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A Squirrely Problem (Animals Nesting in Engine)

If you park your vehicle outside, you are exposing it to all sorts of critters that would love to use it for nesting, food storage and shelter.  There are plenty of pictures online of people who've discovered there was more than an engine under the hood.  In one case, the driver of an SUV started to smell a slight burning odor when she was driving.  Turned out to be 200 walnuts and a lot of grass had been stored there by some industrious squirrels preparing for the upcoming cold weather.  The SUV owners had their vehicle inspected not long before this happened, but it doesn't take some animals long to set up house in what they think is the ideal spot to make their winter home.   Obviously, that can create problems.  Squirrels, mice, rats and other small animals can chew through hoses and wires.  Plus what they store as food and nesting material may prevent engine parts from moving the way they are supposed to.  Imagine a radiator fan that wo ... read more

Economics of Maintenance for Las Vegas and Henderson Auto Owners

Buying a new car in Las Vegas and Henderson is always a big financial decision. The allure of that new car smell is powerful, to be sure. But what if your current car is still in good shape? How do you decide?People in Las Vegas and Henderson who've been used to driving a new car every three to five years may be having second thoughts in this economy. For many, the question is, how does the certainty of a new car payment stack up against uncertain repairs for a car that may be out of warranty?For purposes of our discussion, let's assume you live right here in Las Vegas and Henderson and have a five year old vehicle. It's now paid off. If you keep it, you fear that there'll be some repairs over the next five years, but you really don't know what to expect. For help we turned to maintenance and repair information for cars and trucks. With this data, they project likely service and repair costs for a particular make and model. They're able ... read more

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What to Do in Case of an Accident in Las Vegas and Henderson

Screeching tires, crunching metal – it's an accident! If you've ever been in a car accident in Las Vegas and Henderson, even a minor one, you know how upsetting it can be. It's hard to think straight and know what to do.Let's review what Las Vegas and Henderson drivers should do in case of an accident:When an accident occurs, you should always stop. Leaving the scene of an accident in Las Vegas and Henderson is considered a crime - even if it's not your fault. And hit and run penalties are fairly severe, possibly resulting in steep fines, loss of your Nevada driver's license or even jail time.Your jurisdiction may require that you try to help someone who is injured by calling for help or performing first aid if you are able. Warn other motorists by putting out flares, using your flashers or lifting your hood. Call Las Vegas and Henderson emergency services as soon as possible. Tell the operator if medical or fire help is needed.You should always file a poli ... read more

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Automotive News

I Had No Idea! (Four Things You Didn't Know About Vehicles)

Bet you didn't know: Some of the earliest rearview mirrors were marketed as "Cop Spotters" so drivers would know when police were following them. Who wants a ticket, anyway? According to eBay Motors, Elmer Berger first patented a rearview mirror that was mounted on the front fenders, on the spare tire secured to the side of the car of at the top of the driver's door frame.  About 80 percent of your vehicle is recyclable. So says The Balance. That means four-fifths of most vehicles can be recycled.  Much of that recycling is done by automotive aftermarket recyclers.  Between the U.S and Canada, they reclaim enough steel to produce 13 million new vehicles. The man who invented the first modern cruise control couldn't even drive a car because he was blind! His name, says Smithsonian.com, was Ralph Teetor.  Blinded at a young age by a knife accident, Teetor was inspired to create a speed control by a couple of things.  One, the U.S. imposed a mandatory 35 mph/55 kp ... read more

Relax When the Wind Blows in Nevada: Winter Car Prep for Las Vegas and Henderson Drivers

When autumn comes around in Las Vegas and Henderson, leaves fall, nights get longer and there's a definite nip in the air. Time to unpack the boots and gloves and fold some extra blankets onto the beds. It's also time for Las Vegas and Henderson drivers to winterize their vehicles.Here is some expert auto advice for Las Vegas and Henderson drivers on what vehicles need to keep everyone safe and rolling throughout the Nevada winter months.1. Check your antifreeze. Top it off or change it if necessary. You don't want your radiator, engine or hoses freezing up. If your vehicle isn't generating enough heat to keep you warm, your antifreeze might be low, or you might have a thermostat problem. Either way, you should get it checked out before the full force of Nevada winter sets in. If you are due for a cooling system service at Asian Imports Auto in Las Vegas and Henderson, get that done as well.2. Check your brakes. The slushy wet conditions of winter incr ... read more

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Maintenance

Is Your Las Vegas and Henderson Driving Severe?

People near Las Vegas and Henderson, Nevada, often ask Asian Imports Auto how often they should have a particular service done. It's a great thing to ask. You can look at your owner's manual or have your Las Vegas and Henderson, Nevada, service advisor at Asian Imports Auto look up your vehicle in a service database. What you find is often a surprise to people – there are actually two service schedules.One is the regular schedule and the other is the severe service schedule. Service intervals are shorter on the severe service schedule. When asked, most folks in Las Vegas and Henderson will say that their driving is normal and that the 'regular' schedule probably applies to them. 'Severe service' sounds pretty extreme – 'I don't drive like that.'Well, here is what the manufacturers say constitutes severe driving conditions; you can draw your own conclusions. Most of your trips are less than four miles (six and a half kilometers). Most of your trips are less ... read more

Automotive Tips from Asian Imports Auto: Brake Noise

Your brake pads are the important parts that rub against the rotor (or disc) to slow and stop your car when driving in Las Vegas and Henderson. They eventually wear down.When your pads are worn too much, they won’t stop your vehicle as well. When the friction material is worn away, metal parts of the pad are exposed and you’ll hear a squeal or grinding sound. That’s when Las Vegas and Henderson drivers should replace their brake pads at Asian Imports Auto. Not only will new pads restore your stopping power, but replacing them on time will prevent damage to the rotor.If your brakes are making noise, ask your Asian Imports Auto service advisor to inspect your brakes. Addressing problems early will restore your safety and prevent expensive brake damage.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; He ... read more

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Asian Imports Auto Helps You Decipher the Menu Board: Part 2

Nevada service centers have a menu board that lists the services they provide. Some Las Vegas and Henderson drivers may not be familiar with all of the items on the board so here is a quick description of some of the typical services that might be listed.Asian Imports Auto fuel system cleaning: Over time, the vehicle fuel system gets gum and varnish built up. A fuel system cleaning gets rid of that and cleans out the fuel injectors. Saves gas, by the way.Asian Imports Auto headlamp replacement: Halogen and standard headlamps gradually fade. It's usually good to change them every year or so.Asian Imports Auto inspections: Las Vegas and Henderson drivers get inspections for many reasons. Maybe they're going on a trip or just want to make sure their vehicle's ready for a Nevada summer or winter. Maybe they just bought a used vehicle and want to give it the once over. An inspection may reveal some things th ... read more

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Maintenance

Asian Imports Auto Alternator Replacement Service in Las Vegas and Henderson

Your vehicle alternator doesn't get enough credit. Though your battery gets your engine started, after that – it's all about the alternator.  Driving around Las Vegas and Henderson is a lot of work for your alternator, and as upgrades such as heated steering wheels, cooled seats, stability control and lane departure warning become more common, it will have to work even harder. Eventually this workhorse just wears out. When it does you have no choice but to order an alternator replacement because your vehicle won't run without one. Come see your friendly and professional service advisor at Asian Imports Auto to learn more. 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://www.AsianImportsAuto.com

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Battery

Braking News: Keep Your Stopping Power

Richard Petty once told AutoNetTV, “You've gotta have good brakes. If you've got good brakes you can keep yourself out of a lotta trouble.”That's why a regular brake inspection is on every Las Vegas and Henderson driver's maintenance schedule. An inspection by your service advisor at Asian Imports Auto will check your brake system and let you know if there are any problems.Of course, if you're having trouble with your brakes, get your car into Asian Imports Auto in Las Vegas and Henderson right away. Here are some symptoms for Las Vegas and Henderson drivers to watch for: Low or spongy brake pedal Hard brake pedal A brake warning light that stays on Constantly squealing or grinding brakes Vibrations or clunking sounds when you apply your brakes If you are experiencing any of these, it's time to get your brakes checked. Talk to your friendly and knowledgeable service advisor at Asian Imports Auto .There are two types of brakes: disc and drum. Disc ... read more

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