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Video: Getting to Know Your Vehicle’s Air Filters

Posted on April 09, 2019 by James Florence

ROHNERT PARK — Host, Sarah Rutan: Your home has filters for improving air quality, but did you know your car does as well? Today we’re in Rohnert Park with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Will Trbovich of Acurit Auto Repair to learn more.

Will Trbovich: Hi. So, most people are aware that they have furnace filters in their homes that keeps the air relatively clear. Not always aware that in their car, you have a very similar situation. You have what’s called a cabin filter, which filters the air inside your car that you’re actually breathing as you’re driving. This is a cabin filter that was recently replaced.

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Understanding Your Vehicle’s Air Filters

Posted on March 28, 2019 by James Florence

ROHNERT PARK — You’re probably aware that your home’s furnace has a filter that keeps your indoor air relatively clean. But did you know there’s a similar situation in your car? In fact, your vehicle likely has not one but two types of air filters.

First, there’s the cabin filter. Just as a furnace filter provides clean air for the home’s inhabitants, a cabin filter provides clean air for the vehicle’s driver and passengers to breathe. Since the air on the roads and freeways can be saturated with smog and other noxious elements, a cabin filter is a valuable asset for driver and passenger health.

Cabin filters are typically located at the front of the vehicle interior (below the dashboard or behind the glove compartment) and can be removed and replaced as needed. Read more

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Video: Maintaining a Turbocharged Vehicle

Posted on February 01, 2019 by James Florence

SONOMA — Host, Sarah Rutan: If your car has a turbocharged engine, it’s important to understand how this feature affects maintenance needs. Today we’re in Sonoma with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Bo Posey of Metric Motors to learn more.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Bo Posey: With the trend of the industry going more and more vehicles being turbocharged, maintenance is extremely important. Turbochargers add more air to the engine, which enables more fuel to be put in, which makes a smaller engine be able to be more powerful and more fuel-efficient. With that being said, the maintenance on those is very, very important. Those turbochargers create a lot of heat and upwards of two hundred thousand RPMs. Read more

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Turbocharged Engines: What You Need to Know

Posted on January 31, 2019 by James Florence

SONOMA — In recent years, more and more vehicle manufacturers are incorporating turbocharger technology into their engine designs. A turbocharger utilizes exhaust gas to pressurize the air inside the engine, which enables the engine to take in more fuel. With the smaller size of today’s vehicle engines, turbochargers provide a great way to maximize power and fuel efficiency.

However, with this increased power and efficiency comes an increased need for maintenance. Since turbochargers spin at up to 200,000 RPMs, if they don’t have enough oil for lubrication, they’ll fail quickly, which will result in costly repairs. For this reason, I suggest keeping up with factory-recommended maintenance and regular oil changes. In general, it’s better to have your oil changed earlier than later, Read more

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The Other Reason Oil Changes Are Important

Posted on November 16, 2018 by James Florence

FREMONT — Most vehicle owners know (or are at least somewhat aware) that engine oil changes are important, but few understand the actual extent of their importance. Many people think it’s just something you’re supposed to do, but they don’t really know why—which might explain why they don’t take it seriously. The reality is that oil change appointments are important, but their importance goes beyond the basics of the job.

First of all, oil changes are crucial for the healthy functioning of a vehicle’s engine. That’s because engines depend on oil to lubricate their many moving parts. Over time, engine oil gets dirty, which makes it less effective at its job. Furthermore, oil can start to run low if it’s not changed and refilled. Read more

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Video: A Secondary Benefit of Oil Changes

Posted on November 16, 2018 by James Florence

FREMONT — Host, Sarah Rutan: Oil changes are crucial for vehicle health, but few realize the secondary benefit this maintenance task provides. Today we’re in Fremont with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Ron McLeod of ASAP Automotive to learn more.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Ron McLeod: Hi. I want to explain the importance of an oil change. And oil change isn’t just an oil change, it’s a full visual inspection, checking the wipers, checking the lights, checking the tires. A lot of people think that you go in and you have an oil change just because it’s something that the manufacturer or somebody else is recommending you have done. But it’s actually a very important thing to have done. Read more

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Video: Brake Rotors: Resurface or Replace?

Posted on October 10, 2018 by James Florence

FREMONT — Host, Sarah Rutan: When having your brake pads replaced, one decision you may need to make is whether to resurface or replace your rotors. Today we’re in Fremont with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Eduardo Porta of Fremont Foreign Auto to learn more.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Eduardo Porta: We’re here today to talk about brakes on the cars of 2004 or newer, that’s include Japanese, domestics and Germany cars. Do not turn or resurface rotors. And the reason is, is that you put in new pads and reusing the rotors or you turn the rotors, six months later you still have new brakes and you coming to a stop and you have a pulsation problem. Read more

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