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Ron McLeod is owner of ASAP Automotive, Inc., a Diamond Certified company since 2014. He can be reached at (510) 398-0718 or by email.

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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Why You Shouldn’t Resurface Your Brake Rotors

Posted on October 10, 2018 by James Florence

FREMONT — Whether you drive an older or newer car, whether it’s a foreign or domestic model, there’s one thing you shouldn’t waste your money on: resurfacing your brake rotors. Resurfacing is a method for restoring and extending the operating lifespan of rotors that are still in reasonably good condition at the time of brake pad replacement. While this may sound like a good idea, it’s usually more trouble than it’s worth.

It’s not uncommon for problems to arise with resurfaced rotors. For example, within six months of having your brake pads replaced and the rotors resurfaced, you may start to have pulsation issues when coming to a stop. You shouldn’t have to deal with this kind of issue so soon after having your brake pads replaced. Read more

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Video: Rethinking Synthetic Oil Change Intervals

Posted on May 30, 2018 by James Florence

FREMONT — Host, Sarah Rutan: Many high-end car manufacturers now recommend a 10,000-mile oil change interval, but is this really a good idea? 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: I have a tip for you. Whether you’re my customer or not my customer, it’s: An oil change today, it’s a big deal. All these newer cars, since 2008 and newer, require synthetic oil. And the manufacturers are telling the people out there to do an oil change every 10,000 miles. So wrong!

Companies from the oil companies recommend that the synthetic oil is being changed every 7,500. Read more

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Reconsidering Synthetic Oil Change Intervals

Posted on May 23, 2018 by James Florence

FREMONT — With the growing prevalence of synthetic engine oil, oil change intervals have become a hot topic for high-end car owners. Because of synthetic oil’s superior performance, the typical oil change interval for a high-end car is several thousand miles longer than that of a normal vehicle. Still, it’s important to get the right information when determining the correct oil change interval for your car.

Many high-end car manufacturers are now recommending an oil change interval of 10,000 miles. However, this is in conflict with synthetic oil manufacturers, which recommend oil changes every 7,500 miles. So, who should you trust?

As a professional mechanic, I’ve found the 10,000-mile oil change interval to be very problematic. Read more

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Troubleshooting Squeaky Brakes

Posted on February 23, 2018 by Mari Patrick

REDWOOD CITY — If you notice your car’s brakes squeaking or squealing, you might think they need to be replaced. However, the reality is squeaky brakes can be caused by a number of things. Here are some potential causes:

  • Debris between the pads and rotors
  • Stop-and-go traffic. Constant braking over an extended span of time can cause the pads and rotors to overheat, resulting in squeaking.
  • The type of material your brakes are made of. For example, some high-end cars use a braking composite for which squeaking is a normal occurrence.
  • Low brakes. The indicator on the pad touches the rotor, which causes squeaking.

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