Yearly Archives: 2020

CAR WINTERIZATION IN ARIZONA??

Although we live in the Sonoran Desert, and it doesn’t get nearly as cold as some other places, we still need to ensure our vehicles are ready for the colder temperatures. There are some basic maintenance things you can do to help prevent having issues on those cold mornings.   With the rapidly fluctuating temperatures that come with an Arizona winter, tire pressures can be affected greatly. For every 10 degrees of temperature change your vehicle’s tire pressures can change up to 1 psi. Over or under inflated tires are the number one cause of premature tire wear and can cause changes in your vehicle's fuel economy. Make sure your tire pressures are checked regularly.   Ensuring your engine’s cooling system has the proper 50/50 mix of coolant and water are crucial in preventing premature failure of the rubber hoses and plastic connectors in your cooling system. Water freezes at 32 degrees, whereas coolant is rated below 0 degrees. A cooling system fil ... read more

What is a Pre-Purchase Inspection and why should you get one??

What is a Pre-Purchase Inspection and why should you get one?? Buying a vehicle is probably the second biggest purchase you will make in your lifetime besides buying a home.  When you buy a home it is mandatory that an inspection is done prior to a loan being issued.  I believe is should be mandatory that an inspection by a third party be done on all used vehicles prior to purchase.  We have seen, on countless occasions, customers buying vehicles and then bringing them in for inspections after the purchase. Only to later have the check engine light come on, or the brakes start making noise. Or one of the various other concerns.   So what is a pre-purchase inspection?A  pre-purchase inspection is performed by an independent, third-party professional service, that evaluates a vehicle's condition before the purchase is made.   Unless the vehicle is unsafe to drive, the third-party evaluator does not ... read more

The importance of maintaining your vehicles alignment…

The importance of maintaining your vehicles alignment…

Modern vehicles are equipped with many warning indicators, including lights and chimes, to let you know when there is an issue requiring your local repair shops attention. This if fantastic until you start to think about things that are not electronically monitored, such as your vehicles alignment. Maintaining proper alignment angles not only ensures your vehicle drives straight down the road, it also ensures your tires are wearing evenly and are creating a good contact patch with the road surface. A vehicle even slightly out of alignment can wear a set of tires up to 50% faster than a vehicle that is properly aligned. Most shops offer a free alignment check and will even inspect all of your steering and suspension components as part of the check. At One Stop Automotive we recommend a thorough inspection of all your steering and suspension components at every oil change and an alignment check at least once a year. This is an often overlooked maintenance item that can lead to costly rep ... read more

Keeping your vehicles HVAC system clean and deodorized

Keeping your vehicles HVAC system clean and deodorized

Keeping your vehicles HVAC system clean and deodorized Does the air coming from your cars A/C vents have an odor? Has the volume of air decreased since you’ve owned your vehicle? Both of these can be signs of a restricted evaporator core causing bacteria to build in your vehicle’s HVAC ductwork.  It may be time to have a non-intrusive evaporator core cleaning and bacteria neutralization done. This is just another of the services we at One Stop Automotive can provide to you in an effort to keep your vehicle safe and long-lasting. Using BG Frigi-Clean and Frigi-Fresh in a combined service we can provide you with that peace of mind that your HVAC system is blowing clean refresh HVAC system cleaning air for many years to come. Call and book your service today for $84.99, 1-520-571-1811. BG Frigi-Clean® removes accumulated bacteria, mold, spores, road grime, nicotine oil, and debris and restores heating/cooling efficiency. Restores efficiency Improves airflow volume ... read more

Why Do Modern Vehicles Have Catalytic Convertors?

Why Do Modern Vehicles Have Catalytic Convertors?

Catalytic converters became standard equipment on new vehicles starting in 1975 and was mandatory by 1981 when it was fitted to vehicles for sale in the United States. Enabling them to meet newly introduced emission regulations. Catalytic Converters are an exhaust emission control device. It reduces toxic gases and pollutants in the exhaust system, to less toxic gases, using a catalyst material. This is called a redox reaction (an oxidation and a reduction reaction). See diagram below. Some Catalytic Converters can be expensive to replace. Especially if they are part of the exhaust manifold. Its extremely important that preventive maintenance is preformed on your vehicle so as not to damage the catalyst. Ensure your engine is running at is best and if it starts to misfire stop driving it and have repairs made as soon as possible. Routine fuel injection cleanings paired with a regular maintenance interval on spark plugs and other ignition system components can go a long way to helping ... read more