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Top Four New Year’s Resolutions for Car Owners

Top Four New Year’s Resolutions for Car Owners

As a car owner it can be all too easy to overlook the small responsibilities that come with looking after your car. That’s why we put together this list of new year’s resolutions for car owners to get you through the new year and beyond. It should be fun to own a car, after all. Two Checkups this Year The first resolution is to make sure that he car gets at least two checkups with a mechanic this year, and that you know the maintenance history of your car. No matter how well you think you know the vehicle, a good and well-trained mechanic is able to spot a problem that you might have missed. It might sound a little obsessive to have the car checked by a good mechanic twice a year, but having preventative maintenance performed by a qualified professional is essentially cheap car insurance. Ensure you keep all documentation as well, as having all of the service records for your car makes it much easier to sell it. All of this can be done through ... read more

The thing that keeps your wheels spinning...

Chances are you’ve never really thought about your wheel bearings much while you’ve been driving around. The wheel bearings are what allows your wheels to keep spinning. They need to be as tough as possible to bear the entire weight of the vehicle. Your wheel bearings could last up to and over 100,000 kilometers or 60,000 miles. However they will eventually wear out and should be replaced. The first sign of trouble is when your wheels groan. It could go away when you reach a certain speed then come back. Your Spectrum Car Center service technical will be able to analyse your bearings by wiggling the wheel. When the bearings are good the tire won’t move across the vertical axis when you hold the top and bottom of it. Many modern vehicles have a kind of wheel bearing that can’t be serviced here at Spectrum Car Care Center. If we run into bad bearings then we’ll just take out and replace everything in the wheel bearing assembly. If we can access your wheel ... read more

Finding a Car Repair Shop in Gilbert you can Trust

Finding a Car Repair Shop in Gilbert you can Trust

The latest survey from AAA suggests that two-thirds of US drivers don’t trust their auto repair shop. They feel that they recommend unnecessary services, overcharge for them, and deliver a bad experience and shoddy work. All of which leads to a lack of confidence. The survey also showed that 64% of drivers were singling out a particular auto repair shop that they didn’t trust, which would suggest that they value finding a trustworthy mechanic in an industry that comes with a lack of trust. It can be stressful to have your vehicle repaired and maintained and the best way to reduce this stress is to find a repair shop that you can really trust. Unfortunately around a third of American drivers don’t have a repair facility that they can trust and are left in the cold if something goes wrong. Given how much data on vehicle health the modern car collects it’s never been so important to have a trusted repair facility. These “connected cars” that come wi ... read more

Problems with bad wheel alignment

Problems with bad wheel alignment

There are two main reasons that you should be concerned about your wheel alignment. They are safety and money. If your wheels aren’t aligned then it could cause them to pull to one side, often harshly. It could take just a second for you to find yourself in oncoming traffic or pulled off the road. Bad alignments also seriously damage your tires when speeding along the highway. Someone once came into Spectrum Car Center and told us that he knew his wheels weren’t properly aligned before taking a family vacation, but he felt the problem wasn’t serious enough to be addressed before leaving. A few days and a thousand miles later and there was nothing left of his front tires. He lost half a day of his vacation finding a town with a service station that could replace his tires.   The wheels of your car need to be in perfect alignment all pointing in the same direction. Every so often your wheels will go out of alignment and pull against the other wheels. It can destro ... read more

EVAP System = Built-in recycling system for your car

EVAP System = Built-in recycling system for your car

The EVAP system on your car is designed to capture vapors and send them to the engine where they get burned. It’s like a built-in recycling system. An EVAP system contains a complicated series of valves, hoses, filters, and the like. An EVAP issue is one of the top five reasons that your Check Engine light will come on. With their knowledge you can count on your friendly Spectrum Car Care service advisor to be able to find out what the problem is and correct it. We have the proper equipment to test the valves and find out where a blockage is. Leaks can be detected through a low pressure smoke test. After finding the fault it’s easy to repair the EVAP system to get it up and running and turn off your Check Engine light. While a damaged EVAP won’t necessarily damage your car, other more serious problems could be hidden by the triggered Check Engine Light. There are many reasons that the light could come on, but just one light. If it is an EVAP issue that caused the l ... read more

AN OUNCE OF PREVENTION = A POUND OF CURE PT.2

AN OUNCE OF PREVENTION = A POUND OF CURE PT.2

There’s nothing more annoying than when something goes wrong and you know it could have been prevented. Here are car problems that can be prevented. Regularly Check your Tires We’ll start with the tires. A problem with your tires is often expensive and inconvenient. You’ll never be lucky enough for your tire to go flat outside the service center. Correcting a flat tire is an expensive hassle and no one wants to fail their safety inspection over a worn tire. That’s why you need to get your tires checked at least once a month. Check that they have the right amount of air pressure and keep an eye out for the signs of wear and tire. Having your tires rotated and aligned will make them live longer too. And it goes without saying that you should have tires replaced before they can become unsafe. Check Your Battery Every  Year After the tires comes the battery. Just knowing the age of your battery helps avoid the inconvenience of a dead battery. Car batteries ... read more

About Synthetic Oil and Your Car

 About Synthetic Oil and Your Car

You’ve probably heard about synthetic oil and are wondering what it is, and if it’s safe for you to use. Regular oil, which is also known as conventional oil, is a byproduct of dead dinosaurs. The molecules of regular oil are made of long hydrocarbon chains. A good way to think about it is a chain of used and new pencils. Synthetic oil is a kind of highly refined petroleum-based oil. They contain smaller molecules with less size variance, which would be closer to a chain of pencils you get when playing miniature golf. Synthetic oil is commonly man-made and features rounder and more uniform molecules like marbles. So as you make the transition from regular oil to synthetic blends (which is a mixture of synthetic and conventional oil) to fully synthetic oil there would be less friction acting against your engine. The less friction there is the less heat there is, and the better lubricated and protected your engine is. Synthetic blends and fully synthetic oils also come with ... read more

10 Automotive Maintenance Services You Shouldn’t Overlook

10 Automotive Maintenance Services You Shouldn’t Overlook

Today we’ll be looking at automotive service schedules; in particular the often overlooked scheduled services. These are known as Unperformed Maintenance. The following is a list of the ten services you shouldn’t overlook. These are all important services that you should pay attention to. So here they are, in no particular order. Power Steering Service Have you really ever considered a power steering service? Power steering takes fluid that builds-up excess moisture and gets dirty over time. Having the power steering cleaned out removes all this dirt and stops the power steering from corroding. Check with your Service Advisor to see if it’s time you had your power steering checked out. Wheel Alignment Your car will start to pull to one side if your wheels come out of alignment. Not only is this annoying but it’s downright dangerous and really damages your tires; leading to costly repairs. Most owner’s manuals come with the recommendation of checking you ... read more

Get Your Spectrum Car Care Official Paper Model Vehicle!

Get Your Spectrum Car Care Official Paper Model Vehicle!

Here's our official Spectrum Car Care paper truck! Attached you will find the paper model of the VW 23-window van with our logo on it. I recommend you print the model on paper of about 200 gr/m2. Standard matte photo paper will do fine. Get your scissors and glue and get started!  Click HERE to download the PDF version.

The Multiple Reasons you Need a Multi-Point Inspection

Your car is always going to take a beating unless you keep it stored in a climate-controlled garage and under glass. Everything wears down your auto including the weather, the road, and good old fashioned Father Time. All this wear and tear builds up and damages the car. This is why you need to have a multi-point inspection done to your vehicle. These give you the best method of keeping track of every system on your vehicle and assessing how much maintenance, if any, needs to be done before the problem can become a real issue. You might not remember that time the curb jumped out of you “once” but your car can remember in the form of a worn tire or damaged suspension. These are the kind of problems that a multi-point inspection can uncover. So just what is a multi-point inspection? It’s when all of the essential pieces of your car are inspected. This includes the fluids, the air filters, the brake pads, the batter, and the tires; including a pressure and tread dept ... read more

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