ON THE ROAD AGAIN... The road up the mountain to Crown King can be driven with a car or truck but we feel the best way up is in a quad or razor………….FUN, FUN, FUN! In early March, 26 of us headed north from our home in Black Canyon City. Some were in quads, some in razors and thank God some in trucks, aka the Chuck Wagons (carrying the necessary food and beverages for the trip). Our first stop was Antelope Falls that is connected to a creek in Old Cordes close to Bumble Bee. There is a 75 foot waterfall and below it is a large natural swimming pool. Close to the falls are remnants of a small stone home and also a way cool outcropping full of Petroglyphs. This is a great place to stop for a break and light lunch. Next stop is the world famous Cleator Bar and Yacht Club. Cleator was established in 1864 as a placer gold mining site. The AZ Cleator family has been connected to this venue and community since 1925.The Bar and Yacht Club is a mus ... 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
A MUST DO IN ARIZONA... Tucson is an amazing smaller city about 2.5 hours south of Phoenix. Its natural beauty reminds me of Black Canyon City as it is surrounded by four mountain ranges; The Tucson Mountains are a minor mountain range west of Tucson, the Santa Catalina Mountains lie to the northeast, the Rincon Mountains are to the east of Tucson, and the Santa Rita Mountains lie to the south. Because Tucson gets more rain then Phoenix it is lush in green vegetation. Mount Lemmon, with a summit elevation of 9,159 feet is the highest point in the Santa Catalina Mountains. We highly recommend a drive up this scenic mountain to the town of summer haven. This amazing one hour drive will take you thru six various ecosystems! It is a small, quaint town near the top of the mountain that is a summer residence for many but there are some year round residents as well. We loved seeing streams of water finding its way down the mountain on the sides of the road thru the lus ... 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