-rays to look for problems that can't be seen with the naked eye. When our dentist is done, he/she tells us what was found - "Everything's fine, see you in six months." Or "You've got a small cavity starting, let's schedule an appointment to take care of it." By the time you leave, you have a plan for addressing any necessary issues. This system works so much better than waiting for a painful problem before going into the dentist. Small problems are fixed before they turn into big expensive problems. And you avoid those huge bills. If Bernalillo folks understand the wisdom of using this system for handling dental care, why do many resist when facing the same system for our vital car maintenance? Jim's Automotive 4401 Lead Ave SE Albuquerque, New Mexico ... read more

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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

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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