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What can I do to avoid a broken timing belt?

Question: My friend had a broken timing belt and it was very expensive to repair his engine. What can I do to avoid a broken timing belt? Spectrum Car Care Center Answer: Well, a broken timing belt can lead to one of the most expensive engine repairs Gilbert drivers will ever face. The good news is that replacing your timing belt on its recommended schedule can help avoid those problems. Here's a brief overview of what the timing belt does: Air is drawn into the cylinder of the engine through the intake valves. After the air and fuel mixture is burned, it's pushed out through the exhaust valves. The timing belt, which is driven by the engine, turns the camshafts which control when the intake and exhaust valves open and close. It is important that the opening and closing of the valves take place at exactly the right time for the engine to run properly. Beyond that ... read more

Why Drivers Need To Change Their Transmission Fluid

Why Drivers Need To Change Their Transmission Fluid

It's easy for Gilbert drivers to forget about servicing their transmission because it doesn't need it very often, but proper transmission service keeps your vehicle running smoothly and helps you avoid costly repairs down the road. The transmission undergoes a lot of stress. The grit you see in used fluid is actually bits of clutch material. This grit flowing through your transmission under pressure eats away at seals and gaskets which can lead to leaks. The transmission operates at very high temperatures – much higher than engine temperatures. Those high temperatures eventually cause the transmission fluid to start to break down and lose efficiency. At best, your vehicle transmission won't operate smoothly. At worse, it could lead to costly damage. When your transmission is running properly, it transfers more power from your vehicle engine to the drive wheels and improves fuel economy . That's why we recommend you change ... read more

I'm really confused about auto service intervals for various items on my car. Help!

I'm really confused about auto service intervals for various items on my car. Help!

Question: I'm really confused about auto service intervals for various items on my car. Help! Spectrum Car Care Center Answer: The simple answer for Gilbert residents is to follow the vehicle's recommended service intervals listed in your owner's manual or in your service center's database. But the team at Spectrum Car Care Center in Gilbert sympathizes with Gilbert residents because of the confusing intervals for modern vehicles. The days of simple rules of thumb that applied to most vehicles are long gone. For example, let's look at an oil change: manufacturers' recommendations run anywhere from every 3,000 miles (5,000 kilometers) to 15,000 miles (24,000 kilometers). This big range comes from engine design and recommended types of oil - so Gilbert residents really do need to read and follow the recommendations for their specific vehicle. Your ow ... read more

Preventing costly repairs

Preventing costly repairs

You’ve probably seen auto parts delivery trucks in Gilbert making their rounds. Every part has a story behind it. Unfortunately, some of the stories are tales of repairs that could have been prevented. One stop may be to deliver an engine air filter and a mass air flow sensor for a customer’s pick-up. His service advisor has been recommending he replace that dirty air filter for the last couple of oil changes. The guy’s been saying no to save a couple of bucks. Now dirty air has been getting into his mass air flow sensor for so long that it’s ruined. Talk about stepping over dollars to pick up a dime. Perhaps the next stop is for a fuel system cleaning kit and a set of four fuel injectors. This nice lady has never had her fuel system cleaned. Over the years, gum and varnish have completely ruined her fuel injectors. Her tech will replace the injectors and clean the system, removing carbon deposits from her valves and combustion chamber. Her engine will be maki ... read more

What's the harm in putting off replacing my engine air filter a little longer?

What's the harm in putting off replacing my engine air filter a little longer?

Question: What's the harm in putting off replacing my engine air filter a little longer? Spectrum Car Care Center Answer: That's a fair question from Gilbert drivers because the harm takes a while to manifest. Let's take a small step back and talk about what an engine air filter does. The air all around us contains dust, dirt, pollen, spores, etc. Some areas and times of the year have more contaminants in the air. The job of the air filter is to keep that stuff out of your engine. The benefit to Gilbert drivers is obvious. Now your engine uses a lot of air – like 12,000 times the volume of air as fuel – so the engine air filter has job to do. When the filter gets full and can't hold any more dirt, all th ... read more

Houston we have a problem. Check Engine light is flashing!

Houston we have a problem. Check Engine light is flashing!

The Check Engine light strikes fear into the hearts of some people in Gilbert and is totally ignored by just as many. Just what it means is a mystery to most of us. First, if your Check Engine light is flashing, that means that something is wrong that could cause severe damage to the catalytic converter or other components. Get that taken care of right away. If your Check Engine light is flashing, you shouldn't drive at highway speeds, tow or haul heavy loads. Take it easy all the way to your Gilbert service center. If the light is glowing steadily, you should keep an eye on it for a day or two. If the light doesn't go off, schedule an appointment with your friendly and knowledgeable service advisor at Spectrum Car Care Center to get it checked out. Most of your vehicle engine functions are controlled by a computer, not surprisingly, called an engine control computer. The computer is able to adjust many engine parameters for environmental conditions, engine condition and eve ... read more

GREAT TIPS TO SAVE ON GAS AND USE LESS FUEL

GREAT TIPS TO SAVE ON GAS AND USE LESS FUEL

The US government has a website dedicated to helping us use less fuel here in the Gilbert and Chandler areas. It presents the cost savings in a way Gilbert drivers can relate to, no matter what kind of vehicle we drive. Here's an example: Having your engine properly tuned can save up to 4%. If you're paying $3.50 for a gallon of gas in Gilbert, you could save 14 cents a gallon. Dollars Per Gallon              $3.00  $3.50  $4.00 Tune Up 4%                          0.12    0.14    0.16 Replacing a faulty oxygen sensor can improve economy by up to 40 percent for AZ auto owners. That's a whooping $1.40 in savings per gallon ... read more

Air conditioning service and repair issues

Air conditioning service and repair issues

Let's talk about air conditioning service and repair issues . Most of us in Gilbert don't give our air conditioning a second thought as long as it's making cold air. But it's a complex and expensive system that we should think about before it starts blowing hot air. The refrigerant in the air conditioner contains a special oil that lubricates and cools the A/C parts. When enough refrigerant leaks out, your air conditioner still makes cold air, but the parts don't have enough oil to protect them and they wear out faster than they should. So it's important to service the air conditioner as recommended by your Gilbert service center. Replacing old refrigerant has another benefit: refrigerant tends to gather moisture and become corrosive. That causes leaks in the system which can be expensive to repair. Fresh refrigerant protects the air conditioning components and keeps the system operating at peak efficiency so it doesn't ha ... read more

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March 2016 Roundup - Organ Donors, AZ Texting Driving Law and Spring Maintenance

Here's a quick roundup of 5 articles that caught our attention this month (click on the links to read more):   1) ... read more

New Promo Video of Flying Dog (almost anyway)

Our New Promo Video! Here's our latest creation, we'll have  few more coming in the following weeks. Hope you enjoy it and share it with friends and relatives. Feedback is always appreciated. And don't forget that summer is around the corner make sure that you and your car are ready to face the Arizona heat by getting your car checked.         

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