Used to be the only time you really needed batteries was at Christmas time. Now they are needed for just about everything especially electronic devices. Even our vehicles have always needed batteries and now some vehicles run on batteries only. Just like our various gadgets car batteries need attention in order to keep vehicles functioning properly. Car batteries store the electrical energy required to start and run our vehicles. Car batteries are not going to stop functioning in your driveway. They will pick the most inconvenient place possible. Car batteries have a lifespan of 2 to 3 years. Depending on climate conditions batteries 3 years old or older will experience failure. While a battery tends to last longer in a cold climate extreme cold and heat will also deteriorate a batteries functioning ability. Routine maintenance can help your battery function properly. Regular checking of cables for cracking or fraying, battery connection for corrosion and in some cases the water level inside. Batteries should be tested every three to six months. Some warning signs are; lights will dim when air conditioning or heat is on or corrosion on battery cables. Has the battery needed a jump start or external charge? Is the battery past the warranty date ? These are all indicators that you may need to get a new battery. So as we enjoy our battery powered electronic devices we should also make sure our vehicle battery is maintained in order for it to function at its peak. Happy motoring and be safe.
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When I opened Bob’s Autodynamics way back in 1986 almost everyone we dealt with was a man. Back in the day men were in charge of taking care of the family car needs. They would make the decisions of what should be done or not done. In some cases I’m sure the woman may be helping with those decisions but we still always seemed to be dealing with the man of the house. Fast forward to today and boy have times changed. In todays world I would say that women represent over 50% of the customers we deal with. I must say sometimes change is good. It’s a pleasure to help women with their car needs. Women tend to be better listeners when we are explaining or educating them on anything they may not understand about their car and why they need the services or repairs suggested. Sorry guys I think with some men their egos get in the way and they don’t want to admit what little they know about todays cars. Just to be fair todays cars are very complex compared to the old days before everything (not just cars) came equipped with a some type of computer. I’m glad to see that todays women take on their car needs with confidence. They know that taking care of the second biggest or the biggest investment in their lives will pay off and pay off big. We a Bob’s Autodynamics take great pride in being able to help anyone understand and educate them on how their car works or why is it broken. If you have any questions don’t be afraid to ask just stop by or give us a call and we will be glad to help you.
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Do you go to the same doctor for checkups? Do you go to same dentist for cleaning or checkups? Most people do because they like to have the same people taking care of them and having their medical history. It’s all about building relationships with the people you trust to take care of you. If you own a home your car will be the second biggest investment in your life. If you don’t own a home your car will be the biggest investment in your life. Just like we need to take care of our teeth with maintenance by flossing, brushing and regular checkups you should be maintaining your car. Regular checkups and maintenance is going to keep your car healthy. It’s to your advantage to find a good repair shop and stick with them. Just like your doctor a good shop will keep all the maintenance records for your car. They will help you stay on top of everything your car needs based on your personal driving habits. From how often you should change your oil and filter to letting you know when it’s time for other maintenance like cooling system flushes, transmission services and cabin filter replacement. They will know if you are the type of person that uses their brakes with a heavy foot or the type that is light on their brakes. Guess what type of person does more brake jobs? At Bob’s Autodynamics we build relationships with our clients. After 28 years in business we have 3 generations of families coming to our shop. It’s really fun watching our clients children grow up and start driving their parents car or maybe if they are lucky their own car. We enjoy helping those young drivers learn how to take care of their car just like their parents and grandparents. Yes it’s all about relationships.
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”.