The All Important Oil Change – A Must for Your Vehicle’s Health

The all important Oil Change

At Northside Auto Repair know that an oil change might seem like a mundane task. But have you ever wondered about the last time your vehicle’s oil was changed? Or when it’s due for an oil change and filter? Well, much depends on whether you’re using synthetic oil, a blend, or standard oil.

Each type of oil comes with its unique properties. Starting with conventional motor oil, it is refined from crude oil extracted from the ground. It provides standard protection against wear and tear, and is often recommended for older vehicles because of its thicker consistency. However, it requires more frequent changes – every 3 months or 3600 miles.

Synthetic oil, on the other hand, is engineered in a lab. It offers superior engine wear protection, stays slippery at colder temperatures, and is less volatile, meaning there is less loss of the oil to the engine’s exhaust stream. This oil type can go for longer periods between changes, typically 6 months or 5000 miles.

While synthetic oil generally protects better over a longer time, it flows more smoothly than conventional mineral oils. This can be beneficial for an older engine, but it doesn’t mean you should extend the intervals between oil changes indefinitely. Even top ASE mechanics have found that with synthetics, it’s better to change more frequently than not.

If you live in a windy, dirty environment, such as Albuquerque, or drive on dirt roads regularly, all of your fluids, including oil, should be maintained at a shorter interval. The impurities from these conditions can infiltrate your oil and reduce its effectiveness.

So, remember, your vehicle’s health largely depends on regular oil changes. Whether you use conventional or synthetic oil, keep track of when your vehicle is due for its next oil change. It’s a simple act that can greatly extend the life of your vehicle.

Stay tuned to Northside Auto Repair for more tips on maintaining your vehicle’s health!

ASE Certified Technicians

ASE Professionals

Northside Auto Repair – Your Home for ASE Certified Technicians

Welcome to Northside Auto Repair, where our team of ASE certified technicians is ready to provide exceptional automotive services. Our commitment to excellence and ongoing training ensures that we stay updated with the latest advancements in the industry. Trust us to keep your vehicle running smoothly.

What Does ASE Certification Mean?

ASE, short for the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence, is an independent organization that certifies professionals in the automotive repair and service industry. When a technician is ASE certified, it means they have met the stringent experience and knowledge standards set by the organization.

Why Choose Our ASE Certified Technicians?

At Northside Auto Repair, our ASE certified technicians have demonstrated their expertise in various areas of automotive repair and maintenance. They are equipped with the necessary skills and knowledge to diagnose, repair, and service your vehicle efficiently and effectively.

We believe in quality, which is why we invest in our technicians by providing them with continuous training and the latest diagnostic tools. This commitment to excellence allows us to deliver top-notch automotive services that you can rely on.

Our Services

Our ASE certified technicians specialize in a wide range of automotive services, including:

  • Engine diagnosis and repair
  • Brake system service and repair
  • Transmission service and repair
  • Electrical system diagnosis and repair
  • Heating and air conditioning service and repair
  • Preventative maintenance services

Schedule Your Service Today

Don’t settle for anything less than the best when it comes to maintaining and repairing your vehicle. Trust our team of ASE certified technicians at Northside Auto Repair to take care of your automotive needs.

Contact us today to schedule your service. We’re looking forward to providing you with the high-quality automotive care that you deserve.

Springtime Brake Inspection

NAPA Brakes

Why You Need to Get Your Brakes Checked at Northside Auto Repair, a Neighborhood NAPA AutoCare Center

At Northside Auto Repair, we understand that vehicle safety is a top priority for you and your family. That’s why we highly recommend getting your brakes checked regularly. Don’t wait until it’s too late to ensure your safety and the safety of others on the road.

Importance of Regular Brake Inspections

Regular brake inspections are essential because they identify any issues before they become major problems. Our team of ASE certified mechanics at Northside Auto Repair will inspect all brake components, including brake pads, shoes, rotors, drums, and calipers, using state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment.

Addressing these problems promptly can help you avoid costly repairs or complete brake failure. By having your brakes inspected regularly, you can have peace of mind knowing that your vehicle is safely equipped to stop.

What Can Go Wrong with Brake Parts?

Brake systems are comprised of multiple parts that work in unison to bring your vehicle to a stop. Over time, these parts can become worn, damaged or corroded, leading to reduced braking performance and potential failure.

The most common issues with brake systems are worn brake pads and rotors. When brake pads wear down, the metal backing plate starts rubbing against the rotor, causing a metal-on-metal grinding sound and reduced stopping power. In extreme cases, brake pads can completely wear down, leaving the metal backing plate to grind against the rotor, causing severe damage and complete brake failure.

Similarly, rotors can become overheated, warped, or corroded, leading to a shuddering sensation or pulsating brake pedal when you apply the brakes. Ignoring these symptoms can lead to complete brake failure, putting you, passengers, and other drivers on the road in danger.

Get Up to $50 Back on New NAPA Brakes and Components

This month, customers who have new NAPA Brakes and components installed at Northside Auto Repair can get up to $50 back. NAPA Brakes are designed to provide superior stopping power, noise-free performance, and longer life, backed by the NAPA’s nationwide Peace-of-Mind Warranty.

Your safety is our top priority. Contact Northside Auto Repair, your neighborhood NAPA AutoCare Center, today to schedule a brake inspection. Contact us today to learn more about this offer.

Item Most Stolen from Vehicles?

Airbags are top stolen item

What item is most often stolen from vehicles?

Is it:
(A) Stereo
(B) Wheels
(C) Air Bag
(D) DVD System

Well, if you said stereo – you used to be right. But airbags have now surpassed stereos as the biggest target for theft – approximately 50,000 a year nationally in the United States. New airbags cost about $1,000 but go for $50 to $200 on the black market. Stolen airbags are making their way back into vehicles that have been in an accident in Albuquerque. Of course, the danger to the consumer of having a stolen airbag installed is that you can never be sure what may have previously affected them and if they will work right when you need them.

There are reports that 1 in 25 airbag replacements are stolen or salvaged airbags – or no airbag is installed at all.

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That is definitely a part you don’t want to take a chance with, so we recommend following the following guidelines:

  • Use a reputable collision repair center like Northside Auto Repair that employs ASE certified mechanics.
  • Inspect the invoice to ensure that the repair shop purchased the airbag from a NM manufacturer, dealer or recycler.
  • If you can inspect the airbag prior to installation, it should be packaged in a sealed container from the manufacturer or recycler.

You will see the SRS (Supplemental Restraint System) light when you first start your vehicle up. This tells you that the airbag system is activated. If you do not see the SRS light, there is a problem with the airbag system.

Meet Our Team

Auto Repair made easy
Auto Repair made easy

Vic Dugger – Owner

The Dugger family name has been trusted for quality auto repair and service since 1972. Vic opened Northside Auto Repair in 1994, after working for the family business and later as a Service Manager in Colorado Springs. Since 1994  more…

Edward Smith – Technician

I’ve been working for Northside Auto Repair for 14 years. I’ve been an auto technician for 22 years. I graduated from Monzano High School in 1986, then TVI now CNM, with a diploma in diesel mechanics in 1987.  more…

Rafael Hosteen – Technician

Rafael grew up in Phoenix and at a very young age started helping his father work on family vehicles. At the age of 20 he and another friend started their own business called “Two Guys Automotive”. They specialized in air conditioning, brakes and front end work. He then graduated from the Arizona Automotive Institute. more…

Northside Auto Repair

Northside Auto Repair can take care of all your vehicle service needs from basic maintenance to major repairs. We provide a best in the industry 12,000 mile/12 month national warranty to provide peace of mind on the road with over 13 ,000 Napa AutoCare Centers that honor our warranty.

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