Providing Automotive Repair Service and Maintenance Monday-Friday 7AM-5PM


Frequently Asked Questions

At Thunderbird Auto, we have over 40 years experience handling auto repair in Phoenix, Scottsdales, Glendale, Surprise, and Tempe. We also offer comprehensive auto maintenance options, and you can visit us at any time. Over the years, we have learned a lot about cars, and these frequently asked questions should shed some light on how to handle both auto repair and maintenance.
Yes! An advanced diagnostic test on your car returns all the error codes stored by the onboard computer. These codes tell us what to repair, and they guide our inspections. Plus, onboard errors help us repair your vehicle for an emissions inspection.
Your car needs an oil change when you surpass the mileage on the sticker we left on your windshield. Oil changes are recommended every 3000 to 5000 miles. We will check the manufacturer’s recommendations for your vehicle and send reminders for your next oil change. 

Improving your gas mileage requires a few simple steps, including:

  • Slow down
  • Relax your driving style
  • Invest in regular automotive services
  • Invest in regular tire rotations and alignments
  • Invest in regular fluid changes
Tire alignment services offer you several benefits, including:
  • Better gas mileage
  • Extending the life of your tires
  • A better ride

Contact us at Thunderbird Auto when you feel your car is ready for an alignment.

We recommend a brake service once every 20,000 to 50,000 miles. The brake discs, rotors, shoes, and pads determine the life of the brake system, but they wear down at different rates. Your driving style also impacts the durability of your brakes. If you drive aggressively, you should visit us sooner rather than later.

You should also visit Thunderbird Auto for a brake service if:

  • Your brakes squeal
  • The car shakes when you brake
  • The car veers off course when you brake
  • The brakes smoke
  • The brake pedal has very little resistance
  • It takes too long to stop
At Thunderbird Auto, we offer a 3-year/36,000 mile warranty for all auto repairs. Call us or contact us online as soon as possible if you need a warranty repair

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Thunderbird Automotive Specialists will be closed on Friday, October 20th.

During this time, our team will be attending the memorial service for our late General Manager, Brock Lohman.

We appreciate your understanding and support as we gather as a Thunderbird Automotive Specialist family to honor Brock’s life and legacy.

We will be back open to serve you on Monday, October 23rd. Thank you for your patience and cooperation.