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Top Safety Tips For Holiday Driving

Top Safety Tips For Holiday Driving

With the holidays approaching, it’s wise for drivers to make sure that their automobile is ready for the journey! A malfunctioning vehicle shouldn’t be putting a damper on this joyous time of year. Here are some tips on what to be mindful of before you and your family hit the road:   Have Basic Maintenance done Getting some basic maintenance done before you head off will certainly provide some peace of mind during the winter travels. Some parts of the car that should be inspected:   Check tire pressure and tread depth Test Battery Check engine Replace wiper blades Make sure you have a brake check and oil change before you leave home   Check on the weather Check the conditions from your home to your destination. For example, if you’re driving through some mountain passes, you’ll want to know what to expect.   Make a winter emergency road kit Should problems arise, it’s best to have an emergency kit on hand to keep you and y ... read more

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Why November Is The Ideal Time To Prepare Your Vehicle For Winter

Why November Is The Ideal Time To Prepare Your Vehicle For Winter

  With winter coming, it’s always wise to have your car prepared for the colder weather. Even though we’re in Tempe, many of our clients at American Five Star Auto Repair & Transmission take road trips to colder areas and need to be prepared with a car that can handle the harsher conditions of the winter season.   Below are five ways that the at American Five Star Auto Repair & Transmission suggest getting your prepared for the colder season:   Check tire pressure As the temperatures become more frigid, tire pressure will decrease. A tire that is underinflated can lead to dangerous scenarios on roads covered in wintry precipitation. Consider getting winter tires which are made to withstand snow and ice.   Have your battery tested In colder temperatures, the capacity of a battery greatly decreases. To ensure that it’s functioning optimally, it’s a good idea to have it inspected in advance. The battery will handle the weather b ... read more

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October Things To Do In Tempe, AZ

October Things To Do In Tempe, AZ

October is Car Awareness Month. Not only is it a great time of year to get preventive maintenance to ensure your safety, it’s also a great time to show off your car in the fall! Tempe and nearby communities have so many interesting things nearby that give you the opportunity to hop in your car, enjoy the weather, and enjoy the season.   Autumn is one of the best times of year in Tempe. The entire family can enjoy the many fall events and festivals that are happening in the cooler weather. From the Howl-O-Ween event at the Phoenix Zoo to watching the incredible athletes competing in the  Ironman Arizona, there are multiple things to experience in see in our area. Here are some suggestions:   Four Peaks Oktoberfest at Tempe Town Lake October 13 - 15 Celebrate German-style with three days of live music, brats, and beer and extra fun like dachshund races, keg tappi ... read more

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What’s the Difference Between a Major Service & a Minor Service?

At American Five Star Auto Repair & Transmission, many of our customers bring their vehicles in for both major and minor service. But what does that mean for your vehicle?   To be perfectly clear, check the Owner's Manual of your car for factory-recommended service. For most vehicles, minor service is recommended every 7500 miles, and major service is recommended every 15,000 miles. Both minor and major service provides preventive maintenance that will greatly lower the risk of your car having a breakdown.   Think about it this way, minor service is like going to the dentist’s office to get your teeth cleaned. When you see the dentist, you’ll get your teeth inspected for cavities, undergo a good cleaning, and your dentist will tell you about the areas where you can improve your dental hygiene, like flossing every day. Similarly, major service is when your dentist notices that big cavity and recommends scheduling a root canal so you can extend the life ... read more

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How To Help Your Vehicle Survive Summer

Summer’s sizzle can take a lot out of everybody and everything, including your car. Yes, we know your vehicle is an inanimate object. But, if the high temps are affecting you, your pets, your air conditioning bills, your plants, and your desire to go outside, imaging what extreme temperatures are doing to your car, truck, van, or SUV. If you want your vehicle to survive summertime temperatures exceeding 100 degrees Fahrenheit, we have a few tips for you to consider: Protect your paint. Car paint will fade in regular, everyday sunshine. That’s a given. However, soaring temperatures can make a car’s paint job deteriorate faster, or even make it peel. Avoid paint sunburn by coating your car with a fine layer of wax or paint sealant. Not only will it protect the paint from fading, but it’ll also help fend off scratches and swirls made by road debris and dirt. Park in the shade. Shade is your car’s friend during the heat of the day. Many people fight for t ... read more

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New Engine Replacement

So you need a new engine? Here at American Five Star Auto Repair & Transmission we found a supplier of factory new engines. Not rebuild but new line engines straight from the manufacture. These engines come complete. Ready for years and years of dependable driving. Yes we can repair or overhaul your engine, but if we can get a new engine for close to repair costs. why not.  Here we have a 2007 Tahoe with just over two hundred thousand miles on it.  This engine lost compression on number 4 cylinder. Upon inspection we found that the intake valve was not open because of a failed lifter. So we could have installed a new set of lifters. But then we would have to address the cause of failure, worn oil pump. Then being a variable displacement engine the solenoid would have to looked at closely. The cost of those are not inexpensive plus labor. And lets face it, the engine still has over 200,000 miles so engine replacement it the way to go

Yes, Your Transmission needs to be serviced.

Yes, Your Transmission needs to be serviced.

When a transmission needs to be serviced? A transmission needs to be serviced every 30,000 miles to keep the hydraulic passages clean and renew the lubricity and viscosity of the fluid. Along with filter replacement, this will eliminate the need of transmission repair near me. Here is a perfect example of why transmission service is needed. #transmission repair #transmission service #transmission repair mesa #transmission repair chandler

So why do I need struts and shocks?

So why do I need struts and shocks?  Shocks and struts are not only for ride comfort there also for stopping. When shocks and struts start leaking fluid they have been neglected for sometime. There are two chambers to a strut or shock, one filled with oil but the other filled with gas. Gas will always leak out before the oil. This is why a leaking strut or shock is way past its safety life.   We recommend shocks to be replaced every 50,000 miles and here in Arizona Struts every 75,000 miles due to our lack of potholes.   The purpose of strut and shocks are not only for ride comfort and stability. They are also for stopping. When you apply your brakes the transfer of weight  from the back to the front is increased. The struts and shocks slow that transfer of energy allowing evenly distributed energy between Back and Front.   Bad struts and shocks will cause the vehicle to lose 10 feet of stopping distance.  So if your struts ... read more

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