To all those Superheroes out there Happy Mother’s Day!

•May 10, 2017 • Leave a Comment

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Have you ever took a minute to sit down and think?  And I mean really think, about what life would’ve been like without all the wonderful mothers of the world?  Here recently, I was able to get the chance to do just that.  So I did, I stopped and came  up with 10 reasons why I need my mother in my life.  I challenge you to do the same!  And don’t be surprised when you’re  able to come up with way more than 10 reasons.

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Lets be honest here, our mother are our personal superheroes.  Even when they cant always be there for us, or they really don’t want to talk to us, deep down you still feel their fire in your  heart, driving you to succeed in your endeavors.  Personally, my mom has been a huge superhero in not only my  childhood, but also as I’ve grown.  Every day that goes by, we bond more and more. Probably because the more I grow up, I find out I wasn’t always right. Haha don’t let my mom read this.  She’ll never let me live it down.

Its pretty amazing how if we just listen to our personal superheroes every once in awhile life becomes that much easier.  I want to give a special thanks out to not only my mother, but every mother out there.  Thank you for being a rock star mom!! Thank you for being someone’s superhero.

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Anyone who reads this, what’s your 10 reasons? Think about it and call your mom and tell her them. She would love to hear it.  Warm her heart as much as she has warmed yours. I think I speak for a lot of people out there when I say,

                   WE LOVE YOU!!!                      Happy Mothers Day!!!                                           From all of us here at 2nd-to-none-Service

       -Kyle Williamson

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To a Great New Year Ahead

•January 12, 2017 • Leave a Comment

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It is the New Year, a time for new plans and a thought for last year and how to make this year even better.  Talking with many diesel repair shop owners across the nation, I discovered that it was not only a tough year for me but for almost all the repair shops across the country.  We ask ourselves, “What happened? What caused the down trend? Was it the election? Was it the weather?”  We haven’t seen a decline like this since 2008.  I think even 2008 was better!  Is it something we did or didn’t do as business owners?  Were we to complacent and not proactive to running our own businesses?  There are so many questions.  But the big question is how do we make this new year better.

I know that I personally struggled with staying connected with my business.  I grew tired and disinterested.  So how do I find a new thrill in being in business for myself?  How do I keep it interesting and new?  Where is my drive for life?  Has this world just beat me down to where I don’t care anymore? Is it complacency?  Did I get happy and content and complacent with what life had given me?  All these questions and no answers in site!

Everyone asks, “What is your New Year’s Resolution?”  Well to tell you the truth I did not make one!  Wow, Is that bad of me?  Do I not have any goals anymore?  So here it goes I will attempt to set goals for this new year to make the shops great again!  “Attempt” Did that word just set me up for disaster and failure? “Great again” Did I just say that the shops were not great?  Well they are great, but they could always be better.  Anything, everything and everyone can always gain in greatness!  So, I just came across a problem with my thinking.  I must first change my way of thinking.  Do not think in the negatives. Think in the positives!  Postulate positive things and positive thinking.  Be definite in my goals and thinking, don’t leave any wiggle room or I just might squirm out of my own goals!  Wow that just sounded like a New Year’s Resolution to me!

Ok here we go, New Year’s Resolutions to a Great and Prosperous Year!

  • Think in the positives.  Postulate positive things and positive thinking!
    • Postulate – suggest or assume the existence, fact, or truth of (something) as a basis for reasoning, discussion, or belief
  • Set definite goals.  Be detailed and direct in those goals.
    • Dream big!
    • Set steps to achieve those dreams.
    • Set time frames in which to accomplish those dreams.
    • Create a vision board of those Dreams and goals
    • Create an administration scale with all detailed goals, steps and target dates.
  • Follow through with all steps and overcome every obstacle to achieve those goals.
  • Have a great and Prosperous New Year!

That is how I am going to make a great year come together!  Join me and make your year great too.

 

Lynnetta Rogers

2nd-to-None-Service

 

Is your Vehicle ready for the Cold Winter Weather?

•November 11, 2015 • Leave a Comment

2nd-to-None-Service knows that the approaching cold winter weather is hard on you vehicle.  We want to remind you to winterize your car or truck.  What needs to be done to winterize your vehicle?  Well, call us to schedule an appointment and let us take care of it for you.

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About winterization of your vehicle!

  1. The Fuel System:
    1. Make sure you are using the right level of octane. The higher the octane the easier your vehicle will start in the cold weather.
    2. Be sure to keep anti-gel additives for your diesel vehicle.  Diesel will freeze up if the temperature drops to low.
    3. You don’t want your fuel and fuel filters to freeze.  Make sure you drain any water from your fuel system and maintain good fuel filters on your vehicle.
  2. The cooling System:
    1. A regular preventive maintenance program will uncover problems within the cooling system and cab heater, as well as radiator leaks, plugged hoses and cracked belts.  If left unchecked, these issues may worsen in the cold winter temperatures we face here in New Mexico and eventually lead to the failure of the cooling system components and engine damage will occur.
    2. You also need to make sure your coolant is at the proper freeze point for our area.warning triangle with winter car breakdown in background
  3. The Air System:
    1. On diesel trucks the air dryer is designed to collect and remover air system contaminants before they enter the brake system and cause the brakes to freeze up.  In colder climates like ours water can freeze in the valve and cause serious problems with the operation of your air-brake system.  To ensure proper brake function and keep your vehicle running smoothly in the freezing conditions, air dryer maintenance is imperative.
    2. It is also important to drain the water out of your air tanks!  over time in the heat and cold the air will build up condensation an this will collect in the air tanks.  Always have on hand air system additives to keep your air lines and valves from freezing!
  4. The Engine:
    1. Diesel engines are much harder to start in the cold weather because they require higher cylinder temperatures.  Do you have a block heater installed on your truck?  Are your glow plugs (if equipped) functioning properly?
  5. The Batteries
    1. In winter, heavy-duty diesels require strong batteries that hold a good charge with enough cranking amps to start the engine.  Freezing conditions drain a battery fast.  Have your batteries checked to make sure they are good and all connections are tight and clean.
  6. The windshield Wiper Blades:
    1. The hard New Mexico climate is hard on wiper blades with the heat and cold.  Make sure your wiper blades are good.
    2. Make sure your wiper fluid tank is full and carry an extra supply of fluid in your vehicle.

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Bring your vehicle in to 2nd-to-None-Service.  Let our team of professionals go through your truck and make sure you are ready for the cold winter driving conditions.  Call us at Albuquerque NM  505-888-8818    or    Moriarty NM  505-832-9090

Check out our websites at 2nd-to-None-Service   or 2nd-to-None-Fleet service

4th Annual “Free Ride” Car Giveaway Winner!

•September 23, 2015 • Leave a Comment

FREE RIDE WINNER MONICA MARTINEZ   Monica Martinez is this years recipient of the 4th Annual “Free Ride” Car Giveaway.

2nd-to-None-Service gives away a vehicle to a very deserving person in the community, who helps others and has come upon hard times and could use a helping hand but would never ask for one.  This year’s winner is as amazing woman.  Each morning she wakes with a positive outlook, applies her lipstick, and goes to work.  She works for Edgewood Middle School running the kitchen feeding all the students. She always encourages the students to become the best and would do anything to help them because she knows they are our future.  She states that “Doing for others” makes her feel whole.  She always sees the good in everyone, especially in the children of our community. After work she heads to Mountain View Elementary where she helps with the after school programs.   When done there she doesn’t go home and put her feet up she heads off to run errands and care for her aging mother. After that is all done then she heads home to take care of her daughter.  On her spare time she finds ways to help others in the community. In the past few years she has come upon hard time due to some unfortunate circumstances.   Monica Martinez or Ms. Monica as the kids call her, we are proud to award you with this 2001 Dodge Grand Caravan.  Congratulations and keep up the great work!

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Have you had your DPF (Diesel Particulate Filter) serviced yet?

•September 9, 2015 • Leave a Comment

A DPF service? What is that? Did you how that your DPF System has to be maintained and serviced every 6 – 12 months depending upon the conditions of driving and the maintenance conditions of your truck? Many people mistakenly believe that “regeneration” and “cleaning” are identical. They are not!

Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) “regeneration” burns off the majority of contaminants, but still leaves ash and unburnt residue inside the DPF. Over time this ash builds up in the DPF and only a thorough cleaning can remove this build up.

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To “clean” the DPF system the DPF filter has to be removed from the truck and put into a special high temperature oven to bake. Then the residual ash is then blown out of the filter. This clean is required every 6 – 12 months.

Here at 2nd-to-None-Service we understand the importance of proper DPF (Diesel particulate filter) maintenance. Having a strong understanding of DFP cleaning practices and developing an effective and proven preventive maintenance strategy and schedule will allow fleets to not only avoid unplanned and costly breakdowns, but achieve better fuel economy and extend the overall life of their vehicles. 2nd-to-None-Service is dedicated to helping our fleets and over the road customers better maintain their DPF system.

Call today to schedule your DPF cleaning and start a maintenance schedule on your truck.

2nd-to-None-Service   Moriarty, NM   505-832-9090

2nd-to-None-Service  Edgewood, NM  505-888-8818

 

Spring Cleaning Your Car

•April 24, 2015 • Leave a Comment

When you think of spring cleaning, you probably think of your home, but what about your car? Winter is the harshest time of year for cars, and your vehicle likely deserves a thorough cleaning. Here’s what you should do.

Steps for Washing Your Car Thoroughly & Efficiently

People__Washing carClean the inside of your car first and follow with the outside. Remove all trash, including what has accumulated in the trunk, vacuum the inside, and clean the windows.

For the outside, include the tires and wheels and the underside and fenders to eliminate any road salt or grime. Wheels and tires should be cleaned with a mitt other than the one used to wash the body. This step will avoid contaminating the vehicle’s paint with debris from the wheels.

Wash the car in the shade and use a product sold specifically for cars. Soap up one section at a time, thoroughly rinsing away the suds as you go. Clean the fenders and bumpers last since they will have the most dirt and grime that can contaminate the wash mitt.

Give your car a final rinse by letting water cascade down the surfaces of the vehicle. To avoid water spots, use a chamois or other product made for drying to dry the car. If you have time, you may also want to wax your car according to the manufacturer’s instructions for application. Waxing should always be done out of direct sunlight and every six months.

Once you’re done, a new air fresher and trash container are the perfect finishing touches!

10 Tips to Get the Best Possible Oil Change

•March 19, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Like any auto repair and service shop, we do a lot of oil changes. We also see the effects of neglect and shoddiness when it comes to oil changes. If you decide to do your own oil change, or you find yourself at a quick lube station, make sure the job is done right. Here are some tips, and keep in mind, following a routine maintenance schedule for oil changes is probably the single best thing you can do for your vehicle.

  1. Allow your vehicle’s engine to warm up fully before you change the oil or get your oil changed.
    Once an engine is warmed up completely, all the dirt particles and contaminants that settled at the bottom of the oil pan when the engine was off get churned up and suspended in the oil. This will ensure that most of the contaminants get removed when the oil is drained.
  1. Make sure your vehicle is level when the oil is being drained. This enables the old, dirty oil to drain out as completely as possible.
  1. Examine the waste oil as it is draining into the pan. Look for signs of contamination, such as water, because with every drain, water will settle at the bottom of the pan. Also, feel for bits of metal which could suggest internal engine problems. A thorough mechanic will often run his fingers through the oil while it is draining to feel for grit, metal, and other contaminants that signal possible engine problems.
  1. Remove and inspect the old filter carefully. Most modern cars use a spin-on oil filter. When removing the filter, make sure that the gasket sealing ring comes off with the filter. If it does not, use your fingernail to pry it loose and remove it.
  1. Choose your new filter carefully. Select one that has been manufactured by a company widely known for the quality and efficiency of its filtration products.
  1. Install the filter properly. Make sure to coat the sealing ring with fresh motor oil and hand-tighten only.
  1. Oil Change

    Make sure you use the correct oil for your car.

    Choose the correct grade of new oil. Oil is the lifeblood of the engine and choosing the appropriate grade will ensure proper performance. Refer to your owner’s manual for the correct service designation. It will be specified as an API (American Petroleum Institute) rating.

  1. Choose the correct viscosity or thickness of oil. It will vary by make and model of car and the climate in which the vehicle is operating. The viscosity of the oil will be specified in your owner’s manual as an SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) number. For example, a typical multi-grade oil is 5W30.
  1. Use exactly the right amount of oil. Too much or too little can endanger the life of your vehicle’s engine parts. Over-filling can cause oil leaks and can damage engine seals and gaskets. Having too little oil can cause friction and shorten engine life.
  1. If you plan to regularly do your own oil changes, invest a few dollars in a magnetic oil pan drain plug. It will capture most of the potentially damaging metal particles that may collect in the oil pan.
 
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