SHOCKTOBER is HERE... Randy, Jake and Lori had a great time making a quick video to explain... How to Know When You Need New Shocks or Struts! Share with your friends who are not yet a part of the National Automotive Repair Family! https://youtu.be/9rF8ierK0BU
ARIZONA ADVENTURE w/ Lori & RandyPRESCOTT And that would be “Preskitt” if you are a local! Prescott is just 1.5 hours north of Phoenix and has a western, cowboy feel to it. It was the state Capital of the Arizona Territory twice. We love heading “ up the hill” to our sister town in Yavapai County, to cooler weather and fun times. There is always something to do in this small quaint town. With its natural beauty being set in the Bradshaw Mountains, there are HUNDREDS of hiking trails, camping, horseback riding, golf courses and quading opportunities. Lots of lakes too for fishing such as Lynx and Goldwater. With the infamous “Whiskey Row”, a red light district until the mid 50’s, there are plenty social opportunities available with the many historic bars, choices of restaurants, shops and events in the town square that houses the Historic Courthouse built in 1916. So head “up the hil ... read more
Downtown Flagstaff is a place we love to visit, especially during the hot summer months! Downtown is the best place to people watch, grab a drink, a bite to eat and listen to outdoor musicians. The variety of places to enjoy are vast. My favorite boutique is Shoes and Such; for obvious reasons! There is a way cool thrift/costume store called “Incahoots Vintage Clothing Store” on East Aspen. Always a great variety of vintage clothing, jewelry and costumes for any occasions. We personally LOVE the historic hotels in the area as well. The Weatherford opened up for business in 1900 where you can stay, dine or just have a drink on the 2nd floor patio that overlooks the downtown area. The Hotel Monte Vista is another favorite, built in 1927. The cocktail lounge is a must stop with its red colored walls and smoky dark feel. Randy’s favorite stop is the Flagstaff Brewing Company on Route 66. Every weekend there is a band playing outdoors where you can enj ... read more
Thanks to everyone who helped National Automotive Repair Celebrate 20 Years of Serving the Community and Launching the “Vintage Division”………… Randy McLaughlin and staff would like to extend their deep appreciation to all who came out to celebrate the 20th anniversary of National Automotive Repair. On Saturday May 13th, Randy and son Jake McLaughlin, hosted an afternoon of fun with their valued customers, family, friends and business peers. The crowd was estimated to be around 150 thru out the day. https://youtu.be/X--PLdussyo This was also an opportunity to officially launch National Automotive Repair’s (NAR) “Vintage Division”; the elite auto repair shop for vintage and classic vehicle owners. Over twenty of their classic car customers participated by volunteering to bring in their vintage vehicles to put on an amazing car show for all to remember. In addition to the fun, NA ... read more
Imagine: you pour a tablespoon of water in your hand and throw it as hard as you can. Now, suppose you suck up a tablespoon of water into a syringe, push the plunger and squirt it out. Which would go further? Of course it’s the water squirting out of the syringe. That’s because you pressurized the water. Your power brake system is kind of the same thing. When you step on the brake pedal, the master cylinder pressurizes brake fluid which actuates the brakes so you can stop. Phoenix car owners who don’t have enough pressure – can’t stop. https://youtu.be/DoXkPrGsTnI A leak in your brake system would diminish – or even eliminate – your stopping power. Brake fluid attracts moisture which can cause dangerous leak-inducing corrosion. So a great way for Phoenix car owners to keep their brake fluid free of contaminants is to change it as recommended. This should be checked when your brakes are being s ... read more
Are you driving around with your light on? All of today’s cars have an onboard computer that monitors several systems on your vehicle and gathers information from several sensors such as the engine and then processes this information and controls several engine functions and components, such as fuel mixture, ignition timing, etc. When one of these components or sensors malfunctions, the computer may go into what is called a “limp mode”, and will have a limited control of the engine components & performance. When this happens, you may experience poor fuel economy and/or rough idle and poor performance. Also, your check engine light will come on. This is not a call for immediate alarm, so long as all your gauges are in the normal range. Seek service at your first opportunity with us at National Automotive Repair. If left alone for too long it can start to cause other problems or damage.
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
Question: Why isn’t my air conditioner blowing cold air? National Automotive Repair Answer: Your air conditioning system uses refrigerant to create cold air. The most common reasons Phoenix car owners lose their cold air have to do with the refrigerant. The first is not enough refrigerant. Refrigerant is a gas in the system and very small holes in a hose, seal or coupler can allow enough to leak out to prevent the creation of cold air. Another potential problem for Phoenix auto owners is contamination. Over time the inside of the rubber hoses can deteriorate and little bits of rubber can clog up various filters and other critical parts of the sedan A/C system, preventing proper circulation of the refrigerant. And a component could also be worn or broken. So the first step for Phoenix drivers who can’t cool their sedan is a thorough air conditioning inspection, looking for leaks and worn parts. In fact, Federal law requires an insp ... read more