Top Summer Auto Repair Service Priorities

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Navigating the Heat: Essential Summer Auto Repair Priorities

As the summer heat intensifies, it’s crucial to ensure your vehicle is in top condition to handle the rising temperatures and increased travel. At Northside Auto Repair, we prioritize your safety and comfort on the road. Here are the top summer auto repair priorities you should consider to keep your car running smoothly this season.

1. Brake Inspection and Maintenance

Your vehicle’s braking system is vital for your safety, especially during summer when road trips and stop-and-go traffic are more common. Increased temperatures can affect brake performance, so it’s important to have your brakes inspected for wear and tear. Our expert technicians will check brake pads, rotors, and fluid levels to ensure your braking system is responsive and reliable.

2. AC Service and Repairs

Driving in the summer heat without a properly functioning air conditioning system can be unbearable. If your AC is blowing warm air, making strange noises, or not working at all, it’s time for a service. At Northside Auto Repair, we specialize in diagnosing and repairing AC issues, from refrigerant leaks to compressor problems, ensuring you stay cool and comfortable throughout your journey.

3. Coolant Flush

The engine’s cooling system works overtime during the summer to prevent overheating. A coolant flush is essential to remove old, contaminated coolant and replace it with fresh fluid. This helps maintain optimal engine temperature and prevents costly repairs due to overheating. Our team will thoroughly inspect your cooling system and perform a coolant flush to keep your engine running efficiently.

4. Windshield Wipers

Summer thunderstorms can strike unexpectedly, and having clear visibility is crucial for safe driving. Over time, windshield wipers can become cracked and ineffective. Replacing them before the rainy season ensures you can see clearly during downpours. We offer a range of high-quality wiper blades and will gladly install them for you.

Schedule with Northside

Summer driving can be challenging, but with proper maintenance, you can enjoy a smooth and trouble-free season on the road. At Northside Auto Repair, we’re here to help you with all your summer auto repair needs. Schedule an appointment today and let our experienced technicians keep your vehicle in peak condition.

Get Your Car Ready for Summer

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As summer approaches, ensuring your vehicle is prepared for the hot months ahead is crucial. At Northside Auto Repair, we understand that a smooth-running car can make all the difference in your summer plans. From road trips to daily commutes, here are essential services to consider for a trouble-free summer.

Oil Changes

Regular oil changes are fundamental to maintaining your car’s engine health. During summer, high temperatures can cause engine oil to thin, reducing its effectiveness. By changing your oil, you ensure proper lubrication, preventing overheating and engine wear. It’s a simple step that can save you from costly repairs down the road.

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Your car’s air filter plays a vital role in maintaining engine performance by keeping dust, dirt, and debris out. During the summer, increased pollen and dust levels can clog the filter faster, leading to reduced engine efficiency and higher fuel consumption. A new air filter will help your engine “breathe” better, improving performance and fuel economy.

Brake Inspection and Repair

Safety should always be a priority, and your brakes are critical to safe driving. With the extra driving that often comes with summer plans, it’s imperative to have your brakes inspected. We check for wear on brake pads, rotors, and other components to ensure they are in top condition. Addressing any issues early can prevent more severe damage and keep you safe on the road.

Annual AC Service

A properly functioning air conditioning system is a must for comfortable summer driving. Regular AC service can help identify and rectify issues like refrigerant leaks, worn-out components, or electrical problems. By keeping your AC in top shape, you ensure a cool and comfortable ride, no matter how high the temperatures climb.

Taking these steps to prepare your car for summer can lead to a smoother, cooler, and safer driving experience. At Northside Auto Repair, we’re dedicated to helping you enjoy your summer worry-free. Schedule your appointment today and let us take care of your vehicle’s summer readiness!

Breathe Easy This Spring with an Annual AC Service and Cabin Air Filter Replacement

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Welcome to the Northside Auto Repair, where we aim to keep you informed, comfortable, and safe on the road. With spring upon us, many drivers look forward to warmer weather, but this season also brings challenges for vehicle owners, particularly when it comes to maintaining a clean and functional air conditioning system. Today, we’re discussing the crucial importance of scheduling your annual Air Conditioning (AC) Service and replacing your cabin air filter every spring.

Why an Annual AC Service Is Essential

Your vehicle’s air conditioning system plays a pivotal role beyond just keeping you cool during warmer months. It’s also vital for defogging your windshield and ensuring a comfortable environment free from dust and allergens. An annual AC service at Northside Auto Repair includes:

  • System Inspection: Checking for any signs of wear and tear on the AC components, including hoses, belts, and connections.
  • Performance Check: Ensuring the temperature and airflow meet the manufacturer’s specifications.
  • Refrigerant Level Test and Recharge: To keep your AC cooling effectively throughout the season.
  • Cleaning: Removing any bacteria and mold buildup within the system that can cause unpleasant odors.

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The Importance of Replacing Your Cabin Air Filter

Spring brings an increase in pollen, dust, and other allergens that can significantly affect air quality in your vehicle. The cabin air filter is your first line of defense, designed to filter out these pollutants. However, over time, the filter can become clogged, reducing its effectiveness and potentially affecting the performance of your HVAC system, leading to:

  • Reduced airflow through your vents.
  • Increased allergens and pollutants inside your vehicle.
  • Unpleasant odors.

Replacing your cabin air filter every spring ensures you breathe clean, fresh air and enhances the overall performance of your vehicle’s air conditioning system.

Enjoy a Fresher, Cleaner Driving Experience

At Northside Auto Repair, we believe preventive maintenance is key to extending the life of your vehicle and ensuring your comfort and safety on the road. Our experienced technicians are here to provide a comprehensive AC service and cabin air filter replacement, preparing your vehicle to tackle the challenges of spring and beyond.

Don’t wait for the first hot day or an unexpected allergy flare-up to remind you of your AC system’s needs. Schedule your appointment today and ensure your spring drives are as comfortable and refreshing as a cool spring breeze.

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!

Keep Things Flowing – Fluid Checks and Flushes

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The Importance of Fluid Checks and Flushes this Winter 🌡️💦

At Northside Auto Repair, we understand the importance of regular vehicle maintenance, especially during the winter season. One of the critical areas we focus on is your vehicle’s fluids. From the coolant that prevents your engine from freezing to the oil that guarantees smooth operation, maintaining these fluids at optimal levels is essential. In this blog post, we delve deeper into why fluid checks and flushes are a must-do for every car owner this winter.

Why are Fluid Checks Important?

The lifeblood of your car, quite literally, is its fluids. They lubricate, cool, clean, and protect the various components of your vehicle. Without them, your car would not run. Thus, it’s vital to keep these fluids at their optimal levels.

When temperatures drop, these fluids can thicken or even freeze, leading to suboptimal performance or, worse, significant damage. Regular fluid checks ensure that your vehicle is always running at peak efficiency, regardless of the weather conditions.

The Role of Coolant in Winter

Many people associate coolant with summer, but it plays an equally important role in winter. Coolant, also known as antifreeze, prevents the engine’s water from freezing in cold temperatures. If the coolant level is low or the mixture isn’t right, it could lead to a frozen engine – a problem no one wants to encounter on a chilly winter morning.

The Importance of Oil Changes

Engine oil is another critical fluid that needs regular attention. It lubricates the engine, reducing friction and heat build-up, and helps to prevent engine wear. In winter, the cold temperatures can cause the oil to thicken, making it harder for it to circulate and do its job. Regular oil changes will ensure your engine has fresh, high-quality oil that can withstand the cold temperatures.

Starting the Season with a Full Fluid Flush

To ensure your vehicle is ready for the winter season, we recommend starting off with a full fluid flush. This process involves removing the old fluids and replacing them with fresh ones. It’s an excellent way to remove any build-up of dirt or sediment and ensure your vehicle’s fluids are in the best possible condition for the winter months ahead.

At Northside Auto Repair, we’re here to help keep things flowing smoothly this winter. Schedule your fluid check or full fluid flush with us today, and let’s ensure your vehicle is in top shape for the cold season. Remember, prevention is always better than cure.

Stay tuned for more tips from our Winter Maintenance Checklist series. #FluidCheck #WinterMaintenance

Car Battery Care and Maintenance

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Car Battery Care: A Comprehensive Guide from Northside Auto Repair

Winter is here, and with it comes the chilly mornings and the dread of a dead car battery. It’s a common scenario that many of us have experienced: you’re ready to leave your house on a frosty morning, only to find that your car won’t start. That’s why at Northside Auto Repair, we believe in the importance of regular battery checks and timely replacements.

Don’t Let Winter Drain You: The Importance of Battery Checks and Replacements

The cold winter weather can be particularly harsh on your car’s battery. In fact, cold temperatures can slow down the chemical reactions inside the battery, making it harder for it to deliver the necessary power to start your car. This is why it’s crucial to ensure your battery is in good working condition as the winter season approaches.

Regular battery checks are not just a preventive measure to save you from the inconvenience of a dead battery on a cold winter morning, but also a critical part of car maintenance. These checks help identify signs of weakness or potential issues that could affect your battery’s performance.

Spotting the Signs of a Weakening Battery

If your battery is older or showing signs of weakness, it might be time to consider a replacement. But how do you know if your battery is on its last legs? Here are a few signs to look out for:

  1. Difficult Starts: If your car takes longer than usual to start, this may be a sign that your battery is losing its charge.
  2. Dimming Lights: If the lights in your car are dimmer than usual, it could indicate that your battery is not providing sufficient power.
  3. Warning Light: Most cars have a battery warning light on the dashboard. If this light is on, it’s a clear sign that something might be wrong with your battery.

Ensuring Reliable Starts All Winter Long

At Northside Auto Repair, we understand the importance of a reliable car, especially during the winter months. That’s why we recommend replacing your battery if it’s showing signs of weakness or if it’s older.

A new battery can ensure that your car starts reliably all winter long, giving you peace of mind and saving you from potential inconveniences. Don’t let the winter drain you or your car’s battery. Regular battery checks and timely replacements are key to avoiding the inconvenience of a dead battery on a cold winter morning. At Northside Auto Repair, we are here to help you with all your winter car maintenance needs.

Contact us today to schedule your car battery check or replacement.

ASE Certified Technicians

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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.

Know your rotors, repair your brakes.

Rotors and Brake repairs

Do you think you are having brake problems? More specifically rotors? Proper maintenance and service of your brakes is a top safety priority. The surface of the rotor is just as important as its thickness. This is why most rotors are coated, such as an anti-rust coating. This coating helps to protect the rotor from corrosion, reduce noise and vibration and improve braking power. Rotors also have different types of ventilation, such as vented rotors and cross-drilled rotors. These allow the brake pads to cool more quickly and reduce heat stress on the rotor surface. The type of ventilation used depends on the driving conditions, so it’s important to get professional advice when choosing a rotor for your vehicle.

At Northside, we always make sure you use quality brake pads when replacing your rotors. Cheap, low-grade brake pads can wear down the rotor more quickly and increase the risk of damage. Quality brake pads are designed to work in harmony with rotors to provide maximum braking performance and safety. Remember that good brakes are essential for safe driving, so always get professional advice before making any changes to your braking system.  Your technician can inspect, diagnose and repair any brake problems you may have and suggest the best solution for your vehicle. This way, you can be sure that your brakes will keep you safe on the road.

Rotors Wear Out

Sometimes, Rotors may no longer be able to be machined and operate safely. When this happens it is time to replace the rotor completely. Schedule a brake inspection with Northside Auto Repair to have the rotors replaced using quality parts. This will ensure that your car is safe to drive and that the brakes perform as they should. Brake pads are also part of what we inspect in a brake inspection. We believe the use of quality pads can extend the life of your rotors. Brake pads play an essential role in the safe and effective operation of your brakes. Brake pads provide a cushion between the rotor and brake caliper, causing them to press together when you step on the brake pedal, creating friction that slows down your car.

We understand how important your safety is, so we always make sure to inspect your brakes and replace any worn or damaged components with quality parts. Brake maintenance is essential for keeping you safe on the roads, so don’t hesitate to contact Northside Auto Repair for your brake service needs. We’ll get you safely running and stopping in no time! Fixing Brakes can be complicated. Let us help keep you.

Springtime Brake Inspection

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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.