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A New Battery in Las Vegas and Henderson

Hello Las Vegas and Henderson drivers, let's talk about batteries. Car batteries are just like any rechargeable battery. They will eventually wear out and die. If you are shopping for a new battery in Las Vegas and Henderson, here's some auto advice to help you.There are two measurements to consider when purchasing a new battery: cold cranking amps and reserve capacity. The power required to start a cold engine is measured in cold cranking amps. The number you need is determined by what kind of vehicle you drive and where you live. In general, higher-cylinder engines require more cold cranking amps than lower-cylinder engines. In other words, an eight-cylinder engine needs more cold cranking amps than a six-cylinder one. Also, diesel engines require more cold cranking amps than gasoline engines.The weather where you live in Nevada also determines the number of cold cranking amps you need. The  ... read more

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Battery

Automotive Tips from Asian Imports Auto: Air Conditioning Inspection

Most auto manufacturers recommend an interval for an air conditioning system inspection. The inspection uncovers leaks, worn hoses and assesses the condition of the other components.Environmental laws in some around Las Vegas and Henderson require leaks to be repaired before refrigerant can be added. Also some parts manufacturers require other components to be replaced along with certain failed parts in order to maintain the new part warranty. This is because a given failure may be the result of another worn or damaged part that will, if not replaced, prematurely damage the new component.Asian Imports Auto in Las Vegas and Henderson is fully equipped to restore your flow of cool air.Asian Imports AutoSW-6255 W. Maule Avenue; Summerlin-10177 W. Charleston; Henderson-1025 American PacificLas Vegas and Henderson, Nevada 89118; 89135;Southwest LV-702-258-9500; Summerlin-702-258-9394; Henderson-702-685-9500http://w ... read more

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Air Conditioning

An Oil for All Seasons (Engine Oil Selection)

You swap your winter boots for flip-flops in the summer.  Why not change your winter engine oil for summer, hot-weather oil?  While it may seem like it makes sense, there's some good news.  Most drivers don't have to, and here's why. Engine oil can be made in different thicknesses.  That thickness is called viscosity, how easily it flows.  Now, it makes sense that the hotter it gets, oil gets a little thinner and doesn't lubricate as well.  So if you used a thicker oil in the summer, it's logical that it would protect better in the hotter weather.  While there was a time when oils could be only made in one viscosity, times have changed.  Using an ingenious formula, oil can now be created that changes its viscosity (called "multi-viscosity") as the temperature rises and falls.  It self-adjusts to match the conditions.  Now that's what I call a great invention. In most temperate climates, you don't have to swap out the type of oil you use ... read more

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Oil Change

Change Your Engine Air Filter at Asian Imports Auto

Many Las Vegas and Henderson car owners have probably wondered: "What's the harm in putting off replacing an engine air filter? The answer is that not replacing it could cause your Mass Air Flow (MAF) sensor to fail. This expensive sensor is situated between your engine air filter and your engine. Dirty air filters are a leading cause of mass air flow sensor failure – and these babies can cost several hundred dollars to replace in Las Vegas and Henderson.Change your vehicle air filter at Asian Imports Auto when it's dirty. Your vehicle engine will thank you.Give us a call. Asian Imports AutoSW-6255 W. Maule Avenue; Summerlin-10177 W. Charleston; Henderson-1025 American PacificLas Vegas and Henderson, Nevada 89118; 89135;Southwest LV-702-258-9500; Summerlin-702-258-9394; Henderson-702-685-9500http ... read more

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Maintenance

Why a Trip Inspection Is a Good Idea

At Asian Imports Auto we get a lot of Las Vegas and Henderson drivers asking about vehicle trip preparation. That's a big deal. You could be driving through mountains and deserts in some pretty lonely areas around Nevada, so it's important to know that the vehicle is up to the task and won't leave you stranded.Smart Las Vegas and Henderson drivers plan ahead for a major road trip – and there are a lot of things to get ready. Where should you start? You could start with the tires. Look them over for tread wear and check to see that they are properly inflated. Take a quick test drive around Las Vegas and Henderson to see if you can feel any vibrations: Are the wheels in balance? Is the car tracking straight? Is the alignment ok? Come to Asian Imports Auto for a peace-of-mind trip inspection.SW-6255 W. Maule Avenue; Summerlin-10177 W. Charleston; Henderson-1025 American Pacific Las Vegas and Henderson, Nevada ... read more

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Maintenance

Asian Imports Auto Radiator Service

The coolant system is a vital part of your vehicle. It is also the second most common cause for vehicle failures. Even though coolant system failure is fairly common in Las Vegas and Henderson, it is easy to prevent. The most recognizable part of the coolant system is the radiator. It is connected to the engine with hoses and is filled with coolant. The coolant draws heat off the engine and then passes into the radiator. Air passes through cooling fins to reduce the temperature of the coolant and then it's back to the engine again.There are several ways for the cooling system to fail. Most common is with the coolant itself. Coolant is comprised of water and antifreeze. The proper ratio keeps the coolant from either boiling away or freezing. Understandably, either can lead to massive engine damage.Another coolant issue that is often overlooked by Las Vegas and Henderson drivers is the age of the coolant itself. Antifreeze has additives that protect the coolant system fr ... read more

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Cooling System

Maintenance on My Mind

Ask any Las Vegas and Henderson man or woman if they've taken their vehicle in for preventive maintenance lately, and the answer may well be “no.” Surveys indicate that over 80% of vehicles on the road today are in need of some kind of repair or maintenance. Now, ask that same person why he hasn't taken his car in for care. The answer will probably be that he forgot or that he just didn't think about it. Most Las Vegas and Henderson residents seem to have a hard time remembering about scheduled maintenance for their vehicles.Funny, because most of us in Las Vegas and Henderson have no trouble remembering to wash our clothes, mow our lawns or brush our teeth. It isn't that we can't remember to take our vehicles for service; it's a matter of making it a priority.When it comes to our vehicles, Las Vegas and Henderson drivers like myself, need to be a little more maintenance-minded. The fact is, we can choose to do it, or we might find ourselve ... read more

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Maintenance

The Economy of Maintenance for Las Vegas and Henderson Drivers

Do I keep my old vehicle or buy a new one? It's a question most Las Vegas and Henderson drivers ask themselves at some time or another.Generally, what it comes down to is the choice between a car payment and the possibility of repair bills. Most of the time, we want to choose the car payment because we don't like the inconvenience and uncertainty of vehicle repairs. But that payment has a detrimental effect on our budget and bank account.Edmunds.com is a great website to help you with your decision. This site uses repair histories to calculate the average repair bills for specific makes and models of cars. You can plug in the information for your vehicle and get an estimate on what it will probably cost you to continue owning that vehicle.Now, Edmunds.com isn't a crystal ball. It can't know what will happen to your specific vehicle. But it can guide you in knowing how much money to budget for the repair and maintenance of ... read more

Using Proper Fluids in Your vehicle

Today, Asian Imports Auto is writing about the proper fluids for your vehicle. It's become more complicated with changes in automotive design and manufacturing. It's not that people in Las Vegas and Henderson are confused as much as they don't realize how much things have changed in recent years. If you have questions about the fluids in your vehicle, please don't hesitate to stop by Asian Imports Auto. You can find us on SW-6255 W. Maule Avenue; Summerlin-10177 W. Charleston; Henderson-1025 American Pacific in Las Vegas and Henderson, Nevada 89118; 89135;.Just give us a call at Southwest LV-702-258-9500; Summerlin-702-258-9394; Henderson-702-685-9500. Let's take engine oil. Twenty or 30 years ago, there were just a handful of different weights of oil. The weight of an oil is a scientific measure of its properties, particularly its viscosity or thickness.It was common in those days to use a lighter we ... read more

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Fluids

Bouncy Bouncy ? Are My Shocks Bad?

When Las Vegas and Henderson drivers think about preventive maintenance, what usually comes to mind is oil, fluids and brakes. We don't generally think about our shocks or struts, but these auto parts keep our tires on the road.Las Vegas and Henderson drivers don't think about shocks as often as oil changes because shocks and struts last a long time and wear out slowly. They don't need to be checked as often as our brake pads or air filters. By the time your shocks have 50,000 miles (80,000 kilometers) on them, their performance will have noticeable degraded. If you want to restore the handling and ride designed for your vehicle, try replacing your shocks and struts.Of course, if you drive off-road around Las Vegas and Henderson, carry heavy loads, tow a trailer or put in a lot of mileage on poor driving surfaces, your shocks or struts will wear out more quickly. You'll need to replace them more often or upgrade to better shocks.Your suspension system uses springs and s ... read more

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Shocks & Struts
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