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Why are Shocks and Struts Important?

Why are Shocks and Struts Important?

When you're driving down the road and your car starts to bounce, it's probably time for new shocks or struts. But what are they? This blog post will explain why shocks and struts are important, as well as some helpful tips on how to maintain them so that you can continue to get the most out of your vehicle. What are Shocks and Struts? Shocks and struts are parts of the suspension system that help maintain a car's ride height and provide a smooth ride. They reduce the impact shock on your vehicle caused by driving over bumps in the road, or potholes. The shocks and struts are responsible for maintaining the relationship between the wheels and the chassis as it reacts with the steering system to control the vehicle's movement. You control your car's direction using the steering wheel, gear, and other steering components. The suspension system helps to help maintain vehicle stability by buffering the impact of the irregularities and by absorbing ene ... read more

Tips to Keep Your Lexus Running at Its Best

Tips to Keep Your Lexus Running at Its Best

For any car owner, it is important to keep your car up and running and in a good condition. The adage that prevention is better than cure rings true for many things in life – including your Lexus. Here are the top 5 tips to ensure that your Lexus will keep running at its best for a long time. Maintenance The easiest way to make sure that problems are prevented and addressed before they become expensive complications is to follow the suggested maintenance plan for your Lexus. The maintenance schedule is specially designed to check specific parts and systems at specific intervals to maximize their lifetime. During these maintenance visits, mechanics will replace vital parts before they need replacing to ensure you an extended safe driving experience. Take it easy Easy driving will lead to the longevity of your Lexus. If you respect your car then its parts will last longer, for example, protect your car's transmission box from damage by shifting gears smoothly and avoid shi ... read more

What are the Symptoms of a Failing Ignition Switch?

What are the Symptoms of a Failing Ignition Switch?

The ignition switch has many practical uses, from starting the vehicle's electrical devices and powering the fuel and ignition, to activating the engine. Located on the steering column or dash area, the ignition switch also locks the steering wheel when there's no key in it, making it a useful deterrent for thiefs and one of the most important components of any vehicle. However, through everyday use, the ignition switch can eventually wear out and succumb to faults. Such failures usually occur over a gradual period rather than instantly, but there are many tell-tale signs that indicate a faulty ignition switch and that your vehicle may need to be taken in for repair. Key Won't Turn Excessive wear-and-tear can prevent the key from accurately lining up with the keyhole. Depending on the severity of the damage, you may notice the key not entering the ignition switch as smoothly, failing to turn, or even failing to insert altogether. Engine Won ... read more

What's the Difference between a Turbocharger and a Supercharger?

What's the Difference between a Turbocharger and a Supercharger?

If you're looking for a vehicle that has both power and speed, then you might've considered one that's been outfitted with a supercharger or turbocharger. These additions to vehicles essentially force-feed your engine more air, allowing them to produce more power. The way this works is very simple. Internal-combustion engines need air flow to function, as fire requires oxygen to burn. Turbochargers and superchargers both feed your engine more air, thus allowing more power to be generated. But which one is better? Is there a clear favorite between the two? Let's dive into this a little bit and see what we can find out. Turbochargers The way turbochargers work is pretty simple. When your car produces vehicle exhaust, it sends out a piping hot stream of gases. This stream can be utilized and its energy converted into something that serves more of a purpose. In this case, that purpose is powering up a vehicle to make it more powerful and more efficient ... read more

Car Not Driving Straight? Here's Why

Car Not Driving Straight? Here's Why

Are you fighting with your steering wheel to get your vehicle to drive straight rather than drifting from side to side? This a common problem that drivers can experience and this symptom can indicate a number of things. Let's look at what makes the wheels pull to the right or left, and how this issue can be fixed by one of our professionals. Vehicles that experience this drift often have bad wheel alignment, which is a simple maintenance item that can be taken care of. In some cases, the tires, suspension system, or a steering prroblem can also be the source of the issue. Here are some of the potential causes and how to deal with this annoying driving issue:  Tire Maintenance Underinflated tires can cause them to have increased rolling resistance which can affect the ride quality. This makes the vehicle tend to move moreso to one side, which is why keeping an eye on your vehicle's tire pressure is important, among other rea ... read more

5 Major Signs It’s Time to Replace the Timing Belt

5 Major Signs It’s Time to Replace the Timing Belt

   The timing belt is similar to the chain on a bicycle; it works to keep all of your vehicle's moving internal parts running in sync. Timing belts are black rubber with a bit of nylon and typically need to be replaced over time. They're a similar construction to a clothing belt, but with square teeth or cogs. If the timing belt breaks or becomes worn, multiple problems will occur in a domino effect. Without the timing belt, the combustion's timing reaction will be off. The valves will not open at the right time and can become severely damaged. The air and fuel mixture will not be ignited at the right time, and in severe cases, may cause a misfire. Since the timing belt and water pump work hand in hand, they're usually replaced during the same service. Replacement service can restore the performance and functionality of your vehicle. Most modern cars have a timing chain that doesn't need replacement, but you should stay informed if you're driving an ol ... read more

4 Exhaust Smells You Should Be Familiar With

4 Exhaust Smells You Should Be Familiar With

As a driver, it’s important to be aware of the components inside and outside of your vehicle. Some people only think about their exhaust if there’s an unusual smell. If they can decipher what a unique smell even is. Identifying exhaust smells are essential to safe driving. Being aware allows you to seek immediate professional attention before a problem becomes worse. Below are four familiar exhaust smells and what they may mean. Normal Exhaust Smell You can’t expect the exhaust to smell like a bed of roses. A healthy exhaust has a smoky, musty smell near the pipe. The exhaust is made up of harmful toxins such as carbon monoxide. The scent is easily identifiable but shouldn’t be noticeable inside the cabin. If you notice an exhaust smell inside your vehicle, there may be an exhaust leak. You should immediately stop driving and have your car towed to your trusted mechanic.  A Sweet Smell Sweet-smelling exhaust fumes can seem more pleas ... read more

What Happens If You Skip an Oil Change?

What Happens If You Skip an Oil Change?

Staying on top of routine maintenance should always be a top priority for drivers in Las Vegas. Things happen, and life gets busy, so it’s not uncommon to miss a service appointment. Most vehicles need their oil changed every 5,000 miles. And if your car uses synthetic oil, you may be able to drive for an extra thousand miles or so. Outside of gas, clean oil to lubricate the engine is one of the most critical fluids for a safe drive. If you don’t remember the last time your car was seen, it may have you wondering what can happen if you skip an oil change. Engine Damage If you wait too long between oil changes, the lack of lubrication will cause the engine to shut down completely. A major engine shut down may require a replacement, leading to thousands of dollars in service and repairs. The Engine Will Knock If the engine oil hasn’t been changed in a while, the oil may become thick and sludge-like. Engine oil should be fluid and clea ... read more

Common Signs Your Water Pump Is Failing

Common Signs Your Water Pump Is Failing

This year’s summer sun is giving endless waves of heat, and during this time, your vehicle heavily relies on its water pump to help keep your engine cool. The water pump ensures that the coolant circulates between the radiator and the engine so that the engine consistently runs at a manageable operating temperature. Without a functioning water pump, your vehicle will overheat, leading to significant internal engine damage. An older vehicle is more likely to encounter water pump issues over time. However, no matter how old or new, even the most technologically advanced water pumps can run into problems. If you’re experiencing water pump problems in Las Vegas, Asian Imports Auto is here to help. Below are a few common symptoms that your water pump is failing: You Notice a Coolant Leak The radiator’s coolant is a bright greenish-yellow color and pretty easy to spot if looking underneath a vehicle. The water pump has small gaskets that can wear with ti ... read more

One Of My Mirrors Is Damaged. Is It Still Legal To Drive?

Since side mirrors stick out from the car’s body, they’re more prone to accidental damage. Side mirrors can end up dangling loosely off the door or end up breaking off completely. Side mirrors do not impact the functionality of the vehicle; they are designed to provide additional visibility of up to 200 feet behind the car. Side mirrors increase the driving experience by helping you park, turn, and switch lanes. Is it illegal to drive your car without one? The legality of the side mirror varies from state to state.  Some states require that both side mirrors be present and fully functional to operate your vehicle legally. However, it’s legal in most states to drive if one side mirror is damaged as long as the second side mirror is functional and the rearview mirror is intact. If there is cargo blocking the visibility of the rearview mirror, some states require that both side-view mirrors are operational.  Whether one of your mirrors has a small crack or is ... read more

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