Get Your Car In Line!

When our lives are out of alignment, we feel unsteady. The same goes for our cars. We need them to be in alignment for safety and a smooth ride. CarLife, located in Gilbert, Glendale and Scottsdale, knows the perfect balance for your car! We are passionate about keeping cars running as smooth as possible.

Importance of Good Alignment

When it comes to keeping your car maintained well, having great wheel alignment is important for your tires, gas mileage, and maneuverability. Driving on poor road conditions, hitting large bumps in the road, having erratic driving, or getting in an accident can cause your tires to come out of alignment.

How to Tell If Your Car Is Not Aligned

When you are driving, it is easy to tell if your car is out of alignment. If you let go of the steering wheel for a second or two, and your vehicle starts to move to the left or right, there is a good chance there is misalignment. Your car, when aligned to its precise design, should continue to steer straight without pulling one way or another if you briefly let go of the steering wheel. Another telltale sign of misalignment includes feeling vibration while driving, especially in the steering column.

Getting Aligned

CarLife has professional tire technicians who are more than capable of tackling the intricate systems in your car to get the proper alignment. Our professional staff is extremely knowledgeable in all the systems that work together to keep your vehicle running in tip top condition. We are able to conduct tire alignment efficiently, so only a quick visit is needed. Tire alignment is recommended every time you get new tires for your vehicle, when you feel your car pulling to one side or the other, when you feel vibration, or every 6,000 miles to stay safe.

CarLife knows how busy life can be, and we want to be there to help you take care of your vehicle while avoiding any inconvenient time constraints or costs. Come see us today for a proper tire alignment, a tune up or any other services you need for your vehicle.


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The Ins and Outs of Your Tires

In the heat it can be difficult to maintain tire pressure and it can get annoying when the low air light on your dash continually comes on. One of the most important aspects of your vehicle are your tires. They impact your gas mileage, your brakes, the way your car rides, and various other areas of the car. It is also highly important for your safety to maintain and have great tires. Carlife knows the value of well maintained tires. Our Gilbert, Scottsdale, and Glendale locations are passionate about giving your vehicle the best automotive services possible.

Basics of Tires

Each tire has it’s own specifications of how long it lasts and how many miles it can go. The life of the tire is determined by how well you maintain the tires, the design of the tire, road conditions, the weather, and the tire type itself. Driving habits and styles can also impact the overall life of your tires. Here are a few tips for maintaining tires for the long haul:
*After five years, your tires should be inspected annually.
*After ten years, it is highly recommended for you to get new tires. This includes replacing your spare tire as well.
*Well maintained tires can increase the lifespan of the tire itself. Checking and keeping the correct air pressure and getting regular tire rotation as well as regular vehicle maintenance is important.
It is important to pay attention to your tires, how they are riding, and if there seems to be a change in the smoothness of your ride.

Inspecting Your Tire

It is important for you as the owner to have regular maintenance for your tires but also pay attention to them yourself. A few ways to do so include:
*Check Air Pressure Monthly
*Check Tread Wear
-Using a Depth Gauge
-Using Tread Depth Indicators
-With the Penny Test: Gripping the penny between your thumb and forefinger at Abe’s body, place the penny upside down with the head sticking into the low part of your tread. If the tread covers any part of his head, you are ok. If his head is not covered at all, your tread is dangerously low and should be replaced.
*Check for Wear and Damage
*Look for signs of perforation, cuts, or deformation of your tire.
These are just a few ways to see if there is something concerning about your tires. Tires are incredibly important to how your car runs and, especially, for your safety. If you have questions or concerns about your tires, call us at CarLife and let us help you stay as safe as possible.


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Car Battery Basics

When your engine isn’t running quite right or if you feel power leaving your car when turning it on, you may have a battery issue. Just like when a body is not being fed and it tires out, you need to ensure that your car battery is charged with the energy it needs to help run the vehicle. CarLife knows how important excellent service is for all your automotive repair needs. We are dedicated to helping the Scottsdale, Peoria, Glendale, and Mesa areas get the best car service possible. Batteries play a critical role in keeping your car running in tip top shape and, unfortunately, Arizona’s heat can take a toll on them. Let’s look at some of the basics of batteries.

A Few Basics

It helps to start off with the basics of knowing your battery and how it functions. For over a 100 years, the lead acid battery has been consistently used to power vehicles. The lead acid battery is made up of lead oxide, lead, plates, and has 35% sulfuric acid with 65% water solution. The solution is called electrolyte which creates a chemical reaction resulting in electrons. When testing a battery, you are looking for the amount of sulfuric acid that is in the electrolyte. If the acid is low, it means the reaction creating the electrons is lacking. At this point, the rest of the sulfur ends up resting on the plates of the battery so that, when it is recharged, the sulfur returns to electrolyte allowing your battery to run smoothly again.

Battery Lifespan


With the high energy output needed for vehicles these days, the battery lifespan of lead acid batteries has been decreasing. The average battery, however, can last from 6 months to 48 months. If you are maintaining your battery to what is required, your battery will have a longer life span. Some maintenance tips to improve your battery life include:
*Clean out the cable connections and tighten them since dirty and loose connections often cause battery issues.
*Check the fluid level of a serviceable battery. Ensure you are using distilled water for the best results.
*Prevent corrosion of the cables on top-post batteries by using silicon sealer for the post, petroleum jelly for the washer, and grease exposed cables at the end.
*Don’t overfill battery cells due to natural expansion with warmth.
To get the most out of your battery, maintaining it to its specific requirements is key. Taking care of your car is just like taking care of your body; you do certain things to ensure long life and health along the way.

Carlife knows what is best for your car and can help you care for your engine and battery. Come see us today.


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