THERE’S A GOOD REASON WE ASK TO CHECK YOUR FILTERS
Posted on September 20,19 by dearholtauto
Some folks are hiding a dirty secret under the hood. We always ask customers about their filters. For regular customers, we keep tabs on when things need to be changed. Filters vary depending on the length of time you have had the filter and your driving habits. We live in New Mexico, so immediately the filter’s number one function is called into use, KEEP DUST OUT.
Our filters catch all the grime, dirt and filth that our cars stir up under the hood. The engine filter protects the engine, the cabin filter cleans the air and protects you. In both filters, the amount of dirt involved in an old, unchanged filter can be shocking. We have seen dirt and debris in all shapes and sizes. Worst of all, an unchecked filter can become a nesting ground for rodents. Mice love to eat your wiring and set up camp in your filter box, perfect little mattress. The closer you live to the mountains, the more you know the story.
Everyone is familiar with the oil filter. This filter works hard to take impurities out of the oil to protect the parts from build ups. You need to change your oil and filter every 3,500-5,000 depending on your vehicle and the oil use. This month get an oil change and replace your engine and cabin filter and you get $20 back.
We live in such a disposable society. It’s amazing all the stuff we throw away. New stuff comes out so fast, we just toss the old and move on. In the old days NM folks were real sticklers about taking care of their things. If something got lost or ruined by neglect, tough – they had to do without. Most Albuquerque motorists couldn’t afford new cars very often, so they had to make them last as long as they could.
It’s a good thing that cars are more reliable these days for Albuquerque auto owners. They just don’t break down as often. And the good news for us NM penny pinchers is that a modern car can easily go 200,000 miles/320,000 km with proper care. The engineering and the manufacturing quality is tremendous. The missing ingredient is us Albuquerque car owners making sure we follow the automobile manufacturer’s recommended maintenance schedules.
Every time you go a couple thousand extra miles between oil changes you have created an opportunity for sludge to be formed and clog passages. Then some pickup parts don’t get properly lubricated and they start to wear out faster. Skip a cooling system service, and the corrosion inhibitors become depleted, and the radiator starts being damaged – one step closer to a failure. Same thing is true for transmission service, power brakes, fuel system cleaning – really everything on your schedule.
It is probably even more important for older pickups. Those engines and other systems have had more time to get dirty, so they are a bit more stressed anyway. But it is never too late to get back on track with your auto maintenance and to hold off further damage.
And it really does start with the oil change. When you get a full service oil change in Albuquerque at Dearholt Auto Care, we top off all your fluids and check for other items that are on your maintenance schedule. It’s like your safety net. Go in for an oil change on time, and let your personable Dearholt Auto Care service specialist help you keep track of the rest.
Some things are going to wear out along the way, things like alternators, water pumps, etc. But fixing those at Dearholt Auto Care is cheaper than a a steep new car payment for Albuquerque drivers. And taking care of problems early means they have less time to mess with other things. It is like having high cholesterol – you don’t want to wait for a heart attack before you address it.
Dearholt Auto Care Helps You Decipher The Menu Board: Part 2
Posted on September 30,15 by truck2
Albuquerque service centers have a menu board that lists the services they provide. Some Albuquerque drivers may not be familiar with all of the items on the board so here is a quick description of some of the typical services that might be listed.
Dearholt Auto Care fuel system cleaning: Over time, the pickup fuel system gets gum and varnish built up. A fuel system cleaning gets rid of that and cleans out the fuel injectors. Saves gas, by the way.
Dearholt Auto Care headlamp replacement: Halogen and standard headlamps gradually fade. It’s usually good to change them every year or so.
Dearholt Auto Care inspections: Albuquerque drivers get inspections for many reasons. Maybe they’re going on a trip or just want to make sure their vehicle’s ready for NM summer or winter. Maybe they just bought a used pickup and want to give it the once over. An inspection may reveal some things that are broken or are getting close to having a problem.
Dearholt Auto Care oil change: – there are several options: Some Albuquerque centers offer just an oil change and new filter as an option. Most will also check and top off all of your other fluids and do a quick visual inspection with a full service oil change. In my way of thinking, the full service option is best because it makes sure you have adequate fluids and may uncover an emerging problem. There may also be options for higher mileage fluids or an upgrade to synthetic oil. Dearholt Auto Care PCV valve replacement in Albuquerque: PCV stands for Positive Crankcase Ventilation valve. It’s a little part that releases pressure from the engine. It can get gummed up and that can lead to engine damage. Just needs to be changed now and then.
Dearholt Auto Care power steering service: Often overlooked. Your personable Dearholt Auto Care technician will evacuate the old fluid, clean out the system and replace it with clean fluid. Keeps the pickup system running well for a long time. Dearholt Auto Care serpentine belt service: That’s the belt that powers the pickup engine’s accessories like the alternator, air conditioner, power steering and brakes. You’ll want to replace the serpentine belt before it breaks, because that’ll shut you down.
Dearholt Auto Care shocks and struts: This starts with an inspection of the suspension components. Shocks last a long time and wear out slowly, so many Albuquerque people don’t notice when it’s time to change them. If they’re worn or leaking, they need to be replaced. Dearholt Auto Care transmission service: This involves removing the transmission fluid and replacing it with clean fluid. It’s like an oil change for your transmission.
Dearholt Auto Care tire rotation and wheel balancing: The tires are rotated from front to back using the recommended rotation pattern. This helps tires wear more evenly. Wheels need to be balanced from time to time to keep them turning without any wobble or bounce. Helps the ride and saves tire wear.
Technician Training at Dearholt Auto Care
Posted on September 10,15 by truck2
Your car is important to you and keeping it running properly is essential to your Albuquerque lifestyle. That’s why you’re smart to have it serviced regularly at Dearholt Auto Care in Albuquerque. And even though it may just be routine maintenance, you want it done right by automotive professionals.
It’s also very important to your Albuquerque service center to keep you happy and on the road. You might be surprised at the amount of money our Albuquerque auto service center spends annually to make sure our personable technicians are properly trained.
Dearholt Auto Care offers a variety of automotive services for many kinds of vehicles. We need to be current on the latest techniques and parts so that we can give you quality service. Our Albuquerque centers subscribe to data services that list the high quality parts and fluids recommended by your manufacturer.
And each service has a checklist of standard procedures. Dearholt Auto Care technicians follow these procedures so they can safely deliver a consistent level of high-quality service.
Some services at Dearholt Auto Care require the use of specialized equipment. Dearholt Auto Care technicians are trained extensively on this equipment so that they can service your car quickly and efficiently.
Classroom, video and hands-on training is provided by the company and outside trainers. It’s not only important that personable techs be able to perform a given task, they also need to be thoroughly trained in inspection and diagnostic techniques. One of the great services they perform is to detect potential problems before they become serious (and pricey).
The automotive service industry has standards for classifying and communicating problems to auto owners. For example, it’s one thing to learn that your manufacturer recommends that you change your serpentine belt every 30,000 miles and another to learn that the belt is on the verge of failure. These standards help you understand the urgency of recommendations, letting you make better automotive service decisions.
NM folks may be interested to know that service technicians (including those at Dearholt Auto Care) are trained in compliance with federal and local Albuquerque laws and regulations, including environmental regulations regarding the disposal of used parts and fluids.
It’s the goal of Dearholt Auto Care to provide fast, courteous service. You should feel free to ask your personableservice professional or one of the managers about your service or for more information about their recommendations.
At Dearholt Auto Care, well-trained service providers, established procedures, industry standards, and, of course, AutoNetTV, combine to give you the best auto service in Albuquerque.
Another Couple of Years: Making Your Vehicle Last With Help From Dearholt Auto Care
Posted on August 28,15 by truck2
A while back, the Cash for Clunkers program was all over the NM news. Albuquerque people could trade in their old vehicle for a new one that got better gas mileage and receive a government rebate.
A lot of Albuquerque motorists had so-called clunkers that they wanted to keep. They’re good commuters, Albuquerque grocery getters or toy haulers. They enjoy that fact that they’re paid off, or soon will be. They would gladly like to keep their pickups for 200,000 miles or more – as long as it’s economical to do so.
There are plenty of Albuquerque drivers whose vehicles are running after 150,000 or 200,000 miles. We can learn from what they’re doing to keep our own pickups on the road in NM.
The bright Albuquerque car owners of high-mileage cars often report a common denominator of never skipping an oil change.
That may sound a bit unsophisticated, but it’s really not. First off, oil is the life blood of your pickup’s engine and it needs to be clean to properly lubricate. Skipping oil changes leads to clogged oil filters and sludge that is dangerous for your engine.
There’s another essential reason why the scheduled oil change is so important for Albuquerque car owners. It’s simple – a Dearholt Auto Care professional is going to be looking at your car. All of your fluid levels will be inspected and topped off so they won’t get so low that damage can be done. If there is a significant fluid loss, let’s use brake fluid as an example, your Dearholt Auto Care technician can look for the cause of the loss and find the problem before it leads to an accident or costly repair.
Your personable Dearholt Auto Care technician will also visually inspect your pickup for worn belts and hoses, uneven tire wear, leaking shock absorbers and more. Problems get addressed before they lead to repairs that cost more than the car’s worth.
And your Dearholt Auto Care advisor will be able to remind you of other critical services that the factory recommends you get done. Just think of that oil change the same way as you do about going to your Albuquerque dentist for your six month cleaning and checkup. Don’t skip it.
Realistically, things are going to wear out as your pickup gets older. On the way to 200,000 miles you’ll go through several batteries, probably a couple of alternators and water pumps, a set of shocks and likely some brake rotors.
Of course, these things cost some bucks, but they are less expensive than new pickup payments in Albuquerque. With proper service at Dearholt Auto Care in Albuquerque and regular inspections, you’ll keep surprise repairs to a minimum and more bucks in your wallet.
Get Back Give Back with NAPA Batteries and Electrical
Posted on July 01,15 by dearholtauto
During the long, hot summer -and year ’round -your vehicle’s battery, starter and alternator are workhorses that keep you on the move. And now through August 31, when you visit Dearholt AutoCare -your local participating NAPA AutoCare Center-your money will work even harder for you, too. With Rebate Visa® Cards of up to $25, by mail, on NAPA’s best batteries installed … and $15 Rebate Visa® Cards on NAPA alternators and starters installed. Ask us for complete details, and let Dearholt AutoCare test your vehicle’s electrical components today. We’ll make sure you’re “Good to Go!” Rebate Card issued by U.S. Bank pursuant to license from Visa U.S.A. Inc.
I Can See Clearly Now: Wiper Blade Replacement In Albuquerque
Posted on June 10,15 by truck2
About 90% of our driving decisions in Corrales are based solely on what we see. So having a good pair of windshield wipers is extremely critical.
Most Albuquerque drivers have experienced the frustration and fear of not being able to see clearly during a storm, or when our pickup windshield is just dirty. In fact, it’s estimated that 46,000,000 drivers across the nation are driving with wipers that can’t adequately clear their windshield in a storm.
It seems like our wiper blades are always at their worst when we Albuquerque drivers need them the most. If that sounds like you, you’ve got plenty of company in the Corrales area. 78% of motorists only change their wiper blades after the blades function so poorly that they become a safety hazard.
Albuquerque drivers need to change their thinking. Instead of blades being something to replace when they fail, we need to consider wiper blades as an important pickup safety component. Then we’ll stay ahead of the storm.
Albuquerque motorists really ought to replace wiper blades twice a year; in the spring and the fall. If you live in the colder parts of NM, you may even want to get special winter blades in the fall.
Winter blades are made to resist freezing. Speaking of winter and freezing Corrales conditions, if your pickup has been sitting for a long time and the windshield becomes frozen, don’t use your wipers to clear off snow and ice. That can shred your blades and may even damage the wiper motor.
Your wiper blades live outside in the freezing cold and blistering Albuquerque sun. Over time, they become hard and brittle, and then tear. They also lose their flexibility and just don’t clear the pickup windshield effectively. Worn wiper blades aren’t just a safety hazard for Albuquerque drivers; they can also scratch their windshield. That may require replacing the entire pickup windshield – that’s a significant consequence for neglecting such a small part.
AutoNetTV and Dearholt Auto Care recommend Albuquerque car owners replace worn blades right away. Your Albuquerque service center can provide you with a quality replacement blade. At Dearholt Auto Care, they cost about the same as they would at the store – but installation is included.
Of course you also need washer fluid to help your blades do their essential work. Even though Dearholt Auto Care will top off the washer fluid with a full service oil change, it is a good idea to have some extra fluid at home. Bring it with you if you’re heading out on a road trip.
Always use windshield washer fluid. Plain water, even that fancy French bottled water, just doesn’t cut it. It can freeze in the fluid reservoir or on the windshield itself, making things worse. Besides, water won’t clean your windows as well.
So follow these tips to keep your windshield clear and your eye on the road.
Find us at:
Dearholt Auto Care 7201 Wyoming NE Albuquerque, NM 87109 505.857.0868
Keep Your Albuquerque Car Breathing Free: Engine Air Filter
Posted on June 03,15 by truck2
Hey Albuquerque drivers – this is something really amazing: For every gallon of gas your pickup burns, it uses 12,000 gallons of air. All of that air has to be filtered to keep your engine clean.
That’s like a hundred gallons of air every block! The engine air filter is just another example of a very essential but inexpensive part that has to do a tremendous amount of work. And when it works, everything goes well. But, when it doesn’t, well, it can lead to pricey problems. Of course, your vehicle manufacturer recommends how often to change your air filter. But like most service intervals, where and how you drive your car in NM affects when your filter needs to be changed.
Dusty conditions around Corrales or polluted city driving means you’ll need to change your filter more often. Your personable Dearholt Auto Care service specialist can check your filter for you. In fact, it’s often a routine part of an oil change.
When you think about it, a clogged air filter won’t allow as much air through as a clean filter. Your pickup needs this air to efficiently burn its fuel, giving you better gas mileage and performance.
Dirtier filters don’t work as well as clean ones. A filter can only hold so much, after that, it allows dirt to pass right into your engine. Air filters come in all shapes and sizes. They also come in different grades. There are high performance air filters available for most cars. These high performance filters are a little more expensive in Albuquerque, but they increase horsepower and may improve fuel economy to boot.
So it’s important for Albuquerque auto owners to have their air filter checked. If it needs replacing, it doesn’t cost very much at Dearholt Auto Care in Albuquerque and it should easily pay for itself in better gas mileage before your next oil change.
Stop by Dearholt Auto Care at 7201 Wyoming NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109, and we’ll take a look at your air filter for you. Feel free to give us a call at 505.857.0868 to make an appointment.
Dearholt Auto Care 7201 Wyoming NE Albuquerque, NM 87109 505.857.0868
Your Vehicle is NOT Maintenance Free, Albuquerque Car Owners
Posted on April 24,15 by truck2
A generation ago, Albuquerque auto owners seemed to be more inclined to keep their vehicle’s preventive maintenance on schedule. One reason for this may be that vehicles back then were a lot less reliable than they are today. Having your pickup in to your Albuquerque shop every year or two for repairs seemed to be a good reminder to keep the oil changed.
For example, almost everyone in Albuquerque used to take their vehicles in for regular tune-ups. Vehicles had mechanical ignition systems, which meant ignition points, spark plugs and coils had to be replaced and the timing adjusted every few years. As long as the pickup was in for a tune-up at Dearholt Auto Care, the vehicle was inspected and you took care of any needed repairs at the same time.
Today’s engines have electronic ignition systems and engine control computers. Spark plugs can last for up to 100,000 miles. Vehicle reliability has vastly improved in the last few decades, and surveys report fewer problems with new vehicles than ever before. That also means that our pickups don’t experience a huge performance drop when they’re ready for some car care. But it doesn’t mean that they don’t need it.
Modern Albuquerque car owners need to rely on calendars and mileage intervals to know when to schedule maintenance. Owner’s manuals contain recommendations on when different types of maintenance should be performed. Also, your Albuquerque service center can provide advice about auto maintenance schedules. At Dearholt Auto Care in Albuquerque, we know that benefits of staying on top of preventive maintenance are substantial. First, you’ll get better engine performance and gas mileage. Those two things alone return the cost of preventive maintenance: in fuel savings and safety. Also, routine maintenance has been proven to prevent major car repairs later on. Again, the cost savings can be significant. As the old saying goes, “Spend a penny, save a dime.”
Modern pickup engines may be more durable and reliable than their predecessors, but they’re more sophisticated and complex as well. For this reason, preventive maintenance today is even more critical than the old tune-up. Modern engine systems have a lot of vital parts that have to stay lubricated. These parts can be made of aluminum, plastic or steel. Special additives in lubricants are required to keep each of these materials from breaking down or corroding. Over time, these additives are depleted, even if the pickup isn’t driven. This makes fluid changes a critical part of scheduled maintenance if you want to keep your car on the road.
As an example, coolant fluid in your engine is a sophisticated mix that not only keeps your pickup engine cool but also protects and maintains its components. However, this fluid gradually gets contaminated and anti-corrosion additives are depleted. It can become corrosive and actually damage the pickup engine parts it was designed to protect. It can actually eat holes in your radiator and other engine parts. Changing the coolant could have prevented this costly damage, and it’s a whole lot easier and cheaper than replacing a radiator.
Timely oil changes are more critical for Albuquerque car owners than they used to be. Skipping just one oil change can start the build-up of oil sludge in your engine. Sludge can clog small engine passages, which cuts off the supply of lubricant to important engine parts. Just this small bit of sludge can reduce the life expectancy of your engine. If the build-up continues, it could lead to engine failure within two or three years.
One word of warning to anyone in Corrales who purchases used automobiles: take care when buying a leased vehicle. Albuquerque folks who lease vehicles only intend to drive them for two or three years, generally the years when the vehicle is least likely to experience any problems. One of the reasons people lease vehicles is that they don’t want to be bothered with maintenance or car care. Before buying a pre-leased vehicle, be sure to inspect it for signs of damage that result from lack of proper care.
Albuquerque drivers can all be grateful for the improved reliability of our modern vehicles. With proper maintenance and care, we can expect them to last longer, perform better, get better gas mileage, and require fewer repairs than ever before. We just have to be more conscientious about scheduling time for their care.
Tax Rebate – Why You Need AC Service
Posted on April 10,15 by dearholtauto
Don’t wait until you need your air conditioning in hot weather to find out that your vehicle is low on Freon! You need your A/C even in winter! Did you know that every time you turn on your defroster, your air conditioning compressor must dry the air before the defroster directs it to your windshield?
Low Freon may indicate a leak. However, it is normal for some Freon to escape, due to the movement of your vehicle’s engine, the expansion and contraction of the materials that make up the A/C system, and variations in the operating speed of your air conditioning compressor due to engine RPM. Your air conditioning system should be checked for proper operation and Freon charge at least once a year. Insufficient Freon can damage your vehicle’s compressor, expansion valve and seals, resulting in very costly repairs.
Maintaining the proper amount of Freon ensures that the refrigerant oil is carried through your air conditioning system to lubricate its moving parts and seals. We have the most sophisticated air conditioning service and leak detection equipment now available. We are certified by ASE and MACS to handle both R12 and the new R134A refrigerant. Call today to make an appointment!
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