Wheel Alignment

On October 16th, 2013, posted in: Maintenance Tips by

Wheel Alignment In Glendale, AZ”

Wheel Alignment In Glendale AZ
Glendale drivers ought to be concerned about wheel alignments for two primary reasons: safety and money. When your wheels are out of alignment, they can pull to one side, maybe pretty hard. A moment of inattention could put you into on-coming traffic or off the road. And a bad alignment will chew up your tires very quickly while driving on AZ freeways and surface streets.

We had one guy at BJS AUTO SPA who said his sedan wheels were a little out of alignment before a family vacation, but he didn’t think it was that bad so he didn’t take care of it before he left. A couple days and a thousand miles later his front tires were worn down to the cords. He had to take a half day out of his mountain vacation to find a town big enough to have a tire center for replacements.

All four wheels are supposed to be lined up and point in the same direction. Sometimes one or more goes out of alignment and is pulling against the rest of the team. In addition to excessive tire wear, this also hurts fuel economy.

Part of the alignment service at BJS AUTO SPA is an inspection of the steering and suspension components. Whatever caused the wheels to be knocked out of alignment in the first place may have also damaged important parts. So we want to be sure to replace broken or bent parts as needed. The process corrects alignment of each wheel along three axes: toe, camber and caster, as well as front to rear alignment.

Your sedan owner’s manual may have a recommendation for how often alignment should be checked. If not, ask your friendly BJS AUTO SPA service advisor. Here are some things to look for that should get you in for an alignment check right away: Your sedan is pulling to one side, your steering wheel isn’t centered, you feel a vibration at speed or you see unusual tire wear.

In addition to wheel alignments, we perform chassis lubrication and windshield wipers.

Give us a call

5050 W. Bell Rd.
Glendale, AZ zip code 85308

At BJS AUTO SPA in Glendale AZ (85308) we install quality NAPA replacement parts. Give us a call at 602.978.2000. To learn more about NAPA AutoCare, visit www.NAPAAutoCare.com.

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Does your vehicle air conditioner smell sort of like mold, especially right when you first turn it on? If so, you’re not alone – it’s a very common problem. Here in Phoenix, this can be an especially annoying problem because so many of us use the air conditioner every day.

The cause of this problem is just what it smells like – mold and bacteria. Inside your vehicle’s air conditioning system, you have a part called an evaporator. This part is designed to remove both the heat from your vehicle’s interior (when the A/C is turned on, anyways) as well as remove any moisture from the air that’s being cooled. While most of the air around here is pretty dry, there’s still enough moisture in the air to condense upon your vehicle’s evaporator.

Vehicle air conditioner evaporator

An evaporator from a vehicle air conditioner, removed from it's housing

When moisture condenses on the evaporator, it’s supposed to drip drain away. However, very often the drain will become clogged and/or it won’t drain quickly enough. If water can stagnate inside the evaporator unit, this water grows mold and bacteria that causes your vehicle’s air conditioning system to smell — especially immediately after the system is first turned on.

There are three ways to solve this problem:

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Each year, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America starts the summer by declaring a National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month, the idea being that it helps allergy sufferers remember that the end of Spring and beginning of the Summer is a “peak” season for asthma attacks and allergies.

Raising awareness about allergies and asthma is important because:

1. Asthma is particularly hard on children. According to the Clean Air Council, about 5 million children in the U.S. have asthma. Because they’re so active – and because they spend so much time outside – they’re more at risk this time of year.

2. Allergies and asthma can be hard on adults too. People with compromised immune systems – be they elderly or suffering from a chronic illness – experience undue stress due to allergies, which are easy to mistake for a cold or the flu. Not to mention that everyone who suffers from allergies suffers. It’s no fun.

3. There are a lot of things you can do to reduce allergy and asthma triggers. Cleaning and/or replacing the filter in your air conditioner or swamp cooler is a great way to reduce risk…but did you know your car may have a similar filter?

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