What is an Evaporative Emissions Leak? Tempe Arizona

Right at the top of the list of codes that we see on cars coming in to the shop here at All Tune and Lube Total Car Care in Tempe are those related to evaporative emissions leaks. These are the faults you hear about that can be as simple as a loose or bad gas cap, but they can indicate more serious…

What Does an Oxygen Sensor Do? Tempe Arizona

An Oxygen Sensor is a little device that fits on the exhaust system of your car and monitors how much free oxygen is there. Pretty straight forward, but why would you need it? I’ll tell you why.
Way back in the day, all gasoline engines were carbureted. That means that they had a mechanical carb…

Nissan Altima Loss of Power Tempe Arizona

Over the years we’ve had several customers coming in with their Nissan cars complaining that all at once, seemingly at random, their car will lose power. They pull over and wait for 45 minutes or so and the car drives normally again. We see this mostly in the summer months and the problem always o…

Why Does My Car Air Conditioning Smell Bad? Tempe Arizona

Ever get in to your car or your friends car and get smacked in the nose with the smell of old gym socks or spoiled cheese? Wonderful experience, isn’t it? Real hard to get a second date with that special someone if that’s what they think of when they think of you! The reason for this stench is m…

What is the Difference Between Shocks and Struts? Tempe, Arizona

Shock and struts, what do they do and what are the differences between them? At All Tune and Lube Tempe we see a lot of cars, many of them need shocks and struts but they can be tough items to sell because most folks don’t know what they’re for. Let me try to enlighten you a little bit.

Most…

Emissions Repair Mistakes

We do a pretty good job of emissions repair here at All Tune and Lube Total Car Care and have a good reputation with ADEQ, the state department that performs the tests. Customers are often very nervous about the cost to get their system up to snuff but, like most car repair, it’s not usually as ba…

Car Maintenance Schedule Tempe Arizona

If you’re going to keep your car alive and well over the long haul there are certain things you have to do on a regular basis. We call these items Routine Maintenance. Your cars owners’ manual has a list of scheduled routine maintenance services and the recommended mileage for those services, bu…

Where Can My Car AC Be Leaking? Tempe Arizona

If your cars’ AC system is low on Freon (It’s not really Freon, it’s a product called R-134a), you have a leak. No two ways about it. Your cars’ AC is a closed system, meaning that it circulates the same refrigerant over and over again and as long as there’s no leak it will never run out….

Car AC Not Blowing Hard Enough Tempe Arizona

Your car’s air conditioner is working but it’s just not blowing air as it’s supposed to. Maybe it only works with the fan in the highest setting or maybe it doesn’t work at all? Maybe the air will come out through the defroster vents or the floor vents but not through the dash? OK, no sweat….

How are Cylinder Heads Repaired? Tempe Arizona

I just wrote a little article about blown head gaskets. Now I’m going to tell you how the repair usually goes. While there are a number of ways a cylinder head can be damaged, I’m going to focus on the most common way: being warped due to overheating.

So the poor, sick vehicle is in the shop,…

What Makes a Head Gasket Go Bad? Tempe Arizona

If you’re wondering what it is that causes a cylinder head gasket to fail it could only be for one reason: You have a car with a blown head gasket. Bummer. Expensive too. At least it’s not terminal.

Let’s start off by explaining what a gasket does. If you have a container of some kind and it…

How Can I tell if my U-Joint is Failing? Tempe Arizona

Seems like I just posted an article about this…Hum, that’s right! I just did one about CV axles! CV joints in your drive axles and u-joints on your drive shaft perform pretty much the same function in that they allow a change in the angle of the shaft while still letting it transfer the torque f…

How Can I Tell a Bad Wheel Bearing? Tempe Arizona

Wheel bearings usually last a very long time, even if they’re abused (Ask me how I know) but sooner or later, like everything, they’re going to fail. The best thing you can do if you have a suspicion that you have a failing wheel bearing is take it to the shop where we can put the car on a lift…

Power Windows Won’t Work Tempe Arizona

Help! Help! Help! My window won’t move!

Well, just calm down, it’s not that big a problem. Let me get a little more information from you and we’ll see if we can’t get you back on the road of automotive bliss. We’re not gonna deal with any power probes or volt meters, just check the easy…

My Car Window Fell Off the Track Tempe Arizon

So one beautiful day the birds are singing, the sun is shining, your wife shows you how much she loves you and you know work will be smooth. It’ll be a grand day! Out to your car you go to begin your trip to work but when you close the door, THUNK! the window falls down inside. Curses! You hit the…

How Can I Tell If My U-Joint Is Going Bad? Tempe Arizona

Seems like I just posted an article about this…Hum, that’s right! I just did one about CV axles! CV joints in your drive axles and u-joints on your drive shaft perform pretty much the same function in that they allow a change in the angle of the shaft while still letting it transfer the torque f…

How Can I Tell if My Axle is Going Bad? Tempe Arizona

Drive axles go bad. The trick is to know when they’re about to give up on you. There are symptoms that will indicate that the drive axle in going bad.

Noise
A clicking noise when driving, especially when cornering, is typical of a drive axle that needs to be replaced. It’s usually not hard to h…

Car Air Conditioning Won’t Work Tempe Arizona

So, your car air conditioning won’t work? Huh, tough it out! That’s what I say. You think the pioneers had air conditioning in their wagons? No they didn’t! The whole city of Phoenix was built by people without air conditioning though I imagine they didn’t spend a lot of time in close proxim…

How Can I Tell if my Wheel Cylinders are Leaking? Tempe Arizona

The majority of cars in the road today use disc brakes on the front wheels and drums brakes on the rear. The hydraulic part of drum brake actually at the wheel is called a wheel cylinder. When you push your brake pedal you’re pressing on a piston in an item called the brake master cylinder that ma…

How Can I Tell if my Brake Master Cylinder is Failing? Tempe Arizona

You know, it’s great to be able to go. But it’s vital to be able to stop. All Tune and Lube Total Car Care Tempe does a lot of work on brake systems. I’m pretty sure it’s the most common “major” repair any car needs. There are a few components to your cars’ brakes like the brake pads o…

How Can I Tell if my Clutch Master Cylinder is Bad? Tempe Arizona

We don’t see a lot of manual transmissions anymore here at All Tune and Lube Total Car Care Tempe but there are still a number out there. While clutches last longer now than they ever have the hydraulics that operate most manual system still give customers grief from time to time. The clutch maste…

How Can I Tell if My Clutch is Going Out? Tempe Arizona

All of you die-hard manual transmission fans out there know that at some point, you’ll probably have clutch problems. We all learn not to ride the clutch when we learn to drive a stick, but unfortunately, most people still do it – and that leads to a worn out clutch.

So how do you know when you…

The Most Basic Engine Performance Formulas Tempe Arizona

The very most basic engine performance formulas!

C.I.D = BHP (Cubic Inch Displacement Equals Brake Horsepower)
Delta AT =BHP (Change in Absolute Temperature Equals Brake Horsepower)
RPM=BHP (Revolutions Per Minute Equals Brake Horsepower)

So here’s what you do if you wanna go real fast: Get th…

Where can I Dispose of Used Motor Oil? Tempe Arizona

You know, years ago I lived in a small town on a dirt road. A couple times every summer my dad would go down to the local auto repair shop and pick up a 55-gallon drum of used motor oil and spread it on the road in front of our house to keep the dust down. Turns out you can’t do that anymore! In f…

What is a Car Air Conditioner Service? Tempe Arizona

What does an air conditioning service for your car mean? What are you paying for anyway? Well, let me tell you.

Here at All Tune and Lube Total Car Care Tempe we see a lot of car air conditioners that don’t work for one reason or another. More often than not the refrigerant has leaked out and th…

How Do I get my Car Ready for Summer? Tempe Arizona

You live in Tempe where the summer months get hot. Freekin’ hot. Stupid hot. When summer rolls around there are a few things you want to take into consideration regarding your vehicle. For example, your cooling system has to work harder to keep the engine from overheating, tires have to perform un…

Should I Use 94 Octane Gas? Tempe Arizona

Your car either needs a high octane fuel or it doesn’t. The vast majority of cars fall in to the “doesn’t” category. The octane rating is a measure of the ability of fuel to resist “detonation” or exploding in the combustion chamber. Detonation becomes an issue with high performance engi…

Brake Noise Tempe Arizona

Brake noise is not at all uncommon and it doesn’t necessarily mean your brakes aren’t safe. That being said, some brake pad manufacturers install little tabs that are intended to make an obnoxious noise when the brake pads get too thin. There is always something rubbing when the brakes are appli…

Do I Need New Shocks or Struts? Tempe Arizona

So a customer comes in to All Tune and Lube Total Car Care in Tempe and complains that his car rides rough, he can feel every pebble in the road. He wants a price on new struts. This guy has been a regular here a the shop and we’ve recommended struts to him before just based on the mileage of his…

Why Does My Car Shake? Tempe Arizona

Here’s a problem we see pretty regularly here at All Tune and Lube Total Car Care Tempe. Customer comes in and says his car shakes on the road and the faster he goes the worse it gets. It doesn’t have anything to do with the brakes, the car will typically pull to one side or the other too. One o…

How Can I Tell if my Transmission is Going Bad? Tempe Arizona

Sooner or later, usually later, you’re going to have a transmission that will need repair. Don’t misunderstand me, modern transmissions are solid, reliable items and only seldom give you any problems if maintained and not abused but they’re just a mechanical contrivance and they’ll eventuall…

What Can I do if My Car Over Heats? Tempe Arizona

What can I do if my car overheats?

If you are driving at highway speeds and the vehicle starts to overheat, turn off the air conditioner, turn on the heater and immediately pull over to the shoulder. The odds are if the vehicle starts to overheat at highway speed, there is a problem in the cooling…

Will it Hurt My Car to Drive With the Check Engine Light On? Tempe Arizona

Will it hurt my car or will it hurt my engine if the check engine light is on? No, probably not, unless the light is flashing. Nevertheless, you want to find out what turned the light on because it may indicate something that could cost you performance and fuel economy. Also, if the Check Engine lig…

How Do I Sell My Car? Tempe Arizona

You’re selling your car. You figured out a price you think is fair and now you have some people responding but they’re not offering you what you want. What’s up w’ dat!? It’s a fair price! Why don’t they just pay it!? Well, listen up ‘cause this is complicated. The folks responding to…

How do I Get a Price for My Used Car? Tempe Arizona

Gonna sell the old car and get a new one, maybe just hoof it for a while, I dunno, but the car’s good as gone. But how much do I ask for it? Ah yes, there’s a little art and a little science in answering that question.

For the purposes of this article we’re going to assume that the car needs…

What is a Turbo Charged Engine, Tempe Arizona

What is a turbo charged engine and how does it differ from any other engine? That’s a fair enough question. The short answer is that a turbo charged engine has a device attached that shoves additional air in to the combustion chambers in order to produce more power. This is called forced induction…

What is Car Diagnostics Tempe Arizona

I just had an extended conversation with a new customer about the diagnostic tests needed to locate the problem with his truck and get it repaired. He didn’t understand why the diagnostic tests were needed and why we would charge to locate the problem then charge for the repair too. I get it. Folk…

Car Wont Start Tempe Arizona

So your car won’t start and you’re wondering what to do now. There really isn’t a simple answer but there are a couple of things you can check.

Often you’ll turn the key, the light on the dash come on as they should, you go to start the car, there’s a CLICK and then nothing. That’s usu…

5 Things Every Driver Should Know

You know, all of us here at All Tune and Lube Total Car Care Tempe are car guys to one degree or another (Duh!) and we find ourselves surprised by the basic things people don’t know about their cars. So here’s a quick list of the items that you really should know:
How to check your vehicles flu…

Vehicle Safety Recalls, Tempe Arizona

If you’ve ever wondered if your car is subject to some sort of safety recall that you’re not aware of there’s now an easy way to find out. USDOT National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has n web site up that will clue you in to any recall repairs your car should have had but according to…

Get Your Car Ready For Summer Tempe Arizona

Hey! Spring begins next week! In the rest of the country that means that the permafrost will get soft enough to begin digging out from winter but here at All Tune and Lube Tempe it means time to get ready for summer in the desert. Piece ‘o cake! Your car doesn’t need all that much to make it thr…

P0128 CEL Light Tempe Arizona

Here we are at All Tune and Lube Total Car Care with another in our semi-informative series of discussions about CEL codes! Yeah!

Today we’ll be talking about one we see regularly, the P0128 Coolant Temperature Below Regulating Threshold. Doesn’t even sound scary does it? I mean, how can you w…

Are Extended Warranties on Used Cars Worth It? Tempe

Are extended warranties (Service Contracts) worthwhile on a used car? At All Tune and Lube Total Car Care in Tempe we have to admit that we like it when a customer has a service contract on their vehicle. It makes getting the repair done right an easy decision for the customer. But from the customer…

What’s the Difference Between Cheap Tires and Expensive Tires, Tempe Arizona

We don’t sell tires at All Tune & Lube Total Car Care Tempe but since we take care of our customers’ cars we sure see enough of them and get plenty of questions about them. The most often our customers voice concerns over the expense of new tires and the difference between the economy brands and…

What Happens when a Timing Belt Breaks? Tempe Arizona

What happens when a timing belt breaks? Let your local mechanic, All Tune and Lube Total Car Care in Tempe clue you in.

I guess the first thing you need to know is what a timing belt is! The timing belt is a flat rubber belt with teeth or gears molded in to it that drives the cams at the top of yo…

What is a Tune Up? Tempe Arizona

What is a Tune Up?

When a customer asks for a tune up we find that they can sometimes mean something different than what we think they mean. This happened just yesterday and despite our best efforts the customer went away less happy than we like.

A normal tune up on a modern engine consists of r…

Kaiser Sells Jeep to AMC 45 Years Ago Today

Here at All Tune and Lube Total Car Care Tempe we’re big fans of Jeep. Today marks the 45 years since Kaiser sold the Jeep brand to AMC. Here are some pictures of Jeeps through the years to mark the day!…

Summer Battery Care, Tempe Arizona

Why is it that people only tend to think about their car battery in the winter? The fact is summer heat can be even more damaging than winter’s cold temperatures when it comes to car batteries. And yet, few people give batteries a thought during the heat of summer. The cold hard truth is that:

Wh…

What does an ASE Certification Mean? Tempe Arizona

What does an auto repair shops ASE Certification mean? Let me start off by saying that All Tune and Lube Total Car Care Tempe is an ASE Certified shop. An ASE Certified mechanic is a mechanic who has fulfilled the voluntary requirements for certification by the US National Institute for Automotive S…

Random Car Thoughts

Random car thoughts

Honest to goodness truth: When I started writing these articles a couple weeks ago I thought I would never run out of things to say about cars, trucks or Jeeps. Maybe I won’t, but today I find myself at a loss. So, since it’s unlikely that any of this will be read, I’m ju…

How Long Can a Car Last Tempe Arizona

So, how long can a car last?

When I was a younger man, a vehicle that had 100,000 miles on it was probably about done. Trying to keep a car on the road with that kind of mileage in the ‘70’s and ‘80’s is what led to me learning one end of a wrench from another. Oil changes every 2000 miles…

Should I Warm Up My Car in the Morning? Tempe AZ

Old dogs, new tricks. Or more accurately, the elimination of an old trick. Today I learned something new. I’ve owned a car of my own for over 40 years and nearly every day of that 40 years I’ve started my car and warmed it up for 5 minutes or so before I drove it away. Turns out that’s complet…

Buying a private party used car in Tempe Arizona

Time to pick up a new ride, freshen up the wheels, replace that hole in the road you’ve been pouring money in to. But you’re not ready to buy a new rig just now, looking for a good deal in something used. A lot of folks just hate looking for and buying used cars but some people, me for example,…

Devils’ Highway/Coronado Trail Road Trip Tempe

How about an article about one of my favorite road trips? At All Tune and Lube in Tempe I’m often surprised by the number of our customer who live here in the best of the United States but have never been outside of the major cities, sometimes not even out of the valley! Here’s a road trip that…

P0128 Tempe Arizona

A P0128 Coolant Temperature Below Thermostat Regulating Temperature code is something we see on a fairly regular basis here at All Tune and Lube Tempe. This and a P0125 is saying that your engines’ computer believes that the coolant isn’t getting up to the temperature required for your engine to…

P0420 Code Tempe Arizona

Here at All Tune and Lube Total Car Care Tempe customers commonly come in with a Check Engine Light (CEL or MIL Malfunction Indicator Light) and ask us what it means. Very often it’s nothing much, a bad or loose gas cap, maybe a thermostat but from time to time we’ll see the DREADED P0420 CATALY…

Goin’ to do Ajax this Sunday! Tempe

Oh Yeah! The weather and work load has cooperated and this weekend your friends at All Tune and Lube Total Car CareTempe are going to escape to Florence and go wheelin’! Here’s a link to a YouTube video that shows what this little trail is like. These aren’t our trucks but you’ll get the idea anyway…

Original Equipment or Aftermarket Parts? Tempe

From time to time our customers at All Tune and Lube Total Car Care Tempe will ask if we use aftermarket or original equipment manufacturer parts. The answer is that we use both because there are advantages and disadvantages, pluses and minuses to each. Here’s our reasoning:

An aftermarket part…

How to Spot a Dishonest Auto Repair Shop

We’ve all heard lots of stories about dishonest auto repair shops. My customers here at All Tune and Lube Tempe have told me enough of them about other shops. It’s not too hard to understand since most people don’t know a lot about how their car works or what it takes to do the repairs. The go…

Should You use a Dealer or Independent shop in Tempe AZ

Sooner or later every car owner will have to ask themselves if they should take their car in to the dealer or to an independent shop and it’s a question folks have asked us at All Tune & Lube Total Car Care. Both can repair your vehicle and do a good job at it but there are advantages and disadvan…

Can I Use Cheap Gas in My Car? Tempe Arizona

Customers have asked us at All Tune and Lube Total Car Care Tempe if there’s a difference in fuel between stations and if it’s alright to uses the cheap stuff in their vehicles. There’s a common belief among drivers that gas purchased at some gas stations isn’t the same quality as gas purchase…

What Should I Check Before a Road Trip Tempe Arizona

WOO HOO! Road Trip! It’s getting to that time of year here in Arizona when the weather is getting warmer but it’s not going to be so hot that’ll you’ll melt into a puddle of sweat. Time to take a road trip! Visit the Grand Canyon! See the Painted Desert! Go hiking in the Kiabab! Yeah! But wh…

Do I need a Brake Fluid Flush? Tempe

You know, it’s really nice to be able to go, but it’s vital to be able to stop! Be smart, take good care of your brakes. You’ll replace the pads and resurface the rotors as needed. Still, when your mechanic recommends that you get your brake system flushed, do you think you should you do it or s…

Do I need a Transmission Service Tempe Arizona

Do I need a Transmission Service?

YES! Though how often varies by manufacturer and vehicle, and it’s open to some debate.
The manufacturer’s maintenance schedule for many automatic transmissions doesn’t call for fresh fluid until 100,000 miles or, with some Ford transmissions, even 150,000 miles, s…

Fuel Injection Service Tempe Arizona

The very first time your engine is started carbon deposits and varnishes are formed in your vehicle’s fuel systems, on the intake valves, and in the combustion chamber areas. This is particularly true if you’re using an economy fuel. To prevent buildup in your fuel system, check your owner’s manua…

Oil Change Tempe Arizona

Are you taking your car in for an oil change every 3,000 miles or are you getting serviced? If it didn’t cost any more, which would you rather do? Here at All Tune and Lube Total Car Care Tempe we don’t just change the engine oil and send you down the road with a wink and a prayer, we service yo…

Synthetic Motor OIl Tempe

Synthetic motor oil. Customers will ask us here at All Tune & Lube Total Car Care Tempe if they should use or continue to use synthetic motor oil. First a couple myths that are very common to synthetics: If you’re using conventional motor oil there is absolutely no problem in switching to syntheti…

When Should I Get Rid of My Car Tempe Arizona

“I’m worried. Should I just get rid of this car?” That’s a question we hear around the All Tune and Lube Tempe shop from time to time and the answer is usually pretty simple. Hang on to your older car for as long as you can, especially if you don’t owe anything on it. As long as your ride…

Overheating car Tempe Arizona

Summer is coming to Tempe! And this year it’s warming up early. There’s not much as miserable as being stuck in traffic watching your temperature gage slowly creep up towards the red waiting for traffic get moving again so the engine will (hopefully) cool back down. Pretty soon we’ll start see…

Radiator car All Tune & Lube Tempe Arizona

A college student drove his ratty, raggedy old car into All Tune and Lube Tempe, needing some repair advice for his jalopy.

The mechanic looked at it for a couple of minutes and said, “What you really need is the radiator cap solution.”

“Oh,” said the student, trying not to sound too confused, “Do…

Brake vibration Tempe Arizona

Here’s something we see quite a bit at All Tune and Lube Tempe, vibration when the brakes are applied. It’s annoying and can feel disconcerting.

So what’s going on?
Brake vibration is where a shaking occurs when the brakes in your car are applied. You’ll often notice it more when slowing d…

What damage can a dirty air filter do?

I was looking for a better way to explain to my customers why they needed to replace their air filters, both for the engine and for the cabin, and I tripped over this on YouTube.

I hope you find this helpful. From your local mechanics, All Tune & Lube Total Car Care in Tempe Arizona. Complete A…

Handmade Ferrari 250 GTO

This is a beauty in craftsmanship that eclipses the fine assembly of even the most carefully built cars from a factory.

This from your local mechanics, All Tune & Lube Total Car Care in Tempe Arizona. Complete Auto Repair and Maintenance….

My Brakes are Noisy, Tempe Arizona

“My brakes are noisy”. We do a lot of brake repair here at All Tune and Lube in Tempe we get cars and trucks in all the time with that complaint. Typically it’s really nothing but noisy brakes aren’t something you should ignore and I’ll tell you why.

Brake service is the most common auto…

Why is My Check Engine Light On?

So your Check Engine light is on and you’re wondering what it could mean. Let’s see if All Tune and Lube in Tempe can help out a little.

The first thing you need to do is find out why, right? Take your car down to a shop you trust to have the codes read. The parts stores will read the codes fo…

Car Air Conditioning isn’t cold, Tempe Arizona

Here in Tempe Arizona your cars’ air conditioning isn’t just a convenience, it’s almost vital. As I’m writing this it’s early February and we’re already in the 80’s. When it’s hot outside and your car A/C doesn’t work, that’s a problem.

Your cars’ air conditioning system is b…

How do I make my car last in Tempe Arizona

Here at All Tune and Lube in Tempe one of the questions we hear from time to time is “How can I make my car last?” There really isn’t and big mystery, just keep up on your scheduled maintenance and fix things before they become an emergency.

Here are the key items needed to keep your car ali…

How to Choose an Auto Repair Shop Tempe AZ

Tips On How To Choose a Car Repair Shop

Choosing a car repair shop can be difficult. The problem with choosing a car repair shop is that there are so many options. Doing a simple Internet search for car repair shops can yield a ridiculous amount of results in your local area. For this reason, we wi…

How Important is Vehicle Maintenance? Tempe Arizona

Here’s a common issue, one that a lot of folks have to deal with way too often: A perfectly good car on which multiple maintenance items have been neglected. All the individual services needed to keep your car healthy and on the road are fairly easy to deal with when they’re done on schedule but…