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Evaporative Emissions Control

Evaporative Emissions Control

EVAP system is to capture these vapors and direct them into the engine to be burned – kind of an on-board recycling program. The EVAP system is a complicated network of hoses, valves, filters and such. Issues with the EVAP system are in the Top 5 reasons for a Check Engine Light to be illuminated. Your friendly and knowledgeable Spectrum Car Care service advisor can pull the trouble codes and begin a diagnostic procedure to isolate the fault. With the proper equipment, your can test the valves in order to trace a blockage. A low pressure smoke test can be performed to find any leaks. The repairs are then made to get the EVAP system working again and to reset the Check Engine Light. While EVAP s don't generally lead to vehicle damage, the fact that they trigger the Check Engine Light can mask other more problems for Gilbert residents if left unaddressed. After all, there are hundreds of conditions that can trigger a Check Engine Light – but there is only one light. So ... read more

What you should know about car wiper blades

What you should know about car wiper blades

It's said that 90 percent of our driving decisions are based on visual information. Our wiper blades play an important role in this. Most Gilbert, Chandler, and Scottsdale drivers know that a dirty or streaked windshield can catch the glare of the sun or on-coming headlights and make it nearly impossible to see. Most busy car owners deal with their wiper blades from a failure perspective. They address them when they no longer function. Instead, drivers should think about wipers blades as an important safety system that they should maintain, rather than repair. And don't think that your wiper blades will last longer because you don't use them very often. Hey, they live outside in the harsh sun and freezing cold – ice and wind. They just dry out and crack over time. At Spectrum Car Care, we recommend that motorists change their wiper blades twice a year, in the spring and fall. That way you have functional blades for ... read more

2016 safest new car for teen drivers

2016 safest new car for teen drivers

What is the safest new car for teen drivers? The good news is that choices have never been safer, and U.S. News & World Report is out with its 2016 Best Cars for Teens list. The other good news is that there are options from less $20,000 to more than $40,000 including cars and SUVs.   Under $20K Chevrolet Sonic (Winner) Honda Fit (Runner Up)   Between $20K and $25K Kia Soul Mazda3   Between $25K and $30K Honda Civic   Between $30K and $35K Hyundai Sonata Chevrolet Malibu   Between $30K and $35K Ford Fusion Kia Optima   Over $40K Nissan Murano Toyota Highlander   Base prices on many of the vehicles on this list are below their category ranking, but U.S. News factored in the cost of optional safety features ... read more

No Child Left Behind- Innovation in Child Seat

The Evenflo Sensorsafe Car Seat is something great for parents who are afraid to leave their little ones in their car. We all know how critical it is to leave anyone in a non-running car even for a few minutes here in AZ so this is a very good product. This is from Consumer Reports: Here's how it works: The SensorSafe chest clip works in conjunction with a receiver connected to your car’s onboard diagnostics port.  Evenflo claims that when a child is secured in the seat, the SensorSafe technology will alert the driver with gentle chimes in one of two scenarios: Upon turning off the ignition at the end of a trip, or If the chest clip is unclipped during a trip To ensure this technology w ... read more

Car Maintenance Checklist Infographic

Car Maintenance Checklist Infographic

Here's something very interesting that I found a few weeks back on the Car Care Council web site (btw tons of great info there regarding maintenance and repairs if you're interested in that kind of stuff). It's a simple do it yourself car maintenance checklist for your car. This infographic helps you understand what items should be inspected, either by you or your mechanic. It's all about avoiding breakdowns and saving money by determining if there is a maintenance need before it becomes a bigger problem. When you come for an oil change we always make sure that these items are checked but because of longer period between oil changes you have to be aware of this and make sure that you're taking the time to go through that list yourself. It doesn't take very long and it's pretty st ... read more

Roadside Emergency Kit for the College Bound

Roadside Emergency Kit for the College Bound

It's back to school time and college students across Arizona (and other part of the country) have or will soon be packing up their cars and heading off to college. If you are searching for that perfect gift for the college-bound kid in your life, the Car Care Council suggests putting together a roadside emergency kit. “A roadside kit is easy to assemble, not too expensive and extremely useful, plus it could be a life saver in the event of an emergency,” said Rich White, executive director of the Car Care Council. “While it’s always a good idea to be prepared for the unexpected while on the road, the best option is to avoid breakdowns and car trouble wherever possible. Performing basic maintenance and observing a regular service schedule can hel ... read more

Automotive Battery 101

Automotive Battery 101

In today's Spectrum Car Care auto care blog, we are focusing on battery maintenance. Eventually your car battery will fail and you will need to replace it. In fact, 70% don't even make it four years and it's even worse here where they usually last about two years. There are some things that you can do, however, to make their battery last a little longer. It's all about the flow of electrical power. When you start your vehicle, the battery uses power to get your engine cranking. As your engine runs, your alternator generates electricity to run all your electrical systems: like lights, a half dozen computers, anti-lock brake system, traction control, power windows, electronic fuel injectors, stability control, air conditioning, transmission servos – the list goes on. Any leftover electricity goes to recharge your vehicle battery. Then you turn on your radio and seat heaters; maybe plug in your cell phone and computer; the kids watch a DVD and pretty ... read more

Dashboard Warning Light - Part 2

Dashboard Warning Light - Part 2

We wrote a blog a few weeks back about the vehicle dashboard warning light and since then I came across a great site that explains what they all mean (there's a few that I didn't even know that they exited).  Click HERE to review them. You can also make a game out of it by answering what each of them are doing! And for those of you that have a warning light that just won’t go away just come over the shop and we'll let you know what's going. We'll plug our scanner and we'll get to the root of the problem. The nice thing about this is that newer cars save all the "bad codes" and we're able to retrieve them and a certified ASE technician can analyze them better than anyone else.  If it's usually pretty straigh ... read more

Replace your air filter and save money (and your lungs)

Replace your air filter and save money (and your lungs)

When driving around Gilbert, your vehicle engine needs clean air to burn the fuel – and it needs a lot. In fact, a typical vehicle needs about 216,000 gallons of air for every tank of gas. All that air passes through a filter that catches the dust and dirt. Eventually the filter gets completely full. Because the filter can only hold so much, dirt starts getting through. This dirty air passes through the mass airflow sensor, and starts to accumulate on the delicate sensor element. The mass air flow sensor measures how much air is getting into your engine. When the airflow reading is incorrect, your vehicle engine doesn't get the proper amount of fuel. It runs rough and doesn't perform as well as it should. Eventually, the sensor is so damaged it needs to be replaced – which is pricey. In fact you could buy a case or two of air filters for the cost of a sensor replacement. Of course, that dirty air keeps on going through to your vehicle engine where it ... read more

Dangers of DIY A/C Recharge Kits

Dangers of DIY A/C Recharge Kits

Unless you’ve been locked in your air conditioned house for the last two months, you may have noticed that summer is here in AZ and it’s the usual extreme heat. We’ve had a few customers coming to the shop since then with the worst that could happen while driving their car… the A/C is blowing hot air. So now what? You could go to your repair shop to get a proper diagnostic or you could do what some people do and try to fix it yourself by buying one of these DIY manual recharge kits that let you add refrigerant into your system and save  some money. Sadly like everything else in life if it’s “too good to be true” well it is too good to be true! Here’s why: 1) Manual recharge systems do not evacuate the fluid in your system – instead they add refrigerant on top of your current levels. It’s like adding new oil on top of old oil. Topping off fluids does not solve any problems but only temporarily covers up the symptoms. In ... read more

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