Does proper maintenance save gas?

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Have you ever thought about all the little things we do to keep our lives running smoothly - like vacuuming? It makes a room feel fresher and more comfortable. We may not consider that we're also prolonging the life of the carpet by keeping it clean. But Rio Rancho drivers don't always extend those good habits into the garage. Our vehicles need regular maintenance just like our rugs need vacuuming.…

Time for AC Service

The days are warming up and the interior of your vehicle is HOT! Rio Rancho drivers are starting to think about their vehicle's air conditioning. Most Rio Rancho people don't service their air conditioning until after it fails. At American Tire and Service, we can advise you on your vehicle manufacturers preventive maintenance schedules for air conditioning service, just as we do for transmission service, oil changes and so on. Maintaining…

Tire Care in 10 Minutes

EASY STEPS TO FOLLOW CHECK THE PRESSURE Be sure to check inflation pressure when tires are cool (minimum 3 hours after driving). Find manufacturers recommended inflation pressure located on the vehicle doorjamb, glove box, fuel door, or the owners manual. Note: the tire inflation pressure listed on the tire sidewall is the maximum pressure for the tire, not the recommended pressure for your vehicle. Remove the valve cap, take the…

Plans for the Summer?

SCHOOL'S OFFICIALLY OUT FOR SUMMER Here are some top activities for Rio Rancho and Albuquerque students who have a little extra time on their hands. 1) Baseball Play ball. Go to a neighborhood game. Go to an Isotopes game. 2) Athletic Camp Cleveland High athletic camps Rio Rancho High athletic camps 3) Take a Class or go to a Camp Rio Rancho Schools and UNM Continuing Ed offer a number…

Do I need Winter Tires?

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Are Winter Tires right for Me? The first question you need to ask yourself is "Where will I be driving? What are the road Conditions?Are Winter Tires right for Me?" Tires for the Winter Drive - Maybe we haven't gotten the weather in the Albuquerque / Rio Rancho Rio Grande Valley, but the Sandias and mountain areas have had the cold and occasional snow. Modern winter tires work well for…

Winter Service Check – Battery | Tire Air Pressure | Anti-Freeze

Winter Service Check - Tire Pressure, Battery, Anti-freeze

Cold temperatures have settled in at night, especially in the higher elevations. And when cold weather hits, three sure things can happen with your car or truck. Battery Failure Tire Pressure Warning Alerts Anti-freeze not adequate Get a FREE Winter Service Check at American Tire and Service when you schedule an appointment. [vc_images_carousel images="5322,5326,5327" img_size="full" slides_per_view="2" autoplay="yes" wrap="yes"]

Cold Weather Check, Check

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Cold Weather Check of Your Choice Cold weather affect different vehicles and their parts. We may not be getting ice or snow in the Rio Grande valley, but temperatures in Rio Rancho, Bernalillo and Corrales are cold enough to give you car trouble. A cold weather check can keep you from getting stranded. There are three common problems that result from freezing temperatures: Tire pressure condenses, so your tires may…

Synthetic Oil Change Vs. Standard Oil Change

Synthetic Oil Change or Traditional Oil Change? That is the question. Or really, "Why does a synthetic oil change cost twice as much as a traditional oil change?" To answer that we have to look at the manufacturing process and the performance of the two products. A standard oil change in normal New Mexico driving conditions, typically lasts 3 months or 3000 miles. However, the higher performance lasts longer with…

Keep Your Vehicle Another Couple of Years

Keep Your Vehicle Another Couple of Years Rio Rancho area residents may remember when the U.S. government's “Cash for Clunkers” program made a splash on the news scene. People were offered incentives to trade in old vehicles for new, in the interest of better and improved air quality from reduced emissions. But a lot of Rio Rancho drivers want to hang onto their old clunkers. They're dependable and they're paid…

Knowing When Your Timing Belt Should Be Replaced

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The timing belt in your engine controls the opening and closing of the intake and exhaust valves. Rio Rancho drivers need to replace it on a schedule to avoid failure. Timing belts are very difficult to get to, requiring quite a bit of labor to access. Replacement is one of the more expensive maintenance services, but the cost at American Tire and Service to correct an engine damaged by a broken timing…