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