How to Protect Your Car’s New Paint after Collision Repair

Auto body collision repair is never anyone’s first choice for exterior vehicle enhancement. But, if you’ve recently been in an accident and had auto body work done, then your car may look in (almost) new condition. So how do you keep it that way?

To maintain the integrity and luster of new paint applied during the collision repair process, here’s what we suggest… Continue reading

Best DIY Car Care & Maintenance Tips

Sure, it’s already been hot in Albuquerque, but even more intense heat is still coming…followed in a couple months by monsoon rains. Whether you’ve stayed on top of car care or have neglected maintenance, there are some visual inspections, top-offs and preventative maintenance tasks you can (and must!) do to make sure your car’s ready for summer.

DIY Maintenance for Visibility

Visibility entails your ability to see the road (and obstacles on it) and the ability of other drivers to see you. To ensure optimal visibility during low-sun hours (dawn and dusk) and summer storms, check: Continue reading

Planning the Perfect Road Trip

What makes the perfect road trip is highly subjective. For some people, it means having a great vacation destination. For others, the ultimate playlist…or your best buddies…or just your furry friend as your copilot. But here at Quanz Auto Care, the perfect road trip is one the ends with you safely at your destination and your car in good condition. Second best is a road trip where you’re prepared for any mishaps along the way.

The perfect road trip starts with some planning and a visit to your ASE-certified technicians at Quanz before hitting the road.

The Perfect Road Trip Packing List

The key to the perfect road trip is to be ready for small hiccups so that they do not become major disasters. So, you need to have first aid, safety and vehicle maintenance basics at the ready. At minimum, make sure you have packed: Continue reading

What to Do When Your Parking Brake Gets Stuck

So, you parked on a hill, remembered to engage the E-brake, but now that it’s time to leave, you can’t get it to disengage. What do you do?

A sticking emergency or parking brake is most commonly a winter problem because of ice. And for that, you need to melt the ice, which you can do a number of ways:

  1. Warm up your car and hope that is enough to melt the ice around the parking brake.
  2. Create a snow and ice dam around your car so that the heat from the engine is trapped below your car, more effectively melting the ice around the parking brake.
  3. Use a hairdryer to melt the ice from the parking brake.

No matter what method you use, you see the common theme—melt the ice and the parking brake should work.

But what about when ice is clearly not the problem? Well, then, things are little trickier. Continue reading

How Does My Car Calculate Fuel Economy?

Modern cars have dash consoles full of useful (and sometimes not-so-useful) information…like your MPG averages. How does your car know how many miles per gallon you’ve used? Let’s take a look…

How You Would Calculate MPGs

Before the days of computer-controlled vehicles, you would have to manually calculate miles per gallon…and the formula is in the name: Continue reading

How to Know When Your Spark Plugs Need Changing

Spark plugs are meant to last a long time, but not a lifetime. Most vehicle manufacturers recommend having them changed between 75,000 and 100,000 miles. Ideally, your spark plugs should be inspected every 30,000 miles, so you have a heads-up when you may need maintenance. However, if you aren’t taking your car to Quanz Auto Care and your current mechanic isn’t keeping an eye out for you, then you may only know your spark plugs need changing because of tell-tale signs, like: Continue reading

Top 10 Most Common Mechanical Repairs

Quanz Auto Care is a full-service mechanical maintenance shop. We do just about everything you can imagine to get and keep a car going—reliably and with optimal fuel economy. While we have the capacity to do advanced diagnostics and figure out mechanical mysteries, most of our work is pretty straight forward because more often than not, you’ll find our ASE-certified technicians working on one of these top 10 most common maintenance issues.

  1. Timing Belt Replacements

Most modern engines use a timing belt to synchronize camshaft rotation so that the engine valves open and close at the right time. That, in turn, allows the proper amount of fuel-air mixture into the piston chamber where it is ignited to generate power.

The timing belt is usually located deep within the engine chamber, so it takes quite a bit of work to remove all the components just to access it. That, unfortunately, makes timing belt replacements one of the pricier maintenance services, but it’s not one you can put off too long. If your timing belt goes, you’re likely to experience catastrophic engine failure quickly…and a new engine will cost significantly more than a timing belt replacement.

Your owner’s manual will indicate how frequently your vehicle’s manufacturer recommends changing the timing belt. For most cars and trucks, timing belts should be changed between 60,000 and 100,000 miles.

  1. Tune ups

Before the days of computer-controlled engines, tune ups were routine service to (re)synchronize major engine functions to ensure cylinders fired at the right time, in the right order, etc. Today, tune ups require less manual re-tuning but more inspection and replacement of the key components to engine performance, including:

  • Spark plug wires
  • Ignition coils
  • Air and fuel filters

During a full tune up, the technicians at Quanz also check a number of other components, including belts, hoses, gaskets, etc. to spot any potential issues early when they are easier and less expensive to fix.

  1. Brake jobs

We prefer that vehicle owners bring their cars to us for brake work at the first sign of squeaking—i.e., when it’s likely only your brake pads need replacement. However, we are equipped to do all types of brake repairs, including:

  • Rotor resurfacing
  • Rotor replacement
  • Inspection and replacement of caliper assembly
  • Inspection and repair of brake lines

During brake work, we also carefully inspect your tire tread for signs of uneven wear and/or bulging, which can indicate other problems that affect control and stopping.

  1. Check engine light diagnosis

Few things can elevate a driver’s blood pressure like the sudden illumination of the “Check Engine” light. We have the diagnostic tools to read the code in a matter of seconds. Often, based on your description of your car’s behavior or history, we may be able to further diagnose the mechanical issue and start preparing a quote for maintenance and repair work.

  1. Alignments

Quanz Auto Care invests in the most sophisticated alignment equipment, and we put it to good use as wheel alignments are among our most in-demand services. Although wheel alignment is not listed in many recommended service schedules, we encourage you to have your alignment checked annually. If it’s been a while since your last alignment, it may also be a good idea to get your wheels aligned before a road trip.

  1. Dash warning lights

Today’s cars and trucks have lots of warning signs, many of which mystify drivers. Quanz Auto Care has the diagnostic equipment to read codes prompting illumination of any dash warning light. Often, there are simple DIY fixes—like inflating your tires or adding oil. But, in the event that more intensive maintenance is required, we have the equipment and know-how to complete the services you need to get back on the road.

  1. Steering vibrations

Understandably, drivers want to keep control of their vehicle at all times. When they experience unexplained vibrations, most drivers are quick to bring their cars to use for inspection. This issue may indicate an issue with the steering system itself, but vibrations may also indicate problems with tires and/or suspension. Whatever it is—we find it and fix it…fast.

  1. Fluid Leaks

Our ASE-certified technicians keep busy identifying the source of fluid leaks that cause pools in your garage or continually trigger some of your dashboard warning lights.

  1. AC/Heat not blowing hot or cold

Interior cabin comfort is a big deal for New Mexico drivers. We do a lot of air conditioning and heating system diagnostics and repairs—and that entails a lot more than just topping off refrigerant. We take the time to find any leaks and dispose of refrigerant properly to ensure eco-friendly operations.

  1. Overheating Engines

Even if your “Check Engine” light doesn’t go on, when you see the engine temperature gauge hit the red or “H”, you know something isn’t right. We check all the most common culprits and, if necessary, run advanced diagnostics to find out what repairs will restore your engine performance.

Is your car or truck experiencing one of the top 10 most common problems? Yes or no, Quanz is the place to go. We handle vehicle maintenance and repair for all makes and models. We provide free written estimates and the convenient services you need, including on-site car rental, while your car in in our care. Contact us to schedule maintenance service today.

 

 

The Reason Why You Should Not Leave Your Car Sitting for Long Periods of Time

Your car was meant to be driven. When driven, the moving parts move, and the fluids lubricate and cool like they’re supposed to. When you let your car sit for long periods of time (as in weeks, or worse, months), your car is vulnerable to a number of maintenance issues that affect drivability, resale value and your budget.

Dead Battery

A battery left connected to an undriven car still uses power. And if your car stays off, the alternator cannot work to restore the charge. So, your battery just gets drained. In as little as one Continue reading

Fuel Additives: What They Are, How They Work, and Why You Might Want Them

Besides gas, there are other formulas you can put in your gas tank that might affect your vehicle’s performance. That’s what fuel additives are. What they do and whether you need them, well that depends on the type of vehicle you’re operating. Here’s a quick guide:

Types of Fuel Additives and What They Do

There are a variety of fuel additives available at any auto parts store (and many gas stations), including:

  • Fuel injector cleaners

These additives do as the name indicates—they help prevent or remove Continue reading

Why You Should Avoid Potholes

Potholes are not just a winter driving hazard. More of them may actually appear in spring as the freeze-thaw cycle draws to a close and loosened paving surfaces wash away with spring rains, snow melt, wind and heavier traffic. And even those little ones have the potential to cause serious problems for your car.

When you take care to avoid potholes, you take effective measures to prevent: Continue reading

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