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Elvis Is In The Building

Elvis Is In The Building

For those of you that thought Elvis Presley was dead and gone, well, here at Phoenix Systems he is alive and well.  He may not eat many grilled peanut butter and banana sandwiches but he can still sing and perform.

One of our employees did something that he had never done before and that was to perform on stage.  Kevin Conley is an Elvis fanatic and does a pretty amazing job as an Elvis Tribute Artist too.  He loves him some Elvis and we think that you will enjoy the following videos from his performance at the Casa Blanca in Mesquite, NV from June 2013.  Kelvis (see what we did there with Kevin and Elvis??), as he is known now at Phoenix Systems performed songs by Elvis from the 50’s, the 60’s and the 70’s.

Click on each of the 4 videos, sit back, and enjoy the performance.  And one last thing…Thank You. Thank You Very Much!!!

Self-Driving Cars Are Here…and getting better

With all hype surrounding the next big thing in technology and advancements of such technology, this is one advancement and innovation that has not seemed to attract a lot of attention.  At least not the attention that it should.  How many LOVE their commute to work?  How many HATE their commute to work?  How many wish that they could get in their car and just go without worrying about which exit to take or how fast to go or any other plethora of questions that might come your way?  How many wish there was a self-driving car that worked?  I do and I know a lot of people that wish this same wish…some more than others.  Well, this wish will have to wait a little longer but it is ever-closer to coming true.

Watch this video and tell me you are not impressed.  Here is to hoping and wishing that the dream of self-driving cars comes true in my lifetime.

Tips And Tricks With Phoenix Systems Brake Bleeders

One task that has always been a two-man job was bleeding your brakes.  We all want to have the best braking system possible, and when it comes time to change calipers or wheel cylinders, we dread the task of finding someone to help us bleed the brakes. You have probably been there before: you have crawled up under the car at the farthest point and put your wrench on the bleeder valve, and you holler out, “okay, pump it!”.  “What?”, is typically the response, so you holler out again. They pump the pedal, and then you tell them to hold it and they release the pressure and say, “what?”

What happens when you can’t get a friend to come over and help you?   You end up asking your significant other.  Your significant other probably sees all the grease and grime on you and usually passes on helping you out, telling you to get one of the kids.  Your teenager laughs and says, “yeah, right” in between text messages or killing zombies on his video game, and your preschooler says, “I’ll do it”.  You know she really would but you know she can’t reach the pedal.  You are faced with a dilemma and nobody, but you, understands the crisis you are facing in not being able to bleed your brakes.  What do you do?

Well, here at Phoenix Systems, we have some pretty cool tools that can help turn this two-man act into a one-man show with our one-man reverse brake bleeders.  You can skip asking anybody for any favors when it comes to bleeding brakes.  These reverse brake bleeders, for the budget-conscious or the professional, will help you bleed the brakes, by yourself, in almost no time at all.  PowerTV uses the Phoenix Systems Reverse Brake Bleeders in their own shop, and shop dawg Sean G. has been seen bleeding the caliper on Project BluePrint and on every other build that comes into their shop.

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affordable V-12 DIY brake bleeder is budget priced; you can use this Reverse Brake Bleeder system to remove trapped air from your brake lines, thus giving you a firmer pedal, according to Phoenix Systems CEO Jon Petty.

If you’ve heard about these do-it-yourself brake bleeders, or not, but you’re not sure how they work, no worries!  Check out our video page that shows you how many of our tools and reverse brake bleeders work.  Check them out and if you’re tired of bribing friends to help you bleed your brakes, Check out the reverse brake bleeders in our store.

When the Weather Outside gets Frightful You Can Take the Scare Out of Winter Driving

The weather outside is starting to feel like winter is coming and a little advance preparation will take the scare out of winter driving, says the Car Care Council. A few preventive vehicle maintenance steps will keep you from being stranded in severe winter weather this year and every year.

The Car Care Council recommends the following steps for winterizing your vehicle:

  • Check the battery and charging system for optimum performance. Cold weather is hard on batteries.
  • Clean, flush and put new antifreeze in the cooling system. As a general rule of thumb, this should be done every two years.
  • Make sure heaters, defrosters and wipers work properly. Consider winter wiper blades and use cold weather washer fluid. Typically, wiper blades should be replaced every six months.
  • If you’re due for a tune-up, have it done before winter sets in. Winter magnifies existing problems such as pings, hard starts, sluggish performance or rough idling.
  • Check the tire tread depth and tire pressure. If snow and ice are a problem in your area, consider special tires designed to grip slick roads. During winter, tire pressure should be checked weekly.
  • Check the brakes. The braking system is the vehicle’s most important safety component.
  • Inspect the exhaust system for carbon monoxide leaks, which can be especially dangerous during cold weather driving when windows are closed.
  • Check to see that exterior and interior lights work and headlights are properly aimed.
  • Be diligent about changing the oil at recommended intervals as dirty oil can spell trouble in winter. Consider changing to “winter weight” oil if you live in a cold climate. Check the fuel, air and transmission filters at the same time.

Motorists should also keep the gas tank at least half full at all times to decrease the chances of moisture forming in the gas lines and possibly freezing. Drivers should check the tire pressure of the spare in the trunk and stock an emergency kit with an ice scraper and snowbrush, jumper cables, flashlight, flares, blanket, extra clothes, candles/matches, bottled water, dry food snacks and needed medication.

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Ed Rambeaux Testimonial

Here is what Ed Rambeaux had to say about one of our Reverse Brake Bleeders:

“I own a 1969 Z28 Camaro. I saw an ad for your Reverse Brake Bleeder on GearzTV with Stacy David. I purchased the tool because I needed a tool that made bleeding my brakes easier. My wife doesn’t like bleeding brakes with me so it made since for me to purchase this tool since it brings all the control back to me. I love it and would recommend to anyone.”

6 Tips to Avoid Expensive Auto Repairs

Would you rather visit the dentist than an auto repair facility?
Here are 6 tips to avoid expensive auto repairs:
  1. Follow the maintenance schedule as outlined in your owner’s manual.  The best way to avoid costly repairs is to take preventative and proactive steps that will keep your car in the best condition possible.
  2. If there is a problem with your vehicle, get it checked out as soon as you can, and if it requires repair handle it immediately to avoid bigger problems
  3. Change fluids, filters and spark plugs as the car’s manufacturer recommends. When it comes to brake fluid, ask your shop to test it with BrakeStrip to test the copper levels and change if above 200 ppm.
  4. Upgrade your motor oil to a high performance synthetic oil, which can help to prevent certain problems and can also improve your car’s performance.
  5. Properly inflate your tires. This is especially important because tires with too little air, or too much, can result in excessive wear and may cause a blow out.
  6. If you notice unusual noises on your car, check with your owner’s manual for information or search online in forums. Quite often, some noises are perfectly normal and there is no need for concern. The point is to be aware and proactive.
Your owner’s manual will usually let you know whether or not a scheduled visit to the car repair shop is necessary.
If you do have to take your car in for repairs, be sure that you are dealing with a reputable company. MAP offers a thorough program for auto repair facilities to join. Our program is designed to protect you as a consumer, so take advantage of this offering.
These steps will help to keep your car running smoothly and may also keep some extra bucks in your wallet.
The price of gasoline is only going up, so a few extra dollars here and there go a long way!
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