Top 5 Breakdowns

26 04 2012

Dale BertramI just read a report listing the top car breakdowns in Arizona and I can vouch for them that these are the top five problems when a vehicle is towed to our shop.

The Fuel Pump
With the high cost of fuel these days, people are waiting until they hear the “beep” to add gasoline.  This is causing a lot of fuel pumps to fail. When you go below a quarter of a tank, the fuel pump is not completely submerged in fuel. This causes undue heat to be generated, the fuel acts as a coolant. We also recommend changing the fuel filter about every 30,000 miles to keep your pump healthy.

Batteries should be tested twice a year.  Our heat in Phoenix absolutely destroys batteries.  When you have it tested you have a better chance of replacing it when it is weak instead of breaking down because it completely fails.  When we service vehicles we also clean the terminals because build up on the terminals weakens their strength.

Radiators and Transmissions
The desert heat will wipe them out. The engine has a gauge in the dash so you can monitor the temperature. Most cars and trucks do not have a transmission temperature gauge. Fluids are the life blood of your vehicle. We recommend fluid exchanges to give these two components a long life.  Using the correct fluid at the correct levels is vitally important.

Hoses and Belts
We inspect these to make sure they don’t feel brittle or mushy or are cracked, frayed or bulging.  We also recommend replacing them according the manufacturer’s suggestion.

Keeping tires rotated and replacing when they lose tread is very important to the safety of motorists.  Keeping them properly inflated extends their life!

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Happy Motoring,






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