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Top Road Trip Ideas From The Tucson Region

Since we have such great weather here in the Tucson and the Foothills area, the auto mechanics at Primarily Japanese thought we could gather up some top road trip ideas from the Tucson region. And of course, you might also want to hear about some auto repair ideas to keep your wheels turning year round. Saguaro National Park is a relatively new park in the Tucson area, with fantastic views and petroglyphs. The Saguaro cactus is not only the symbol of the American West and Arizona, it’s the largest cactus. Be sure to carry water and make sure your car is ready for a road trip as there is no wifi in the park. Among all the top road trip ideas from the Tucson region, this is one of our favorites. We at Primarily Japanese would love to help you get your car ready for a road trip to Saguaro Park. Another favorite top road trip idea in the Tucson and Foothills area is the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. This place has plenty of activities for the kids. Also, the Museum has extended hou ... read more

Not All Check Engine Lights Are Created Equal

You can’t go to Auto Zone and do self-analysis with your check engine light.  For proper service, you need to go in and inspect it before replacing parts.  We use updated computers to give accurate assessments. What do the auto mechanics at Primarily Japanese mean when we say that not all check engine lights are created equal? You might not be thinking of auto repairs as you’re driving around the Tucson and Foothills area, but suddenly your check engine light turns on! Uh-oh! You think it could be something simple, so you do a Google search. But as the auto mechanics at Primarily Japanese will tell you, a simple search won’t cut it these days. Neither will a visit to the local parts shop. A check engine light is merely the umbrella under which a lot of different errors might live. We at Primarily Japanese have the modern, updated equipment and computers to help you. While we applaud anyone in the Tucson and Foothills area who wants to understand how their ... read more

How to Keep Your Cool During Summer!

Some of the best ways to keep your cool this Summer - A/C, cooling fluid, sun visors, cracking your windows open, parking under shade, park under solar panels. If you’re in the Tucson and the Foothills area, the auto mechanics at Primarily Japanese would like to give you some ideas about how to keep your car cool during the summer. Auto repair can sometimes be complicated, but keeping your car cool during the summer doesn’t need to be. Around here in the Tucson and Foothills area, most people have air conditioning. You can direct the vents towards your face, but lots of people tell us they prefer pointing the vents towards their necks and arms instead. That might sound silly, but the air is already so dry here and having the A/C blowing directly on your face might be too much. Of course, don’t forget to have the coolant fluid checked by the Primarily Japanese auto technicians so that you can keep your car cool during the summer, too. At Primarily Japanese we see lo ... read more

Are Rats Eating Your Wiring?

If you’re in the Tucson & The Foothills area, you know that we have a huge problem with pack rats. Our auto mechanics at Primarily Japanese are very familiar with this type of auto repair. For some reason, rats find the soybean-based wiring casing delicious, and they especially love eating the wiring for Toyota vehicles. In theory, it’s funny to see a rodent inside your engine looking at you from the A/C vents in the dash. But in reality, rats can do a lot of damage. You certainly don’t want loose or broken wires inside your engine. And when you’re driving around the Tucson and Foothills area, you don’t want your car to suddenly stop because of a wire that some critter found delicious and decided to chew in half. If your car comes to a stop, there’s no telling where you might be out in the desert--nobody likes to feel unsafe or stranded. The rats are in the desert, hiding from predators, and there is food in the engine, and they feel safe. Sinc ... read more

Primarily Japanese Helps Customers Comply With New Tail Light & Brake Light Law

In case you have not heard, Arizona has a new law that requires all brake and tail lights on your vehicle must work properly. Failure to comply could get you pulled over and ticketed. This new tail light law, HB 2509, will take effect on August 6, 2016.   Now is a good time to make sure all your brake lights -- including the third brake light -- are working properly. Bring all your vehicles to Primarily Japanese for a safety inspection and we’ll help your vehicle comply with the new law.   Before this new law, only one working brake light was required. However, with various safety concerns, the new law gives police officers a greater ability to legally stop motorists without violating the Fourth Amendment rights against warrantless search and seizure.   According to the Arizona Capitol Times, Mike Williams, the lobbyist behind HB 2509, was created beca ... read more

Survival Tips for Your Car During Soaring Heat

For people who are new to the Tucson area, they are often shocked at how extreme our summer temps can get. We locals have dealt with temperatures over 100 degrees for a long time, and we have learned to deal with it. Here are some survival tips for your car during the soaring heat of Summer:   Test your car battery regularly. High temperatures can drain the life of your battery more quickly. You may have seen this with your cell phone and mobile devices. Same goes for your car battery. To make sure your car battery is not drained, test the battery regularly and keeping the top of the battery clean.   Protect your paint. If you regularly wax your vehicle or apply a paint protection sealant, your paint color will be better protected under the sizzling sun. Wax and paint sealers will help your red car stay red, rather than turn into a faded version. For best results, be sure to apply wax regularly.   Seek out shade. Shady spots will keep the interior temperatures of y ... read more

How To Maximize the Life of Your Mini Cooper

How To Maximize the Life of Your Mini Cooper

We dearly love Mini Coopers. In fact, we love them just as much as the Asian vehicles we repair and service at Primarily Japanese. They are like street-legal go-karts that are fun to drive. However, Mini Coopers are known for some common repair issues. Here are the top mechanical issues we commonly see in Mini Coopers:   Power window issues. Clutch failure. Pump failure in both steering and water pumps. Transmission issues. Thermostat housing leakage. Broken plastic front radiator support. Variable valve timing issues. Rattling timing chains. Though this list of Mini Cooper repair issues may scare you, please don’t let it. Because our team has owned Minis and has serviced them for many years, we are aware of these issues and know to keep an extra eye on them.   Mini Coopers are well known for their precision and driving capabilities. As a result, Mini Coopers are often driven hard and put through their paces by their owners. When drivers test a Mini to its ... read more

April = Pre-Summer Automotive Inspections

It’s April, and before you know it, your tax refund will be on its way (hopefully) and it’ll be 100 degrees in May. That is why we recommend pre-Summer check-ups for all of your vehicles to ensure you won’t be stranded in sizzling heat on the side of the road. April is the perfect time to make certain all of the vehicles in your household are operating safely.   Don’t let our name, Primarily Japanese, fool you. Our team works on most domestic and foreign vehicles. When you bring your vehicles to Primarily Japanese, located at 600 N. Stone Avenue, Tucson, AZ 85705, we recommend the following pre-Summer inspection:   Air Conditioning System check-up -- You’re going to be happy your A/C is running properly once Summer temps hit Tucson. Not only will you be happy your air conditioning is working, but so will your passengers, your perishable cargo, and your pets, too.   Cooling System check-up -- An overheating engine is bad news at any ti ... read more

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