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Keep Your Vehicle Pack Rat-Free!

Keep Your Vehicle Pack Rat-Free!

BEWARE! It’s winter and pack rats may be seeking sanctuary from the cold inside your vehicle! Keep an eye out for visible signs of pack rat activity in and around your vehicle like footprints, rodent droppings, or bits and pieces of vegetation or nesting materials. Pack rats are little desert hoarders and can quickly do thousands of dollars of damage to your vehicle!  They like to nest in the same place over and over again so once they mark their territory, the risk of having them return increases dramatically. There are some misconceptions that if your vehicle is housed in a garage that it is safe from invasion, but not necessarily.  Vehicles parked in garages may be even more attractive to these little critters since it is warm and most likely safe from predators. Throughout the pandemic, you may not be driving your vehicle as often which can create a perfect opportunity for a pack rat to invade it. Here are some preventative measures you can put in ... read more

Maximizing Hybrid Battery Health During a Pandemic

Maximizing Hybrid Battery Health During a Pandemic

Here at Primarily Japanese, we are starting to see a lot of hybrid vehicle owners having issues with their batteries and we are getting a lot of questions on why this may be happening. The pandemic has definitely caused some of us to be at home more and drive less.  If you own a hybrid vehicle, this could impact your vehicle’s battery health and longevity.  Here are some facts and tips to consider through this uncertain time. FACTS ABOUT HYBRID BATTERIES: Toyota hybrids contain two batteries. One is a 12-volt battery, which powers components such as the headlamps and audio system. The other is a high voltage hybrid system battery, which supplies the power to start the combustion engine and drive the electric motors. Toyota and Honda both estimate that their batteries should last 5-10 years however, driving conditions, engine temperature, mileage, make, model, and other factors can play a role in how long your battery will actually last. TIPS ... read more

Our Favorite Japanese Car Commercials

We have so many favorite Japanese car commercials here at Primarily Japanese that it’s hard to choose. Our auto mechanics in the Tucson and the Foothills area sometimes discuss their favorites after they’re done with their auto repairs for the day. During the 2018 Super Bowl, one of our favorite Japanese car commercials was Toyota’s "When we're free to move, anything is possible." Focusing in on people with disabilities was an excellent way to empower and include everyone. Here at Primarily Japanese, we also want to be inclusive of our customers in the Tucson and the Foothills area. Our auto technicians want to have the chance to bring your vehicles up to speed with first-class auto repairs. Another of our favorite Japanese car commercials is the Honda “Paper” commercial. In just two minutes, this commercial shows six decades of Honda innovation. And you have to watch until the end because the race car looks like it drives into the Tucson a ... read more

When Is the Perfect Time to Service Your College Kid’s car?

At Primarily Japanese, we think any time is the perfect time to service your college kid’s car, but preferably when your kids are in the Tucson and the Foothills area and they don’t need the car for commuting. Auto repair by our highly-motivated and efficient auto mechanics can happen whenever your kids are home. Here are a few of the best times. Spring Break is a really great time to service your college kid’s car. Many kids have more than a week off, plus the weekends, too. So for something quick like an oil change, why not schedule a time to bring in that car with Primarily Japanese and our excellent auto repair specialists? We want your entire family’s vehicles to be reliable, and that applies to your kids’ cars, too. If they’re driving around in the Tucson and the Foothills area, you want to make sure they’re safe. For many schools, Thanksgiving is more than a day or two off. That’s a perfect time to service your college kid&rsquo ... read more

How Do You Know When It’s Time to Call a Mechanic?

Our clients at Primarily Japanese in the Tucson and the Foothills region often ask us “How do you know when it’s time to call a mechanic? The auto mechanics at Primarily Japanese would tell you that there are a few times that you might really be in need of auto repair. Even if you don’t need an auto mechanic immediately, it’s always a good idea to call. A new noise is not always a cause for alarm, but here at Primarily Japanese, we like to err on the side of caution. Sometimes a strange noise can be a squeaky door and other times it can be something more sinister. Rumblings, rattlings, and growlings are all noises that you want to take seriously. And you certainly don’t want to be stranded in Tucson and the Foothills area simply because you didn’t want to make a quick call to a mechanic. If your steering is suddenly wobbly, then you probably know it’s time to call a mechanic. Or if you see something strange, such as sparks in a place where yo ... read more

Prevention is Your Best Friend

Primarily Japanese | Tucson & The Foothills | auto repair | auto mechanic Here at Primarily Japanese in the Tucson and the Foothills region, we sincerely believe that prevention is your best friend. Our auto mechanics take auto repairs seriously and treat you like you are one of our own extended family. In the long run, your dollar goes much farther when you take the attitude that prevention is your best friend. For instance, when you come in regularly for oil changes, you can save a ton of money on auto repairs later. Primarily Japanese wants to be your partner in prevention for you and all your friends in the Tucson and Foothills area. We know that you’d like to extend the life of your car, and one way to do that is by making prevention your best friend. Preventive maintenance not only makes your car more reliable, it also can improve fuel efficiency. At Primarily Japanese we take pride in providing recommendations based on what our technicians see durin ... read more

Steering and Suspension and Wheel Alignment is Important for Mountain Driving

If you’ve spent time driving in the Tucson and the Foothills area like the Primarily Japanese auto mechanics, you know how critical steering, suspension and wheel alignment is for mountain driving. Our customers in the Tucson and Foothills area at Primarily Japanese see different kinds of auto repairs than people who only drive in areas with no hills. Our Tucson and the Foothills area covers a lot of varied terrains, with rocks, sand, and steep roads a part of the driving experience. Steering, suspension and wheel alignment are all part of the preparation for mountain driving. Let’s take them one at a time. Steering is important on mountain roads because momentum can cause unexpected things to happen while you’re driving. Speeding up and slowing down suddenly can wreak havoc on your steering. The technicians who take care of your steering at Primarily Japanese want to make sure your vehicle can handle the curves on while you’re driving in the mountains. Besid ... read more

Top Five Reasons Japanese Cars Are So Reliable

At Primarily Japanese we’re very interested in the top five reasons that Japanese cars are so reliable, and we thought people in the Tucson and Foothills region might be, too. Our auto mechanics approach their auto repairs with quality in mind--an idea that is infused in Japanese manufacturing. Can you think back to a time when Japanese cars weren’t reliable? Now that so many people are driving Japanese cars, it’s hard to remember when they weren’t so common. The first reason in the top five reasons that Japanese cars are so reliable is that reliability is seen as such a strength among the Japanese people. In Japan, when you say you’ll do something, you do it. Keeping your word is instilled into children at a very early age. At Primarily Japanese, we want the people in the Tucson and the Foothills area to know that we, too, stand behind our word.   Another of the top five reasons that Japanese cars are so reliable has to do with punctuality. Japane ... read more

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

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