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
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
When your either suspect or know for sure that there is something wrong with your car and don’t have an established mechanic you feel you can trust to repair your car, you may feel you need to start from scratch finding a mechanic for your foreign Asian import car. Look no further Asian Imports has highly-qualified and experienced mechanics that can maintain or repair your car.
One of the main things you should look for in choosing a mechanic is their training.
Being an expert mechanic, qualified to work on many types of cars is not as easy as it used to be.
Modern cars are computerized and hybridized to the extent that it takes extra specialized training to work on them effectively.
The highest level for a mechanic is to hold a Master Automobile Technician certificate.
If you look at our certifications page, you’ll see that many of our mechanics hold this level of certification.
Our mechan ... 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
We are often asked what problems we see in what models of cars. People want to know what they are getting into when they are looking into buying a used car. This week we are going to look at Mazda CX-5’s. Generally speaking, this is a great car. Its newest model has some cosmetic improvements but remains basically the same vehicle as has been available for the past few years. With its SkyActiv Technology, it has great fuel efficiency, and we hear that it has the sporty feel that Mazdas are known for. What is SkyActiv technology? SkyActiv is Mazda’s answer to the hybrid engine. It can be found in models from 2011 onward. It not only decreases fuel consumption but also increases output, increasing output Mazda Vroom, above and beyond the Zoom Zoom Zoom they are known for. It is a direct injection system that has an increased engine compression ratio. It has the fuel compression ratios found in Formula 1 race cars. This means more power and torque with less fuel consumption while st ... read more