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How to Pass Your Smog Test with Success

How to Pass Your Smog Test with Success

There are several factors that go into an emissions test, which is a requirement in Las Vegas, NV in order to keep our breathing air fresh and clean. If you are concerned about passing your upcoming smog check, you’ve come to the right place. Below is a list of things you can do to make sure your car, SUV, or truck passes with stripes and stars! Fix Your Check Engine Light This warning light results in an immediate failure of the smog check. If your check engine light is illuminated, you should have it diagnosed and repaired if you want your car to be legal to drive. Feel free to bring your car to Asian Imports for diagnostics. Take It for a Run  In some cases, the catalytic converter may not get hot enough to perform its job effectively. Before the test, we recommend taking your car for a 15+ minute drive before the test to ensure accurate results. Get an Oil Change Clean oil in your engine is always good, no matter the occasion. When it comes to fresh oil for smog te ... read more

5 Signs It's Time for a Wheel Alignment

5 Signs It's Time for a Wheel Alignment

Maintaining all of the necessary maintenance and repair work on your car, even with the advances in technology and performance, can be difficult. Correct wheel alignment is essential for a smooth and safe ride. There are several signs and symptoms of wheel alignment issues that are easy to overlook. The following are five of the most common signs: Is tire-related accident a common occurrence? Based on statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the vehicle is responsible for 2% of all vehicle crashes, and of those, 35% are due to tire problems. There are 15,000 auto accidents in the U.S. every year caused by tire problems. Difficulty Controlling Your Vehicle A vehicle that pulls to the left or right when you intend on driving straight could have a problem with its alignment. You might notice anything from a slight tug to a hard jerk. Sometimes, under-inflated or incorrectly-sized tires may cause this issue. Tires Th ... read more

6 Things Every Teen Driver Should Know

6 Things Every Teen Driver Should Know

Getting your driver's license and the first car can be liberating for teens. Whereas, for many parents, it can be worrying and nerve-wracking. Education is key to ensuring your child is safe on the road to better ease parents' minds. We've put together this list of 6 essential things that teens and their parents should discuss before this important stage in life. How to Change a Flat - This may be easier to demonstrate than to explain. Go over the steps with your teen, including the needed tools to put in a spare tire. How to Check Tire Pressure - Proper tire inflation is key to safer and more cost-efficient driving. Teach your child how to add air to their tires and how much their car requires, which can be located on the driver's door jamb sticker. Feel free to pull out the owner's manual too. How to Check Motor Oil and Other Fluids - Go over the various fluids within the motor vehicle, including the engine oil, power steering fluid, coolant, brake fluid, and m ... read more

Auto Services That Should Always Be Done By a Professional

Auto Services That Should Always Be Done By a Professional

While we understand some of you guys and gals like to get your hands dirty when it comes to your car, there are certain maintenance practices that are better off left for a trained technician to do. Items like oil changes, filter changes, and wiper replacements may be done at home, but there are other tasks that require proper skills and expensive equipment. Here is a brief list of "Don't try this at home"' auto maintenance and repairs: Check Engine Diagnostics - Many motorists think they can diagnose and repair their check engine light. The problem with check engine lights is that there are many vague reasons and codes for it, which is why they need more sophisticated equipment to be accurately detected. Professional techs can read and apply their knowledge to decipher the codes and determine the best solution for you. Tire Rotation - Yes, you may be able to pick up a jack and swap your wheels around. However, a tire rotation service typically includes re-balancin ... read more

What Are Common Reasons for a Power Steering Light to Come On

What Are Common Reasons for a Power Steering Light to Come On

Warning lights on the dashboard can be daunting, and some of us like to shrug it off and pretend like they're not there. If one suddenly appears on your dash and the light looks like a steering wheel, then you should know that there is something wrong with your power steering. You might wonder what's wrong and whether it is safe to keep driving. What Is Power Steering? Before you can fully grasp the scope of the problem, we should probably take it back to power steering basics. Power steering is not a new concept, and it has been around for decades. Before the innovation, steering was done manually, which required a lot of effort. Power steering alleviates some of the stress of turning your vehicle manually, and nowadays, this system can be hydraulic or electric. If there's an issue with this vital system, the vehicle will automatically disable power steering until the repair is done. Reasons for Power Steering Warning Light In Hydraulic Power Steering Systems If you h ... read more

5 Car Noises That Require Immediate Attention

5 Car Noises That Require Immediate Attention

There are several things that drivers look out for to ascertain if their cars need immediate attention or not. Noise, especially from the engine, is one of these signs. It's not something you should ignore, but rather visit our trusted mechanic as soon as you can.    While it may be tempting to try and identify the cause of the noise using DIY tactics, getting professional help is the best decision in such cases. Our experts are trained and experienced in diagnosing the cause of noise in your car and finding a lasting solution. In this article, we will highlight the top 5 car noises that call for immediate mechanic attention.   Squealing or Chirping in the Engine A squealing or chirping noise emerging from the engine when accelerating is an indication of an underlying issue in your car. Besides the serpentine belt, the accessory belt may also be faulty. Also, the timing, fan, and v-belts may be worn out. A visit to our auto repair shop is the on ... read more

What is a Drivetrain?

What is a Drivetrain?

Most people do not know or understand what their vehicle's drivetrain is, which is why we are going to go over the basics of it today. The word drivetrain may sound intimidating, but it's not all that complicated! Today, we will discuss drivetrains, why they are so important, signs of a problematic drivetrain, and why you should not neglect its necessary repairs.   What is a Drivetrain? The drivetrain is a term that sums up all of the components necessary to transfer the engine's power to its wheels to enable your vehicle to move. It comprises multiple vehicle parts, including the transmission, driveshaft, wheels, CV joint, U-joint, differentials, and axles. If you've ever talked or heard about "rear-wheel drive (RWD)" or "front-wheel drive (FWD)," you are referencing a vehicle's drivetrain. While rear-wheel vs. front-wheel drive is a topic of discussion that we won't go over today, you must know the troubling signs of a faulty drivet ... read more

Are Tire Rotations Necessary to Car's Performance?

Are Tire Rotations Necessary to Car's Performance?

When people think about car safety, they often think of parts like seat belts, airbags, and vehicle lights. However, your tires are one of your car's most critical safety features, which is why mechanics emphasize tire maintenance so often. A tire rotation is among one of the several services that tires need to be safe. A tire rotation is when one or more tires are moved from one position on the vehicle to another. Usually, the front tires will move to the rear, and the rear tires will move to the front in a cross-diagonal direction. This service is necessary because all automobiles carry more weight in the front, so the front tires will naturally wear out quicker. Tire rotations are done to prevent uneven wear and extend the life of your tires. More often than not, it would help if you had your tires rotated every time you get an oil change. You can refer to your vehicle's owner manual for the proper timing as well.    Why Are Regular Tire Rotations So Important ... read more

5 Signs You're Having Alternator Troubles

5 Signs You're Having Alternator Troubles

The alternator is a simple yet crucial device within every gasoline-powered automobile. The alternator has a mechanism that recycles power to and from your vehicle battery while you are driving. Electric vehicles and most hybrid vehicles will not have this mechanism because they have different batteries.   When your vehicle is on, the battery supplies power to all kinds of systems: the engine, the air conditioner, the infotainment system, and other electronic components. The alternator is the backbone of the battery and sends power back into the battery to sustain a charge. If the alternator isn't working correctly, you will encounter major electrical system failures and a drained battery.   It's essential to understand the warning signs of a failing alternator: 1. Faint Lights Whether the lights look dim periodically or continuously, blurry lights are a common sign of a weak battery and/or a failing alternator. Too dim of lights can pose many h ... read more

Why Does My A/C Have a Foul Smell?

Why Does My A/C Have a Foul Smell?

It's not fun cruising around town with an unpleasant smelling A/C blowing out of your vent. You have no idea where the smell is coming from! Unbeknown to some, some smells can easily creep in your car's A/C. Here's what you need to know and what it may mean for your vehicle. There's a possibility that you're smelling something that's in the atmosphere that's just getting filtered through your A/C. If this is the case, driving away will simply resolve the problem. However, you should be worried if the smell is persistent and smells of gas, mold/mildew, vinegar, or burnt. Here is what those scents may indicate:   Gasoline Smell: Even though your car has a cabin air filter, it may not be able to block more pungent smells like gasoline. If your vehicle has a fuel leak, there is a high chance that it will get sucked into your cabin and through the A/C system.   Mold/Mildew: If your A/C reeks of mold or mildew, it may be mold or bacteria building up ... read more

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