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Budget for Maintenance in Las Vegas

Sometimes busy Las Vegas residents dream about going back to the “simpler” days of our grandparents. But if you could travel back in time and take a road trip around NV in a Model T, you might change your mind. The improved designs and quality of today's automobiles have significantly reduced the amount of time Las Vegas residents spend at the side of the road during breakdowns. With proper maintenance, today's vehicles can stay on the road longer than ever before.Some of those improvements, however, have led to higher repair costs. For example, older cars often broke down from vapor lock. Gas vaporized while traveling from the gas tank to the fuel pump. No gas, no power. The car quits going. The solution was simple — you just sat by the road until the car would start up again. Today's Las Vegas drivers would hardly tolerate that kind of inconvenience, and it's likely that yesterday's Las Vegas drivers didn't care much for it, either. So on today's vehicles, the ... read more

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Clean Air for Your Engine: Engine Air Filters In Las Vegas

Every Las Vegas car owner who has taken their car in for an oil change has been told that their engine air filter's dirty. Here's what goes into the determination of when to change the filter: First, your vehicle owner's manual will have a recommendation of when the filter should be replaced. Now, most air filters purchased in Las Vegas don't cost a lot to replace. It's just that NV people hate getting caught with an unexpected expense. On the plus side, though, changing a dirty air filter at Asian Imports Auto can often save enough on gas to pay for itself before your next oil change in Las Vegas. Think about a dirty furnace filter in your Las Vegas home. When it's all clogged up, enough clean air can't get through. In your vehicle, that means that your engine can't get as much air as it needs to burn the fuel efficiently. So it makes do with less air and has to use more gas to move your vehicle around Las Vegas roads. Your vehicle actually needs about 12,000 times ... read more

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Don't Miss a Beat (Importance of Regular Maintenance)

In many places, license plates have to be renewed every year or else you can't drive your vehicle legally.  Usually, you'll get a reminder from the agency that issues the plates. That kind of regular attention needs to be paid to your vehicle as well.  Its manufacturer has determined a schedule of service items that need to be done regularly, just like renewing your plates. Some depend on time, others depend on distance.  A perfect example is oil changes.  It's the most important scheduled maintenance you can have done to give your engine its longest life possible.  The manufacturer recommends the oil filter be changed at the same time. Here are some more items.  Your engine air filter gets dirty and needs adequate air to run most efficiently.  The manufacturer recommends an interval for replacing that.  Also tires, brake pads, timing belt, oxygen sensor and other items require regular replacement.  This is one of the reasons to find a servi ... read more

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Busted: The Maintenance-Free Myth in Las Vegas

Busted: The Maintenance-Free Myth in Las Vegas

There's a segment of the Las Vegas area population that's not committed to proper vehicle maintenance. Now, the ignition system in your vehicle is electronic and controlled by the engine management computer. Spark plugs rarely get fouled and will last for as much as 100,000 miles (160,000 kilometers). So tune-ups used to force you in to Asian Imports Auto for service, and while you were there you just took care of whatever else was on the list.Also, in recent years, a large percentage of new vehicles in Las Vegas have been leased. These folks plan on turning the vehicle in after two or three years, so they haven't focused on the maintenance that helps a vehicle last longer.Given all that, what's the benefit to keeping up with factory scheduled maintenance? Well, your vehicle will perform better and return better fuel economy.Those benefits pay for themselves as they go along. The big plus is that major repairs are pre ... read more

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Asian Imports Auto Maintenance Tips: The Belt Goes On

Asian Imports Auto Maintenance Tips: The Belt Goes On

All Las Vegas service advisors know that without the alternator, the battery will go dead in a few miles. The serpentine belt may also run the pumps for both the power steering and power brakes. And on many vehicles, the serpentine belt powers the water pump. The water pump circulates coolant through the engine to keep it within normal operating temperatures. (On some vehicles, the water pump is powered by the timing belt instead of the serpentine belt.) So you can see the serpentine belt does a lot of work. And it if breaks, it affects a lot of systems. That's why your vehicle manufacturer and your service advisor at Asian Imports Auto have recommended that it be changed every so often so that it doesn't fail.Your friendly and knowledgeable Asian Imports Auto service advisor can perform a visual inspection of the belt to see if it has any cracks that signal the belt could fail soon and will measure t ... read more

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The Harm in Skipping an Oil Change for Las Vegas Drivers

People in Las Vegas have been hearing a lot about higher oil change intervals these days. Maybe you're wondering: What are the key issues?Some new vehicle manufacturers are now recommending much higher oil change intervals than they have in the past. As much as 5,000 to 8,000 miles (8,000 km to 13,000 km) or more. This practice came under scrutiny when four of the largest new vehicle manufacturers announced that owners like those in Las Vegas were experiencing engine damage resulting from these higher oil change intervals.The manufacturers' standard oil drain service for particular vehicles was scheduled at around 7,500 miles/12,000 km. People following these recommendations were experiencing engine damage. It turns out that oil sludge was building up. This caused small oil passages to clog and engine parts to fail.What causes oil sludge? It's a factor of time and mileage. There are hot spots in every engine that cause oil burn off that leads to sludge ... read more

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Gas Savings in Las Vegas: Sharpen Your Pencil

High gas prices in Las Vegas increase the cost of living for NV drivers. You've probably budgeted a certain amount for vehicle related expenses. Increased fuel costs now consume a larger portion of our incomes, causing some Las Vegas vehicle owners to skimp in other areas – like scheduled maintenance.According to NV news reports and automotive industry studies, this is becoming increasingly more common. In fact, nine out of ten personal vehicles on the road have at least one maintenance or repair item that hasn't been done. Some of these items pose serious safety risks. Others are just more likely to make it more expensive to drive. In this area, we can take a lesson from professional Las Vegas vehicle owners. I'm talking about fleet owners and operators. You know, Las Vegas folks like the trucking companies and delivery services. Because their livelihood depends on it, they have gotten sch ... read more

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Serpentine Belt Service at Asian Imports Auto

Most Las Vegas folks occasionally have days when they've got a bunch of errands to run. Yesterday was my day off and I needed to fill the gas tank, pick up some groceries at my Las Vegas market, swing by the ATM and get the kids from school. I could have made four trips . . . but that would have been totally inefficient. Instead I got unusually organized and planned my stops. I hit the ATM first and got gas next. Then I went to the supermarket and picked up the kids on the way home. I was proud of my wise use of time and money.What does this have to do with your car? Well, back in the day, each of your engine's accessories, like the alternator and air conditioner, were powered by separate belts. A vehicle might have five or six belts. These days, vehicles have a single belt to run all the accessories. It's called the serpentine belt. A pulley attached to the vehicle engine's crank provides the power to turn the serpentine belt. On the engine in the video, the first accessory in line i ... read more

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Change Your Engine Air Filter at Asian Imports Auto

Many Las Vegas 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.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 AutoS6255 W MAULE AVELas Vegas, NV 891187022589500http://www.AsianImportsAuto.com    

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Maintenance on My Mind

Ask any Las Vegas 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 residents seem to have a hard time remembering about scheduled maintenance for their vehicles.Funny, because most of us in Las Vegas 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 drivers like myself, need to be a little more maintenance-minded. The fact is, we can choose to do it, or we might find ourselves being compelled to do it.For example, when we consiste ... read more

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