Author: Tom Potts

1Mar
Lug nuts on an Audi

How To Inspect or Remove Your Lug Nuts

Keep those lug nuts on your car!

Most people pay no attention to their lug nuts, but making sure all of them are there and tightened properly is important to you safety.  Here is good advice and a video from AutoRepair.com:

You should check the tightness of the lug bolts on all four wheels on a regular basis. If you have had any work done on the car, be sure to double check after 10 or 20 miles. Properly checking them will make your car safe.

Source: How To Inspect or Remove Your Lug Nuts


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26May

Airbag Recalls are Serious Business

Pay attention:  If your airbag does not work when it’s supposed to, you could pay a steep penalty:

There has been a lot of attention on airbag problems since the massive Takata airbag recall. If you don’t remember it, this was the ongoing case involving airbags that had a likelihood of sending shards of metal flying toward driver or passenger in the event of airbag deployment. While this was a serious, and huge, recall that got a lot of publicity, any airbag recall should be taken seriously. There have been numerous recalls issued involving vehicle airbags, and if your car or truck is involved you should absolutely have it repaired. Safety recalls like the Toyota accelerator pedal issue can be a big deal.

The list in this latest recall includes:

  • Honda Accord
  • Ford Transit
  • Chevy Malibu
  • Chrysler 200
  • BMW 740 and 750

And don’t miss this recall of Nissan and Infiniti models:  Nissan Airbag Recall Shouldn’t Be Ignored

Source: Airbag Recalls are Serious Business

Drive Safe!  And call TKS Automotive for all your automotive repair needs.

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1Apr

When Do You Need a Muffler Replacement?

Time for a Muffler Replacement?

Muffler replacement is something most of us don’t think about very often, and for good reason.  They just don’t need replacement that often.

How do you know when it’s time?

  • Sound: Usually your car will get louder as the muffler wears out.  Listen for changes in the pitch or for a rougher, louder sound
  • Smell:  You may start smelling exhaust fumes, something that should never happen. This calls for fast action to prevent possible carbon monoxide issues.
  • Sight:  This is harder to do for your average car owner, since the muffler is hidden.  A good sight inspection may confirm what you are seeing and smelling, however.

If you encounter problems, you probably need a muffler replacement.  It is possible to do it at home, but if you aren’t the type to do it, or you don’t have the time, take your car to TKS Automotive, and we’ll do a professional muffler replacement for you.

Make an appointment today at TKS Automotive, LLC

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2Mar

What to do when Automotive Air Conditioning Doesn’t Work

How Automotive Air Conditioning Works

It happens to everyone eventually:  On a hot day, you switch on the air conditioner and nothing but hot air comes out.  What do you do now?  Do you know how Automotive Air Conditioning works?  How much will it cost, and who can you rely on to fix it right and fix it fast?

For a great primer on how Air Conditioning works, Matthew Wright of About Autos provides a lot of answers and a lot of detail:

How it Works, Basically
Any system that lowers temperature operates in similar fashion. First you take a gas, like Freon, and place it in a sealed system. This freon is then pressurized using a compressor. As it’s pressurized, it gets hot by absorbing the heat around it. This hot gas is then circulated through a series of tubes that dissipate the heat.

Scientifically, the gas removes heat rather than adds cold, but that’s a lesson in physics that doesn’t really matter to us right now. The gas can lose lots of its heat, in other words it gets really cold, when you reduce the pressure….

Your air conditioning system is made up of a compressor, a condenser, an evaporator (or drier), refrigeration lines and a couple of sensors here and there.

Wright’s aim is to empower you to recharge your air conditioning system, which is great for a lot of people.

But if you can’t (or don’t want to ) do it, no worries.  TKS Automotive is there to help.  Just give us a call or make an appointment and we’ll get you squarted away in no time.

Make an appointment today at TKS Automotive, LLC

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Source: How Automotive Air Conditioning Works

 

1Feb

Four Car Myths Debunked

Car Myths Debunked

We all have our favorite stories about car care and repair, and our favorite sayings about cars.  Auto repair expert Matthew Wright debunks four common myths in his post on AutoRepair.com:

Car myths are all over the place. Here are four of my favorites that are circulated as wisdom on a regular basis.

1. Rolling the windows down in hot weather saves gas.

I can remember driving around with my father on a hot, Georgia summer day with the windows down, drenched in sweat. As soon as I was old enough to embrace the beauty of the smart-ass question, I asked him, “Dad, why are we driving around with the windows down, do you need help learning the AC?” Instead of pulling the car over and leaving me on the side of a hot, Georgia road, he explained that he was saving money by saving gas.

The air conditioner uses engine power, which wastes gas, he explained.

Sorry Dad, you were wrong! There have been plenty of studies at this point, including the very scientific evaluation seen on Mythbusters, which all show that there is no benefit in gas mileage by driving with the windows down. The loss in aerodynamics produced by an open car outweighs any savings that could have been seen in burned fuel. If you like driving with the windows down, go ahead, but don’t do it because you think you’re saving money at the pump.

If you want to know what other common wisdom is not so wise, ask your trusted mechanic at TKS Automotive.  And get professional auto repair while you are there.

Make an appointment today at TKS Automotive, LLC

Click to Call: (505) 401-2136

Source:  Four Car Myths Widely Accepted as Truth

7May

Do you hear a squealing sound when braking?

Do they make other noises, like a thunk?  Perhaps they cause the car to shudder?

Safe braking ability is critical to your safety. It’s time to get your brakes checked, and maybe replaced.

It used to be simple…

TKS Automotive takes pride in the brake services that we offer.  What used to be a simple operation that could be done in your drive way has turned into something much more complicated.  There are numerous specialty tools that are now needed, and TKS is equipped with the latest tools and equipment to hand these operations.  We thoroughly inspect the entire brake system to make sure we are doing a complete repair. 

Machining your rotors

Most rotors are machined on the vehicle.  This allows the rotor to be matched to the hub and achieve a true “zero run out.”  By achieving a true zero run out it helps reduce vibration in the brakes and helps pro-long the live of not only the brakes but the vehicle as well.  We always clean and lubricate any metal to metal contact points to prolong brake life and keep noise down to a minimum. 

Quality of parts

This has been in issue in the past as well.  Cheaper parts tend to cause noise as well as leave large amounts of brake dust on the rim of the vehicle.  Spending a little more upfront can save you a lot of money and frustration in the long run. 

When you begin to question your brakes, let TKS Automotive inspect them and give you a recommendation on needed repairs.

Or we’ll give you peace of mind if no repairs are needed.

TKS Automotive in Albuquerque

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25Mar

2015 Corvette Z06 Brake Replacement Costs

We all know original parts cost an arm and a leg, but this is ridiculous:

It’s almost jaw dropping, that a 2015 Chevy Cruze starting at $16,170 is more affordable than the previously listed maintenance parts for a 2015 Corvette Z06. The parts come to a total of $16,730, which is $17,859.96 after taxes, according to a quote posted online from a Chevrolet dealer customer. But hey, pay to play. World-class Brembo hardware isn’t cheap….

Of course, it’s always good to check online:

Of course, there are a cheaper alternatives to dealership prices, as one commenter suggested ordering the parts online instead of the dealership – the total price being $9,900 shipped.

Let’s hope that the labor isn’t off the charts, too. 

If you want performance, sometimes you just gotta pay.


Read More…2015 Corvette Z06 Maintenance Costs | GM Authority.

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