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Nominations Open for WORLD'S BEST MOM Contest!

Nominations Open for WORLD'S BEST MOM Contest!

Has your Mom stood by you when you needed her most?  How has she shown her love to you?    Surprise her by nominating her NOW for our WORLD'S BEST MOM contest!   Mother's Day is Sunday, May 8.   Share your story with us to win one of three prizes:   1st Place – Harvey’s Red, White and Blue Seatbelt Tote​ 2nd Place – $75 gift card to National Automotive 3rd Place – $50 gift card to National Automotive​   Rules: “Like” our page, then email the entry to Jan@NARepair.com with subject: “World’s Best Mom” Entry must be 200 words or less, include your Mom’s name, and a picture of you and your Mom. Include your name, email and phone number. Entry will be judged based on originality and creativity, telling us why your Mom is the best and deserves to be recognized. Employees of National Automotive Repair and their families are not eligible to enter the contest. By subm ... read more

Automotive Know-How: Brakes

Automotive Know-How: Brakes

Brakes are one of the most important safety features in your vehicle, and making sure they’re working well is critical.  There are a few key indicators of potential brake trouble that you should know. An early warning sound is intentionally built into your brakes.  If you hear a squeaking noise, that’s an indicator that you should bring your car in to have your brake pads checked and possibly replaced.  If you hear a grinding or growling noise when you brake, it is important to bring your car into the shop as soon as possible.  That noise may indicate a metal-on-metal situation, which can be costly to repair.  If you feel a pulsation in your pedal when you brake, that might mean your brake rotors are getting warped.  We suggest getting your car checked if this happens. An ABS light on the dashboard may mean that your anti-lock braking system isn’t working or working well.  This system comes into play when you’re skidding or ... read more

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Tips to put the brakes on people driving drunk

If you’ve ever been around a friend or family member who has had too much to drink and wants to drive home, you know it can be an awkward situation. Those people often minimize the effects of alcohol. You know the ol’ ‘I’m fine!’ According to advocates for safe driving at Mothers Against Drunk Driving, this is not the time to be politically correct. Your objective should be to help keep the driver safe by handing over the keys. Take a look at these recommendations from MADD: Be as non-confrontational as possible. Suggest alternate ways of getting to their destination — a cab, a sober driver, public transportation. Remember that the person you are talking to is impaired — talk a bit more slowly and explain things more fully than if you were speaking to a sober person. Explain that you don’t want them to drive because you care and you don’t want them to hurt themselves or others. Suggest that they sleep over ... read more

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Is my car out of alignment?

It’s no surprise that your vehicle will drive better if all the wheels are pointed in the same direction. That’s called wheel alignment. If your wheels are out of alignment you may notice that your vehicle pulls to one side or the other. Something that you won’t notice right away, but you will if you keep driving when you’re out of alignment, is that your tires are wearing unevenly and fairly quickly.. That’s because when the vehicle is pulling to one side, you have to steer it back straight. The outside of the tire just wears out fast because you’re constantly turning, which can be very exhausting on a long road trip – fighting to keep the vehicle going straight down the road. Some of the things that commonly throw a wheel out of alignment are slamming into a pothole, smacking a curb or something like a rock. And it doesn’t have to be a big shock, it can just be the regular bumps and bangs of daily driving that add up and eventually take your vehicle out of al ... read more

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Fuel System Repair and Maintenance

 Fuel System Repair and Maintenance

I’d like to give you a quick overview of the fuel system. It starts with the fuel tank. The fuel pump is located inside the tank and pumps fuel out to the engine. Somewhere along the way is a fuel filter whose job is to filter out dirt before it hits the engine. Then there’s the fuel intake system and the fuel injectors that deliver the fuel to be burned in the engine. Our focus is to discuss how to make the various components of your fuel system work well and last as long as possible. Now the best thing you can do for your fuel pump is to use good quality fuel. Top tier gas typically has fewer contaminants and more detergents to keep things clean. Using good gas, or adding a fuel system cleaner to your tank, can prolong the life of your fuel pump. Because the fuel pump lives inside your tank, it’s pretty expensive to replace, so helping it last as long as possible is a worthwhile goal. The fuel filter catches dirt and contaminants. When it’s clogged, your engin ... read more

National Automotive Repair Doesn’t Fix Bananas

Let’s talk transmissions

How do you know you need a new transmission? How much are they? And, how do you keep the one you have in great working condition? Let’s talk transmissions. Transmissions are heavy duty pieces of equipment that are designed to last a long time. But like any other machine, they’ll eventually wear out and need repair. So let’s focus on what you can do to push that day off as far as possible. The first thing you can do is to make sure your transmission always has enough fluid. Transmission fluid cools and lubricates the transmission. When there’s not enough fluid, the transmission will run hotter and wear out sooner. The transmission fluid also provides the pressure needed to transfer power from the engine to the transmission. Not enough fluid, and your transmission won’t shift properly. Your service center will check your transmission fluid level with a full service oil change and top it off if needed. If you see any transmission fluid on the driveway – it ... read more

How to check your oil

How to check your oil Maybe you never really learned how. Or, maybe you have a new, teenage driver in the house? Either way, these are great tips to follow when checking the oil on your car or truck. Checking Oil Under normal driving conditions, you should change your oil every 3,000 to 5,000 miles. Consult your owner’s manual for your vehicle’s specific needs. Step 1 Park your car on level ground, turn the engine off and remove the keys. Step 2 Open the hood of your car and secure it with the prop rod. Locate the dipstick; it’s usually labeled “Oil.” Step 3 Remove the dipstick and wipe it clean. Return the dipstick to the tube, then remove it again and check the level of motor oil on the stick. If the level is below the minimum indicator, you need to add oil to your car. Step 4 Check the color of the oil on the dipstick. Motor oil is usually a lig ... read more

Let’s talk about Wiper Blades

 Let’s talk about Wiper Blades

We’re going to talk about windshield wiper blades. Now that may seem like a pretty mundane topic, but think about how important your vision is: We protect our eyes. If we need contacts or glasses, we taken care of them too. And, well, wiper blades are critical to our vision when we drive. We really ought to think about wipers as part of an important safety system. We should think about maintaining safety – not just responding when our wiper blades fail: how many times have you been caught off-guard by the first storm of the season with a streaky windshield you can barely see out of? Or with no washer fluid. Wiper blades live outside the vehicle, exposed to heat and sun in the summer and cold and ice in the winter. It’s no wonder that they get dry, brittle and torn. We recommend changing wiper blades twice a year – before they’re so damaged that they don’t work. If you replace them in one of your spring and fall oil changes, you should always have wiper ... read more

5 Tips for Buying Used in Phoenix

 5 Tips for Buying Used in Phoenix

Many budget-conscious Phoenix motorists who need a reliable vehicle can’t even consider buying a new one. So they are forced toYoung male engineer explaining car engine to female customer in workshop take their chances with a used one. If you are in this situation, how can you find a vehicle that is going to serve you well for many years to come? National Automotive Repair presents five tips for used car buyers: Ask for service records. Most owners who document regular maintenance service take care of their car. Inspect the vehicle thoroughly. Check for uneven tire wear, alignment issues, suspension issues, strange sounds and funky odors. If everything checks out up to this point, bring it to National Automotive Repair for a thorough used car inspection. Your appreciative National Automotive Repair service specialist can give you a heads up on any pressing issues or emerging problems that will need to be addressed eventually. If the seller won’t l ... read more

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