Archive for June, 2017

For many people, the seemingly never-ending barrage of triple digit days that make up the Arizona summer are both a curse and a blessing. The curse involves boiling hot car interiors, touching burning steering wheels, and roasting the back of your legs on a leather or vinyl interior. The blessing is the ability to get out of town in just a couple of hours and enjoy the cool mountains. One of the most popular times to do just that is the upcoming July Fourth weekend, where celebrations across the state help celebrate America’s birthday. Before you head out, make sure and swing by any of the Chapman Arizona dealerships for a quick oil change and to top off of your fluids.

Payson Offers a Full Day of Events

Just an hour and a half or so northeast of the Valley is the idyllic mountain town of Payson, where a full day of events caps off with fireworks at Green Valley Park. The Town begins the celebration at 8 a.m. with a patriotic ceremony that includes a flag raising and reading of the Declaration of Independence. Games and activities start at 1, with live music taking center stage at 4 p.m. Because the event is so popular, parking overflow is set up for Payson High School, with a shuttle running to the park.

Flagstaff Fourth a Four-Day Event

Take some extra time and explore the Flagstaff Fourth that kicks off on Saturday July 1 with a Hopi Arts Festival, Flagstaff Art in the Park and the Northern Arizona Taco Fest. The art events continue on Sunday along with a Classic Car Show. Lights on the Lawn at Continental Country Club offers front row seats to a fireworks extravaganza on Monday. Flagstaff ends the celebration on Tuesday, July 4 with a parade and the Flagstaff Symphony performing patriotic songs at the Pepsi Amphitheater.

Get Wet in Sedona

Enjoy the Fourth of July among the red rocks when you attend the “4th of July Wet Fest” in Sedona. Held at the Sedona Community Pool, the Wet Fest offers lunch and live music along with a water slide and large swimming pool. Water toys and games will be provided to help you beat the heat.

Show Low Freedomfest Includes Parade, Food

It’s a bit of a farther drive to Show Low, so make sure and get you vehicle checked out at any of the Chapman Arizona dealerships before heading north to that city’s annual Freedomfest. Once you get there you’ll enjoy a parade along the historic Deuce of Clubs road. Traditional holiday foods like kettle corn, Navajo tacos, funnel cakes and more will all be available. Drew Cooper and The Cavalry will be headlining the live music.

You know that little light in your instrument cluster that kind of resembles an engine and usually has the word “check” alongside? Oddly enough, that’s your check engine light. It comes on when you start your car, and, if everything is working correctly, should go off a few seconds after the motor starts running. When the check engine light comes on at other times, it means there’s a problem with anything from a bad sensor to a faulty gas cap. Placing a piece of black tape over the light may make it less annoying, but it won’t solve the problem.

Bring Your Car in for Quick Check

Bring your car into any of the service advisors at a Chapman Arizona dealership and they can quickly diagnose the problem using a computer. They simply plug into a little port underneath your dash and get a code from the engine, telling them where the problem originates. You can also go to an auto parts store or online and buy a code reader to give you the same information, which you can then decipher using the Internet. You’ll then, of course, have to fix the problem yourself, which could be relatively easy or extremely difficult, depending on your skill level and the problem at hand.

Don’t Confuse the Lights

Don’t confuse the “service required” light with the “check engine” light. Service required just means your car is due for an oil change or other regular service, where the check engine light indicates a problem. By developing a relationship with a service advisor at any of the Chapman Arizona dealerships, you not only have a trusted source that can advise you when it’s time for maintenance and alert you to any recalls, you’ll also feel confident they’ll give you a fair deal when it comes time to diagnose a check engine light.

Usually Means Problem With Emission System

The check engine light is usually tied to a problem with the emission system, which could be something as simple as an oxygen sensor malfunction or more serious, such as failure of the catalytic converter. “The engine and the emission control system are so interlinked that the health of the emission control system is a good indication of the general health of the car’s engine,” according to Dan Edmunds, vehicle testing director for He points out that ignoring the problem or using the black tape fix usually leads to more expensive solutions later on.

Most Common Problems

Some of the most common check engine light problems are listed by CarMD. They include: loose gas cap, catalytic converter, O2 sensor, mass air flow sensor and spark plug wires. Sometimes the problem is not with the sensor itself, but with the wiring leading to the sensor. If you have rodents or pests in your garage, they can chew on those wires and cause the sensor to stop working.