January 10, 2014
Can you believe it’s 2014 and another new year is here. Last year seemed to go buy so fast. Is it because I’m getting up there in years? They say the older you get the faster time goes. I’m starting to believe it but that’s a whole different story. 2013 was another year Las Vegas struggled to pull out of a bad economy. They say our unemployment is about 9% but I think the real number is about double that. It seemed like another year of nothing but bad news with one scandal after another. What is it going to take to get our wonderful country back on track? I better stop there before I really start losing it! On to a positive note let’s all make 2014 a better year for all of us. If we all keep a positive attitude and keep moving forward we the people can overcome the worst Washington has to throw at us. This year started off with the Consumer Electronics Show here in Las Vegas. Everything from computer eyewear to massive 4k TV’s that have a picture 4 times as clear as what we are use to. One of the things that caught my attention being a serious car guy was the self driving cars at the show. I don’t know about you but when it comes to my car I want my hands on the wheel and my foot on the gas as I steer my way down the road. Americans love their cars, they always have and I’m sure you are like me I want the pleasure of driving my car down the road. Now I know it’s no fun being stuck in rush hour traffic on I-15 but how about driving around the Red Rock loop next weekend. Driving through the scenic views rounding the corners maybe a little too fast with no side streets for someone to pull out in front of you can be very exciting. If it’s a nice day the windows are down and the fresh air blowing through your car is something you just have to experience. I just can’t imagine letting my self driving car have all the fun. I think some things should be left to us humans without technology taking over. I know what you’re thinking some people just don’t know how to drive good and may be better off letting the car do it for them. That’s another topic for another day. We will see in the years to come just how the self driving car works out for us Americans who love to drive our cars.
December 19, 2013
I really do love Las Vegas at Christmas time. Las Vegas may be known as “sin city” to the rest of the country but the locals know just how giving the people that live and work here are. Everyday you hear about an organization or business sponsoring a fund raising event. Some collect food or winter coats while others will collect toys, bikes and other gifts for those in need. I see people from all over the valley come out to these events with very generous donations. Many businesses will make huge donations to give back to the community. The Christmas Holidays really do bring out the best in us. Las Vegas is also a wonderful city to see dazzling light displays. You can go to the Ethel M Chocolate Factory and see their cactus garden all decorated with lights. The Las Vegas Motor Speedway also has a light display. How about taking the kids to Opportunity Village and walk through the magical forest or ride the train with the kids. A couple of years ago Bob’s Autodynamics sponsored a tree in the magical forest. The team at Bob’s Autodynamics got to decorate the tree. The guys at the shop found automotive related ornaments like tools and other car stuff to decorate our little tree. Everyone from the shop had a great time and Cheryl made sure the whole event had a woman’s touch. Unfortunately I (Bob) was home sick with pneumonia at the time but it really felt good to give back to the community. Another nice place to see is the gardens at the Bellagio Hotel that have been decorated with a Christmas theme or just drive around and check out all the lights in your neighborhood. Christmas is such a special time to spend with family and friends. It’s a magical time of year to share and give to others. Just like the old saying “It is better to give than receive”. At Bob’s Autodynamics we are very thankful to all of are clients who have supported us this past year. MERRY CHRISTMAS & HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM ALL OF US AT BOB’S AUTODYNAMICS. MAY YOU ALL HAVE A BLESSED 2014.
October 11, 2013
Winter is coming and even though we live in the desert it gets cold in Las Vegas. Just like in the summer when our cars struggle to survive the 115 plus temperatures when the weather gets cold our cars can have multiple new problems due to the extreme cold. The first big problem will be your battery. Any time the temperature takes a big dip it can send a weak battery over the edge. The second problem you might encounter is all of a sudden you have a coolant leak. A lot of times it’s the water pump leaking. When the cold hits the water pump seal will shrink due to the cold temperature and there you have it a leaking water pump. Today’s radiators are made with plastic tanks and aluminum cores. When the cold hits the plastic tanks can crack and you now have a leaking radiator. Also it’s very important to have the proper amount and type of coolant in your car for both winter and summer. The third thing to watch out for is anything on your car made from rubber. In the extreme cold your tires can crack and go flat. Hoses and belts can crack and break. And of course when your car has a failure it will be at the most inconvenient time possible. You will end up late for work or the kids late for school. I don’t know why that happens but it just seems to work that way. The best advice I can give you is have your vehicle checked out before the cold weather is here. Most trained technicians can inspect your car and make any recommendations necessary to keep you on the road all winter long. At Bob’s Autodynamics we always offer seasonal inspections FREE during an oil and filter service. If it’s winter we will inspect your car for cold weather conditions. If it’s summer we will inspect your car for hot weather conditions. All of the technicians at Bob’s Autodynamics are ASE Master Certified. That means they have been certified in all categories of automobile repair and service. At Bob’s we don’t mess around with car repair and service we take it seriously. That’s why we have excellent ratings on the internet. We take care of our family of car lovers because that’s YOU
August 22, 2013
August 22, 2013 Let’s talk about distracted drivers in Las Vegas. We all know how busy our freeways and roads are in Las Vegas. Everyday we go to work and home or school and home or whatever errand you are running we find ourselves in bumper to bumper traffic. We might be traveling down I-15 at 65mph and only have about 20 feet between you and the car in front of you. I know you should have one car length between you and the guy in front of you for every 10mph you are traveling. I don’t know about you but if I allowed that much room between me and the guy in front of me about 3 cars are going to cut in front of me. I personally allow that much room because I’m just not in that big of a hurry. Most people don’t leave near enough room for safe driving and many won’t even let you in if you’re trying to merge over to another lane. A while back Nevada passed laws that forbid the use of your cell phone or texting while driving or sitting at a stop light. While most people have heard of this law I still see many people on their phone or texting while driving. I laugh at the people I see at the stop light trying to be sly and texting with the phone out of sight. If I can see them constantly looking down to their lap and know what they are doing what do they think a trained police officer will think – duh. A little known law that has been around for a while and that is driving while distracted. That means anything that will distract your driving is not legal. I personally have seen people reading a book or news paper, eating a hamburger or pizza, or putting on makeup. I recently saw a guy playing his guitar. But by far the biggest problem is our cell phones. What ever happened to the days of calling someone back after you get to your destination? I have done some calculations on speed and distance. A mile is 5280 feet. If you are traveling 60mph you are going 5280 feet in 60 seconds that’s 88 feet per second. A football field is 300 feet long so according to my calculations you would travel the length of a football field in just under 31/2 seconds. How long would it take you to quickly look at your phone and see who called or texted you? Basically in the blink of an eye you have traveled the length of a football field. How scary is that? Maybe it’s time to put our phones away while in our cars and pay attention to the road. Maybe it’s time to slow down a little and take the time to eat at home instead of in the car. Maybe it’s time to put on your makeup or read that good book at home. Maybe it’s time to slow down and smell the roses. Most of all let’s all slow down and save a life. Remember the life you save could be yours!
August 16, 2013
I remember when I was a kid just starting high school. I had a love for cars and could hardly wait to be able to drive a car any car. Before I was even close to 16 years old I would wash my sisters car and my sisters best friends car. In trade they would give me driving lessons unknown to my parents of course. Having an older sister and brother I saw what it took to borrow our parents car. I knew at that young age that by the time I turned 16 I wanted my own car. So I started to formulate a plan to achieve that goal. My parents taught me at a very young age that if you want something you have to work hard and save your money until you can afford what you want. I had been working since I was 11, you know paper route, dishwasher, busboy anything I could get was fine with me. I already had some money in a savings account but I needed to be more aggressive in my savings. So by the time I was 15 I had enough money for a cheap car. Next thing was I needed to know how to service and repair my car because money would be tight with insurance payments and all. So I took 3 years of auto shop in high school. I was top of my class in auto shop. When I turned 15 and a half I bought my first car a little VW Bug. It was light blue and I could not have been prouder of my self and my car. Yes my car. The day I turned 16 my mom took me to DMV after school and I got my drivers license. It was a school night but my parents let me take off to my friends house by my self in my own car. I had to be home by 8:00PM but I did not care. I also knew at this point I needed to stay out of trouble or the first thing my parent would do is restrict me from my car. Fast forward to say 2004. I have owned my own auto repair business since 1986 and noticed that many kids are not interested in owning a car. How could this be the economy is doing great and you could get a job anywhere. Why are these kids not working and saving for a car of their own. Don’t they know a car is the ultimate freedom? I have also seen that many parents are now buying their kids cars, paying for their insurance and gas. I also notice that when that happens the kids don’t take care of their cars like they would if they had to work several years to afford it on their own. They just don’t have the respect for their car if they don’t have any skin in the game. Are kids not interested because they have been driving cars on the game consoles since they were little kids? Are they so into their cell phones and texting they just don’t care? It’s time to make our kids stand on their own two feet and work for what they want. Americans have always had a love affair with their cars. They love their cars so much most people have named their car. I hope those days are not gone in America and our kids will once again become passionate about owning their own car.
July 17, 2013
July 17, 2013 After living in Las Vegas sine 1964 I have been through some hot summers. I must say this year was the worst I can remember. Two weeks ago when traveling through Las Vegas near Boulder Highway and Desert Inn the temperature reading was 120 degrees. That’s just too hot even for an old timer like me. That was the week the sheriff in Death Valley forbid any eggs in the region because everyone was trying to fry an egg in the street and causing a big mess. During our hot summers our cars are struggling to keep the engine from overheating every time we drive them. Little did you know your radiator system is just a couple of degrees from boiling over during those hot days. When our technicians pull a car into the shop for a repair or service and open the hood the temperatures from the engine can be hundreds of degrees. At that point the engine will need to cool off a bit before we can attempt to work on it. Summer heat is hard on our bodies. We must stay hydrated and cool or we will face the consequences. We will become sick and end up in the hospital or worse. Our cars are the same if we neglect them prior to the hot summer just like our bodies the car will not withstand the punishing heat. My best advice is to get your car checked out long before the heat arrives so you can enjoy a summer with no car breakdowns. Just remember if your car fails and you’re stuck on the side of the road you and your car will be sitting in the heat waiting for someone to rescue you. Being prepared is the thing to do. Having your car in tip top shape for summer is essential. Also don’t forget to carry at least two gallons of water with you for you or the car. Make sure your cell phone is charged and ready to go if needed. Another great idea is having an umbrella in you car not in case it rains but for shade if you are stuck on the side of the road. REMEMBER HEAT KILLS! DO NOT LEAVE YOUR KIDS OR YOUR PETS IN A LOCKED CAR. The interior temperature will exceed 150 degrees within minutes.
June 20, 2013
Running an auto repair shop for the last 26 years has been very demanding and rewarding. Helping people get back on the road in a well fixed car can be satisfying and stressful. It’s Friday afternoon and the customer is waiting for their car the new part just showed up and it’s the wrong part. The shop goes into overdrive to manage the problem. Something must be done and done quick to correct the problem and take care of a good customer. Thats the stressful part and there is nothing funny about the situation at hand.
But over the years funny thing just seem to happen. Like the time a person called in a panic and said “My lock button doesn’t work on my remote how do I get in my car?” We calmly explained to use the key and unlock the door just like you did in the old days. Many times over the years an unfamiliar person has come into the office looking for their car, but we are not the shop where the took it to. Every now and again a person will tell us their car is possessed. When we ask why they inform us it won’t start at times. We always seem to find a faulty part causing the mysterious problem. We had a car in once and found at least 100 post it’s all over the dashboard and console. I think that person had a lot to do. One day a gentleman came in with a huge rock on the front seat and told us not to move it. When we asked why he said that rock came crashing through the front window while travelling down the freeway and it reminded him everyday he was still alive. One day a person came in and wanted us to inspect under his car for a bomb he was convinced someone was after him. Naturally after a thorough inspection we found no bomb.
I could go on and on but I think I’ll save the rest in case hollywood wants to make a good sitcom “Auto Repair in Sin City”.
March 11, 2013
Nascar comes to Las Vegas. With a fun filled weekend of Nascar racing at the Las VegasMotor Speedway all wrapped up it once again was a total success. The fans that support Nascar are the most dedicated fans I have ever seen. They will stand by their teams through thick and thin. They wear the team hats and jackets. They buy all kinds of team memorabilia. They support their team with their hard earned dollars. The fans also support the city the race is in with millions of dollars pumped into our great city.
The best part of being at the races is you get to share the experience with family and friends. The smell of those powerful engines and burning rubber can only be enjoyed live at the track. The buzzing of the cars as they streak by at over 200 miles per hour is just unbelievable. It is amazing to watch a car pull into pit row for tires, gas, and adjustments. The pit crew looks like a fine oiled machine when that car pulls in. Everyone has a job to do and they better do it in record time. It’s fun to watch these guys run around the car replacing all 4 tires, making adjustments, gassing up the tank and it only takes a few seconds.
Servicing your car is a lot like pulling into the pits. You want a well qualified crew working on your car don’t you? Finding a good shop may not be easy but once you find a good group of people to take care of you and your car you will want to keep them around. Knowing the same guys are looking after your car should bring you peace of mind. They get to know you and your car. They know your driving habits and needs. Nothing beats PERSONAL SERVICE, a lost art form these days.
So go ahead and support your local independent repair shop with your repairs and service needs. Don’t put up with just being a number at some big dealer or chain store with you and your personal needs getting lost in the shuffle. The local independent repair shops are the shops that keep America driving. Your local little repair shop will be the MADE IN AMERICAtype of business you’re looking for.
So go ahead and make your pit stop at the best independent repair shop in Las VegasBob’s Autodynamics.
Auto repairs in Las Vegas can be a scary thing to do. If you have lived in Las Vegas a long time you can remember when it was a small town. People could be trusted and business was done with a hand shake. Now Las Vegas is a big city and with that comes big city problems. Las Vegas is a very transient city people and businesses come and go faster than you can imagine.
Times have changed and we as consumers have to be careful. All business dealings you have should be done with a reputable business. We recently had a new customer that just got a new radiator put in their car 2 months ago. We told the customer the radiator was the problem but looked brand new and advised them to call the other shop and get the problem fixed under warranty. They informed us the other shop was out of business and gone. With no recourse they had to pay to get another radiator installed.
We as consumers have to do our home work on a business. How long have they been in business? How long have they been at that location? Are the owners of that business the original ones? Are the owners involved in running the business? These are all good questions that need to be answered. The BBB is a good source for information regarding any business. County records will provide information also.
Personally I like to do business with smaller good old family run business. I like to get to know the people behind the business. I like that they know me by name and take the time to take care of me. I like the fact that if there is a problem that the owner or manager will take care of the problem and in turn are taking care of me. I do not like the feeling I’m just another number waiting to be helped.
Just like a good doctor gets to know you and your body to help them take care of you better year after year. A good auto repair shop will get to know you and your vehicles. They will be very helpful in keeping you going without problems or failures as your vehicle ages. Bob’s Autodynamics has been in business in the same location since 1986. Now that’s dependable. So let’s all choose our doctors and auto repair shops carefully.
January 22, 2013
Times have changed for the automobile. In 1986 when I first opened Bob’s Autodynamics auto service and repair center inLas Vegas things were different. The vehicles of today are made to last longer then the vehicles of the past. Back in 1980 computers were being installed in cars to help with the pollution problem in our country. Those were some rough years for the car makers.
The auto manufactures were under pressure from the EPA to make cars run cleaner. The only way the car makers could accomplish this was to enlist the help of the computer to run the fuel and ignition systems of the vehicle. At that point in time carburetors were used to deliver fuel to the engine. The engineers had trouble making a mechanical part (the carburetor) work well with an electronic part (the computer). They did the best they could but still had problems achieving pollution goals.
In 1990 the manufactures decided to start using electronic fuel injectors. That change with many other advancements helped them achieve their goals. Not only did the pollution coming form cars go down gas mileage went up and cars ran better. Gone were the days waiting for your car to warm up before you could depend on your car to run good.
Around the year 2000 manufactures really improved engine and transmission designs. It is not unusual for a vehicle to last 300,000 miles if it has been well maintained. Those improvements with others again helped pollution and gas mileage.
At Bob’s Autodynamics we have noticed that the newer cars with all their advancements and improvements will fall apart or break down faster if not maintained then the older cars did. It’s the old saying , they don’t make them like they use to. But if you do maintain your new car it will last you a good long while.
Americans LOVE their automobiles. We all have our favorite car we own or wished we could afford to own. There is nothing better than driving down the highway on a nice day to visit our family or friends. I know I’m looking forward to my next trip down that highway in my well maintained car.