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Yearly Archives: 2017

2020 Tesla Roadster Unveiled

2020 Tesla Roadster Unveiled

This just in…. the all-new Tesla Roadster was unveiled Thursday evening and delivered from the back of a Tesla Semi in Hawthorne, California. But, you might want to hold on to your deposit money for now—at least until we get all of the details. Still, there are a number of paying customers who are willing to wait a few years for a new Roadster and happy parted with $50,000 or more to be the first in line for their dream machines. Here’s what we know so far—Elon Musk claims it is the fastest production car ever made. The new Tesla Roadster seats four, can rocket from 0-60 mph in less than 1.9 seconds, has a claimed top speed over 250 mph, and has a driving range of 620 miles. Impressive? Sure sounds like it. And the price? Just a quarter of a million bucks for the founder’s edition limited to 1,000 reservations or $200,000 for a base mod ... read more

Signs You May Need a Tune-Up

Signs You May Need a Tune-Up

Signs You May Need a Tune-Up If your engine misfires, hesitates, stalls, gets poor mileage, is hard to start or has failed an emissions test, it clearly needs something, though a tune-up in the traditional sense might not be the cure. If you tell a repair shop you need a tune-up, the mechanic should ask why you feel you need one before recommending any service. Just like a doctor should ask what symptoms you're experiencing, a mechanic should seek to diagnose the problem. And just as a doctor may recommend some tests, a mechanic may do the same. You can speed the process by being ready to describe what happens and when (such as whether your car hesitates when the engine is cold or when passing at highway speeds), any sounds you hear and what you feel when your car’s “illness” shows up. One caution about lower fuel economy: You should expect it to go down at least a little during the cold months, and maybe a lot. Colder temperatures make your engine and charging ... read more

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Maintenance

Do You Really Need to Change the Transmission Fluid?

Do You Really Need to Change the Transmission Fluid? Yes, though how often this service should be performed varies by manufacturer and vehicle, and it's open to debate. The manufacturer's maintenance schedule for many automatic transmissions doesn't call for fresh fluid until 100,000 miles or, with some Ford transmissions, even 150,000 miles. A lot of mechanics say that is too long and it should be done at least every 50,000 miles. Manual transmissions may be on a different schedule, so it's best to consult the maintenance schedule in the owner's manual. Like other vital automotive fluids, transmission fluid deteriorates over time. Hard use — such as frequent stop-and-go city driving, hauling heavy loads, trailer towing — will accelerate the deterioration. That kind of driving raises ... read more

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Drivetrain

How Often Should You Rotate Your Tires?

How Often Should You Rotate Your Tires? A good time to rotate your tires is when you get the oil changed, assuming you do that at least once a year and more often if you drive, say, more than 10,000 miles annually. Most vehicle manufacturers recommend that the tires be rotated on the same schedule as oil changes. In most cases that means every 7,500 miles or six months, though some have stretched the oil-change interval to 10,000 miles, such as on many Fords, Volkswagens and Toyotas. BMW allows up to 15,000 miles between oil changes, but that is too long to wait to rotate the tires. Unless you drive fewer than about 7,500 miles per year, you should probably rotate tires every six months or so. The tires mounted on the drive wheels of any vehicle perform extra duty because they apply the power to the pavement. On front-wheel-drive vehicles that is amplified by the weight of the engine and transmission, and because the front tires do most of the work in turns. Rotating the tires betwe ... read more

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Tires and Wheels

Ten Tips for SUV Owners

Ten Tips for SUV Owners It's a rare motorist who doesn't have strong feelings about today's sport utility vehicles. Love 'em or hate 'em, one thing is certain-just like their automobile cousins, SUVs last longer, operate more efficiently, and command a higher resale value when they are properly maintained and serviced. For those too busy or too overwhelmed by modern vehicles to perform their own maintenance, the pros at the non-profit National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) offer some advice on choosing a repair establishment: Start shopping for a repair facility before you need one. Ask friends and associates for recommendations; consult local consumer organizations. Arrange for alternate transportation in advance so you will not feel forced to choose a shop based solely on location. Look for a neat, well organized facility, with vehicles in the parking lot equal in value to your own and modern equipment in the service bays. Look for a cou ... read more

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Maintenance

End of Summer Marks Perfect Time for Car Care

Preventative maintenance now can help ensure worry-free driving this winter The vacations are over, the kids are back in school and cooler evenings have begun. Take advantage of the lull to prepare your vehicle for the winter ahead, advise the pros and the non-profit National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE). Breakdowns, never convenient, can be dangerous in cold weather period. The following tips from ASE should give parent and student alike a road map to fall car care. First things first Read your owner’s manual and follow the manufacturer’s recommended service schedules. There are usually two schedules listed: normal and severe. Engine Performance Have engine driveability problems (hard starts, rough idling, stalling, diminished power, etc.) corrected at a good repair shop. Cold weather will make existing problems worse. Replace dirty filtersair, fuel, PCV, etc. Fuel Put a bottle of fuel de-icer in your tank once a month to help keep moisture fro ... read more

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Maintenance

Low Viscosity ATF and Extended Drain Intervals

Low Viscosity ATF and Extended Drain Intervals

The goal of CAFE (Corporate Average Fuel Economy) standards is to increase the average fuel efficiency of all the vehicles on the road to 54.5 MPG by 2025. Every few years until then, manufacturers have a benchmark average MPG to reach. For 2016, the CAFE benchmark is 35.5 MPG. In order to meet these goals, OEMs are improving the efficiency of other vehicle systems such as the engine and transmission. In the transmission system, the focus is on the viscosity of automatic transmission fluid (ATF). ATF has gotten thinner and thinner and OEMs’ recommendations have begun to reflect that. In fact, 40 percent of new passenger cars in the U.S. call for low viscosity ATF. By 2022, that number is expected to be almost 75 percent. Low viscosity ATF offers a number of advantages over high viscosity ATF: Better fluid flow—Because low viscosity ATF is thinner, the transmission does not have to work as hard to push fluid through the system, improving efficiency and increasing pow ... read more

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Drivetrain

What is That Horrible Smell in my Car?

If your vehicle is giving off an unusual or sickening odor instead of that new-car smell, follow your nose and find the source of the aroma. Bad smells can lead to expensive repairs or health hazards and shouldn't be ignored. Here are some common odors and their possible causes: Musty: If turning on the air conditioner generates a musty smell, mold and/or mildew have probably formed in the air-conditioning system. Moisture naturally collects on the cold air-conditioning evaporator (a small radiator that carries refrigerant into the car's dashboard) and it may be harboring mold. Running only the fan at high speed (with the air conditioning off) can dry the evaporator. However, that doesn't guarantee the problem won't reoccur — especially if it's being caused by a clog in the drain tube that allows water to drip out under the car. A musty smell also can be caused by carpets that get wet when water leaks into the interior. Sweet ... read more

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Maintenance

Why Choose Synthetic Motor Oil

No matter how well they're made, vehicles are bound to have problems with their design or manufacturing. Think of all the moving parts. When the government thinks a problem is really serious, they require the vehicle manufacturer to issue recall notices to GILBERT residents and to fix the affected vehicles free of charge. The they try to contact all GILBERT residents who own that type of car so they can have it taken care of at their GILBERT service center. To find out if your car has any recall issues, give us a call:Ace Performance Automotive 1730 W SUNRISE BLVD GILBERT, AZ 85233 480-539-6872http://www.aceperformanceauto.com These recalls always affect safety, so GILBERT residents would be wise to take them seriously. It's really easy to find out if a vehicle is being recalled. For links to government sites, look in the AutoNetTV website. Other website include: carfax.com ... read more

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Maintenance

Tire Replacement at Ace Performance Automotive

Ever notice that your tire is covered with writing? It's like some hieroglyphic art form. Of course, GILBERT drivers know that it's not just graffiti, but to most of us, it might as well be. Would you like to know what all those codes on your tire mean? It won't lead you to buried treasure, but it could help you make a better tire purchase at your local GILBERT tire store. Prominently featured on your tire is a set of numbers and letters that looks something like this: 225 50 R 16 92 H. The first number is the width of the tire in millimeters, or the width between the sidewalls of the tire when it is fully inflated and not carrying a load. When GILBERT drivers replace tires, they need to match this width number, or the tires won't fit properly in the wheel wells. The 50 is the aspect ratio of the tire, which is measured by taking the height of the sidewalls and dividing it by the tread width. If you drive off-road around the GILBERT area, it should have a high aspect ... read more

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Tires and Wheels
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