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Wilhelm Auto Part of AZ History

Wilhelm Auto Part of AZ History

Wilhelm Automotive – a business older than the state Old Wilhelm Wilhelm Automotive in the early years. This is the story of Wilhelm Automotive as told by its present owners. Wilhelm Automotive is a story of four families who have kept a thriving business at the same location since 1889. It all began as the original settlers came from Peoria, Ill. to settle in the Northwest Valley and establish Peoria, Ariz. A pioneer named Milt “Tuck” Blackwell began the original business as a blacksmith operation to serve the pioneer farmers. Milt sold his business to the Jennings Brothers, who changed the name and focus from blacksmith shop to include mechanical repair and thus named their establishment, Jennings Garage. After many years of community service, the Jennings B ... read more

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Wilhelm Manager Gets Prestigious Automotive Degree

Wilhelm Manager Gets Prestigious Automotive Degree

Wilhelm Automotive Surprise Manager Jim Swift has received the Automotive Management Institute’s (AMI) Accredited Automotive Manager degree. The AMI is the leading provider of management education for the automotive service and collision repair industry. The Accredited Automotive Management degree requires 120 credits of coursework and a final self-study course. The prestigious Accredited Automotive Management designation is a symbol of professional achievement that will continue to shape the future of the automotive service industry. More than 1,500 individuals have earned the prestigious AAM designation, with approximately 100 new graduates each year. The AAM designation has become a cornerstone in professionalizing automotive service management. “I chose to pursue the AAM degree because I am always looking for ways to improve my skills and the ability to better take care of my customers. The degree has made doing my job easier as I now know ... read more

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Owner’s Manual Important for Maintenance

Three years ago, I bought a used 2005 Nissan Sentra . I don’t have an owner’s manual and I’d like to figure out when should I replace the timing belt and transmission fluid. What type and weight of oil/transmission fluid should I use? I recently had the alternator and a/c belts replaced. Thank you for your articles and your assistance. You might look online for a used version of your owner’s manual. It’s important to have a manual to refer to for items such as when to service your vehicle and other maintenance information. Some manufacturers, including Nissan, have manuals online and offer them for free (depending on the year and make of the vehicle.). The 2005 Nissan Sentra actually has a timing chain not a timing belt. The timing chain is similar to a bicycle chain, and because it’s metal, should ideally last longer. The timing chain was the preferred mechanism for vehicles in the 70s and 80s, but there has been a resurgence of its use on ... read more

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Happy to Help!

Do you read our Car Care column published every other Wednesday in the community sections of the Arizona Republic? We love hearing from the readers, especially when we can help them solve a car care problem! Here’s some feedback we just got about a recent column: Hello Car Care Chris Garman, Thank You for your ‘Motor Mounts can cause shaking’ article in SE Valley Living Section, dated 04/27/11. I too have an ’03 Ford Focus and to me it has always been vibrating since I purchased it brand new back in January of ’04 from Five Star Ford (now Chapman Ford). I had it in the shop the other day and as luck would have it the dealer was able to replace all three of the motor mounts under my Ford Extended Warranty. I think it would have been close to $1000 to have them all replaced plus labor which were covered under the extended warranty minus the $100 deductible. Now the car rides like a new car (for the 1st time…!!) and it is also very smoo ... read more

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WILHELM AUTOMOTIVE PEORIA SHOP FINALIZING RENOVATIONS Peoria, Ariz.—Wilhelm Automotive, a family owned and operated auto repair business, will finalize renovations on its oldest facility in Peoria this month. The shop has been on public tax records since 1917, and operated as an auto repair business since the 1920s. The Peoria location is about 17,500 square feet and employs 20 staff members, making itPeoria Shop Renovation the largest of their five current locations. This most recent renovation has been in progress since 2006, when the decision was made to upgrade the building’s façade, a change that was approved by the City of Peoria and their downtown redevelopment project. Thom Gyder, Wilhelm Automotive Chairman, and the Wilhelm Automotive team have worked closely with the City of Peoria and the downtown redevelopment since the 1980s. The biggest change to the facility will be the move of the reception area of the shop to the main repair bui ... read more

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Question About the ECO Light on Your Car

My girlfriend and I purchased a new Infinity M37S. The car has four automatic and a standard shift mode. In ‘ECO’ (economy) drive transmission gags or chokes down and barely picks up speed. Once, the car stalled at intersection after stoplight while in ECO drive. We were told to drive in standard mode and that works fine. To start our car you need to depress brake and often takes 3/4 minutes before engines turns over (engine won’t turn over as if batteries are dead). My battery was replaced after ten months but we still have the problem. I was told until they duplicate problem there is nothing they can do. The ‘ECO’ button is common on cars that have been purchased in the past two years. The option gives the operator the ability to drive the car with more fuel efficiency. Usually this mode will run the car on less power, using less gas for more mileage. If we could get the vehicle to duplicate the problem, we could diagnose it. It may not be a transmissio ... read more

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Stinky smell from air vents and slippery transmission

I saw an article of you in the Southwest Valley Republic where you answer questions for consumers and I actually have two if you can possibly help. First off I drive a 2007 Chevy Impala LT. I recently moved here about 6 months ago from Indiana so I’m not use to needing to use my A/C in the car that much. Now that I am in Arizona I use it almost all the time and the past month or two I have noticed a very musty smell….almost like spoiled milk coming from the vents. It’s not all the time but typically the warmer out the more I notice it. Sometimes it is only noticeable for a few minutes and other times it’s noticeable for the entire trip. My car is kept clean and I use air fresheners but this smell will not go away. The only thing I can think is that there is moisture somewhere inside and the water is getting stagnate. I just thought I would see if this is an issue you have heard of before and if so what would it cost to fix this?My other question i ... read more

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Wilhelm Auto Repair’s Oldest Store Revamped

Wilhelm Auto Repair’s Oldest Store Revamped

L-R are Thom Gyder, Winner Brian Hodson and Chris Garman Congratulations to Brian Hodson who was the big winner of the Wilhelm Automotive SMART Car raffle drawing! Brian is a long-time customer at Wilhelm’s Tatum Ranch location and says he ‘never wins anything.’ He is also the owner and CEO of Hodson Jewelry Galleries based in Scottsdale, Arizona. We were so pleased to hear that within days of winning the SMART car, Brian was already driving it to complete his work ‘loop’—a route he takes several times a week to visit various vendors and jewelers. He used to drive a motorcycle on the route to save gas but says the SMART car gets the same gas mileage and offers him the comfort of air conditioning. Hodson noted he gets asked about the car all the time, and people always notice it when he is driving. “Ours is a family business as Wilhelm is, which was a factor in choosing you to do our work. I prefer independent stores, no matter what the busines ... read more

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Wilhelm Valuable discount package

Wilhelm Valuable discount package

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Car Care Airbag Question

I have a 2000 Voyager minivan, and the air bag light came on and stays on. I have checked fuses and they were good. I brought vehicle to repair shop, where they performed a diagnostic scan which showed two faults. The shop says clock spring in steering wheel is faulty and also passenger air bag unit. They say clock spring must be replaced in order to determine if passenger air bag must be replaced also. Cost estimate $400 for clock spring replacement and $1200 for passenger air bag. Is there any other solution to this problem? This vehicle has 73,000 miles on it and never been in a collision. All parts are original equipment.Thank You for your time, Sam It’s not uncommon for the clock spring to cause most air bag lights, and our shops have replaced a few over the years. As far as passenger side—we have been repairing vehicles for more 28 years and in my experience, have never had to have one replaced that didn’t deploy from an acci ... read more

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