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
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
If you know something about cars, you’ll know that even the most modern car needs a good tune-up every so often. We will look at some basic tune-up oriented questions and try to provide answers! Your mechanic at Asian Imports in Las Vegas wants your car to run the best it can, and to last you as long as it can. Check out our current promotions and come in and meet us!
How often do I need a tune-up?
In older cars, it was recommended that you get a tune-up every year or so, but now mechanics pay attention more to the milage than to the calendar. If your car was built after the 1980s, you will need to have it tuned up every 15,000 miles. So, depending on how many miles you drive a year, you can have a tune-up more or less frequently.
What is involved in a tune-up?
Usually, a tune-up will replace items in your car’s engine that take the most wear. This includes items such as the air filter and fuel filter, spark plugs and rotors (if present), and checking on items such as f ... read more
There is only about a month left before kids have to head back to school, and if you haven’t taken your summer vacation yet, you may be planning on squeezing in a road trip while you still can. Your mechanic from Asian import cars, trucks, and motorcycles has some advice for you to get your car ready for a road trip. In this two-part blog, we’ll review some steps to take before you hit the road.
Things to Do to Get the Car Ready
Driving around the western states often means driving for hours between towns. The last thing you want on a road trip is to break down when you’re hours from anywhere. Have your oil changed and all your fluids and belts checked before embarking on a road trip. Make sure your tires are up to the job. Make sure your spare tires is ready for action. A few weeks before you plan on leaving, have your spare tire checked. Make sure your jack is in place and has all of its parts.
A can of emergency flat fixer foam is not a bad thing to have in th ... read more
If you’ve decided to break out of Vegas and hit the road before the summer is over, you need to be prepared for any emergencies that might arise. Crossing the desert can be dangerous if you go off the main highways to explore the gorgeous canyons or desert that lies between us and just about any destination. Be sure to have your car tuned up and that all of the fluids are topped off by your mechanic at Asian Imports. You should also make sure that you’ve checked your tires and spare tire. Once you’ve made sure your vehicle is roadworthy, you’ll want to make sure you pack a few things to take along to be ready for any emergencies.
Just like if you were to travel in the mountains during the winter, you’ll want to make sure you have survival supplies, should you break down in the unforgiving desert. Any survival kit should have extra water, food, and protection from the elements. In the desert, the heat will wear your down and dehydrate you quickly. Wate ... read more
Asian Imports is the best place to bring your car for maintenance and repair. We offer you top-notch car mechanics for work on your Asian import cars. We service foreign cars, such as Subarus, Hondas, Toyotas, Nissans, and domestic cars too. Just like you, we are car drivers and know what an inconvenience bringing your car into the shop can be. We know the feeling of hearing a noise and thinking our cars are about to break down. If you drive a car or truck with a manual transmission, you’ll know that the clutch going is something every stick shift driver dreads.
Do you know the signs that your clutch is facing impending doom versus a simple repair by your friendly neighborhood Asian Imports mechanic? Here are a few tips to help you.
How Does the Clutch Feel and Sound?
With the car in neutral, step on the clutch and ask yourself these questions
Does it go down smoothly?
Do you hear any noises?
Is there any grinding?
If you do hear ... read more
Asian Imports is the place to turn in Las Vegas to have your Asian import car or motorcycle serviced. Our mechanics are fully trained on modern computerized autos as well as older vehicles. We service domestic cars as well.
In most cars these days there are computers to keep tabs on your engine’s performance and alert you to service needs, but sometimes old fashioned know-how can be used to make that call.
Well, yeah. This makes sense, but you’d be surprised at how many people disregard the engine lights.
If you have a Toyota and your VSC light comes on, get immediate attention.
Squeaks and Squeals
If you have a really loud whine coming from under the hood, it is likely a loose belt. It’s an easy fix, but should be seen to.
If the noise of the engine seems uneven when your car is idling, it should be seen. It may be just that you need new spark plugs, but it is better to have it seen to before ... read more
Looking for a reliable mechanic for your Asian import vehicle? We are Asian Imports and are here to serve your car repair needs. We have put together a list of the most common questions we get asked. If you have any other questions, feel free to give us a call.
Where Are You?
We have two convenient locations in the Las Vegas valley, one in Summerlin and south Spring Valley.
What Makes Do You Service?
Asian Imports services and repairs Honda, Toyota, Lexus, Acura, Nissan, Infiniti, Subaru, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Hyundai, Suzuki, Kia, Isuzu and Daewoo vehicles. We repair cars and motorcycles.
Shew! that’s a long list!
What Other Vehicles Do you Service?
We also service all domestic cars and trucks.
Motorcycles are also serviced and repaired by our mechanics
Do you service Hybrids?
Yes! While not every auto shop services hybrids, we do.
We have the training and the e ... read more
Looking for a dependable and reasonable mechanic? Look no further than Asian Imports. Asian Imports is the place to go for service for all Asian import cars as well as domestic cars. We have two locations for your convenience. Besides fixing your car when it is broken down, we also are pros at regular maintenance so that it doesn’t get to that point quickly. One thing we do when we performance on your vehicle is check and change the air filter.
Importance of Air Filters
Anyone who has spent any time at all in or around Las Vegas knows that the dirt here is a fine desert dust, capable of clogging up an air filter with just one drive down a dirt road, or even a drive down the road when the wind has kicked up the dust. So, why is the air filter so important? An internal combustion engine, like that in your car, runs on just that -combustion- and the fuel that is being ignited has to be mixed with oxygen in the proper ratio. If the air filter is clogged, the engine won’t be ... read more