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SPRING A/C SYSTEM CHECK SPECIAL 

Is your vehicle's air conditioning not performing as well as it should be? If so, you should take advantage of our limited time air conditioning special: 

$10.00 Off Air Conditioning System Check
Offer expires: 07/03/15 
* Some restrictions apply
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Have you met our team of professionals?

Phillip Coons
ASE Certified Automotive Technician

Phil is an active technician with an Associates Degree and 30 years of experience in the automotive industry. His career started as an exclusive diagnostic technician. Over the years his skills have grown to encompass the entire vehicle. Efficiency and accuracy are the highest priorities on each vehicle he works on.
Phil is continuously learning, taking seminars and classes to keep up with the technology changes in our field. Being on the cutting edge of modern automobiles keeps our customer service to you among the finest in Southern Arizona.
Phil is also very involved in the community as Assistant Director for Tucson Harley Owners group. He participates in rides and donations for charities like Pima Animal Control, Victims of Suicide, American Diabetes and Missing in America Project.
Phil also likes horseback riding and classic cars.
— with Phillip Coons.
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Lorenzo Beltran
Automotive Technician

Lorenzo is a tireless technician that has been with Aastro Transmissions and Automotive Repair Northwest, for 15 years and 24 years in the industry. He is THE example of a dedicated, hard working consummate professional in our industry. His leadership is fueled by the continuing education that all great technicians need to stay on top of modern technology. He uses the phrase “Honing His Skills”
Being hearing and speech impaired has helped Lorenzo to reach out into the community and provide a valuable service and a drive to be best for your needs. — with Lorenzo Beltran.
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Isabel Andrade
ATRA Certified Assistant Manager

Isabel is the Glue that holds all us Men together with 18 years in the automotive industry and 10 years here at Aastro Northwest. Growing up around car repair (Father and Husband both Technicians) she knows what to expect in nearly every issue and situation. Isabel is also a person who adapts well to our changing industry because she attends seminars and classes about new technologies. She is also ATRA (Automotive Transmission Rebuilders Association) Certified.
For Isabel Family is #1, her off hours are filled with fun and enjoyable events with her church and family. Among her favorites is listening to her Husband and Children make music together. — with Isabel Andrade.
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  We welcome our newest addition to our AASTRO Transmission and Automotive Repair family. Patrick Cooley, Store Manager,  ASE Certified Master Mechanic
Patrick may be new to us but he brings with him a wealth of skills and information. Being a Professional Technician 25 years and 12 years in the customer service industry makes Patrick a valuable asset to you the customer.
Patrick believes strongly in continuing education. He holds 11 current ASE certifications covering every aspect of an automobile service and repair. Current studies include ASE L1, L2 advanced level diagnostics, alternative fuels and hybrids.
The area high schools and colleges benefit from his experience and skills as well.
Patrick is active in JTED automotive programs. He serves on Flowing Wells High School Automotive Advisory Counsel. During the winter of 2015 Patrick participated on the review board for the accreditation of Pima College Automotive Program resulting in that school being NATEF accredited for another 5 years. Pima has since asked Patrick to join the advisory counsel for their Automotive Program.
Patrick is also very involved in his family with 3 school age children and married for 29 years. He credits his Faith in God for his success.
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HAVE YOU WINTERIZED YOUR VEHICLE?
(Its not just about cold temperatures)

It’s that time of year to winterize your vehicle. For starters, AAA recommends that you have each vehicle inspected througly to ensure that tires are properly inflated, fluid levels are full, front and rear lights are operating, and belts and hoses are in good condition. Also, check the battery.
The most common cause of common cold-weather breakdowns is a weak or dead battery. Good indicators that a battery is weak and may need replacement include a starter motor that cranks the engine slowly when the ignition key is turned or headlights that dim noticeably when the engine speed drops to idle.

Few tips from AASTRO Transmission to prepare for the winter weather conditions:
Top 10 areas for examination 
1. Tires: Check tread and frequently gauge tire pressure. 
2. Wiper Blades: Replace damaged or worn blades.
3. Battery: Have your vehicle battery inspected and tested. 
4. Filters: Examine and replace dirty filters, including engine, air and cabin air filters.
5. Fluids: Check levels of engine oil, coolant, transmission, brake, power steering and windshield fluids.
6. Belts and Hoses: Have belts and hoses inspected for cracking and wear.
7. Lights: Make sure headlights, tail lights and turn signals are operational. Also check the vehicle's flashing hazard lights.
8. Brakes: Have brake pads and rotors checked.
9. Fuel: Keep the gas tank at least ¼ filled at all times throughout the winter. This will help keep gas lines from freezing.
10. And here's an additional tip: Always have your vehicle serviced by an ASE Certified Technician

#autoservice #autorepair #winterizeyourcar
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Check Engine Light Diagnostic vs. Scan
 
What’s the difference? A lot! 
 
If your vehicle was produced after 1990, it has an on-board computer.  From 1990 to part of 1996, the system was an OBD-I (On-Board Diagnostic system 1). The remainder of 1996 thru the present is an OBD-II (On-Board Diagnostic system 2).
 
If one of the many sensors throughout the vehicle determines that its particular system is having a problem, it will cause the “Check Engine Light” to illuminate on your dash panel and a “Code” to be set in the “Memory” for the Computer.
 
Each system has its own unique connectors and methods for checking codes when the “Check Engine Light” comes on. Scanning the “Code” indicates which system is reporting a problem.  Neither OBD system indicates exactly what the problem is. 
 
Imagine, if you will, that you go to the Doctor with an ache in your abdomen. You sit down and the nurse takes your temperature and blood pressure. Based on that information the Doctor is not able to diagnose your ache. He will need to “poke”, “prod”, perform some tests on you.  He will use his knowledge, with the information from those Diagnostic Tests, to determine what is actually causing your pain. (Yes, your Doctor charges for these tests and then tells you how it can be fixed!) Your vehicle is the same way. The code your computer stores will point us in a direction but it takes highly trained Technicians to diagnose the actual problem.
 
A code that says “System Too Lean, Bank 1” doesn’t tell us if it is caused by a vacuum leak, a fouled injector, a bad O2 sensor or any of the many other reasons this code can be set. 
 
Please, don’t be fooled into thinking that your local auto-parts store is actually diagnosing your car with their “Free Scan”.
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