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13973 W Indian School Road

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(480) 342-7100
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29233 N Cave Creek Road

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(602) 422-9250
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5211 E Thomas Road

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(623) 299-9750
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9715 West Happy Valley Road

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(623) 544-3676
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14297 W Grand Ave

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(623) 925-1571
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3900 S Estrella Parkway

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(480) 488-2914
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6022 E Cave Creek Rd

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(623) 551-7474
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4205 W Summit Walk Ct

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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

Check out this valuable “Good Neighbor” package of services we’ve put together for you for just $24.95! Set up your appointment to take advantage of this great deal today! (Click to enlarge ad)

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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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FREE spare tire check!

FREE spare tire check!

Happy New Year! How are you doing on your resolutions so far this year? We’re going to ask you to make one more…but we’re making it easy! After talking to our staff, the one thing we found people often neglect to do is check condition of their spare tire. It’s easy to forget, but finding out you have a worn or under-inflated spare when you need it could be a nightmare. So, for the rest of January, stop by any Wilhelm Automotive locations and we’ll carefully inspect your spare for FREE! It’s one resolution that’s easy to keep

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Car Care in 2011

Car Care in 2011

As we ring in the New Year we would like to take this time to thank our readers for their support of the Car Care column that runs every other Wednesday in the Arizona Republic, and for your continued feedback and questions—keep them coming! We look forward to another year of helping you with your Car Care questions. And with that, we would also like to share with you a list of ‘resolutions’ for your car. Keep them in mind, and your car will thank you for it! Here’s our checklist: Perform your scheduled maintenance services Each month, check your tire pressure and tires as well as your lights and where possible, your fluids. Every three months have a complete lube oil and filter done on the vehicle. Wherever it’s done, be sure it includes checking the engine oil and filter, all fluid levels including the transmission and power steering fluids, battery check, belt and hose check. Every six months you should replace windshield ... read more

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From the True Scary Car Repair Stories files

From the True Scary Car Repair Stories files

Doug Gyder, manager of the Tatum Ranch location found himself with a serious automotive situation, and he was miles from home and any Wilhelm Automotive car repair location… While enjoying some down time in the Black River area of Arizona– around Tick Flat–and fording the river in March of 2007, Doug hit a rock with his rear drive shaft. It twisted like a cork screw. He need to cut a hole in the bed of the truck, and disconnect the rear drive shaft, so he could drive the truck out of the river with the front wheel drive before night fall. The process included working in 33 degree water with his tools. Fortunately he was successful. Overnight, the river rose several feet and had Doug failed to get the drive shaft disconnected, the truck would have washed away and it would have been a long walk out of the wooded area. This remote part of Arizona is not known for having many visitors in March and he saw no one else during his adventure-filled weekend

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Timing Belt Replacement service

Q: I took my 1994 Acura MDX (38,500 miles) to the dealership for its 37,500 mile maintenance schedule (06/09) and they strongly recommend a Timing Belt Replacement service, including Replacing the drive belts and inspect the water pump, due to the age of the car (4 years-old). (Cost of $789.95!) I did not agree to perform this service. Do you recommend I perform the service or wait? Thank you for your time and assistance. Looking forward to your response.Raf A: The Accura owner’s manual recommends you replace your timing belt and inspect the water pump at 105,000 miles or seven years or under severe driving conditions, replace at 60,000 miles. I would agree with the Manufacturer’s recommendation. The timing belt on this particular model is very wide and generally very dependable. Unless a visual inspection showed cracking or damage, I would wait until 60,000 miles (recommended in severe service/ 110-degree Arizona weather), or seven years, whichever comes fi ... read more

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Having trouble with the break lights staying on all the time

Q: I have a 1996 Dodge Ram 1500 and am having trouble with the break lights staying on all the time. The emergency and anti-lock brake system lights. What is the cause and what needs to be done? Thanks for your help. Dominic A: There is no straightforward answer to this problem and a situation like this often comes down to three most likely causes: -speed sensor -anti-lock brake module -wiring or relay There is really no way to know without tapping into the car’s computer and running diagnostics on the system. The costs can vary to perform the tests, but will usually run about $100 (for the test only; repairs to fix the cause may be an additional expense)

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Service advisor said the power steering may fail

Q: I am the original owner of a 2005 Scion tc with almost 45,000 miles. It is serviced every 5,000 miles at the dealership. In 2007, I was told it was “cautionary” but that the power steering system needs to be flushed. Recently I was told it “failed” and the “fluid is dirty/contaminated”. The service advisor told me not to delay as the power steering may fail. Cost is about $110. I am a cautious driver and only drive on city streets or freeways. The steering is handling quite well with no problems. I believe I am being scammed as I have heard from others that the power steering fluid almost never needs to be replaced and cars that are 20 years old still have the original power steering fluid. Please advise. Thanks.
Debra A: It’s a good question and actually a bit of a ‘hot topic’ in the auto repair world. Some people believe you never have to
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