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Yearly Archives: 2017

HOW TO PREPARE YOUR ASIAN IMPORT FOR WINTER

HOW TO PREPARE YOUR ASIAN IMPORT FOR WINTER

If you have an Asian Imported car, winter preparation varies slightly from its American-made counterpart. In previous years, we have given you tips to prepare your import for colder weather. Here we have combined those tips into one comprehensive list. Don’t trust just any car maintenance shop; for routine maintenance on your Asian import in Las Vegas, visit us at Asian Imports Plus. Examine Belts and Hoses Now that temperatures have begun to drop and will continue to do so for a while longer yet, check your belts and hoses for wear and tear that can be exacerbated by below freezing temperatures. If you are unsure how to check these yourself, have an import specialist take a look at them. Check Battery Don’t forget about your import’s battery Winter is the ideal time to make sure that your battery’s posts and connections are corrosion ... read more

7 THINGS EVERY FOREIGN CAR OWNER SHOULD KNOW

7 THINGS EVERY FOREIGN CAR OWNER SHOULD KNOW

If you own a car, you should be able to perform simple maintenance on it, or at least know how to. If you chose to pay someone to do the routine maintenance for convenience sake, you should still have a general idea about how your car operates and what you need to do to keep it working better than well. #1 Operate Your Vehicle You should know what all the buttons and levers and knobs and switches do in your vehicle. You may not know how to take apart your transmission or even how to change your oil, but you should be familiar with the basics. You should be able to answer basic questions such as make, model, and edition; what wheel-drive it is; what the safety features are; where your oil, transmission, and other fluids -such as power steering- are and how to check their levels; and what kind of gas fuels your car. It is your car, you should know it intimately to be a sa ... read more

SHOULD YOU ATTEMPT YOUR FOREIGN CAR REPAIR YOURSELF?

SHOULD YOU ATTEMPT YOUR FOREIGN CAR REPAIR YOURSELF?

If you are like most people, you are always up for ways to save money, and car repair is one of those areas where it costs money every once in a while (yes, even on your Asian import vehicle that is typically super reliable). We don’t blame you if you think to yourself from time to time, “I wish I could just do this myself,” when it comes to vehicle repairs. But should you attempt to be your own car mechanic? Let’s take a quick look and you can decide for yourself. Qualities you should possess First of all, let’s look at some of the basic qualities you should possess if you’re going to do your own car repairs. An independent streak Let’s face it. You’re definitely branching off the beaten path in pursuing the DIY option for the repairs on your Toyota or Honda (or whatever vehicle you need to fix). That’s ok, an independent streak is part of what makes us Americans. Not everyone ... read more

3 STYLES OF CUSTOMERS OUR AUTO MECHANIC SEES: WHICH ONE ARE YOU?

3 STYLES OF CUSTOMERS OUR AUTO MECHANIC SEES: WHICH ONE ARE YOU?

If you’re not trained in car mechanics, you may find it to be a puzzling thing to know exactly when the noise or rattle or smell coming from your car is just a fluke or something serious that you should pay attention to. It’s kind of like knowing when to go to the doctor. Do you go get checked out for that abdominal pain, or do you say to yourself, “It’s nothing, it’ll pass”? Making the wrong judgment call when it’s appendicitis is a hugely different thing than when you have a bit of gas or bloating. We’ve seen the same gamut of personality types when it comes to dealing with a vehicle that needs fixing. Here are a couple of the different profiles that we’ve seen for people’s approach to discovering what’s wrong with the vehicle. You take your car in for every little sniffle This person is someone who takes note of every tiny new sound, rattle, or vibration that the car makes, and brings it t ... read more

DOES YOUR CAR NEED ONE OF THESE COMMON TOYOTA REPAIRS?

DOES YOUR CAR NEED ONE OF THESE COMMON TOYOTA REPAIRS?

Owning a Toyota is typically a fabulous experience for most drivers. Toyota’s reliability and longevity combine to make a car that drives for a long time while needing minimal repair. However, some Toyotas still need repairing, and when you work in a car repair shop that specializes in foreign car repair, you tend to see a lot of the same issues over and over again. In this blog post, we’d like to cover just a few of the Toyota repair issues that seem to be more frequent than others. If you have any of these issues with your vehicle, we will be glad to take a look and get your repair done quickly and accurately. After all, we’ve probably done each of these repairs more than a few times. Anti-Lock Brakes on the 2006-2007 Highlander Hybrid If you have a 2006-2007 Highlander Hybrid, you may run into an issue where your anti-lock brakes fail. Typically you’ll know that your anti-lock bra ... read more

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