Working Hours
  • Mon 8:00AM - 5:00PM
    Tue 8:00AM - 5:00PM
  • Wed 8:00AM - 5:00PM
    Thu 8:00AM - 5:00PM
  • Fri 8:00AM - 5:00PM
    Sat 8:00AM - 12:00PM
  • Sun Closed
settings

READY FOR THE ROAD?

Are You Ready For The Road?

An average of 13,000 Americans are killed between Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day, some as a result of unperformed vehicle maintenance, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Each year, neglected maintenance leads to more than 2,600 deaths, nearly 100,000 disabling injuries and more than $2 billion in lost wages, medical expenses and property damage.

Most mechanical failures can be traced to neglected maintenance. For example, the U. S. Department of Transportation reports the leading cause of mechanical breakdown on our nation's highways is overheating, a condition that is easily avoidable. Other deficiencies that are simple to detect include low antifreeze/coolant, worn or loose drive belts and defective cooling system hoses.

Checking tire pressure and inflating a tire costs nothing, yet an average of 21 percent of cars inspected in check lanes during National Car Care Month have under inflated tires. This can lead to a blowout and a serious accident.

Fuel Saving Tips

Condition Effect MPG Penalty up to
Under inflated tires Increase rolling resistance 1-2mpg
Dirty air filter Causes excessively rich fuel/air mixture 2.0mpg
Worn spark plugs Cause inefficient combustion, wasted fuel 2.0mpg
Worn O2 sensor Unable to detect and adjust air/fuel mixture 3mpg
Dirty or substandard engine oil Increases internal engine friction 0.4mpg
Loose gas cap Allows fuel to evaporate 2.0mpg
Potential loss in fuel economy if all of the above were neglected
11.4mpg

The Car Care Council offers these fuel-saving tips:

  1. Vehicle gas caps -- About 17 percent of the vehicles on the roads have gas caps that are either damaged, loose or are missing altogether, causing 147 million gallons of gas to vaporize every year.
  2. Under inflated tires -- When tires aren't inflated properly it's like driving with the parking brake on and can cost a mile or two per gallon.
  3. Worn spark plugs -- A vehicle can have either four, six or eight spark plugs, which fire as many as 3 million times every 1,000 miles, resulting in a lot of heat and electrical and chemical erosion. A dirty spark plug causes misfiring, which wastes fuel. Spark plugs need to be replaced as recommended by the manufacturer.
  4. Dirty air filters -- An air filter that is clogged with dirt, dust and bugs chokes off the air and creates a "rich" mixture -- too much gas being burned for the amount of air, which wastes gas and causes the engine to lose power. Replacing a clogged air filter can improve gas mileage by as much as 10 percent, saving about 20 cents a gallon.

Fuel-saving driving tips include:

  • Don't be an aggressive driver -- Aggressive driving can lower gas mileage by as much as 33 percent on the highway and 5 percent on city streets, which results in 10 to 66 cents per gallon.
  • Avoid excessive idling -- Sitting idle gets zero miles per gallon. Letting the vehicle warm up for one to two minutes is sufficient.
  • Observe the speed limit -- Gas mileage decreases rapidly at speeds above 60 mph. Each mpg driven over 60 will result in an additional 10 cents per gallon. To maintain a constant speed on the highway, cruise control is recommended.

WIPERS - In the 2001National Car Care Month vehicle check lanes, 21percent of participants had wipers that smeared, streaked or chattered across their windshields. Although climates vary, wipers generally need replacing every six months. An easy reminder is to change wiper blades in the spring and fall when you change your clock. Be sure the windshield washers are working properly, too, and keep the reservoir filled with solvent.

LIGHTING - Another important pre-trip check should be exterior and interior lighting. Vehicle check lanes revealed an overall failure rate of over 25 percent in the lighting category. The Car Care Council reminds motorists to check their lights monthly. Other suggestions from the Council include turning on headlights both day and night. This helps define your car's position on the road, and its distance from other drivers. When your vehicle's lighting is defective, other motorists may not get the message that you intend to stop or turn. The end result could be disastrous.

10 Minute Pre-Trip Checkup Can Pay Off

Car Care Council offers three suggestions for a traveler's 10-minute pre-trip checklist:

  • Check all fluids. There are several fluids, in addition to antifreeze, that require attention, including engine oil, power steering, brake and transmission fluids and windshield washer solvent and antifreeze/coolant.
  • Check hoses and belts. A belt that fails can affect the electrical system, air conditioning and power steering, as well as the cooling system. Cooling system hoses may be deteriorating from within, so old hoses and clamps in marginal condition might need to be replaced.
  • Check the tires. Check tire inflation and inspect the tread for uneven wear, indicating the need for wheel alignment. Also look for bulges and bald spots.

"While a last minute checkup is better than no checkup, motorists should plan ahead to allow time to perform necessary maintenance themselves or at the local service facility. A properly maintained vehicle is safer and more dependable and will even save a few dollars at the gas pumps," said the Car Care Council's Executive Director, Rich White.

Not only can a pre-trip inspection help reduce chances of costly and possibly dangerous road trouble, it also provides an opportunity to have repairs made at home, with one's own technician who knows the vehicle. Especially important, it provides peace of mind. While no inspection can guarantee a car's performance, it's comforting to know proper precautions were taken.




What Our Customers Are Saying

Excellent, knowledgeable service for a complicated mechanical problem, as well as problems with door latch mechanisms that other service centers were not willing to even take a look at.


-Troy - Tucson

Very competent team at this Broadway location. They consistently solve very difficult repair problems. They never give up. I had an intermittent electrical/computer issue that was very hard to find. George and his team found it and fixed it. They even searched for the best price on all the parts and passed on substantial savings to me. They are the "go-to" experts for vehicle repairs and always have a great positive attitude. Highly recommended.


-John Hufault - Tucson AZ

Excellent service. They solved a very difficult intermittent electrical/computer problem. This is the "go-to" team for many vehicle repairs. They never give up and have always solved the toughest problems and always have a great positive attitude. Reasonably priced. Highly recommended.


-John Hufault - Tucson, AZ

Have used this location for years I had not been in in a long time then I got a call from Jimmy I had lost my keys about a month earlier with 2 key fobs for the handicap ramp about 200 dollars to replace. Someone brought them to him and he called me. They saved me a lot of money and have always been fair and honest. You have to remember if it sounds too high or you think it's not fair talk to them, ask for options or get another opinion. But it does no good to complain afterwards. Never have they done anything without calling me ahead of time and getting approval. There is value in using the same garage. They appreciate customer loyalty and get to know your vehicle better.


-Edward Hankins - Az

Just wanted to say how wonderful and happy I am with the service you did on my vehicle!!! George and the team are honest and trusting and do the job right!!!! THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING!!! ALWAYS SATISFIED WITH THE WORK AND WILL ALWAYS COME BACK!!!


-Robert Crowl - Tucson,AZ.

I was impressed with the patience and time Jimmy showed in explaining the work my car needed. He walked me to my car and took the time to explain the part it needed and why. I was convinced I was at the right repair shop in AASTRO Transmission central location and highly recommend as conscientious and trust worthy.


-Jose Martinez - Tucson

After a vet appointment my dog and I were stranded on the west side after my SUV would not start. We were towed to AASTRO on Speedway and then shuttled home. By 4:00 I was home after getting a new Starter put in. Super quick same day service and hopefully over a year with this starting problem will be gone!! Yippee!


-duane gibson - Tucson

Great service


-Cesar Villarreal - San Antonio

George really took the time to explain my best options and the work was exceptional. They have followed up with me on the repairs several times. Great place to have any work done.


-James Hamblin - Tucson

I don't normally go out of my way to write reviews but the team James has built over at your Speedway location has always treated me very well, seriously knowledgeable and honest on whether a repair needs to be done immediately or can wait...it's honesty and service like that, that has made me tell my friends and family to get all repairs done there! Thanks for taking care of my car quickly and at a good price !!


-Zachary Anderson - Tucson, Az

My friend advised that I go the AASTRO Transmission on East Broadway and ask for John. He is a Master Mechanic and I was told he would run a diagnostic on my 2004 Lexus 330ES. I have 108K miles on it. When I brought it in I was thinking my transmission might be the problem (Sluggish, skipping during acceleration). Gloria was the gal at the front desk and actually asked John to come up front to meet me. She is an excellent representative and face for the business in meeting with the customers. I use Lexus of Tucson and also used a Mom and Pop shop for my 3K oil change. When I asked them about the sluggish performance they recommended that I use Premium gas. So, I have been doing that for a year but still couldn't out run my girlfriend's Prius. John has the capability and owns his own very expensive equipment to diagnose just about any car and along with that a very large TV screen to view the results. To make a long story short, John ran the diagnostics. He said I had a very well-maintained car but made a couple of changes and recommendations: He put back standard motor oil, he said based on the schematics and OEM recommendations of the 2004 Lexus to not use synthetic. In looking at my invoice the services provided: Motor Vac Fuel Injection & Decarb, which included: clean fuel injector, fuel rail, throttle body, combustion chamber and exhaust system all in compliance with OEM recommended maintenance. AASTRO did the 3K mile maintenance and I believe this shop automatically does a 41-point Inspection. I personally went back to see John's work station, tools and diagnostics area. Very impressive and clean. My invoice was around $300. So, now my car performs like never before, I find myself getting to the speed limit faster and getting to that speed without it skipping and not sluggish. I am so happy with my car and will continue to use AASTRO. I live by Ina Road and knew they had a shop there but my friend insisted I see John. My 3K mile oil changes will be done at this company but I will go to the Ina Rd shop. Anything major? Back to John. Oh, and on that note John also advised me that I could use regular as opposed to premium gasoline as per the Manufacturers' recommendation. I will save at the pump and I am grateful to my friend for the recommendation and appreciate John's incredible knowledge and passion for wanting to get things done correctly.


-PJ - Tucson AZ

Patrick and his team jumped on an unexpected problem with our Chrysler 300. The radiator cracked and we had just enough time to get it replaced. Between price, service and attitude I can't say which was better.


-Mark Finchem - Oro Valley, AZ

I took my car in for a problem. It was quickly diagnosed & the cost was minimal. The guys really know their stuff.


-Richard Deburmen

Just the usual great service.


-Linda Hands

I have always received great service & great advice. My questions are always answered honestly.


-Jennifer Hatcher

Your staff were very courteous & professional. They explained everything in detail and were exceptional in helping keep the repair affordable. They were honest & up front about everything. I came away feeling my repair needs were given the highest priority. Thanks.


-Tena Hawkes

Thank you for showing me my serpentine belt. I was told by others it needed replacing and you showed me that the belt was still O.K. - appreciate your honesty.


-Donna Hillner

Your staff is always very accommodating & go out of their way to help you.


-John Jinew

I am very happy because I have less worries about my car.


-Alice Limbres

Thank you for all the personal attention - I hope I can find as trustworthy & conscientious group of mechanics where I live now.


-Nola & Scott Lohman

They have been good people to deal with.


-Jim Magerino

Very courteous staff, I was taken care of right away. Staff went above & beyond.


-Mrs. Robert McCain

I was treated with care and given detailed explanations for everything.


-Jorge Rodriguez

I have been using AASTRO to service my cars for about 10 years. I have always received great service.


-H. Stanton

Your staff was awesome. Very professional, courteous, friendly & helpful.


-Paula Wright

Excellent repair personnel - nice people to deal with.


-Louis Jordan

So thankful for their assistance while traveling! Exceptional service by caring folks. Highly recommend!


-Tanya Wilson - Garner NC
  • AAA (American Automobile Association)
  • ASE (Automotive Service Excellence)
  • IATN (International Automotive Technicians' Network)
  • Automatic Transmission Rebuilders Association
  • Mitchell1
  • ASA (Automotive Service Association)
  • Automotive Training Institute
  • Enterprise
  • Interstate Batteries
  • Wynn's
  • LubeGuard
  • Royalty Rewards
  • Car Care Aware
  • Call One of Our Convenient Locations!