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Plan your Road trip

Plan your Road trip

With the record temperatures upon us, many of you will be thinking about getting out of town within the next month or so. We put together a checklist for you of things you will need to take care of before setting off. Here are a few minor maintenance issues to have a look over before you get going. Check your tire pressure – Easy to do but vitally important. Depending on the distance you are planning to go, lots of highway miles can really add heat to your tires, (especially in 115 degree + heat). Most vehicle manuals recommend going slightly higher than usual if you are planning a long trip. It is better to be on the safe side of things. It’s always worth having a spare tire too just for peace of mind more than anything. Lots of newer cars do not carry a spare and have all “run flat” tires. Battery Maintenance – Battery maintenance is huge in the heat of Arizona in the summer. Double check your battery is charged otherwis ... read more

Saving Energy - How Wilhelm became energy positive in their Happy Valley store

Saving Energy - How Wilhelm became energy positive in their Happy Valley store

When our venture into the hybrid market started back in 2014, we committed to a lot of different things. One of these areas we choose to focus on saving energy throughout the company as a whole. Once we decided to go into the hybrid market we also saw the importance of becoming a "greener" company. Our recent blog topics touched on how we can help "Save The World" by switching over to a Hybrid or electric vehicle. Obviously that's a stretch but with the world struggling with pollution and the constantly talked about topic of global warming, we thought we would get involved and that was a big focus for our design team when we broke ground for our newest location over in Happy Valley. Performance Tune up To help with this we contacted ... read more

AC Inspection and Common AC problems to watch out for

AC Inspection and Common AC problems to watch out for

There are certain things you just cannot handle in the Arizona summer heat. AC in your car is certainly one of them. If you are travelling to and from work every day, it is vital your car AC system is in good standing. With 100 degree + temperatures just around the corner (sorry to remind you), having your cars AC inspected and blowing cold can be the difference between a smooth, comfortable commute to work and a disastrous journey. Here we worked with Mike from our Happy Valley store to discuss the main issues with your AC system, how you can prevent it, and what to do when it does go wrong. The first thing he touches on is the cabin filter. One thing you may not know is your cabin filter can affect your allergies. A lot of the newer vehicles are now using charcoal filters, which do a much better job of filtering the air from outside. The charcoal filters catch the dirt and retain it so it does not affect your allergies. The picture below shows the difference between filte ... read more

The Future of the Automotive world

The Future of the Automotive world

Predicting the future with anything is often not worth trying. If you look back, how much has really changed over the past 10 years? The answer is pretty much everything. This includes the automotive world. Now we are using electric and hybrid cars more and more with many automobile manufactures going away from the "only gas powered market." This blog looks at where we might be turn to in the future. It covers everything regarding automotive repair as well as self-driving cars and what are the main positives and negatives moving into a world of the unknown.  Many people have their own opinion when it comes to self-driving cars. There are obvious advantages that come with that but also not everyone would feel safe in an environment when they have so little control. For those of you who commute, imagine b ... read more

How Broken Valve Springs can affect your engine

How Broken Valve Springs can affect your engine

Picture: Under the hood. Today we will learn about one of the main parts of an engine’s valve train. In an engine many parts work together and achieve the goal of converting chemical energy of fuel into mechanical energy. These parts are bolted together and the combination of all these parts is known as engine. Today I am going to tell you about one of the key components required to make an engine operate. To control the inlet and exhaust of internal combustion engine, valves are used. The number of valves in an engine depends on the number of cylinders. Multiple valves are used for each cylinder some for inlet of air-fuel mixture inside the cylinder and others for exhaust of combustion gases. The valves are fitted in the port at the cylinder head by use of strong spring. This spring keeps them closed. Each valve within the cylinder head has at the least one spring. The valve spring exerts stress against the valve retainer to maintain the valve closed. When the rocker arm in a pu ... read more

Does your truck need leveling?

Does your truck need leveling?

Trucks are becoming a more popular choice than ever when people are purchasing vehicles. There is a big selection on offer nowadays and people are taking full advantage. A lot of trucks come originally with the front end lower than the back end. This is where it may be important to some customers to have their truck “leveled out”. This is mainly to do with aesthetics on how attractive the truck looks and with the truck leveled out, you are bale to put on bigger, more aggressive tires. Here is our master tech, Mike Reynolds to explain more; YOU TUBE VIDEO. For the F150 we worked on, the process was pretty straightforward but it can vary depending on different truck makes and models. This process was easier because for the Ford F150 pictured, there was only one part needed to complete the service. We needed a spacer to be placed above the strut to give the front end a slight lift and level it all out. For other trucks such as Dodge Ram and Chevvy’s the process is a di ... read more

TEXTING AND DRIVING

Texting and driving – No amount of justification makes it okay.  You may have seen it already on over 1,000 billboards across the nation, the new slogan created by Oxford student, Emily McDonald, “Better left unread than dead.” Hard hitting? Yes, straight to the point? Certainly. What reads as a harsh message, in fact does not do the underlying problem justice. Its almost impossible to get across the importance of this problem that puts so many of us in danger on a daily basis. Texting and driving is extremely dangerous and needs to stop.  Every year, about 421,000 people are injured in crashes that have involved a driver with some kind of distraction. Each year, over 330,000 accidents that are caused by texting while driving lead to severe injures. All this means that of all those “distracted” drivers, about 78% of them are distracted by one thing, their cell phone. It might su ... read more

Meet the managers

Meet the managers

Our 2017 Management team – pictured from left to right. Thom Gyder (owner), Ernie Flores (Cave Creek), Chris Callihan (operations manager), David Wimbley (surprise), Adam Lindell (Goodyear), Jim Swift (Litchfield), Chris Garman (President), Cody Kruger (Happy Valley), Chris Kanna (Arcadia) Note – Missing Howard Fleischmann from Peoria. It is key to us here at Wilhelm that you really get to know who you are doing business with. Our in store managers for the New Year are here to help and we are interested in building a long-term relationship with you. To help do this, here is a rundown of our 7 managers who will be in store throughout the year. With us, its personal and we want to make you feel as comfortable as possible when going through your auto repair and maintenance. Peoria Our new manager in Peoria is Howard Fleischmann, Jr. The Peoria store is located in the Historical Old Town of Peoria, AZ. Howard is the newest member of the Wilhelm management team and has 20 yea ... read more

The 5 most common reasons your “Check Engine Light” is on

There is not too much worse than discovering your check engine light appearing out of nowhere and having no idea where it came from or why it appeared. Literally hundreds of things can trigger a check engine light appearing out of thin air. It can be something as simple as a loose gas cap, or something a lot more serious. From our stores, here are the 5 most common reasons we see on a regular basis and a brief description of how damaging they can be; 1) Evaporative System Leak or Fault - The evaporative system is the system that manages fuel vapor. This is a very complex system that has many components including valves and pumps as well as many miscellaneous seals and hoses.  One potential cause of this could be something as simple as a loose or damaged gas cap. However, some problems here are much more complex such as needing electronic diagnosis or repairs. 2) Damaged Catalytic Converter - Firstly, what is this? The catalytic converter is an environmental control ... read more

Pulsating Brakes

Pulsating Brakes

A very common issue with any vehicle is to do with your brakes pulsating. If you are pulling off a highway and your steering wheel is shaking, or your seat then you may have a problem with your brakes that needs to be looked into. On this particular video blog, the ford F150 we worked on, the customer was experiencing problems pulling off the highway and their steering wheel was beginning to shake as they slowed down to a stop. The issue he thinks was caused by the previous weekend where he used his truck for towing heavy loads and this highlighted the problem. There is some indifference in pad wear and it needs to be evened out to stop this problem continuing to occur. See video below where master technician, Mike Reynolds explains exactly what is going on and how we solve this problem; https://youtu.be/cBZBVeSOnfw Also on this vehicle, the pads were cracked as you can see by the picture to our left; Cracked pads are caused by one thing ... read more