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...
AUTOMOTIVE SHOP IN MESA ADVISES AGAINST SCAMS

AUTOMOTIVE SHOP IN MESA ADVISES AGAINST SCAMS

Desert Heat Auto views the trust between drivers and their chosen Auto Repair Shop Mesa professionals as sacred. Not all of our colleagues necessarily feel likewise profitability in our industry flows from a genuine commitment to keeping Phoenix’s cars and trucks safely on the road. We also understand that, as much as we’d love it to be otherwise, not every driver in the Valley of the Sun will grace our Automotive Shop Mesa with four more wheels to care after. That being said, if you must lend your patronage elsewhere, we urge you to shop wisely. Some Auto Repair Shop Mesa owners and operators perceive a desperate automobile owner as little more than an inflated estimate that walks and talks. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) claims consumer losses worth “tens of billions of dollars each year due to faulty or unnecessary car repairs,” according to The Huffington Post. To be fair, performing or recommending tacked-on, unnecessary work isn’t always a malicious choice on the Auto Repair Shop Mesa management or mechanic’s part. Sometimes, the Automotive Shop Mesa technician mistakenly believes he or she has found the vehicle problem and properly swapped out the offending part. If it consequently turns out that the switch left the same problem behind, some Automotive Shops Mesa quietly add the extraneous labor and replacement parts to the customer’s tab instead of admitting to the mistake and foregoing any extra charges. So many owners of every make, model and class of cars and trucks ultimately part ways needlessly with so much money because the scams prey upon everything vehicle owners don’t know that...
AUTO REPAIR MESA DISCUSSES WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT EMISSIONS

AUTO REPAIR MESA DISCUSSES WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT EMISSIONS

As much as the Auto Repair Mesa professionals at Desert Heat Auto care about making sure your vehicle always keeps you safe, we’re also Emissions Repair Mesa technicians committed to minimizing every vehicle’s impact on the air everyone in Mesa has to breathe. Informing our clients is always every bit as important to us as Emissions Repair Mesa and Auto Repair Mesa professionals as the work we perform under the hood. The more informed our drivers are by the time they leave our shop, the more able they are to assist in maintaining the safe, environmentally friendly working order of their vehicles for years to come. That’s why we want to provide all the information you could need to know about your car or truck’s emissions, how they affect the sets of lungs around you, and what we do to help keep harmful pollutants to a minimum. PERFECTLY TUNED The good news is, your vehicle has actually never been safer or more reliable. The engines that powered even the automotive industry’s most dependable models a decade or two ago can’t hold a handle to the fuel-efficiency, durability and consistency produced by today’s engineering. Regular tune-ups from certified Auto Repair Mesa and Emissions Repair Mesa centers keep them running that way. Your vehicle’s electronically managed, real-time diagnostic components let your car or truck do something generations of Auto Repair Mesa technicians 20 years ago would’ve thought an optimistic pipe dream: tell Desert Heat Auto’s cutting-edge scopes and equipment exactly what’s operating out of order. That’s how we spot small malfunctions early before they set off dominos of bigger issues throughout...
AUTO SERVICE MESA ADVISES YOU ABOUT WARNINGS

AUTO SERVICE MESA ADVISES YOU ABOUT WARNINGS

If you’d pardon the pun, few “fair warnings” have more weight riding on them than than cautions that come from Auto Service Mesa and Auto Repair Mesa professionals. Under the worst case scenarios, they can be life-and-death matters. Your life, your passengers’ lives and those of drivers and pedestrians around you could be at risk if an Auto Repair Mesa technician doesn’t alert you in a truthful fashion to the gravity of an issue with your vehicle. A catastrophic malfunction while your car or truck is in operation could be a tragic time to be caught off-guard. In some of the best case scenarios, a lack of candor from your Auto Service Mesa diagnosticians isn’t so much “tragic” as “tragically expensive”. Many issues that Desert Heat Auto and other shops deal with across every make and model-year vehicle driven throughout the Phoenix metro area every day could have been prevented or at least minimized, had they been detected sooner. It’s on us and other professionals to give it to your straight and tell you upfront both how much addressing a problem will cost and what it could cost in the long run if it goes unchecked. That being said, not every Auto Repair Mesa and Auto Service Mesa shop’s recommendation comes with solely altruistic motives. We wish that instances of mechanics pushing expensive and unnecessary repairs with various and sundry scare tactics that take advantage of the customer’s presumed lesser degree of automotive understanding were exponentially less frequent. While we’re at it, add to our wish list a definitive code of responsibility that outlines when an Auto Repair Mesa...

MESA AUTO REPAIR SHOP EXAMINES WORK STARTING ON TEMPE TOWN LAKE RUBBER DAM

  Leave it to an Arizona-desert environment, where precipitation of any kind is but a stranger passing through, to be the mother of invention for a globally unprecedented dam project. For those who haven’t visited the normally tranquil shores of Tempe Town Lake for a brisk run, stroll or simple people-watching since the mercury started its yearly ascent, 250 feet of fencing has dominated the southern-shore scenery since mid-June. The Temporary Green Monster has blocked passersby from a “superstructure” steel dam’s eventual construction site. The city’s $40.8-million project began with clearing animals and brush from the Salt River bed feeding the lake before construction begins on the 950-foot structure that PCL Construction’s Adam Gordon claims will be “the world’s largest hydraulically controlled, crest-gate dam.” The clearing of the riverbed makes way for 15 feet of desert-dirt excavation in September that paves the way to relocate a storm-drainage pipe west of where the new dam will go up. Here’s a peek at the resources being poured into this ambitious undertaking by the City of Tempe in the 18 months between the June start and the goal December 28, 2015 completion: A 61,100-ton concrete foundation poured between two abutments and seven concrete piers in the dry Salt River bed A total of eight 106-feet-long, 17-feet-high, 232,000-pound steel gates An array of 16 hydraulic cylinders measuring 27 feet long each Support from seven 9-feet-wide, 45-feet-long, 30-feet-high concrete piers The City of Tempe chose to go all-in on the project four years after a rubber bladder in the lake’s former dam exploded in 2010. The catastrophic breakage sent about 1 billion gallons of...