Win this 68 Chevy Chevelle at the Auto Show 2017!
The Sagebrush Community Church is raffling a mint 68 Chevy Chevelle! Check it out:
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.
25 years ago McLaren set a speed record of 240.1 MPH and did it without special movable aerodynamics, huge special breaks, or specially designed tires. Just a street ready Supercar with high speed tires.
Impressive. Watch this just released video showing the story and inside the cockpit video of the machine and the man, Andy Wallace, as he set an unheard of speed record 25 years ago.
Wallace’s style and coolness under pressure remind be of the early test pilots such as Chuck Yeager, the first man to break the sound barrier.
Learn how well the new shocks work and, more importantly for car heads, how and why they work. First, for a little history:
Suspension damping technology has remained relatively unchanged for the past 100 years. Conventional dampers (known to the layperson as shock absorbers) work by forcing a piston through a chamber filled with pressurized hydraulic fluid. Orifices in the piston direct fluid flow, while stacked washers, known as shims, control the rate at which the oil passes through. Throughout the years there have been advancements in shock absorber technology, but the basic theory has remained the same. Shocks can be commonly found in twin-tube and mono-tube, while racing applications have given us position-sensitive damping (also known as bypass, both internal and external), large-diameter bodies, and remote reservoirs. When Chevrolet set to engineering the Colorado ZR2, it could have easily tapped industry stalwarts Fox, King, or Bilstein. Instead, it commissioned the engineers at Multimatic, who were behind the revolutionary dampers used on the ’14 Camaro Z/28, to design and build the shock absorbers for the company’s new off-road warrior.
And the basics: These shocks (aka dampers) replace all the old internal hardware completely:
In Multimatic’s DSSV dampers, spool valves replace the traditional piston and shims. Each spool valve has a spring-loaded valve that opens and closes at a variable rate depending on the speed of the damper’s shaft. Further, the orifices in the spool valve can be adjusted, allowing engineers to make the dampers firmer or softer depending on the amount of force being applied to the spool valves. For example, the Keyholes (as Multimatic calls them) can be tuned so that under light pressure (such as cruising down the road) the dampers are soft and compliant, and then under heavy load (such as large bumps while off-roading) the dampers can firm up.
And how well do they work?
Over the years, we’ve driven a multitude of vehicles with both internal- and external-bypass shocks. We’ve got to say, even with the limited wheel travel of the ZR2, the DSSV dampers work phenomenally well. They absorb big hits without any discomfort to the passengers while not creating any awkward vehicle movements. We still need more seat time before really casting judgment, but our first impressions are nothing but positive.
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:
And don’t miss this recall of Nissan and Infiniti models: Nissan Airbag Recall Shouldn’t Be Ignored
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?
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.
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?
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.
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.
Safe braking ability is critical to your safety. It’s time to get your brakes checked, and maybe replaced.
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.
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.
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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