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What Does ASE-Certified Mean?

What Does ASE-Certified Mean?

Your car is a tremendous investment, and it needs to be inspected and maintained by top-tier, experienced auto repair specialists. You can expect that high-quality service from our ASE-Certified mechanics at Red Rock Repair.  You may be thinking, "what does that acronym stand for" and "why does it matter". ASE stands for Automotive Service Excellence, and it has been a nationally recognized certification in the auto repair industry since the 1970s. Prior to then, vehicle owners weren't lucky enough to distinguish between untrained mechanics and professionally trained technicians. The non-profit National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) stepped in and established the certification.    The certification serves to improve repair and craftsmanship quality with a series of tests. For someone to pass, they must have a minimum of two years of hands-on work before they need to take tests. The exam covers the following: Suspension and ... read more

How Do Brake Rotors Become Warped?

How Do Brake Rotors Become Warped?

Brake rotors are a vital piece of your braking system because they play the role of stopping your wheels from spinning when the brake pads press on them. Brake rotors are intended to resist high temperatures during the process of braking. However, the rotors need to diffuse the heat quickly so that you can press down on the brake pads again just in case you need to. Because of this intense heat, the covering of the brake rotors can get distorted over time. You'll know they're warped whenever you experience a jitteriness whenever you apply your brakes.   Brake rotor warping isn't as bad as it insinuates. Warping simply means that your rotors are uneven. Brake rotors can get distorted for several reasons:  The brake rotors can experience glazing from substances on the brake pads. The glazing can happen when the brake pads get exposed to excessive heat, which causes the material on the brake pad to wear off. Consequently, the brake rotor surface will become bumpy ... read more

What Is the Difference Between Regular and Premium Gasoline?

What Is the Difference Between Regular and Premium Gasoline?

If you've ever owned an automobile, you've probably been able to differentiate the various pumps at the gas station. Every car has a specific requirement for the type of gas and fuel grade. However, you'd be astonished to know that some people have no clue the actual difference between regular and premium gas. Some people associate their names or numbers with quality and performance; however, that should never be the case.   What Is The Difference in Octane Levels? Octane is the measure of gasoline's capacity to resist burning before the spark plug ignites. When the pressure in the chamber reaches a particular point, the gas will combust. You want your spark plugs to light the gasoline at the appropriate time. When your gas combusts too early, you will hear knocking sounds which usually indicate damage. Most gas stations supply at least three octane grades, and they have to be listed as premium, midgrade, or regular. Some locations even have their 93 octane top-t ... read more

Here’s Why You Should Stop Eating in Your Car!

Here’s Why You Should Stop Eating in Your Car!

As Americans, we thrive on fast food. Many drivers today have access to all kinds of food thanks to the drive-thru window. Though there's no shame in enjoying your In-N-Out burger, you should avoid doing so while behind the wheel. Eating while driving poses major hazards to you and others on the roads. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Administration conducted research that found eating to be a more significant distraction while driving than cell phone use. Here are our reasons why you should avoid eating in the car:   1. Eating Requires You To Take Your Hands Off the Wheel Fast food items come in paper bags that you must unravel. There are sauce packets that must be torn and squeezed and often drip onto the most inconvenient surfaces. Not to mention, sometimes you need silverware or napkins. There's simply no safe way to eat any food while driving as eating requires both hands. Fun Fact: Coffee, doughnuts, and hamburgers are the three most dangerous foods to eat w ... read more

How to Protect Your Car from the Las Vegas Heat

How to Protect Your Car from the Las Vegas Heat

If you've ever been to Las Vegas in the summer, you know that temperatures soar well above 100 degrees fahrenheit every day! The extreme dry heat can do some severe damage to your car if you do not keep an eye out for your vehicle. According to the American Automobile Association, they receive over 78,000+ phone calls every summer for flat tires, dead batteries, and overheating engines. Proper auto maintenance can help you avoid being in those dangerous situations and ensure you get from Point A to Point B safely.   Here is how to protect your car components from the Las Vegas heat.   Tires Flat tires are more likely to happen in the summer months. On the other hand, hot weather can also cause your tires to expand. Therefore, you should regularly check your tire pressure, tread, and wear to ensure you are riding around safely.   Battery Failing batteries are also more common in the summer. The intensive heat can damage or wea ... read more

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