AUTO REPAIR MESA DISCUSSES 8 STEPS IN AUTO REPAIR TO SAVE YOU MONEY

AUTO REPAIR MESA DISCUSSES 8 STEPS IN AUTO REPAIR TO SAVE YOU MONEY

We feel pretty comfortable breaking this to our valued customers: you may be spending more time and money with your friendly neighborhood Auto Service Mesa professionals than needed. We aren’t suggesting that Desert Heat Auto or any other Auto Repair Mesa business in the Phoenix metro area is inherently or habitually taking customers for a ride. Far from it. We’re simply aware of a few frequently paid-for services that could probably be minimized or avoided entirely with just the right awareness of a vehicle’s warning signs. While we may be just fine with living up to our reputation as a trustworthy Auto Repair Mesa facility with every vehicle that enters and exits our bays, part of that trust means helping save Phoenix automobile owners money and providing the resources to help them better understand their cars and trucks. MIND THE OXYGEN SENSOR   Laying out an average $246.39 might feel like pricey replacement just to address a defect that isn’t necessarily a vehicle-breaking issue. That perception might change upon understanding how an accurate oxygen sensor maintains an automobile’s fuel efficiency throughout its lifespan. A defective sensor won’t catch oxygen-intake imbalances and appropriately regulate the fuel mixture via the engine’s computer when an excess of gasoline creates too rich a mixture or when the engine isn’t receiving enough. Don’t take that monitoring function lightly — as much as 40% of your vehicle’s fuel efficiency may be at stake if you keep blindly running with a faulty sensor. In the far worse case scenarios, spark plugs and catalytic converters can malfunction easily and the resulting loss of power can set off...
AUTO SERVICE MESA EMPHASIZES THE IMPORTANCE OF CAR REPAIR SAFETY

AUTO SERVICE MESA EMPHASIZES THE IMPORTANCE OF CAR REPAIR SAFETY

When it comes to Auto Repair Mesa, there are many ways to skin a cat, but a narrow few ways to do it without inadvertently sabotaging a sensitive product of automotive engineering and/or risking personal injury. As a general rule, Auto Service Mesa technicians throughout Phoenix’s East Valley would prefer that the average driver leaves most repair and service to us. Granted, there’s the obvious reason that the skills of certified Auto Service Mesa professionals put food on our families’ tables. Setting aside the urgency of earning a living, the quality work we perform one day after the next is inspired by a sense of responsibility for the safety of every customer. We invest in industry-leading tools and equipment and training not only in the interest of completing thorough, successful repairs and servicing, but so that we can work on our customers’ vehicles while maintaining our crew’s safety within our bays. Still, occasions will arise when an Auto Repair Mesa center just isn’t a feasible option and emergency rudimentary repairs just can’t wait. Even aside from that, performing basic automotive maintenance on one’s own time with one’s own two hands can provide a unique sort of satisfaction. If an Auto Service Mesa center just isn’t an option or you would perhaps simply prefer to forego paying a professional for something you feel your own knowledge allows you to do on your own, then please, at least exercise the utmost caution.   THE BASICS   In terms of your equipment and supplies and where you choose to work with them, what you may not take into consideration could be exactly...
Auto Repair Mesa Discusses a Surplus of Vehicle Repairs Due to Floods

Auto Repair Mesa Discusses a Surplus of Vehicle Repairs Due to Floods

Recent flash floods throughout the Phoenix metro area in September, especially Mesa, have provided Auto Repair Mesa professionals with some unique issues to address in our bays. The Valley of the Sun has never exactly earned national notoriety for being annually doused with heavy storms such as those recently plaguing Chesapeake, Va., but those of us accustomed to the unique weather patterns of the desert know that Phoenix indeed sees yearly fast, fleeting onslaughts or rain rather than drawn-out downpours as summer transitions into fall. Auto Repair Mesa experts fear that driving amidst the flash floods following his year’s particularly voluminous monsoons may have damaged many Phoenix vehicles internally more than their owners would suppose. When driving through flooded streets, water has a chance to infiltrate a vehicle’s engine compartment and a number of floorboard-based systems and components. In the engine, oil pressure can plummet dangerously and cause an engine to burn up in short order when water mixes with oil. Meanwhile, water above a vehicle’s floorboards can cascade through door crevices and short out a complex networks of onboard computers and wiring. Masses of standing water no higher than six inches have been known to stall engines, no matter how harmless they may appear to the naked eye. Cars have been floated away in as little as a foot of running water and it takes a mere two feet to overpower many SUVs and pickup trucks. If you can’t see the painted markings, the water is too high to navigate entirely safely. Above all, there’s one sure way to minimize your vehicle’s risk of significant water damage: don’t...
AUTO SERVICE MESA LOOKS INTO INSURANCE COVERAGE ON FLOOD DAMAGES

AUTO SERVICE MESA LOOKS INTO INSURANCE COVERAGE ON FLOOD DAMAGES

Arizona’s earliest 2014 monsoon onslaught turned I-10 into a water-logged site that looked more navigable by boat than by Buick and left many Auto Service Mesa technicians up to their elbows in drowned and damaged cars and trucks from across the Phoenix metro area. In turn, that leaves legions of Auto Service Mesa centers working in concert with insurers to cover some uniquely extensive caches of repairs. That being known, and given that Mesa like hasn’t seen its last downpour of the year, Desert Heat Auto’s service technicians and management encourage automobile owners across Phoenix to review the limits to their policies’ flood coverage. Remember, there is a nearly foolproof strategy that will subvert severe water damage — and a pricey Auto Service Mesa center visit — when rain falls torrentially: avoid driving. True, parked vehicles can and have floated away in as little as 1-2 feet of water and it takes a mere six inches for water to find a means of infiltrating the inner workings. However, driving through flooded streets only increases the opportunities to cause even worse internal water damage.   DAMAGES   Consider another significant reason to keep your vehicle as far out of harm’s way as possible in flood conditions: insurers will display far more flexibility covering an Auto Service Mesa repair visit than footing the bill for a replacement. Even then, a little invasive water can do widespread, significant damage throughout your vehicle. Auto Service Mesa centers will agree nearly unanimously that consequences of exposure to flood waters don’t get much more severe than when water invades the engine compartment. When motor oil...
Auto Repair Mesa Reviews Recalls on Luxury Sports Cars

Auto Repair Mesa Reviews Recalls on Luxury Sports Cars

Auto Service Mesa centers throughout our area have been made aware of a small-scale recall from one of the world’s leading luxury sports brands. True, Porche’s 46-vehicle recall doesn’t begin to stack up vehicle-for-vehicle to the millions of cars, trucks and SUVs General Motors has issued recall notices for throughout 2014. Still, when taking into consideration the Porsche 918 Spyder’s limited 918-vehicle production, high-end $845,000 price point, and Porsche’s enduring reputation for sporty coupes of exceptional quality, a safety flag even over fewer than 100 vehicles stings. Porsche recently reached out through their sales organizations in July directly to all 46 affected owners of the exclusive plug-in hybrid 918 Spyder, only five of whom reside within the United States. To date, authorities have received no reports attributing accidents involving a 918 Spyder to the rear-axle component issue. Volkswagen AG’s Stuttgart, Germany unit picked up on the issue during a routine quality check. The released statement addressing the recall did not detail the exact defect itself that prompted the recall. Meanwhile, the 918 Spyder has remained an environmentally gentle celebration of sporty opulence. Since its unveiling in 2013 at Frankfurt’s International Auto Show, Porsche CEO Matthias Mueller predicted in June that the entire limited 918-vehicle run would sell out by 2014’s end. “We won’t sell a single additional model,” Mueller said. “That would be unfair.” The 918 Spyder quickly became the darling of the Frankfurt automotive-industry expo. The hybrid coupe’s 67 mpg ease eclipses the 51-mpg hybrid measuring stick of Toyota’s Prius while achieving 60 mph in 2.5...
MESA AUTO REPAIR SHOP CONGRATULATES AUTOZONE ON ACQUISITION OF IMC

MESA AUTO REPAIR SHOP CONGRATULATES AUTOZONE ON ACQUISITION OF IMC

One of North America’s most prolific replacement automotive part suppliers to Mesa Auto Repair Shops such as Desert Heat Auto has acquired a key competing brand in the import-parts market. AutoZone, Inc. announced on Sept. 2 that the giant supplier has reached an agreement to acquire OE import replacement parts distributor Interamerican Motor Corporation (IMC). The transaction adds IMC’s 17 U.S. locations to AutoZone’s family of 4,901 locations throughout 49 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, 374 stores in Mexico, and four stores in Brazil. Known for specializing in an extensive line of parts designed for Asian and European imports, IMC has grown since 1962 into the second largest U.S. distributor of OE import replacement parts to the aftermarket and Mesa Auto Repair Shops. IMC owners Wulf Gaertner Autoparts (WGA) of Germany negotiated IMC’s sale to AutoZone as a strategic extension of distribution for WGA’s MEYLE and MEYLE HD brands within the U.S. market. “AutoZone and IMC are a great fit,” said John Mosunic, IMC’s CEO. “This is a logical next step for both companies. AutoZone’s national footprint, exceptional culture built on customer service, and operational expertise combined with IMC’s leadership in selling to the import segment creates a powerful future growth platform.” From the AutoZone perspective, the acquisition marks a substantial expansion of the international supplier’s inventory. “We are excited about the IMC team joining AutoZone. The company’s leadership in import car parts coverage will be an exceptional fit with AutoZone’s current product assortment,” said AutoZone Chairman, President and CEO Bill Rhodes. “As we expand the IMC brand across the United States, we believe the IMC...