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Do I need to do anything special to prepare for long summer drives?

car overheatingGary Jaffarian explains how to prepare your vehicle with maintenance checks and preparation for comfortable summer driving.

To get ready for summer, Gary Jaffarian recommends you check the following 6 items and carefully choose where you park your vehicle:

1. A/C System—For comfort, the most important aspect of your vehicle is the air-conditioner system. There is nothing worse than a summer drive or being stuck in traffic and the air conditioner system doesn’t work. Now is the time to test your system before it gets too hot. The most common cause of a malfunctioning air conditioner unit is a low level of refrigerant. This could be caused by a leak, loose drive belt or a clogged condenser somewhere in the system. Since modern A/C systems are complicated creatures, it’s best to have a professional check out the problem. Despite what many people think, driving with your air conditioner on is more fuel-efficient than driving with your windows open.

2. Tire Treads—I discuss tires a great deal, I realize, but they are a key to your safety system, and you can prevent a flat or an accident with the proper checks. At Jaffarian Volvo Toyota, we check the tread on your tires at every service visit, including oil changes. Poor tire treads adversely affect your ability to stop within short distances and impair maneuverability, especially on wet roads.

3. Rotate your tires— and be sure to frequently check air pressure. Big temperature swings— such as from the extreme daytime heat to the relative cool overnight— can cause your tires to lose pressure more quickly. This can lead to inferior performance and coolant leaksreduced gas mileage. Be sure to regularly rotate your tires for optimal tire wear. This is something we can do at your service visits .

4. Engine coolant— It may be necessary to add coolant or perform a flush-and-fill. Summer’s heat makes it more difficult for your engine to keep its cool. Make sure your coolant is at the appropriate level.

5. Water Pump— This circulates coolant throughout the engine to prevent overheating. It’s prone to leaks, tears and leaky seals, so this should be checked in summer also.

6. Belts and Hoses—Those need to be checked for evidence of damage (such as cracks, fraying, leakage or swelling). The heat and humidity of summer will only make these conditions worse and may be the cause of a breakdown.

Park in the shade—(or your garage) to preserve the exterior paint and to protect your vehicle’s interior from potential damage caused by the extreme heat in a closed-up vehicle. Where possible, don’t park under trees. Sap from trees is difficult to remove and tree cover can increase the amount of pollen or bugs on the vehicle. If your vehicle needs a professional wash, try our Jaffarian Auto Spa. There are a lot of specials on our website for detailing and service.

For your convenience, we have an online scheduler; a shuttle van for a trip home or to the office while we’re working on your vehicle; or a comfortable waiting room with WI-FI, TV and free coffee. If parts are needed, we have thousands of Toyota and Volvo parts in stock in our Parts Department, so that means we will get you in and on your way faster. We also sell parts to the “do-it-yourselfers.”

Enjoy the beautiful summer weather forecasted for this weekend! Plan a fun summer drive!

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Gary Jaffarian

How do I replace my windshield wipers and fill the windshield fluid?

Gary Jaffarian will give you a quick lesson on how to replace your windshield wipers and fill your windshield washer fluid and where to go for help.
help-on-windshieldNot having good visibility when driving is  an emergency situation. You want to avoid such situations whenever possible.  With regularly scheduled maintenance (highly recommended), you can have your wiper blades inspected to know in advance if they need to be replaced.
To replace windshield wipers, consult your owner’s manual to confirm the correct wiper blades for your vehicle. You can buy replacement wiper blades at an auto parts store, large retail department store, or Jaffarian Parts Department.
How to change windshield wiper blades:change-blade-demo
• To remove the old wiper, lift the wiper arm away from the windshield and depress the small tab on the underside of the wiper where it meets the wiper arm. When the tab is depressed, slide the wiper blade off the arm by pulling downward.
• To attach the new wiper blade, pull the wiper blade tight onto the arm. You will hear a clicking sound when it locks into place. Simply lower the arm slowly back onto the windshield.
• Test the wipers after installation to be sure they are functioning properly.
How to add windshield washer fluid:
• Open the hood. if you have a new vehicle or infrequently open the hood, be sure you know how to open it from the inside lever as well as the outside lever. Sounds basic, but in the dark you will be glad you are confident knowing how to open the hood.washer-fluid-reservoir
• Find the windshield wiper fluid tank. It’s usually in the front corner of the vehicle and the tank is usually an opaque plastic reservoir with a cap that’s at least an inch and a half wide. The cap usually has a symbol of a windshield, a windshield and wipers, or a spray of water. Remove the cap.
• Fill the tank with replacement windshield wiper fluid until it is near the top. Replace the cap tightly.
• I recommend you keep additional windshield washer in your vehicle this time of year.
removing blade pin.jpgIf you keep up with your oil changes, or other routine maintenance, the service technician will check all fluids. At Jaffarian Volvo Toyota, we’re happy to take care of these things for you. Book an appointment online or stop by our Jaffarian Service Department Monday through Saturday if you’d like to learn how to perform any of these functions, or even better, have us do them for you.
Stay safe on the roads and we look forward to helping you or answering any HOW DO I questions you may have.
Ask Gary Jaffarian
Gary Jaffarian

ASK GARY: How Should I Maintain My Headlights?

October is National Headlight Safety Month, and one of the best ways to prepare for the highly unpredictable New England weather is to properly maintain your vehicle’s headlights. It is also one of the easiest ways to stay safe on the road by being able to see and be seen by incoming traffic.

Headlights are one of the most easily overlooked and underappreciated elements of vehicular safety. Most drivers only think about their headlights once they burn out, and while this does not affect the overall performance of the car, this attitude can negatively impact you as the driver.

Studies show that 90% of a driver’s reaction time depends on vision, with proper illumination being crucial to awareness. 49% of accidents occur at night (a startling number given that most driving occurs during the day), with the most dangerous time being the hours between 6 PM and 9 PM. Very often, people fail to notice one of their lights is out –a dangerous and fineable offense. One of my favorite maintenance tricks is to check your vehicle’s reflection when waiting behind someone at a stop to make you can see both lights against his or her bumper. Since lights don’t burn out very often, you only need to remember to do this once or twice a month.

For the astute driver who notices his or her headlights seem dimmer than before, a headlight restoration kit should be used before any plans to replace the bulbs themselves. The casing for the headlights can get steadily caked with dirt, and many do not realize that the average car wash is not enough to clean this off.

If you’re in the market for new bulbs, there are three types to consider: incandescent, halogen, and xenon. Incandescent bulbs are like the run-of-the-mill light bulbs found at home, only much larger. They are less energy efficient, and have the shortest rated life of typical bulbs. Halogen bulbs are a step up in energy efficiency, rated life, and illumination. Finally, we have xenon bulbs, which are lit with a bluish tint. These lights are extremely bright and very energy efficient, but should be installed properly to reduce glare, and to avoid blinding other drivers.

If you need help selecting headlights, contact our parts department or our service department. Feel free to replace the headlights yourself or if you prefer, make an appointment with us.

So remember don’t overlook your headlight maintenance because your visibility on the road is everything!

Safe Travels,

ASK GARY: Should I Use Original Equipment Manufacturer Parts When Repairing My Car?

Ask Gary JaffarianThere’s nothing quite as painful as dealing with car troubles. In these moments, you realize just how dependent you are on your vehicle, and how utterly helpless you are without it. And at the end of the day, there’s often no real choice but to bite the bullet and take your car in for repairs. Choosing between Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) parts or less expensive aftermarket parts begs the question: is a less expensive part a lower quality part?

Hidden in the term OEM is the fact that you’re buying genuine parts –parts designed for, and meant for, your vehicle. Genuine OEM parts come with the assurance that what you’re buying is truly an authentic replacement for your repair needs.

Maybe it’s about finding a less expensive option or greater selection and availability, but drivers often elect to have their repairs done using aftermarket parts. While these parts are typically cheaper than OEM parts, they often come with a reduction in quality and durability.

For example, replacing brake pads is a very common repair job, and a clear instance of when OEM parts should be favored over aftermarket. Though cheaper, aftermarket parts wear out considerably faster than OEM brake pads. The money saved using aftermarket comes directly from the quality of the components. Aftermarket brake pads are notorious for their inferior construction and poor bonding. This not only means you’ll have to replace your brake pads more frequently, but you also run the increased risk of having your brakes fail at a crucial moment.

Automobile repair can be annoying and expensive (unless you’ve recently purchased a Volvo), where the goal is to fix the problem as quickly and as inexpensively as possible. Dealing with car troubles, however, isn’t just about short term fixes, but more about long term solutions. Inexpensive parts may get you back on the road, but are likely to quickly send you right back to the shop.

While insurance companies often refuse to cover the full cost of OEM parts to cut down on their expenses, the implications of deciding whether to use OEM or aftermarket span beyond the car itself. For instance, using non-OEM parts may partially or completely void your vehicle’s warranty. Repairing a leased vehicle with aftermarket parts may cost you your security deposit –on a similar note, repairs done using aftermarket parts can significantly damage your vehicle’s resale value.

OEM parts typically come with a one year warranty. Because these replacement parts are the same ones currently in your vehicle, they fit better, and therefore incur lower labor costs (often the most expensive part of car repair). And while it is possible to find aftermarket parts equitable to OEM ones, the time spent researching and purchasing these components may not be worth it, considering your vehicle will be sitting useless in the meantime.

Taking your car in for repairs is always stressful, but the best way to care for your vehicle comes from using quality parts. OEM parts come with an assurance of quality, and allow you to preserve the value (and durability) of your vehicle. Though more expensive, these parts will easily make up their cost by allowing you fewer trips to the shop. And isn’t that something you deserve?

Safe Driving!

FEBRUARY SPECIALS at Jaffarian Volvo

(All offers end 2/28/11)


1. 2012 VOLVO S60 T5* – Lease now for $299 per month for 36 months. Stock #3112.

2. 2011 VOLVO S80** – MSRP $41,050. SAVE $5,400. Sale Price: $35,650 or Lease for $369 /month for 36 months. Several available at this price.

3. 2011 VOLVO XC70 T6 AWD**– MSRP $42.300. SAVE $4,000. Sale Price: $38,300 or Lease for $459/month for 48 months. Stock #1971.


1. Volvo Ski Rack SpecialSave $31.00!

Reg. Price: $155.00

Sale Price: $124.00***

2. Winter Snow Tire PackageSave $300.00!  Free Installation & Storage

Reg. Price: $1,599

Sale Price: $1,299^

3. Genuine Volvo WipersSave 20%!

Includes free installation. Let Jaffarian help you see clearer!


Visit Jaffarian Volvo TODAY to learn about all of our specials!

*Volvo Allowance and $1000 Owner Loyalty Bonus apply. Includes Safe + Secure Coverage Plan. $1,993 cash due at signing, 10K miles per year, tax title registration additional
**$2,999 due at signing. Includes Volvo Allowance and Volvo Loyalty Program Rebates. Up to 10K miles per year. Tax, title, registration & documentation fees are additional. Based on a Tier 1+ credit.
***Offer only applies to item #8622614

^Mounted and balanced on alloy wheels. Available for most models.


Make Jaffarian Volvo Your Snow Tire Headquarters

Volvo strongly recommends snow tires for driving in locations with sustained periods of snow and icy driving conditions.

At $1,299 Our Snow Tire Package Includes*:

Volvo Snow Tire

Do you have the right snow tires?

  • Alloy Wheels
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  • –Mounting & Balancing
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FREE Installation and Tire Pressure Sensor Reset!

Don’t miss out on this great offer! Call Jim or Larry TODAY at 866.373.0212 to schedule your appointment

*16” fits most Volvo’s; some may be slightly higher. Subject to availability. Offer ends 12/31/10

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