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Wilhelm Gets You Ready for a Road Trip!

Wilhelm Gets You Ready for a Road Trip!

This month we’re combining our efforts to make sure your car is in tip top shape for that summer road trip. It’s National Tire Safety Month, which means it’s time to take a good look at all tires on your vehicle to be sure they are ready for the extreme temperatures and conditions on the roads this summer season. So for June only, we’re offering this special Road Trip Package! The Road Trip Package Includes: Complete inspection and rotation of all four tires (rotation if needed) Brake Inspection And, a FREE SUN SHADE..all for just $9.95. You can’t afford to pass this great offer up before your start your summer vacations! Call now to schedule an appointment

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Wilhelm Automotive’s Newest Location Celebrates!

Please join us on Thursday January 24 as we celebrate the opening of our newest location in the Scottsdale Airpark. The airpark store marks our sixth location and first franchise! This event will also kick off our year-long celebration of 85 years of business! Planned activities include: Ribbon cutting event from 9-10 a.m. with Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane and the North Scottsdale Chamber of Commerce. Tours of the new location Giveaways Live appearance from 98.7 the Peak radio from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. A special ‘Stuff the Truck’ opportunity to support Empty Bowls pet food pantry. Those who bring in pet food items (on Jan 24 only) at our Grand Opening event will receive a coupon for a oil change for only $8.50! Our Scottsdale Airpark location address is: Wilhelm Automotive – Scottsdale 15455 N. 83rd Way Scottsdale, AZ 85260 (480)

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Is this a sign of dirty injectors?

Q: I have a 2002 Buick Century with the small v-6. It has about 89,000 miles. Recently I noticed it seems to miss or hesitate when starting off at low speed with just a minimum gas pedal pressure. It runs ok as I give it more gas and at higher speeds. Is this a sign of dirty injectors, and if so what is a good additive to clean them, or is this possibly another issue.Ken A: I might consider another issue. First, do you have a check engine light on? If so, what is the code? When was the last tune up done (plugs/wires)? Quite often cleaning the Mass Air Flow sensor will take care of low speed hesitations. Another possibility is a dead spot in the throttle position sensor. If you feel an actual misfire, then I would take a look at the ignition system. The misfire could be slight enough that the computer has not picked it up yet. If you decide to take it to a shop, you could expect to spend about $100 to diagnose this problem. As far as fuel additives are concer ... read more

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Intake Manifold Gasket Leaking

Q: I was having some service work yesterday and was advised that I have an “Intake Manifold Gasket Leaking.” How serious is this and when should it be fixed? This on a Buick Park Avenue with 50000 miles.Thanks, Bill A: A leaking intake manifold can be very serious, and if ignored, can result in cross-contamination of engine coolant and engine oil. At each corner of the intake, coolant flows through to aid in cooling the engine, heads, and block. At the front and back of the intake is the sealing area where engine oil is present. If the coolant is leaking externally, it is very possible that the gasket is breeched and leaking internally as well. I would recommend you try to make the repairs as soon as possible to eliminate a more costly situation

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My fuel tank gauge always shows I have a full tank

Q: My fuel tank gauge always shows I have a full tank. What causes this and is it expensive to repair? I have a 1997 Buick Century. I have about 85,000 miles on my car. Maddy Leckey A: Inside the fuel tank, there is a float attached to the fuel pump. As the fuel level goes up and down, so does the float. As the float moves it sends a signal to the gage in the dash that indicates the fuel level. The float is connected to a resistor and if it goes bad you will get false readings on the gauge. Another possible cause is a bad fuel gauge in the dash. However, the most common problem is the sending unit in the tank. On your model vehicle, the float, resistor and fuel pump are all one unit (called a fuel pump module assembly) and have to be replaced as one unit. The average cost to replace the unit is around $700-$800 for the repair. Due to the potential expense, I would recommend having the system diagnosed to determine which of the two parts are in fact bad and e ... read more

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What is a battery service and do you recommend it?

Q: My mechanic recommended a “battery service” for my 2005 Honda CRV. I don’t see that service in my owner’s manual. What is a battery service and do you recommend it? -Mark A: You will not find Battery Service in the book. There really is no set time frame for servicing a battery and it’s a purely visual inspection. Over time, batteries vent acid and build corrosion on the terminals. This corrosion should be cleaned. At best, it will make your battery and starter work harder than it should, shortening its life. If it gets bad enough, the corrosion will eventually eat the cable ends and could impact the vehicles ability to start. If you have any doubts as to the legitimacy of the recommendation, just ask the service advisor to show you. What you’re looking for is either a white/green fuzzy looking buildup on the top of the battery or a gray dull look on the battery terminals. We do recommend battery service on an as needed basis. Our battery service includes ... read more

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Does my new car have to be serviced by the dealer?

Q: I just traded in my old clunker. Does my new car have to be serviced by the dealer?-Judy A: No, Preventive maintenance and service can be performed by any ASE certified automotive technician and they can maintain all manufacture warranties. However, do keep records of services and do the recommended services according to the manufacturer, so your warranty will be honored. The only service that must be performed by the dealer are the Manufacture’s Warranty repairs. An ASE certified technician and auto shop should make sure that you meet all of your manufactures recommendations and maintain your records. When a warranty issue does arise, your shop of preference should alert you, so you can take the vehicle back to the dealer for warranty repair. A simple phone call to your dealer is always a good idea so that you may confirm the item in question is still under warranty

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My heavy-duty battery often runs down

Q: I have a 2005 MR-2 Spyder, made in the last year Toyota made that model. I love the car, but don’t drive it very often, since it has only 15,000 miles or so on it. As a consequence, the heavy-duty battery often runs down. I’ve been told that part of the reason is not only the convertible’s infrequent use, but the fact that it was equipped originally with a Mobile Guardian system which aids in vehicle recovery and remotely disabling the vehicle. This system has never been used, but surely must help draw down the battery. I have asked several garages to disconnect this system, but no one is willing to do that. Do you have any suggestions that will help? Thanks for your help. Robert L. A: The alarm system should not be creating enough of an electrical draw to drain the battery, unless the car is being driven very infrequently (such as only once every few months). I would recommend you take the vehicle into a qualified service ce ... read more

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Radiator fan motor, underhood fuse box and front harness all has to be replaced?

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Radiator fan motor, underhood fuse box and front harness all has to be replaced?

Q: I recently took your advice in reference to getting a second opinion (re: article of 04/15/09). I had my 2000 Cadillac Seville serviced on 03/24/09. From a previous problem I also expressed my concern over coolant leakage and minor overheating of the engine when operating the car at slow, sustained speeds in heavy traffic. I was informed the radiator fan motor, under hood fuse box and front harness all had to be replaced to the tune of $2,500. I also received a warning not to drive too far! The second opinion I sought on 03/30/09 from an AAA approved, ASE Certified auto repair shop informed me that the suggested repairs were not needed and everything was working properly Ironically, since I received the first suggested repair estimate on 03/24/09, I have had no problems with coolant leaking or overheating. Could it be that the car healed itself? I have put on ... read more

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