Car Tips

A battery check today can keep the tow truck away


A dead battery can be a major inconvenience and can even leave you stranded on the side of the road. To avoid this frustrating situation, it is a good idea to regularly check your vehicle's battery and make sure it is in good condition. In this blog, we will discuss why a battery check today can keep the tow truck away and how to properly maintain your vehicle's battery.

One reason why a battery check today can keep the tow truck away is because it can help you identify potential issues before they become serious problems. A battery that is not performing well may show signs of wear and tear, such as a slow cranking start or difficulty holding a charge. By identifying these issues early on, you can have them addressed before they lead to a dead battery and the need for a tow.

Another benefit of regularly checking your battery is that it can help extend its lifespan. Batteries are subjected to a lot of wear and tear over time, and they can become damaged or fail due to factors like extreme temperatures, vibration, and even improper maintenance. By regularly checking your battery and addressing any issues that arise, you can help prolong its lifespan and avoid the need for a costly replacement.

To properly maintain your vehicle's battery, it is important to follow a few simple steps:

Keep it clean: Dirt and debris can build up on the terminals of your battery, which can interfere with the flow of electricity and cause performance issues. To keep your battery clean, use a brush or a cloth to remove any dirt or debris, and make sure the terminals are free of corrosion.

Check the fluid level: Some batteries have a fluid level indicator, which can help you determine if the battery is low on fluid. If the fluid level is low, add distilled water to the appropriate level.

Keep it charged: Batteries can lose their charge over time, even if the vehicle is not being used. To keep your battery charged, try to drive your vehicle regularly or use a battery maintainer to keep it charged when it is not in use.

Protect it from extreme temperatures: Batteries are sensitive to extreme temperatures and can be damaged or fail if they are subjected to extreme heat or cold. To protect your battery from extreme temperatures, try to park your vehicle in a garage or covered area, and consider using a battery blanket to help keep it warm in cold weather.

In conclusion, a battery check today can keep the tow truck away by helping you identify potential issues and properly maintain your vehicle's battery. By following these simple steps, you can help extend the lifespan of your battery and avoid the inconvenience and expense of a dead battery and a tow.

Safe Driving For New Drivers

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Safe driving is primarily about being aware of your surroundings and being respectful of your vehicle's power and others who are sharing the road. It isn’t difficult, but it can make the difference in getting you and others to your destination safely. Unsafe driving puts everyone at risk.

Here are some tips to ensure you are practicing safe driving.

Follow the three second rule

There's a simple way to calculate the three-second rule while you're on the road —watch for the leading vehicle to pass a roadside sign, mile marker, or other landmark. If you pass the marker before you finish counting, you are following the vehicle ahead of you too closely. Following too closely, known as tailgating, is one of the leading causes of rear-end accidents.

Avoid distractions

Electronic devices are the most obvious driver distractions, but there are many others that you may not even be considering a distraction. Eating, talking to passengers and changing the radio station can all take your eyes away from the road.

Be predictable

Part of being a good driver is to prevent other drivers on the road from being surprised by your actions. This can be difficult if you don't know your skills, driving etiquette, and even how to handle your vehicle. Being predictable means that you always indicate your intention to turn or change lanes. It is also advisable to pump your brakes lightly to indicate your intention to slow down or stop.

Yellow isn’t green

A yellow light tells you to slow down and be ready to stop. Passing through the yellow lights at high speeds does not save you time and increases your chances of an accident in the middle of an intersection.

Obey the speed limit

Speed limits aren't there to be tested and pushed, especially if you're a new driver. Exceeding the speed limit is illegal, and it can also be dangerous. Experts have determined that this speed is the maximum speed that a driver can travel without endangering himself, a pedestrian, or a nearby home.

Give yourself extra time

Drivers make mistakes and accidents happen when you’re in a rush. The reality is that running through yellow lights or speeding are unlikely to save you much time. Be patient and understand that is better to arrive safe and sound than to not arrive at all or to cause a devastating accident.

Be mindful on the road

Safe driving is primarily about being aware of your surroundings and being respectful of your vehicle's power and others who are sharing the road. It isn’t difficult, but it can make the difference in getting you and others to your destination safely.

April is National Car Care Month: Spring into Action

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The weather is warming up. Days are getting longer, and thoughts of outdoor activities are in the air. Now is the time to take care of any deferred maintenance, or any vehicle service that you’ve been putting off. We can help with a thorough inspection that will identify any areas that need attention. Plus, with suppliers running specials during this month, you’ll save money and be ready for any family outings or car trips. Call us for an appointment today!

Change is in the Air: Five Tips for Timely Maintenance


We value and appreciate taking care of your vehicle all year long, however the changes in seasons can create such a different driving environment that it becomes necessary to inspect and be certain your car is ready for whatever the weather throws at you! Here’s just a few items that are of concern whenever the weather changes…

  1. Heating/AC/Climate Control: We all want to be comfortable when riding in our vehicle, so making sure this system has what it needs to keep you warm or cool is essential. First, we’ll do a physical inspection, looking for any sign of leaks or faulty connections. No matter what we find, we’ll make the necessary adjustments and repairs, if any, to keep your family cool as a cucumber, or warm as toast!

  2. Braking System: Brakes will always work best when they, your tires, and the road surface are all warm and dry. Any time they are subjected to rain, ice, snow, or mud, they will not be able to give you the same braking power you would have if it was dry. Therefore, it’s important to know what condition your brakes are in at the start of each season.

  3. Tires: There’s a “patch” of rubber on your tires that is the ONLY contact your vehicle has with the road surface. It’s relatively small (about eighteen square inches), so you want it to have as much grip as possible. We’ll check for proper pressure, and check your tread depth. We’ll also look for unusual wear, which can be an indicator of worn steering parts or bad alignment.

  4. Engine Tune: You want your vehicle to start and run properly whenever you get in and hit the start button. Your battery, spark plugs, ignition system and Engine Control Module (ECM) undergo wear as time goes by. We’ll check it all out, including trouble codes and any other performance or fuel mileage issues we might find.

  5. Fluid and Filters: Your fluids break down over time and use. Engine oil gets dirty; coolant loses its ability to fight corrosion, and even brake fluid can “wear out” once it gets exposed to water or leaks. Using your manufacturer’s maintenance schedule as a guide, we’ll change your fluid and replace any needed filters.

A regular maintenance schedule is the best way to keep your vehicle in top running condition. Come in and see us, or call us for an appointment and we’ll answer any questions you might have. We look forward to serving you soon!

Now That The Holidays Are Over, Show Your Car Some Love

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Now more than ever it’s important to maintain your vehicle. Many people overlook preventative maintenance or skip it during the holidays to save money. The best way to save money and extend the life of your vehicle is preventative maintenance.

With love your car month just around the corner, start a little early; get your oil changed or buy new tires. A vehicle is the second largest investment most people will ever make, how are you protecting yours? Before you run out and buy a new vehicle with your tax return, remember to calculate the new car payment, the tax in taxes, and higher insurance rates into your yearly budget.

If this sounds like a drag, give us a call we will help you extend the life of your current vehicle so you can spend your money on things you enjoy, like adventures!

Tax Time Is Here Again, Spend A Little Now On Preventative Maintenance To Save Money For Later

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With tax time just around the corner are you prepared? What do you plan to do with your tax return? Will you fix up your house, maybe upgrade some household items?

If you want your tax return to get back to you all year long, put some money aside for your vehicle. The average maintenance on a vehicle is $1,500 to $2,000 a year. Vehicles that are left unmaintained have an average repair bill of $4000.

Save yourself the money and take a vacation, plan for vehicle maintenance instead of vehicle repairs!

Get Straight Talk About Auto Service and Repair

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Our goal is to provide you with the finest repair and maintenance services available. We know your time is valuable in other pursuits, so we will do our job as quickly as possible to minimize impact on your day and schedule. When you come in, we’ll prepare an estimate, explain the job that is needed, and when you can expect to be back out on the road. Along with needed repairs, we’ll make you aware of any potential areas of concern, such as parts with excessive wear, or delayed maintenance. We want to keep you out on the road with the confidence in knowing your vehicle is safe to drive, and it won’t let you down.

Simple Steps to Save Gas Without Driving Less

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Gas prices are up, everywhere! To save money on fuel without having to impact your present lifestyle, try these tips…

NO jackrabbit starts! Your vehicle uses the most fuel when accelerating. If you accelerate slowly, you can minimize the surge of fuel to meet the demands of getting rolling. In fact, if you can keep your vehicle moving and reduce the need for stops, you’ll save even more.

Keep your tank topped off. Any contaminants tend to float to the bottom of your fuel tank, so clean fuel is always at the top. By keeping contaminants from entering your engine, you’ll get better atomization and distribution, meaning more power and better fuel mileage.

Plan trips – Combine trips. Try to avoid single trips for any reason. Have multiple reasons for your vehicle trip, and if possible, plan a circular or direct route. Many map software providers have a trip function that will save you time and fuel.

Keep your vehicle in its best state of tune. Clean injectors and spark plugs make for an efficient engine.

Using any of these tips will help. Use them all and see an increase in your fuel mileage. Side benefit is, you’ll also save time!

As The Leaves Change So Does The Road Conditions. Are You Ready?

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At this time of year, there is less daylight each day. There is more rain in the forecast, and our trips for after-school and evening meetings are now ending at dusk or in the dark. This is the time to play it safe by changing all the wiper blades on your vehicle so you’re ready for any changes in the weather. Also, it’s time to safety-check your exterior lights, to make sure they all work properly. Headlights should both work in high and low beam, and be clear and well-aimed. All brake lights should be working, as well as turn signals, taillights and side markers or running lights. If you notice any lights not working properly, come on in and we’ll fix your vehicle right up!

It’s Cool To Be Cool This Summer

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Keeping Your Cool in the Summer Heat

We all love Summer activities, but the Summer heat can take a toll on your vehicle. Exposed to direct sunlight, the interior temperature of a vehicle can be as high as 30 to 50 degrees hotter than the outside ambient air! The law frowns on anyone who leaves a pet or child alone in a locked vehicle, in some cases allowing passers-by the ability to break into a vehicle if a life is in danger. Vehicle interiors will trap hot air, so it’s very important to at the very least crack a window to allow some heat to escape.
Here’s some tips to keep your interior cooler…

  • Tinted Windows – Get your windows tinted, with the best quality tint you can afford. To beat the heat, use the ceramic tint material, and have it installed by a qualified professional. Just make sure you know the laws in your state about how dark your windows can be.

  • Window Shades – Some manufacturers have shades available for their vehicles; there are also aftermarket shades that you can install yourself. If your vehicle is exposed to extreme heat often, it would be wise to invest in a set of window shades for at least the side windows of your vehicle.

  • Park Smart – When you park your vehicle, look at the angle of the sun, and how it will cross your vehicle. Park in such a way that direct sunlight is blocked from entering and falling on the steering wheel or driver’s seat.

  • Park In The Shade – This is really the best way to keep the inside of the vehicle cool. Whether it’s a tree, building, parking cover or garage, this is absolutely what you’re looking for!

  • Move Your Car -If you can’t park in the shade, you may want to check during the day to see if a spot that has more shade opens up for you. If it does, go for it.

  • Ventilate – As mentioned above, your vehicle interior will trap heat. A few windows cracked down just a little bit can let the worst of that heat escape and keep your interior easier to cool when you’re back on the road.

  • Cover up - A t-shirt, blanket, even beach towels cover the upholstery and steering wheel can block sunlight and reduce the amount of heat absorbed by interior materials…especially anything BLACK. When shade isn’t available, this is how you make your own.

  • Cool Seat Cover – There are aftermarket seat covers available that put a small pocket of cooling gel between you and your hot seats.

  • Remote Start – Common in cold areas, a remote start can allow you to start your locked car before you enter it, from even a few hundred feet away! This means your interior can be cooled down and waiting for you when you’re ready to go! If your car isn’t factory equipped with Remote Start, it can be added as an aftermarket item if you desire.

  • Air-Conditioned Seats – Oh, man…if you haven’t experienced this, you haven’t lived a full life. Just like the bun warmers you’re used to that keep your seat or steering wheel warm; this is chilled air that is blown through the small perforations of your seat cushion to keep you cool and loose. Once you’ve experienced a ride with this, you won’t ever want to be without it.

For more information please call Aztecas Muffler & Brakes.