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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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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

How to Calculate running hours into miles, so you can maintain your Fleet Vehicle.

How to Calculate running hours into miles, so you can maintain your Fleet Vehicle.

  When servicing your automotive and truck fleets. I am always told that, "this vehicle has only 46,000 miles on it! it is almost new still." Then I ask well how many hours on the hour meter? 5667 hours. So what does this mean in mileage?     So know we know the complete history of the vehicle use. So how to calculate, in miles, so we can determined what service interval to use.   First you take the hours, in this case is 5667 hours, multiply by 33. Because every hour at idle is 33 miles of wear. Then subtract the mileage of the vehicle, in this case is 46,000 miles. So the total would be in this case, 141,011 miles. Which we all know is not new. So with this calculation 90 hour is 3,000 miles which is an average oil change and your 30,000 mile service would be every 909 hours.   So lets re-cap: hours multiplied by 33, minus vehicle mileage equals true vehicle mileage in hours.  This is how American Five Sta ... read more

Where to repair your diesel engine in Tempe AZ?

Where to repair your diesel engine in Tempe AZ?

The Diagnosis process:    When you have a diesel engine that is malfunctioning first you need to check: Engine oil, make sure oil is full and still has its viscosity. Air Filter, make sure clean so engine has air flow. Fuel Filter should be replaced every oil change to make sure it has good flow to the injectors. After all this checks are done then you will need to find a repair facility to scan on-board engine computer and record data stream. This is where the technician can tell whether there is a issue with an sensor an injector or wiring issue. Once the problem has been identified then circuit testing will be necessary to confirm faulty component. At this point a price came be determined to solve the issue.     The Repair process:     Once the issue has been identified with the diesel engine. The technician can order parts needed to complete the repair. And proceed to disassembling and inspecting ... read more

RV Service & Repair

RV Service & Repair

If you need service work done on your Commercial, RV, bus or other large vehicle in Tempe, AZ as well as in Phoenix, Scottsdale, Mesa, or the Gilbert area, be sure to contact the service team here at American Five Star. Our highly trained and qualified service technicians are ready to help you with repairs or service for your Commercial vehicle, RV or big truck. From general repairs and maintenance, factory recalls, and warranty service, to oil changes, transmission service, brake service, or even engine repair. American Five Star has a fully equipped service and repair facility that is able to handle more than just cars, trucks and SUVs. Aside from providing advanced technology and expert technicians for regular vehicles, we also have a state-of-the-art RV Repair & Service Center in Tempe. Our certified technicians can handle motor homes of all kinds, from Class A Diesels to 5th Wheels and more. Visit our RV repair facility in Tempe and allow us to assess any problems you may be ... read more

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