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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 manual for recommended service intervals and have your fuel system cleaned by a professional service center. All Tune and Lube Total Car Care in Tempe recommends this service with each tune up, usually at 60,000 or 100,000 miles.

Here are some symptoms that can be caused by carbon buildup:

  • Engine pinging.
  • Poor acceleration.
  • Hesitation or lurching.
  • Lack of or poor performance.
  • Repeated stalling.
  • Rough idle.
  • Poor fuel mileage.

A fuel injection cleaning system and de-coke process will remove carbon deposits from your vehicle’s fuel system, injectors, intake valves, and combustion chamber. This cleaning process will not damage your vehicle’s fuel system or engine components. A typical fuel injection service will include the following procedures:

  • Clean fuel injectors.
  • Clean throttle body air intake.
  • Inspect fuel lines and fuel rail.
  • Pressure test fuel pump and system.
  • Inspect pressure regulator, vacuum line, and all connections.
  • Clean intake manifold, intake, and exhaust valves.
  • Remove carbon from combustion chamber and pistons.

The benefits are:

  • Saves you money – improves fuel mileage and heads off costly repairs.
  • Reduces the risk of breakdowns.
  • Contributes to the overall performance of your vehicle.
  • Reduces air pollution.
  • Increases safety and dependability.

From your local mechanics, All Tune and Lube Total Car Care Tempe. Complete auto repair and maintenance.

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Oil Change Tempe Arizona

Car DoctorAre 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 your vehicle!

Let me tell you what the difference is. There are any number of places where you can go in and get a quickie oil change. They’ll try to sell you a new air filter, a transmission service and maybe a belt but they haven’t really inspected your car and don’t know what it really needs. When you bring your car or truck in to All Tune and Lube Total Car Care Tempe our ASE Certified Technicians will first inspect the area around the engine bay for fluid leaks, check the condition of all the fluids and top off any that are getting low including your coolant and washer fluid. We’ll check your air filter and recommend one if you need it, check your belts and hoses. If there’s a “Check Engine” light on we’ll read the codes. Then the car is lifted and while the engine oil is draining we’ll inspect the under-car components, things like your brake lines, suspension struts and shock absorbers, exhaust hangers, control arms and bushings, ball joints and brakes. Before the car is lowered we’ll check the condition of your tires and adjust the tire pressure as needed. Finally the car is lowered, filled with engine oil and brought around for pick up.

While the technician is servicing your vehicle the service writer will be looking up the manufacturers recommended services for the mileage on the car. The service writer will then take the technicians’ report and the manufacturers service schedule and make recommendations to you about what needs to be dealt with and when. If there are any important items, the service writer might suggest they be repaired right away, for other work he’ll make suggestions as to when might be best and he’ll also tell you about anything that isn’t a problem now but should be watched.

When you leave All Tune and Lube Total Car Care Tempe you’ll have a written report of what was found, if anything, an idea of when the next service is due and knowledge about the present condition of your car. All that for a typical $29.90 oil change. Tell me that’s not a great deal!

At All Tune and Lube Tempe we’re able to take care of all your vehicle service and repair. There’s no need to go anyplace else!

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Synthetic Motor OIl Tempe

motor oilSynthetic 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 synthetic oil. The reverse is also true, switching from synthetics to conventional for most cars won’t cause you any problems, you just loose the advantages of the synthetics. The exceptions are engines that use turbo-chargers or that use the engine lubrication for a supercharger. Synthetics won’t give you markedly better fuel economy. Also, synthetics won’t make your car leak. If it was leaking before it sure won’t be any better but it also won’t be any worse.

Synthetic motor oils are better at handling heat. The reason as I understand it is that the molecules that make up synthetic oils are more uniform in length. In conventional oils a percentage of the molecules are short and that makes them volatile, subject to basically evaporating. That “evaporation” is what causes conventional oil to break down and get thicker. Turbo chargers deal with a ton of heat at the bearings and need the special properties of synthetic motor oil in order to stay alive. High performance engines and engines that are working hard for towing or hauling also create a lot of heat and benefit from synthetic motor oils. Additionally, synthetics last longer in your engine and don’t need to be changed as often. That can offset some of the additional cost of synthetics.

All that being said, conventional oils really do a great job. For most vehicles in most circumstances conventional oil is all that’s needed. I personally have two vehicles with over 225,000 miles and one with 175,000 miles that have never used synthetics and still run perfectly. The trick is to change the oil regularly.

Hope that helps. Your local mechanics, All Tune & Lube Total Car Care Tempe. Complete Car Repair and Maintenance.

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When Should I Get Rid of My Car Tempe Arizona

Broke Down Car“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 isn’t costing more than your car is worth and is reliable, you’re in good shape. Your insurance will typically be lower on an older vehicle, and you can use the money you’re saving for a down payment when the time does come to make a change.

But there are a few things that should influence your decision. One consideration is how well the car has been maintained over time. A well-maintained vehicle will last a lot longer than one that’s been abused and neglected. Even a car that was sort of “low end” when it was new can last a very long time if it’s well cared for. But if you’re trying to eke 20,000 more miles out of a car that’s started hemorrhaging oil all over your garage, you have to ask yourself if this is just the last in a long line of calamities. If it looks like a major failure is looming, it might be a good idea to consider making a change sooner rather than later.

If, when your car breaks down, you can do the repairs yourself it will probably make sense to hang on to the car longer. But if you have to pay a shop for your repairs, or a breakdown could put you in harm’s way, then maybe you want to upgrade. Also, if you rely on your car for your livelihood. When you’re in sales and you’re cold-calling all over the county, not having a reliable vehicle is more than an inconvenience.
An automobile can represent more than a means of transportation to many people, too. Cars might symbolize status, freedom and other non-transportation related ideals. When those motives become part of the mix, deciding when to sell can get more complicated. If you don’t have a car payment now and you can’t afford one, you’ll just have to weigh the intangible benefits of a nice ride against the real and immediate need to eat regularly.

If you decide to take the plunge and get rid of your car in favor of something newer, do your homework. Trading in your vehicle is the most convenient way to upgrade, but it might cost you. Dealerships typically pay wholesale prices for trade-ins, and you’ll be able to get more for your old car if you sell it yourself instead. Remember, it may be an eyesore and a big disappointment to you, but to someone else, it could be a diamond in the rough.

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

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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 seeing overheating cars around the shop on a regular basis. Often enough these cars will have gotten hot enough to do real damage to the engine and what once was a great car is destined for the salvage yard or an expensive repair. Here are the most common reasons why your engine will overheat and a little about what you can do about it.

Low Coolant: THE most common cause for engine overheating is just running low on coolant. Your engine has to have coolant circulating in enough volume to remove all the excess heat the engine generates. If there’s not enough coolant in there to do the job, your engine will overheat. Running the heater might help for a very short while but if you don’t have enough coolant in the system to get that heat out you’ll be in trouble pretty quick. By far, the first thing you should do if your engine seems to be running hot is check your coolant level.

Electric Cooling Fan Failure: Most modern cars and trucks have electric cooling fans. If the fan isn’t coming on, your engine will overheat. You’ll notice this most often when you’re not moving very fast. The electric cooling fan pulls air over your radiator when your car isn’t going fast enough to ram it through from the front. You can test this by letting your car idle long enough for the engine to heat up. When your engine reaches a certain temperature the fan should come on automatically, you can look under the hood to see if your electric fan is running. If it’s not there are two usual causes to this, a burned out electric fan or a bad cooling fan switch. The best thing you can do is take it to your favorite shop and have them sort it out. While a bad fan motor can be pretty obvious it’s a little more tricky to diagnose a failed engine coolant temperature sensor, relay or sometimes a computer control problem.
The Thermostat Isn’t Opening The most common symptom of a bad thermostat is overheating at highway speeds. Your engine may be able to stay cool at slower speeds when it’s not working that hard but at highway speeds your engine needs lots of coolant flowing through because it’s working harder and making more heat. If the thermostat doesn’t open or isn’t opening enough, there isn’t enough flow to keep things cool

A Broken Fan Belt: We don’t see this as often anymore but there are still a number of engines out there that use a belt to drive the cooling fan. You can replace your fan belt easily if it’s broken.

A Clogged Radiator: If your car has some miles on it, your radiator could start getting gummed up. You can avoid this and other problems associated with old coolant by flushing your radiator on the factory recommended schedule. This problem is very common with some GM cars that use Dexcool coolant that’s been contaminated somehow.

If your engine is running hot you should try to fix the problem as quickly as possible. A hot engine can do damage to itself, even if you aren’t going into a full overheating. Change your oil regularly and check it every other fill-up to be sure you are providing adequate lubrication to your engine, everything you can do to reduce heat buildup helps!

There are a number of other issues that can cause your engine to overheat but these are by far the most common.

Hope this helps!

From your local mechanics, All Tune and Lube Total Car Care Tempe Arizona auto repair and maintenance.

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Radiator car All Tune & Lube Tempe Arizona

Check Engine Yup Still ThereA 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 you mean the radiator cap isn’t holding enough pressure?”

“That’s part of the problem,” the mechanic said. “You need to lift the radiator cap and drive another car under it. Then you can replace the radiator cap, and it should solve your problem.”

Oh Man! Have we seen a few of those! Your local mechanic, All Tune & Lube Tempe. Complete Auto Repair and Maintenance.

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Brake vibration Tempe Arizona

Brake RotorHere’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 down from high speed, like when you’re getting off the highway. You might get a little shaking to a nasty vibration.

What causes it?
I don’t know how familiar everyone is anymore with vinyl records but if you remember them you’ll also remember how they would warp if you let them get too hot. Your brake rotors are a lot like those old records in that heat will warp them and unlike your records, your brakes have to deal with a lot of heat all the time. When we’re talking about brake rotors that warpage is called “run out” and the vehicle manufacturers have very tight limits as to how much run out is allowed. If your brake rotors have more than the specified limit you’ll get vibration through the steering.

How do I fix it?!
The first thing is to find out if it’s the front or rear rotors that are causing the brake vibration. If you’re getting shaking in the steering wheel itself, it is more than likely the front. If the whole car and shakes, it will probably be the rear but that’s a bit less common. The thing to do is to mount a measuring device, a dial indicator is what I’m familiar with, to the car, spin the rotors and measure the run out. Once you’ve found the offending parts you next measure their thickness to determine if it needs to be replaced because there’s a specified limit there too. If the rotors are thick enough you can have them machined true again, reinstalled and head on out. Don’t let anyone tell you that you necessarily need to replace your brake pads at the same time unless their getting thin.

That’s really about it. Simple problem, simple solution. I hope you’ll bring your car in to your local mechanics, All Tune & Lube Total Car Care in Tempe Arizona. Complete Auto Repair and Maintenance.

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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 Auto Repair and Maintenance.

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My Brakes are Noisy, Tempe Arizona

Disc Brakes 2-11-15“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 repair most shops see. There’s no mystery there, your brake pads and shoes are made in such a way that they wear out over time and we all know that while it’s great to be able to go, it’s vital to be able to stop! So when customer starts hearing noise from their brakes they get concerned right away. A little transient brake noise is perfectly normal. Dust, water, poor quality brake components and poor installation are the usual culprits of brake noise prior to the brakes being worn out. Sometimes even high quality brake components will make noise because of the material they’re made of.

A good shop, like All Tune & lube in Tempe just as an example, will do free brake inspections. They want you to be safe on the road and of course they want the business if your brakes really do need service. Take your car in, explain your problem and have an inspection done. Make sure the shop explains what they found and that they show you any damaged or worn parts before they start the work.

We often get a run of complaints about noisy brakes right after it rains, not something we’re all that used to here in Tempe. The car is inspected, a little dust blown out, maybe clean and adjust the rear drum brakes and the customer returns to the road happy.

Next there’s the situation where the vehicle has a set of economy brake pads installed. Very often there will be plenty of wear left on the pads but they make a lot of noise. You might be able to quiet the brakes down for a bit by scuffing the pads and taking the glaze off the rotors but the noise will usually come back in short order. The only real cure is to have the brake pads replaced with better quality parts. Very often poor quality pads are coupled with poor installation that makes the problem worse so in essence the whole job needs to be done again.

Brake pad material makes a difference too. Organic and ceramic pads are the quietest, semi-metallic and metallic pads less so. There are advantages and disadvantages to each material but that’s for another essay.

Other considerations aside, you can get brake noise even when quality parts are used if the installation wasn’t done properly. Re-surfacing the brake rotors, proper lubrication of the brake pad backing plates and caliper pins and correctly installed brake calipers are vital to the safe and quiet functioning of your brakes.
Then there’s the noises that means you need brakes now. A lot of brake pad manufacturers put a little tab on their pads that is intended to warn you when the pads are getting thin. Usually you’ll hear the squeel when you’re driving and the noise will go away when you apply the brakes. Pretty much a sure sign. The next is a nasty growling or grinding noise you get every time you step on the brakes. Too Late! You need pads and rotors right now! Actually, you needed brakes a while ago!

So the long and the short of it is if your brakes are noisy, take them to a shop you trust and have them inspected. That way you’ll know whether or not you have something to worry about. Once you know your brakes are in good condition you can sleep better and the other folks on the road will be oh so grateful!

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