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5 Signs It’s Time to Change Your Fuel Filter

5 Signs It’s Time to Change Your Fuel Filter

Most drivers are familiar with the cabin filter and the engine filter, but what about the fuel filter? Despite its essential function, the fuel filter is often forgotten and even neglected. The fuel filter protects the engine from harmful dirt, debris, and pollutants. If pollutants enter the fuel, it can wreak havoc for the engine and cause unnecessary wear and tear. This makes it essential for the fuel filter to be inspected and changed in order to keep your vehicle running at peak performance. For most vehicles, the fuel filter should be replaced roughly every 30,000 miles. If you don’t remember the last time the fuel filter was inspected, below are five helpful signs that it’s time to have it changed. Bad Gas Mileage A dirty fuel filter restricts the amount of fuel that flows to the engine. If the engine isn’t getting an adequate amount of fuel, it will work harder and struggle to move the car. The vehicle ends up burning more fuel to operate. The ... read more

Can’t Make Your Car Payment? Here Are Some Tips!

Can’t Make Your Car Payment? Here Are Some Tips!

It’s been a few months since Covid-19 forced itself into our lives. We’ve had a few months to adjust to this new augmented lifestyle. We wear a mask; we wash our hands at least 20 seconds, and we stand at least six feet apart. Even though we’ve learned to assimilate, there’s no real way to get used to the emotional and financial devastation. Your car payment may feel like another meal on an already stacked plate. If you have financed your vehicle and find yourself stressing about the next payment, here are a few suggestions for you:  Defer Monthly Payment - If you’re struggling to pay your monthly car note due to Covid-19, the first thing to do is contact your bank to see if they have any options. Many banks have payment relief for customers who need a bit of help. Some vehicle manufacturers like Volkswagen, Subaru, and Ford encourage drivers to reach out for loan deferment options. The quicker way to get help is through your lender’s website o ... read more

Road Trip Destinations Queen Creek, AZ

Road Trip Destinations Queen Creek, AZ

Queen creek is Arizona’s best-kept secret. Residents prefer it’s relaxed, rural lifestyle to the busy booming atmosphere of Phoenix. Queen Creek is the perfect town for a family that values its independence. With the change in times, more drivers are on the road to experience the beautiful areas that are accessible right from their backyard. August is the best time of the year to venture out of Queen Creek for a day-cation. Below is a list of the most road-trip worthy destinations near Queen Creek: San Tan Mountain Regional Park This park offers breath-taking scenery and hiking trails to keep you busy. San Tan Mountain Regional Park is clean and very well maintained, a true local favorite. This is the perfect destination to maintain social distancing in a pup-friendly location.  Horseshoe Bend Horseshoe Bend offers the full road trip experience with at least 4.5 hours of driving. Don’t let the drive time fool you as the beaut ... read more

ARE FUNKY SMELLS COMING OUT OF YOUR VENTS?

ARE FUNKY SMELLS COMING OUT OF YOUR VENTS?

Ever get musky odors coming from your car's air vents? It's fairly common for drivers. Moisture can accumulate in the air conditioning/heating ventilation system allowing mold, mildew, fungus and bacteria to grow. Disinfecting and deodorizing is a process. Depending on how bad the problem is, there are a couple of approaches Stamps Auto may take to get rid of the unwanted smells. For mild situations (especially on newer vehicles), a special deodorizing disinfectant is introduced into the ventilation system. This may be an aerosol or a mist application. The treatment kills the offending organisms and deodorizes the system. Sometimes in older vehicles, a good deal of mildew or other microorganisms can grow on the air conditioning evaporator which is housed in the heating/air conditioning air blend box behind the dashboard. In cases like this, our Trained technicians at Stamps auto fills the blend box with disinfecting foam that can eliminate stubborn organisms and ret ... read more

Why Vehicle Fuel Doors Aren’t On The Same Side

With driving a car that you aren’t familiar with, you never really know which side the fuel door is on. You may even have trouble remembering which side your car fuel door is on when pulling up to the gas pump. There are no manufacturer regulations in the United States that specify where a fuel door is required. Therefore, with the fuel door location varying from vehicle to vehicle, many drivers wonder how engineers decide where to place it.  Where the gas tank is located varies depending on the manufacturer. However, there are a variety of aspects that help narrow down a placement. According to Nissan’s Communication Manager, gas tanks are engineered to avoid areas around the exhaust, fuel lines, crumple zones, and electrical wiring. Most engineers try to place it on the widest part of the car, but accessibility can also play a significant role. In the U.S., vehicles are driven on the right side of the road while drivers sit on the left-hand side. Therefore, it&rsquo ... read more

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