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What You Need to Do To Travel Safe in New Mexico

Driving around town to run errands and being out and about in our vehicles is an everyday occurrence. Our weekend road trips and occasional vacations are always a fun and exciting adventure. We don’t really think much about our vehicles as we live our regular lives – right up until the unexpected roadside emergency interferes with our routine or our fun.

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Alamogordo driver in snow ditchThe emergencies that Alamogordo drivers may encounter can range from a flat tire while driving in town to being stranded in a snowy ravine on the way back from a winter drive to Cloudcroft. So, you may want to consider a basic car emergency kit to keep in your vehicle at all times and a travel kit you can tailor for specific trips.

Your close-to-home in Alamogordo kit should have some basic items to work on your car.

Everything You Need in a Basic Car Emergency Kit

Your basic car emergency kit should contain anything you might need in a roadside emergency.

  • a spare tire,
  • car jack,
  • lug wrench,
  • flashlight with working batteries,
  • road flares,
  • reflective triangles,
  • gloves,
  • wheel wedges,
  • can of tire inflator,
  • a couple quarts of oil,
  • antifreeze,
  • extra windshield washer fluid,
  • water,
  • jumper cables or a booster box.

Hand ToolsYour spare tire is usually located under the floor mat in the trunk. You should check it regularly to ensure that it is properly inflated. That way, when you need it, it will perform ideally for you.

The can of tire inflator is a great temporary fix for minor flats. They typically contain a single-use supply of sealant that seals a puncture and then reinflates the tire with pressurized gas. This provides enough pressure to allow the vehicle to be driven for a short period and at a low speed to reach the auto repair shop.

Additionally, you may wish to include some additional basic hand tools to cover other types of unforeseen fixes.

First Aid Kit / Survival Essentials

For comfort and safety during your travels, keep a first aid kit and some basic survival items in your car as well.

Be sure that your first aid kit includes drinkable water – this is especially important in the Tularosa basin desert climate.

Other items to keep stocked in your first aid kit should be a high-calorie food (like energy bars or trail mix), blankets, a towel, hat, extra shoes, and toilet paper.

Be sure to remember your cell phone, emergency cash, credit card, or at least some spare change.

If you are traveling to areas with frequent severe weather advisories, it’s a great idea to increase your provisions to sustain you for a longer period of time.

For road trips away from Alamogordo, consider the weather and the New Mexico geography as you assemble your emergency auto supplies. Take into consideration your source of light, heat, and protection against the elements. Plan to have adequate food and water for everyone in the car.

It’s always a good idea to tell someone where you are going and have a plan for checking in along your way. Then, if you do run into car trouble or a more drastic emergency, your contact can report your demise sooner rather than later and help can be sent on its way. This also aids in any rescue efforts to be able to narrow any potential search area.

The key to safe travel in New Mexico is to keep your vehicle properly maintained, plan ahead, and let others know your itinerary.

Call Tierra del Sol Automotive for assistance in helping you prepare for your travels.


NAPA Air Filter or NAPA Cabin Air Filter Oil Change Deal

Napa Special - March 1 - April 30, 2018

Expires: Monday April 30th, 2018 5:00pm

Don’t Miss Using This Tax Relief Rebate Check – Expires Soon!

No, this isn’t a real check from the IRS but… it’s worth some serious money at Tierra Del sole auto.

Here at Tierra Del Sol Auto, we want to make your tax refund go even further.

Most people use their tax refund to catch up on much-needed maintenance and repairs on their cars and we wanted to help as much as we can.

*Mention the 2018 Tax Relief Rebate check before March 24th and we’ll deduct $58.42 off your bill!

Use this Special Tax Relief Rebate check for

  • oil changes,
  • brakes,
  • factory scheduled maintenance,
  • repairs,
  • ANYTHING your car needs!

But you have to hurry because this offer is only good through March 24th, 2018.

Don’t miss out on this chance to save big and keep your car in tip-top shape. Give us a call at 575-443-1880 and set up your appointment today!

Tax Relief Rebate Check

*Limited to one use per customer.

Expires: Saturday March 24th, 2018 11:59pm

What Everyone Needs to Know About Synthetic Oil

Motor OilSynthetic motor oil has actually been around for a very long time. Furthermore, an increasing amount of brand-new vehicles are leaving manufacturing facilities with synthetic oil in their engines. However, many motorists don’t truly understand much about it.

Conventional oil is the kind of motor oil that most people are familiar with. Conventional oil is comprised of naturally occurring hydrocarbon chains, which implies its molecules are long, as well as made of various lengths. Think of it as being like a pile of pencils, several of them are brand-new, long, and shiny while others are older, have been sharpened, and used.

Synthetic oil is made by humans. Its molecules are a lot more consistent in shape. Synthetic oil is more similar to a pile of marbles than pencils and they tend to roll off one another and have less surface space to share with the surrounding marbles. Some synthetic oil starts with a petroleum base that’s altered, while others are manufactured entirely from various other substances.

Synthetic motor oil works much better in both cold and hot temperatures. It’s even more chemically stable. Synthetic oil does not evaporate and it withstands the high heat produced inside your car engine. This prevents it from becoming sludge, which can kill engines. Synthetic oil is slipperier than traditional oil which equates to less friction in your engine. Your vehicle engine runs cooler, wears much less and lasts much longer.

You also acquire an increase of power and quite possibly better gas mileage. Synthetic oil additionally lasts much longer so you change it much less often. This is great news for the environment. With longer intervals between oil changes though, you may also need an oil filter particularly constructed for the longer lifespan of the man-made oil.

Talk with our friendly and well-informed Tierra Del Sol Automotive service adviser concerning synthetic oil and synthetic blends. It’s very likely they can help you determine the best way for you to your improve engine performance and prolong the life of your vehicle.

Call us today.

Best Practices For Automobile Fluid Levels

If you’ve gone through the auto fluids area of your neighborhood Alamogordo vehicle parts store, you’ll know exactly how frustrating the sheer variety of items offered can be. Exactly how can Alamogordo motorists recognize what’s right for their automobile?

As you understand, these fluids all play a part in making your vehicle run. Your automobile has a particular kind of fluid for every system, from the motor to the cooling system, brake liquid and so on. When you recognize that not every variant is applicable to your car, choosing the right fluids becomes a more workable task.

Initially, let’s talk about why there are a lot of varieties. Starting with motor oil, we see some that match the properties of a certain weight or type of oil with the design needs of the engine. For instance, engines with innovative valve trains commonly require a thinner weight of oil.

Some automobiles originate from the manufacturing facility filled with synthetic oil as well as the suggestion to use it permanently. The sure thing for Alamogordo drivers is to always utilize just what the supplier suggests. The recommended product is what’s been verified to work ideally during function and durability examinations. The suggested oil is also a factor in determining your appropriate oil change interval routine.

A top quality oil has more ingredients that are orchestrated to clean as well as safeguard the engine. They cost a bit much more, however, they are worth their cost and provide additional safeguarding. If you purchase inexpensive oil, you may wish to consider reducing your oil change interval time.

Occasionally liquids are created to meet the specific demands of particular parts of engines. An example would be coolant. Due to the different materials used to build the cooling system, the coolant has to be formulated to protect those parts, which vary from manufacturer to manufacturer, from corrosion. We have actually seen unique coolant for General Motors, Volkswagen, Chrysler, as well as others.

The exact same holds true of transmission fluid, and recently, also brake fluid. The really good news is that Tierra Del Sol Automotive in Alamogordo has NAPA Service Assistant databases that reveal the suggested liquids for your car. This takes all the uncertainty out of choosing the correct fluids for your vehicle. If you have some special requirements, like an engine with a lot of miles or if you want boosted efficiency, just ask one of our pleasant service advisors for upgrades or additives that’ll meet your demands while following the maker’s suggestions.

Of course, our technicians will top off your fluids with every full-service oil change. But it’s a great idea to keep some extra fluids available in case you need to top something off yourself or to take with you on a vacation. Ask one of our friendly and knowledgeable service advisors what will work best for your vehicle or examine your owner’s manual for your specific fluid needs.

Give us a call. At Tierra Del Sol Automotive we install quality NAPA replacement parts.

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The Best Car Care in the Industry

What Everyone Needs to Know About Air Filter Service

Air flow, and regularly scheduled air filter service appointments are essential to the overall health of your vehicle. When outside air enters your vehicle’s air intake system, it passes through the engine air filter, the mass air sensor and then into the engine.

Today’s vehicle computer systems control a large percentage of engine function. One such function is how much fuel gets delivered to the engine. Your vehicle’s computer system calculates the amount of fuel that’s needed and when to deliver it based on messages it receives from sensors throughout your vehicle. An important part of that calculation is the proper air and fuel mixture that the air flow sensor captures. The air and fuel mixture is based on the volume temperature and the density of the air. The mass air flow sensor measures the temperature and density elements and reports back to the computer.

How Air Filter Service Keeps Your Vehicle Running Optimally

When your air filter is dirty, dust and other contaminants get through the filter and end up on the mass air flow sensor. The result is that the sensor can become contaminated, thus effecting it’s measurements. Remember, your vehicle’s computer is sending out instructions based on readings from the mass air flow sensor. The instructions received can directly effect your vehicle performance. It can effect your vehicle’s catalytic converter, exhaust emissions, trigger a check engine light, or even prevent your engine from running.

With regular air filter service, the messages the computer receives from your mass air flow sensor makes adjustments to keep your engine performing efficiently.

Why Air Filter Service is Important

Should your mass air flow sensor become contaminated, it may be possible to clean it during an air induction cleaning service. If the sensor has been damaged, it needs to be replaced.

Air filter service appointments to replace the engine air filter regularly is the first line of defense against some pretty expensive repairs.

Air Filters for Air Filter Service

Another air filter issue has to do with the quality of the air filter itself. Filter material from low-lying filters can actually break loose and contaminate the mass air flow sensor.

As a NAPA Auto Care Center, and to help ensure and protect your vehicle from poor air flow effects, Tierra Del Sol Automotive always uses high quality replacement filters when performing and air filter service on your vehicle.

Reliable Jasper Engines and Transmissions

Jasper Engines and TransmissionsTierra Del Sol Automotive wants to instill confidence and trust in you. We affiliate with JASPER knowing that all JASPER re-manufactured engines, transmissions and differentials adhere to strict re-manufacturing guidelines, and has the warranty to back it up. You’ll know that you’re are getting the best product for yourself and your family.

You can trust that as your Jasper installer, we’re qualified to drop in a completely re-manufactured JASPER gas or diesel engine, transmission or differential and get you back on the road again quickly! JASPER proudly re-manufactures in the U.S.A.

BG Products Provide High Standard Auto Repair

BG productsTierra Del Sol Automotive is proud to offer the BG Product line dedicated to making your vehicle last longer and perform better.

We can help you  in understanding that investing in BG automotive maintenance service should not need to be a difficult decision – they are backed by the free Lifetime BG Protection Plan.

Here is just one example: if you need a BG Power Steering Service, repair of the lubricated parts in your power steering system are automatically be covered for up to $4,000!* That is a high return of investment!

The Lifetime BG Protection Plan covers seven major systems: fuel, engine, transmission, drive line, cooling, power steering and brakes.

Tierra Del Sol Automotive offers BG performance products in the following categories:

  1. Automatic Transmission / Transaxle
  2. Drive Line Front Differential
  3. Drive Line Rear Differential
  4. Drive Line Transfer Case
  5. Drive Line Manual Transmission / Transaxle
  6. Power Steering
  7. Cooling System
  8. Brake System
  9. Engine Fuel Systems [Gasoline only]

*For complete details, ask our service advisor for a copy of the Protection Plan certificate. You may also patronize the BG Products web-site to learn more about their products.

AAA Approved Auto Repair

AAA LogoTierra Del Sol Automotive is an AAA approved auto repair shop. Because we believe our customers must be satisfied with their auto repair services, we have allied with the AAA Approved Auto Repair (AAR) program which was established in 1975.

The AAR program refers AAA members to facilities like Tierra Del Sol Automotive that meet, and maintain, high professional standards. Our customers are always provided a written estimate of the cost of all work to be performed, and replaced parts are returned to customers upon request.

Peace of mind guarantee: If an AAA member is unsatisfied with the service or repairs received at this AAA Approved Auto Repair facility, Tierra Del Sol Automotive has agreed to accept the decision instructed by AAA in order to ensure their members – our customers, each leave with their concerns addressed and resolved with satisfaction.

Tierra Del Sol also honors the AAA Discount and Rewards® discount program as well as a parts and labor guarantee of service on mechanical repairs made by our auto shop.