Stay Cool in the Heat

The worst time for the air conditioning in your car to go out is when the temperature outside reaches into the hundreds. A malfunctioning AC creates an unpleasant driving experience in such hot weather. This can ben even bigger problem if you need to present yourself professionally or well dressed when you arrive at your destination. Carlife understands the need for quick, efficient, and quality repairs for your car, especially with the heat in Arizona (Mesa, Phoenix, Glendale, Peoria, Gilbert, Scottsdale).

Diagnosing AC Issues

Having the air conditioning go out in your car can definitely ruin your day. You may be hoping and pleading that this is not the case, that for some reason the fact that your car not getting cooler is just a minor fluke. There are a few things to pay attention to in order to see if it is indeed your AC that has given up. These include:
Your Car is Cool Not Cold: If you have set the control to max AC, but the air is only slightly cold, this is a sign that something may be off. From here you can:
*Check that the cabin air filter isn’t clogged
*Check that the condenser or radiator cooling fans are running when AC is on
**Ensure the condenser is not clogged with leaves, bugs, or debris that could be blocking airflow
*Compressor Clutch: When the AC is set on high with fans blowing, it is important to be sure the clutch on the compressor is being engaged.
*Leaks: These are the most common problems when air conditioning is not working.

While these are the three most likely problems to diagnose if the air conditioning is not working, there can be another common area causing issues.

Recharging AC

Your air conditioning may be running low on what it needs in order for you to get good, cold air blowing. The heat depletes your car of its juices and overtime the refrigerant leaks out of the lines in the engine. This is a common wear and tear problem for vehicles but thankfully it comes with an easy fix. Putting more refrigerant back in can solve all kinds of things. It is a quick, simple fix and can also be the least costly.

At Carlife we believe in providing efficient, productive, and cost effective solutions to all your car needs. We want to be your automotive repair you know and trust. Contact us today if you feel your AC could use a boost to keep you cool!


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Ways to Improve Your Gas Mileage

Who doesn’t want to have better gas mileage? Everyone. We all want to save money and not be constantly affected by the rise and fall of gas prices. We shouldn’t have to live on the whims of the oil company. While cost effective automotive repairs can help keep your gas budget in check, there are other ways you can deliberately improve your gas mileage. For all you folks driving the freeways in Phoenix, Scottsdale, and Gilbert, Carlife wants to provide some useful tips on how to improve your gas mileage and keep your gas budget in line.

Know Gas Mileage

The first thing to do in order to improve your gas mileage is to measure your current gas input and output. This will give you a baseline so that you can tangibly see the positive improvements in your gas mileage. While the newer cars have an automatic mpg counter on the display, these are usually not completely accurate and can give you a skewed view of the reality of your car. The best way to gain knowledge of your gas mileage is to track it yourself. This is an easy process. First, fill your car up fully and turn your trip counter to zero or write down your mileage. Second, when you fill up next, make a note of the amount of gallons you put in as well as stop the trip counter or write down your mileage again to calculate the miles driven. Divide the mileage by the gallons and you will get your mpg. Then just keep note of it each time you fill up. When you have five calculations, you will have an average of your total miles per gallon and you can start to see the improvements in your mpg when you start making some changes.

Saving Gas

There are several ways that you, as the driver, can affect your gas mileage. The following tips will help you see what will work best for you and how you can save money on gas.
*Hitting the Gas: When you gun the gas pedal as soon as the light turns green, you are wasting immense amounts of gas. Let up a bit, you are not racing. Allow yourself to gradually pick up speed and then stay at a consistent speed.
*Gas Type: If your car says to use regular gas, there is a reason. The premium is not necessary and therefore is just a waste of gas.
*Internet: Using the internet will help you find the gas stations in your area with the cheapest gas prices. This will save you money overtime and allow you to increase the money for your mileage.
*Tire Pressure: Checking your tire pressure to ensure that it is staying at the desired number will help with gas. When your tires are getting low, it increases rolling resistance and takes up more gas.
Roof Rack: Getting rid of your roof rack actually helps with the aerodynamics of the car. When there is added pressure against the wind and air resistance, it increases the need for gas to be consumed.
*Air Filter: Changing your air filter can seem like a random thing that would have no effect. In reality, if your engine is working to get air ingested, it is using the fuel to do so. Having clean airflow will positively affect your gas mileage.
*Spark Plugs: When your car has over 80,000 miles, your spark plugs can become filled with carbon deposits. Having fresh spark plugs can help with better gas mileage.

As there are several things you can do to increase your gas mileage, a lot of them have to do with good care of your car engine. The engine is like your mind. When you are feeding it junk food or not feeding it at all, it won’t be working to the best of its ability and it will take more energy to function. But when you feed your body and mind healthy foods regularly, the firing capacity is highly increased.

Contact Carlife today to learn more about improving your gas mileage and getting a regular tune up through the quality services we provide!


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Acura Car Repair Scottsdale

If you live in Maricopa County, and need dependable Acura auto repair, Scottsdale, AZ residents swear by CarLife Professional Auto Service for convenient, quality auto repair. With everything you have to do on a daily basis, like shuttle your kids to school, extracurricular activities, grocery shop, run countless errands, and get to work on time, the last thing you need is a car that decides it isn’t going to work properly.

When your car, truck or SUV refuses to move, it can really throw a wrench into your plans. We depend on our vehicles to get us where we need to go, when we need to get there. When something you rely on day in and day out breaks down, you need a professional you can count on to take care of the problem, quickly and economically.
At CarLife, we understand your need for a vehicle you can depend on, and we place great value on our relationships with our customers. We understand that they are the lifeblood of our business, and we want everyone who trusts us with the health of their vehicle to know that their car, their time, and their loyalty mean the world to us.

When you need reliable, professional auto repair, Scottsdale CarLife Professional Auto Service can put you back on the road fast. When you want the ultimate in friendly, courteous, professional service with a company that treats you like a VIP, give us a call.

Do you drive an Acura? Scottsdale CarLife can help keep your Acura running smoothly with regularly scheduled maintenance like oil changes, whether you drive a compact sport sedan or luxury crossover SUV. For the best in professional auto service, visit the Pavilions at Talking Stick, 8830 East Indian Bend Rd., Scottsdale, AZ 85250, or call us today at (480) 270-5930 to schedule an appointment.

Car Repair Shop Glendale AZ

At CarLife Professional Auto Services we are dedicated to providing the best care and car repair Glendale residents can find. We understand the need and desire to have a skilled mechanic capable of delivering when called upon to get your car up and running without delay. We rely on our vehicles every day to get us to work, school, shopping, outings and activities, and just about everywhere else that’s not in walking distance. It is important to have our vehicles working and in top condition so we can tend to our daily obligations. When our car or truck is not working, our whole day is thrown off track and it causes huge inconveniences, not just for ourselves, but for those that depend on us.
 
Car Repair Shop Glendale AZ
 
For top quality car repair Glendale, AZ residents count on CarLife Professional Auto Services when they encounter car problems. If you have a vehicle breakdown or are looking for an honest repair shop to perform regular service on your car, CarLife Professional Auto Services is the place to come. Our ASE certified auto repair technicians have decades of experience and use state-of-the-art diagnostic and repair equipment and tools to take care of your vehicle.
 
In addition to providing the best service on your vehicle, we pride ourselves on providing excellent customer service too. Our customers are our livelihood and we want to make sure they get the best service on all levels. From car repair and service to customer interaction we strive to turn all of our clients into repeat customers and are proud of our track record in doing just that.
 
For additional information or to schedule an appointment at our Glendale location call (623) 223-1691. Or, visit the car repair shop Glendale, AZ residents trust at 7909 W Campo Bello Drive #2, Glendale, AZ 85308 and get trusted and experienced, skilled service and repair for your vehicle.
 

A/C Repair

When the temperature starts to climb and your car, truck or SUV air conditioning decides it doesn’t want to work, it can be really bad news if you live in a hot climate. In places like Arizona, when people need auto air conditioning repair, Glendale AZ residents and businesses turn to CarLife Professional Auto Service to get cool. We know you depend on your vehicle to do more than just get you from point A to point B; you want to enjoy the ride as well, and you can’t do that if you are sticking to your car’s interior! When your A/C goes out and it is summertime, it can literally be life threatening not to have a car with a functional air conditioner in Arizona’s infamous triple digit heat.
Imagine trying to commute to work and arrive looking fresh when your car feels like the inside of an oven set to 450 degrees. If you are responsible for toting toddlers or elderly folks, there is a real threat to their health and safety, as younger and older individuals tend to react to extreme temperatures more severely. You need a vehicle you can depend on, and one that is cool and comfortable as well as safe to use for either day to day travel around the city, or longer trips around the state or around the country. At CarLife, we place the highest value on our relationships with our customers, and we want to help you stay cool and comfy this summer. We want everyone who trusts us with the health of their vehicle to know that we place a high value that trust, and do not take it for granted.

When you need reliable, professional AC repair, Glendale CarLife Professional Auto Service is here to serve you and put you back on the road in a cool, safe, comfortable vehicle quickly and affordably. When you need to turn to someone you can trust, you can have confidence knowing that we will give you the “red carpet” treatment.

Whether you drive a car, truck, SUV, RV, or custom sports car, you can trust CarLife to help keep your vehicle running smoothly year round, with regularly scheduled maintenance like oil changes, tire rotation, and fluid checks, and when the hot weather hits, we can service or repair your air conditioning system. For the best in professional auto service, visit the Pavilions at Talking Stick, 8830 East Indian Bend Rd., Scottsdale, AZ 85250, or call us today at (480) 270-5930 to schedule an appointment.

Automobile Air Conditioning

Arizona summer temperatures reach into the triple digits on a regular basis, and that is not the time when you want your car air conditioner to go on the fritz! For auto A/C repair, Gilbert AZ depends on CarLife Professional Auto Services at 4461 E Baseline Rd, Gilbert, AZ 85234. We have been serving area residents for years, and are very proud of the solid reputation we have earned for our exemplary customer service. Check out all our five star reviews! One customer recently said, ‘My A/C was not working, and caused battery or alternator problems. CarLife fixed the issue in a couple of hours, and I was back in business’. This is what we do; we help people who need it get back on the road and back in business as quickly as possible.

Imagine the thermometer showing over 100 degrees one sunny day, and your vehicle’s air conditioner suddenly stops working. That is bad news for anyone, but even more so if you have small children or older people in the car with you. Younger and older people are more sensitive to extreme temperatures, and need to be protected from the effects of intense heat. You cannot afford to take a chance with the health and safety of your loved ones during times of extremely hot weather, and we understand that; that’s why we are here to help get (and keep) your car’s A/C system working properly.

Whether you have one personal vehicle, or a whole fleet of cars, trucks, vans, SUVs, or other vehicles that need service or repair, we can help. You don’t have to live in or around Gilbert to take advantage of our team of experts, either. If you need auto repair in Glendale AZ, you can visit our location at 7909 W Campo Bello Drive #2, Glendale, AZ 85308 for the same experienced, skilled service and repair for your vehicle.

For the best auto repair and service in Gilbert, or Glendale car repair, visit CarLife today. We will take good care of you and your vehicle, and give you an estimate of what needs to be done before any work is started. Give us a call in Gilbert at (480) 800-3171, or in Glendale at (623) 223-1691. We look forward to adding your name to our long list of satisfied customers.

Ode to the Future

As far back as we can think, there has always been the fantasy of flying cars, or what we would think cars of the future would look like. The movie, Back to the Future, had a flying car that came out in 2016 with great doors that open up. It was a classic movie and a classic time. It is now 2017 so where are the flying cars? Well we may not quite have cars that fly like in the movies, but new technology is creating self driving cars. We here at Carlife. serving Mesa, Gilbert, and Chandler, are fascinated by all the new technology that will come out, better ways to repair cars, and what we will see in the future.

Self Driving Car

There has been so much technology advancement since the car was invented, that I bet they couldn’t even fathom cars that drive themselves. This is certainly a newer concept, or one that is feasible and possible. The goal is that by 2035, there will be around 21 million autonomous vehicles for sale. This self driving technology is being continually developed so that when going on road trips, the driver themselves can take a nap. With the smartest of minds working diligently for autonomous vehicles, they are propelling us into the future whether we want to be or not. The new vehicle design will focus on having safer roadways as well as reducing fossil fuel consumption with better air quality.

Google is one of the companies that already has the latest and greatest technology in working order. Surprise surprise. They currently have driven over three million miles on city and highway roads in autonomous vehicles. The company is working to create technology for vehicles that are equipped with a driver that is always alert and never distracted. This would create incredibly safe roadways and decrease the amount of traffic fatalities.The vehicles themselves have significant sensors on all sides of the car looking for pedestrians, cyclists, vehicles and even road work. Not only do the sensors detect the things around it, but it also works to predict the behaviors of other vehicles or pedestrians. Early rider programs are in place in Phoenix Arizona to continue working with public and car safety.

Early Riders

Google is continuing to create a safe healthy environment with the autonomous car, and is now offering public trials. There is an early rider program in Phoenix Arizona where people are allowed to be a part of the testing and shaping the future of autonomous vehicles.


With the advancement of technology, we ask ourselves, am I able to let go of control and trust a machine? That is the question, but it certainly is an interesting question. Carlife is excited for the future of cars and the types of details that will come out with them. Tell us your thoughts on this!


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Glendale and Scottsdale BMW owners

If you are a Glendale BMW driver or a Scottsdale BMW owner, you might be aware of the Roadrunner Chapter of the BMW Car Club of America. At CarLife Professional Auto Services, we love all cars, and know how much BMW owners love their German engineered machines, so we thought we’d share a little information about a popular BMW car club in Arizona.

The Roadrunner Chapter of the BMW Car Club of America was organized in 1987 and is a non-profit, volunteer organization that serves Arizona BMW enthusiasts. The club hosts a number of educational, social, driving skill, and charity events throughout the year. This active group provides a great setting for members to share information, stories, and memories related to BMW automobiles.

The parent organization, BMW Car Club of America, began in 1969, of which the Roadrunner Chapter is one of 67 chapters nationwide. The Roadrunner Chapter adopts the mission of the BMW Car Club of America, which is to “…to enhance the BMW ownership experience for members by providing publications, services, support, information and activities that promote camaraderie and encourage social awareness and individual responsibility.”

Such a mission makes this an attractive organization to be involved with. Their many events support the mission. From social events like the Bimmers and Breakfast, to an auto detailing clinic for do-it-yourselfers, to a track event providing driver education and some track time in a controlled, safe environment at the Arizona Motorsports Park, there is something for every BMW owner. Click here to learn more about their upcoming events.

If you are a BMW owner in the Phoenix metro area and want the best for your performance sedan, SUV, or roadster, we have three CarLife service locations to serve you. Give us a call today and experience the CarLife difference.

• For Peoria & Glendale BMW service: In the Arrowhead Mall area – 7909 W Campo Bello Drive, Suite #2, Glendale, AZ 85308 – (632) 223-1691

• For Scottsdale BMW Owners: Pavilions at Talking Stick – 8830 East Indian Bend Rd
Scottsdale, AZ 85250 – (480) 270-5930

• For Mesa & Gilbert BMW owners: 4461 E Baseline Rd, Gilbert, AZ 85234 – (480) 800-3171

Cutting Edge Car Technology

With the first car being invented around 1885, we have come a long way. Technology for cars have become more efficient, effective and exciting. When driving the streets of Scottsdale or Phoenix we see this technology come to life in the Ferrari’s, Lamborghini’s, and other luxury cars that pass you by. Carlife believes in continually moving forward, being able to create custom services for your automotive needs, and is excited for the advanced technology coming out. There is no way to stop the progress that the car industry has be capitalizing on, and it will continue to get better and better. We love that those with the smartest minds are set to build vehicles with new, unique, safe and fun enhancements. As the tech industry becomes more inventive on their tech, the automotive industry is close behind.

Where It Happens

A lot of the big innovations for the car industry come from specific power centers. The places that employ the smartest minds focused on the automotive advancement include Detroit, Michigan; Austin, Texas; Portland, Oregon; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Phoenix, Arizona; Tokyo, Japan; and Stuttgart, Germany. Manufacturers are touching base with the creative intellectual minds to reach new and higher heights with automotives. From these center spots, they are creating simulated roadways to test out the ideas that come up in their high tech meetings.

Most Cutting Edge Technologies

With the prospects we can all dream up from flying cars to self driving cars, there are some of the most impressive technology advancements that have already been created. These include:
*Advanced Dashboards-fully customizable digital panels are starting to replace the digital gauges.
*Video Mirrors- A high resolution camera has been placed the back of some vehicles to increase visibility behind the car.
*Parental Controls- The location of the car and systems of how the car is working are able to be sent back to the parents so they can keep watch on their teenagers.
*Sensors- Our eyes are limited in what we can see so having sensors on the car helps to lessen collisions.
*Driver Override Systems- For when drivers get distracted, there is technology for automated braking to avoid collisions or hitting pedestrians.
Along with the above technology, there are so many positive advancements and too many to list. It is amazing the type of creation that is coming up to improve driving, safety and air quality.

To stay on top of the latest and greatest technology coming out, Carlife researches the engines, and works to know how to best service the new automotives being released.

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An Ode to the Present

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but let us show you what we see as beautiful. We looked back at the raw history sown into the design in the Packard Sedan, now we want to look at the beauty in the newest 2017 models. The prize: the Acura NSX. Carlife is an auto repair store where we appreciate how to save you money to get your car running the best it can, but we also like to dream and talk cars. Any type of cars. Today’s highlight is a treasure.

History

Acura was the first luxury brand of the Japanese automaker Honda. It was introduced into the United States in 1986 where it sought to market as high performance. In 1990, the brand launched the NSX marketed as an exotic sports car that is more practical in order to rival other exotic European sports cars. Honda has been looking to reinvent itself after a few dark years and get its mark back in the luxury model cars.
The second generation of the NSX was launched in 2015 with a twin-turbocharged mid engine, nine speed dual-clutch transmission and a sport hybrid. This newer update on the NSX rivaled many other cars of the same style and was set to be a high performance car. The NSX brand and style of car has been used in many races, and shown to be in the top ranking of a high premium. With the positive improvements of the car over the years, they are continuing to reinvent themselves with their new 2017 model.

2017 Acura NSX

This car has shown some fortitude over the years. It has gone through body style and engine remakes over the years, but coming out in the top ten performance for premium sports cars. Creation of this model began two years ago, where a smaller work crew in Ohio spent countless hours together pouring over every detail of the car. This is a car you drive with style!
A few facts about the car itself include:
Vehicle Type: Mid-engine, front and mid-motor, four-wheel drive, 2 passenger, 2 door coupe
Engine Type: twin turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 24-valve V6, aluminum block and heads, port and direct fuel injection.
Performance: zero to 60mph 2.9 seconds; zero to 100 mph 7.6 seconds with a top speed of 191 mph
Fuel Economy: EPA city/highway, 19/26 mpg
Estimated Base Price: $155,000
The specifications of this model have made it a high luxury performance car that rivals the 911 twin turbo porsche and the McLaren 570S.

The Acura NSX is a work of art. It shows of the blood, sweat and tears poured into every aspect of the vehicle. It is true beauty combined with phenomenal technology. To talk more vehicular genius, come to Carlife and let’s dream together!

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