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When should I change fluids?

Q: I have a 2008 Accura MDX, my dealer’s service rep has recommended 15,000 mile service to include “throttle body service” ($228.95), “transmission fluid flush” ($179.95), “differential fluid flush” ($109.95) and “A/C Pollen Filter replacement” ($99.95). The vehicle is only 16 months old, is garaged and cared for, and never has been off road. These services seem unnecessary to me. What is your opinion? Thanks for your help. Jim A: According to Alldata, at 15,000 miles on your vehicle the manufacturer recommends a lube, oil, and filter change, replacing the cabin air filter, differential service (recommended at 7,500 miles, 15,000 miles and then every 15,000 miles thereafter), and tire rotation, in addition to several inspections. The A/C pollen filter replacement is the cabin air filter. The manufacturer recommends a transmission flush at 60,000 miles. Typically, the throttle body service is recommended by most dealers and independent automotive service cen ... read more

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Wilhelm Techs ASE Certified

Wilhelm Techs ASE Certified

WILHELM AUTOMOTIVE PUTS EMPHASIS ON TRAINED TECHNICIANS Every year, Wilhelm Automotive, a family owned and operated automotive repair business, makes sure that its technicians are certified to be the most reliable and knowledgeable automotive repair employees available to their customers. They do this, in part, by having their technicians certified by the non profit Institute of Automotive Service Excellence (ASE). Wilhelm Automotive currently has five locations in the Valley, and all of the locations have at least three master certified ASE technicians. The ASE certification insures the automotive technician is knowledgeable about all levels of car repair, and also stays abreast of current technology. Prospective ASE candidates take one or more of the ASE’s more than 40 exams that stress knowledge of job related skills. An ASE certified ‘Master Technician’ must pass a group of ASE automotive exams in a series. ASE certified technicians must also show ... read more

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Wilhelm Auto Hosts Pet Food Drive

Wilhelm Auto Hosts Pet Food Drive

NO MORE EMPTY BOWL!WILHELM AUTO TO HOST PET FOOD DRIVE IN NOVEMBER Wilhelm Automotive, a family owned and operated auto repair company, will host a pet food drive at each of its five locations this November. The food drive will benefit Empty Bowl Pet Food Pantry, an organization dedicated to helping pet owners facing financial challenges. With any pet food donation made at the stores in November, Wilhelm Automotive will offer each customer $15 off any auto repair service. Empty Bowls helps a variety of families with pets in need including homeless people with pets, senior citizens, veterans, disabled people with service dogs and those who are simply struggling financially. Since the beginning of 2012, Empty Bowl has donated more than 200,000 pounds of food to those in need through donations and pet food drives. “At Wilhelm Automotive, we know the pets are part of the family, and we are happy ... read more

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Wilhelm Has Wiper Blades In Pink!

Wilhelm Has Wiper Blades In Pink!

Update! If you were waiting to purchase the Pink wiper blades IN PINK–your wait is over. Wilhelm locations now have pink colored wiper blades for sale to support Breast Cancer Research and the John C. Lincoln Breast Health and Research Center. Find out more information about the this program below. Please note, our Goodyear location will not have the pink colored wiper blades until October 26. All other locations have pink blades as of today. Throughout the month of October, Wilhelm Automotive will join the fight to ‘Wipe Out Breast Cancer’ with a unique Pink wiper blade campaign. The manufacturer of the blades, AutoTex Pink, donates a portion of the proceeds from sales to breast cancer research, and Wilhelm Automotive has also committed to donate $5 of each sale of the Pink wiper blades to support John C. Lincoln’s Breast Cancer Breast Health and Research Center’s Kids Coping Camps. “This is an easy and affordable way for Wilhelm automotive custom ... read more

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Wilhelm Gets You Ready for a Road Trip!

Wilhelm Gets You Ready for a Road Trip!

This month we’re combining our efforts to make sure your car is in tip top shape for that summer road trip. It’s National Tire Safety Month, which means it’s time to take a good look at all tires on your vehicle to be sure they are ready for the extreme temperatures and conditions on the roads this summer season. So for June only, we’re offering this special Road Trip Package! The Road Trip Package Includes: Complete inspection and rotation of all four tires (rotation if needed) Brake Inspection And, a FREE SUN SHADE..all for just $9.95. You can’t afford to pass this great offer up before your start your summer vacations! Call now to schedule an appointment

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Wilhelm Automotive’s Newest Location Celebrates!

Please join us on Thursday January 24 as we celebrate the opening of our newest location in the Scottsdale Airpark. The airpark store marks our sixth location and first franchise! This event will also kick off our year-long celebration of 85 years of business! Planned activities include: Ribbon cutting event from 9-10 a.m. with Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane and the North Scottsdale Chamber of Commerce. Tours of the new location Giveaways Live appearance from 98.7 the Peak radio from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. A special ‘Stuff the Truck’ opportunity to support Empty Bowls pet food pantry. Those who bring in pet food items (on Jan 24 only) at our Grand Opening event will receive a coupon for a oil change for only $8.50! Our Scottsdale Airpark location address is: Wilhelm Automotive – Scottsdale 15455 N. 83rd Way Scottsdale, AZ 85260 (480)

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Is this a sign of dirty injectors?

Q: I have a 2002 Buick Century with the small v-6. It has about 89,000 miles. Recently I noticed it seems to miss or hesitate when starting off at low speed with just a minimum gas pedal pressure. It runs ok as I give it more gas and at higher speeds. Is this a sign of dirty injectors, and if so what is a good additive to clean them, or is this possibly another issue.Ken A: I might consider another issue. First, do you have a check engine light on? If so, what is the code? When was the last tune up done (plugs/wires)? Quite often cleaning the Mass Air Flow sensor will take care of low speed hesitations. Another possibility is a dead spot in the throttle position sensor. If you feel an actual misfire, then I would take a look at the ignition system. The misfire could be slight enough that the computer has not picked it up yet. If you decide to take it to a shop, you could expect to spend about $100 to diagnose this problem. As far as fuel additives are concer ... read more

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Intake Manifold Gasket Leaking

Q: I was having some service work yesterday and was advised that I have an “Intake Manifold Gasket Leaking.” How serious is this and when should it be fixed? This on a Buick Park Avenue with 50000 miles.Thanks, Bill A: A leaking intake manifold can be very serious, and if ignored, can result in cross-contamination of engine coolant and engine oil. At each corner of the intake, coolant flows through to aid in cooling the engine, heads, and block. At the front and back of the intake is the sealing area where engine oil is present. If the coolant is leaking externally, it is very possible that the gasket is breeched and leaking internally as well. I would recommend you try to make the repairs as soon as possible to eliminate a more costly situation

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My fuel tank gauge always shows I have a full tank

Q: My fuel tank gauge always shows I have a full tank. What causes this and is it expensive to repair? I have a 1997 Buick Century. I have about 85,000 miles on my car. Maddy Leckey A: Inside the fuel tank, there is a float attached to the fuel pump. As the fuel level goes up and down, so does the float. As the float moves it sends a signal to the gage in the dash that indicates the fuel level. The float is connected to a resistor and if it goes bad you will get false readings on the gauge. Another possible cause is a bad fuel gauge in the dash. However, the most common problem is the sending unit in the tank. On your model vehicle, the float, resistor and fuel pump are all one unit (called a fuel pump module assembly) and have to be replaced as one unit. The average cost to replace the unit is around $700-$800 for the repair. Due to the potential expense, I would recommend having the system diagnosed to determine which of the two parts are in fact bad and e ... read more

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What is a battery service and do you recommend it?

Q: My mechanic recommended a “battery service” for my 2005 Honda CRV. I don’t see that service in my owner’s manual. What is a battery service and do you recommend it? -Mark A: You will not find Battery Service in the book. There really is no set time frame for servicing a battery and it’s a purely visual inspection. Over time, batteries vent acid and build corrosion on the terminals. This corrosion should be cleaned. At best, it will make your battery and starter work harder than it should, shortening its life. If it gets bad enough, the corrosion will eventually eat the cable ends and could impact the vehicles ability to start. If you have any doubts as to the legitimacy of the recommendation, just ask the service advisor to show you. What you’re looking for is either a white/green fuzzy looking buildup on the top of the battery or a gray dull look on the battery terminals. We do recommend battery service on an as needed basis. Our battery service includes ... read more

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