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Winter Tires vs. Regular Tires

Winter Tires vs. Regular Tires

Fall is upon us; have you been thinking about winter tires? It can get confusing in a hurry, why do they call regular tires “all-season or “all-weather” if they are not good for winter conditions? Are winter tires that different from regular tires after all? What makes a winter tire so great in the rain and snow anyway?  Here is the skinny:  All-season tires do handle the best in dry weather; they offer a shorter stopping distance and often ride and handle better. They are a good year-round tire in a temperate climate with weather averaging above 40 degrees Fahrenheit. An all-season tire can be identified by its rounded grooves and symmetrical tread pattern. These tires offer a very comfortable ride, they handle well on the highway and also offer good all-around traction, plus you can use your existing wheels, which is VERY convenient. All-weather tires handle well on the road and in wet conditions, and they perform better throughout mid-season transitions ... read more

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Dress Your Car up for Halloween

Dress Your Car up for Halloween

That time of year is right around the corner, and everyone is thinking about what to dress up as, what their kid is going to wear, and even their pets! But what about your car? Whether you’re just festive, love decorating, or you’re participating in your neighborhoods/schools Trunk or Treat, we’ve got some fun ideas for you to take a look at and get inspired this Halloween season! Now, we often see cars covered in decals for businesses or your favorite sports team but taking a look at how we can decorate for Halloween is just another fun thing for us to do, especially when we spend so much time in our cars. For a one-time event like a Trunk or Treat event, you have a lot of flexibility surrounding your car décor because you do not have to take into consideration being able to drive your car in all of its decorations. So, if your neighborhood or PTO is looking to put one on, get your creative muscles flexing. Themes for stationary vehicles can truly be larger th ... read more

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The History of Seat Belts

The History of Seat Belts

The seat belt was invented in the late 1800s by an English Engineer, George Cayley, to help stop pilots from falling out of their gliders. Although, the first patented seat belt wasn’t created until 1855 by American Edward J. Claghorn to keep tourists safe while riding in New York Taxis. They weren’t widely popular for quite a while until the mid-1930s when U.S. Physicians started testing lap belts and saw how important they could be. After that, they pushed car manufacturers into adding lap belts into their vehicles.  The Sports Car Club of America started requiring competing drivers to wear lap belts during their competitions in 1954. Then in 1955, the Society of Automotive Engineers created a Motor Vehicle seat belt Committee. seat belts weren’t introduced until 1959 by Volvo, when Nils Bohlin, a Swedish inventor, invented the three-point seat belt. Created to protect the upper and lower body, this invention is used in almost all vehicles today.  It was ... read more

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How to Protect Your Paint from the Heat

How to Protect Your Paint from the Heat

Even if you’re not driving a Ferrari, it’s probably a good guess that you’d like to get the most out of your car’s paint job. While we love our desert, the heat can sure do a number on our vehicles. Everyone loves a shiny auto, and there’s plenty you can do to help protect yours even when the temperatures soar into the 100’s!  As much as possible, keep your car out of the sun. Even if it’s under a tree that might lend itself to bird droppings, you can wash that off easily! Put it in a garage whenever possible, but a carport also helps. When those aren’t regular options, consider a car cover. Do an online search, and you can find one for as little as around $100 on up. Look for ones that are good quality and offer sun protection specifically. Shade of any kind will help. Wax that puppy! It doesn’t just make your car look great, but the right was can also help protect it from the sun’s harsh rays this summer. Wax will als ... read more

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Fun Games for the Whole Family on Road Trips

 Fun Games for the Whole Family on Road Trips

Want to spice up your next road trip? At American Five Star Auto Repair & Transmission, we want to ensure you have the best time on the road! Take a look at these roadtrip games to keep you occupied before you reach your next adventure.  One of the most important things to have for a road trip is a playlist. Here's a game that involves whatever playlist you may have. So basically this is a game where you play a song and see who can name the tune first. The first one to get it wins!  This game is a rendition of the alphabet game. The alphabet game is a great game to play but can get boring fast. So basically, you will bounce back and forth between players saying a word that starts with the next letter in the alphabet, but it must flow like a story.  For example, “Alice is walking down the street, behaving badly like she’s crazy, causing a ruckus at the school”. Try this game out!  This is a super fun game to play when you are driving thro ... read more

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The Difference between Leaded, Unleaded, Diesel, and Bio-Diesel Fuel

The Difference between Leaded, Unleaded, Diesel, and Bio-Diesel Fuel

Purchasing a vehicle is a long and sometimes challenging process, but choosing what gas goes into your car shouldn’t be! Keep in mind the fuel options you have when looking for a new vehicle. Different vehicles have different engines which require different types of fuel to ignite the engine. It’s good to know your options.  The main difference between leaded and unleaded fuel is the additive tetraethyl lead. Leaded gas was commonly used many years ago but it was discovered that lead has undesirable side effects when lead is released into the air. Leaded gas was found to be harmful to the environment and humanity which resulted in the production of unleaded gas. You won’t find leaded gas at the pump. Nowadays its used for motor racing, heavy equipment, and marine vehicles.  Unleaded fuel is also known as petrol or gas depending on where you live. Here in the United States, it’s typically called gas, while our neighbors up North in Canada call it petr ... read more

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Best Way to Pack Your Trunk

Best Way to Pack Your Trunk

Packing your trunk can be like a game of Tetris! You have to strategically put in the luggage and sometimes it takes multiple tries to fit everything. It’s hard to fit a full family into the back of one car, each suitcase is different size and shape. Once you have everything in you still have to make sure the trunk will close. Worry no more, check out these tips and tricks to make packing your trunk easy and painless.  First things first, clean out your car and make as much room as possible before you start packing. If you have multiple bags that need to be packed the easiest bags are soft bags, like a duffle. They take up less room and are easier to shift around and pack into small spaces. Suitcases are large and you can’t fit as much as you could with a soft bag. Another great way to save space and make packing your car easier is rent when you can. If you are going to an amusement park or somewhere public, they typically have strollers or wheelchairs you can use or ... read more

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Best Books on Tape for Road Trips

 Best Books on Tape for Road Trips

Spring is approaching which means it’s time to pack up your bags, start your car and go adventure! While we’ve had a pretty nice winter, record-breaking temperatures in other states are probably calling your name. There’s nothing quite like a long, rewarding road trip in the sunshine.   So, you’ve chosen a route, you’re excited about the sun and can’t wait to set off. But, what about that long middle part of the road trip, when time seems to stretch forever? Audiobooks are the best solution to those long, dull periods. And to get you started, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorites from romance and mystery, to adventure!   Carsick by John Waters   While this may not seem like the most appropriate road trip book, it’s a gripping read where John Waters explains his journey hitchhiking across the U.S. From America to Baltimore, t ... read more

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Prepare Your Car for Spring

Prepare Your Car for Spring

While it may not get as cold here in the winter as it does in other parts of the country, we still look forward to spring. It’s a time for renewal and a great time to clean out the cobwebs. It’s also a great time to clean your car and give it a good once over. Start with a full car wash, inside and out. You can do it yourself or take it to a car wash. Full detailing is always nice and it can not only put some fresh life into your car, but it can also help extend the life of your paint job. Rotate tires and have them checked out for wear and tear. Check pressure as it tends to change with the changing weather. When they are operating at optimal functioning, you get the best gas mileage too. Even a little off and it can lower your MPG. A good time to change out your windshield wipers. Even though we don’t get a lot of rain, during rain showers isn’t the best time to find out yours are only sloshing things around on your windshield. Have your battery checked ... read more

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Best Valentine's Day Events Near Tempe

Best Valentine's Day Events Near Tempe

  While it may not be snowing in Tempe, it sure is in many other parts of the country. February in Tempe is sure a nice place to be! It’s hard to beat the 70-degree daytime temps and the nights that hover around 40. That’s why so many snowbirds alight on our fair city every year knowing that they can escape the cold and the dreary. So if you are here, whether full-time or part, you might need a suggestion or two on what to do for Valentine’s Day. Gold Bar Espresso is a nice way to start or end your Valentine’s Day. Located on South McClintock Drive, it’s a family owned business that serves up pastries, coffee drinks, live music, and game nights. It’s a cozy, friendly environment that you’ll want to return to even when it’s not a holiday. And go ahead and snuggle up a bit. They won’t mind!If you or your sweetheart has a hankering for a live production piece, head on over to ... read more

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