AYL and Tunex franchise owner Scott Huntsman at the Moab Rotary Car Show. And we can’t think of a better place to spend some time, especially since we love cars! Summer is the best time to get outside and do things with your family, and that’s always easier when your cars runs well. We can help. We offer complete car care. Come in and see us today!
Small businesses are the backbone of the U.S. economy. Tunex is one of the 28 million small businesses in the U.S. that helps fuel the “American dream,” by employing over 56 million people and producing 50 percent of the non-farm gross domestic product here in the U.S.
We help drive the economy. But, we do more than that, as we hope the Made4Utah segments we sponsor for the Utah Manufacturers Association show. The small businesses here in Utah fund dreams. In many cases we provide the launching pad for the entrepreneurs of the future. We’re the dreamers and the doers that show up every day and continue to push, even in tight economic times. We make things happen.
This May 5th is the start of the National Small Business Week, which has been celebrated across the U.S. since 1963.
It’s a great week to support a local business. You are not just supporting our economy here in Utah, you are supporting someone’s dream.
The franchise owners of Tunex couldn’t be more excited to partner with the Utah Manufacturers Association and Channel 4 to highlight the amazing products made right here in Utah.
Well it’s that time of year here in Utah – it’s Easter Jeep Safari. We are finally getting to enjoy some sunshine, red rocks, and trails. At You Leisure’s Chad and Ria Booth, caught up with Scott and Tonya Huntsman on the Moab trails.
See it here:
Spring time in Utah is a great time to be outdoors, but, it’s also a time to make sure that your car runs optimally. Here’s a few tips:
1. Check Your Tire Pressure – Temperature directly affects your tire pressure, so you’ll want to ensure they are properly inflated. Warmer weather increases your tire pressure, and if the pressure gets too high, you may be prone to a blow-out. Use a pressure gauge to ensure your tires are at the proper PSI.
2. Examine Your Wiper Blades – Spring is typically a very wet month, which means you’ll need to be able to see clearly when it’s raining.
3. Alignment Issues – Spring is usually synonymous with pothole season. Do your best to safely avoid any potholes you see in the road, as potholes can severely damage your suspension and alignment. If you notice that your car is pulling to the right after hitting a pothole, stop in to our shop to get it looked at.
4. Pump Your Brakes – All that extra pump braking during the winter season takes a toll on your brakes. If you hear a grinding noise while you’re braking, you’ll want to bring your car into our shop immediately.
Stop by any one of our locations this spring and we can help resolve any car concerns that you may have.
Routine maintenance is a good way to prevent problems with your car, but it becomes especially important as the days get shorter during winter. Where to start?
- Look at the owner’s manual. It will tell you what the manufacturer recommends when it comes to scheduling specific services. Do what the manufacturer suggests. Neglecting routine maintenance shortens the life of your car and makes it more likely that at some point the car will develop a serious problem.
- If you notice a problem with engine performance, especially if they affect your ability to drive, get it checked out by a reputable shop. This includes issues such as diminished power, hard starts, rough idling, and stalling. How can you make sure you have a reputable shop? Look for technicians who have been certified by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) so you know they are qualified to service and repair your car.
- Keep your tank full and use fuel de-icer in your tank about once a month. Doing both prevents moisture from freezing in the fuel lines; a full tank prevents the moisture from happening, and the de-icer prevents the moisture from freezing.
- Have someone check on drive belts, clamps, and hoses to make sure they are in good condition and are connected correctly. In addition, have the brakes checked and have a technician check the exhaust system while the car is on a lift, and make sure there aren’t any small holes in the trunk and the floorboards.
- Make sure the heater and defroster are working correctly. It’s not just a matter of comfort. The heater and defroster also help keep the windshield clear so the driver can see through it. Check all the lights, the treads on the tires, the condition of the spare, tire air pressure, and the jack. The best time to check the air pressure in your tires is when the tires are cool.
- You probably replace windshield blades as soon as they stop working as effectively, but if you live in a place with severe winter weather, you should also buy winter blades that can better deal with ice. In addition, make sure you have plenty of windshield washer solvent and always carry a good ice scraper in the car.
- Carry an emergency kit with you. Items like boots, blankets, a cell phone and a charger, chains, flares, a flashlight and some extra batteries, gloves, high-energy snacks, sand or kitty litter, and a small shovel are all good choices.
Snowy roads can be dangerous. They make it likelier than usual that you might end up getting stuck somewhere. If that happens, having the right gear in your car can keep you safe and comfortable. The following list contains some items you should definitely think about putting in your car:
• A (charged) portable battery: Most phones go through their batteries fairly fast. If you need your phone, it’s helpful to be able to charge up the battery away from home.
• A blanket: Cold weather and inadequate clothing are a bad combination. If the weather is worse than you thought and you didn’t grab a coat on the way out the door, having a blanket is important.
• An emergency escape tool: The DSYJ Car Hammer Seatbelt Cutter Window Breaker Emergency Escape Tool can save your life, and it is small enough to go in the glove compartment. Better yet, you can buy one of these on Amazon for less than $6.
• A first aid kit: You can buy one or make one. Some people use a plastic water container to store the essentials; other people just pick up a kit at the store. You may have one already, but how old is it? This is one of those purchases you should check regularly to make sure that it is fully stocked and that nothing has expired.
• A flashlight with fresh batteries: It gets dark early during the winter. You may need a flashlight during the late afternoon as well as the evening to help you flag down traffic or to make sure drivers can see you.
• Jumper cables: Sometimes batteries die. When they do, having some jumper cables available makes it possible to get an engine going again, whether that’s your engine or someone else’s.
• Road flares: Flares can alert other drivers to the fact that there’s a problem. The more advance notice drivers have, the more likely it is that they will realize they need to slow down. There are a lot of options on flares, but the most appealing ones are flares that are rechargeable and battery powered. Use the internet to find one you like and buy several. Some flares even have magnets so you can stick the flare to your car. (Search for FRED Flare on Amazon to see a few options.)
• A compact folding shovel: You never know when you might need to dig. Having something small and compact that can get the job done when you need it is a good idea.
• Rock salt: Even if you have some form of four-wheel drive, it’s possible that sometimes you will run into a difficult driving situation. Rock salt can help you get on your way again.
• A snow brush with a scraper on it so you can get snow and ice off your windows.
AAA sells an emergency kit that includes a first-aid kit, a flashlight, jumper cables, and a shovel, as well as toolkit items such as duct tape, a screw driver, a shop cloth, and zip ties. Every kit comes in a handy bag.
Storm weather is unpredictable. Good car maintenance can minimize the impact of a storm on your ability to drive safely. Here are some suggested areas to check in order to make sure you are prepared when the bad weather hits:
- Make sure your tires are in good condition. You might want to consider buying winter tires instead of all-season. They are optimized for bad weather. In addition, check the air pressure in your tires. Temperature affects air density. Cold air is denser than warm air, which means the air pressure drops right along with the temperature. You aren’t going to have the same control when you drive, or get the best gas mileage possible, if your tires are underinflated. It’s worth checking regularly.
- Make sure you have a good battery. The cold makes batteries less powerful than they would be otherwise. You might also want to check battery terminals to make sure they aren’t corroded. Electrical power can’t be transferred as easily through corroded terminals as they can through battery terminals that are in good condition.
- Consider investing in a battery booster/jump starter pack as well as jumper cables. That way, if your battery fails you, you don’t need to find someone who is willing to help jump-start your car.
- In addition to making sure your oil is changed regularly, you should also look at the owner’s manual to find out what the right oil viscosity is for colder temperatures. Newer cars are designed to run on low-viscosity oil regardless of the time of year, but older cars need a different viscosity in the summer than they do in the winter.
- If your car is cold, don’t rev the engine. It takes a while for the oil in the engine to warm up; until that happens, the combination of revving the engine and cold oil could damage the engine.
- Make sure you have fresh antifreeze in your cooling system. Old coolant is more likely to freeze than new coolant.
- Be sure your wiper blades are in good shape and replace them as often as necessary. You need to be able to clear the snow and ice off your windshield while you are driving as easily as possible.
- Use washer fluid that has been designed for winter. The summer version will freeze in winter, making it useless. If it freezes on your windshield, it’s dangerous because you can’t see well through it. Just avoid the problem altogether and switch over to a winter washer fluid instead.
- Clear off snow and ice from your entire car before you drive it. If you don’t, you make it harder to see through your own windows, but you are also creating a traffic hazard when you start driving and the snow and ice you didn’t clear off becomes airborne, potentially hitting other cars. In some states, you can end up paying a heavy fine if you don’t bother to get the snow off your car before you drive.
- The following tips can keep you and your car in the best possible shape as you drive in cold, snowy, and icy weather during the winter months:
- Windshield wipers: Ineffective wipers make it impossible for you to see well through your windshield while driving. That makes it a safety hazard. Swap them out for new ones as soon as you see that they aren’t working as well as they ought to.
- Warming up a cold engine: This is probably fine although it does use extra gas as long as you limit the warm-up time to a couple of minutes. After that, however, idling can cause buildup on spark plugs. The buildup makes them less efficient.
- Tires: Make sure your tires can handle the change in weather. Choose winter tires or all-season tires. Winter tires are best, but they wear out quickly. All-season tires are a reasonable compromise. Summer tires don’t perform as well when the temperature falls below 44.6 degrees Fahrenheit. The cold affects the way they handle, and it also makes it harder for you to brake.
- Air pressure: Cold weather affects the air pressure in your tires. In fact, a temperature drop of 10 degrees can reduce the tire pressure by one PSI (pressure per square inch). It’s a good idea to keep a pressure gauge in your car so you can check tire pressure if the tires look a little flat.
- Protecting against intense sunlight: Many people use a car sunshade inside the front windshield during the summer in order to keep the car cooler than it would be otherwise. However, sunshine does more than increase the temperature. It can also damage your dashboard. Using a car sunshade when the sun is out on winter days, is as good an idea as it is in the summer.
- Gas tank: Keeping a full gas tank is a good idea during the winter. If there is moist air in an almost empty tank, that can freeze and crystallize, introducing the possibility of ice in your car’s fuel lines.
- Clearing ice from your windows: Even though it might be tempting to pour a bucket of hot water on a frozen windshield, there’s a good chance you might end up with a cracked windshield. The best way to clear ice and snow from your car is by using an ice scraper.
- Steering on ice: If you are on ice and you brake hard, you will put your car into a spin. Instead, turn the steering wheel in the same direction you are sliding and then gently tap the brake with your foot.
- Driving too fast: Bad weather conditions can be more dangerous than they seem. Drive more slowly than usual in order to make sure you can stay in control of your car. How slow is slow enough? It depends on the situation, but the maximum (even on a highway) should be less than 45 mph, and possibly much slower than that. If you notice the car fishtailing or sliding, that means you are going too fast.
On Friday and Satuday (April 11-12), Tunex Complete Auto Care will celebrate the grand opening of its new Super Center at 745 S. 1950 West in Springville.
The center is the 25th Tunex center in Utah and third for owner Clay Liston, who has locations in Orem and St. George.
Just wanted to say your crew at the store in Draper are the best! Since I have moved to Utah, 6 years ago we have had to deal with bad mechanics. So bad we have hated driving our cars and when we took them to the mechanics they would tell me its fixed or that there is no issue so I would leave with the issue I came in with. One such issue was our van would shake and when the breaks were applied. We went to 2 differnet mechanics who said every thing was fine. One even changed out the breaks and no luck. When it was time to get the van registered I took out to your store in Draper only because I happened to be driving by. I didn’t realize I found my new favorite mechanics. I asked for a smog, inspection and alignment. I was greeted by Derek who was very friendly and helpful. When I asked for an alignment I wasn’t sure if I needed a 2 or 4 wheel. He said we can do the 4 and if not needed then we can change the price if it only needs a 2 wheel alignment. Sure enough I only needed a 2 and they made sure that I would only pay for a 2. They could have easily charged for a 4. I wouldn’t have known the difference. Talk about honesty! Then when they brought my van around I was expecting a here are the keys and your bill. Nope! Instead John came to the lobby and sat next to me and explained to me about the inspection, alignment and what they did. He then told me when he drove my van that he noticed the shaking I mentioned earlier in this letter. I never said anything to any of them about it. He tells me that it’s being cause by a warped rotor. I couldn’t believe it! I have taken it to 2 other mechanics and told them of the issue and they couldn’t find it… John knew from a quick drive what it was. What also impressed me more was he wasn’t pushy about having me have them fix it, just asked if I wanted a quote. I said sure and he looked it up and gave me a quote for parts and labor. I asked if it would cost anything else and he said “no, what I gave you is what you pay.” The other places I have used I would end up paying more than quoted. I took them up on it and the shaking has stopped. The van stops great and I paid about 20 dollars less than what he quoted because he rounded up just to make sure I wasn’t hit with any suprises. After 2 years, 4 sets of tires and 2 alignment adjustments, all it took was 1 quick stop to your Draper store, and we can finally enjoy driving our van again! Also when my wife came home from getting the breaks and rotor done she said she mentioned to them that our van some times sputters when the A/C was on. They were able to tell her what it was and gave her a quote. When she told me I instantly said have it done. I trust that they will get it done right. It will be nice to finally trust the mechanic again!
Driving less doesn’t have to be a consumer’s reaction to rising gas prices, according to the Car Care Council. While consumers can’t control the price of gas, they can control how much gas they use by following some simple and inexpensive vehicle maintenance.
“Most motorists don’t have the option of driving less when gas prices rise, but they can cancel out the increases by making sure their vehicle is getting maximum fuel economy,” said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. “Fuel consumption is directly related to vehicle care and driver behavior and both can have a significant impact on how much motorists pay at the pump.”
The Car Care Council offers these simple steps to save gas without driving less:
•Keep your car properly tuned to improve gas mileage by an average of 4 percent.
•Keep tires properly inflated and improve gas mileage by 3 percent.
•Replace dirty or clogged air filters on older vehicles to improve gas mileage by as much as 14 percent.
•Replace dirty spark plugs, which can reduce mileage by two miles per gallon.
•Change oil regularly and gain another mile per gallon.
•Check the gas cap. Damaged, loose or missing gas caps allow gas to vaporize into the air.
•Observe the speed limit. Gas mileage decreases rapidly above 60 mph.
•Avoid excessive idling. Idling gets zero miles per gallon. Warming up the vehicle for one or two minutes is sufficient.
•Avoid quick starts and stops. Aggressive driving can lower gas mileage by 33 percent on the highway and 5 percent in the city.
•Consolidate trips. Several short trips taken from a cold start can use twice as much gas as one longer multi-purpose trip.
•Don’t haul unneeded items in the trunk. An extra 100 pounds in the trunk reduces fuel economy by 1 to 2 percent.
“Some motorists think they are saving money when they put off needed vehicle maintenance,” said White. “What they don’t realize is that neglecting routine maintenance can end up costing a lot more. Keeping your car running efficiently and modifying your driving behavior is the best way to improve your vehicle’s fuel economy and keep more money in your pocket.”