Auto Maintenance

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.

Often, Read more

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Video: Vehicle Manufacturer’s Maintenance Schedule

Posted on October 31, 2017 by James Florence

MOUNTAIN VIEW — Host, Sarah Rutan: If you want your vehicle to go the distance, you’ll need to pay attention to its manufacturer-recommended maintenance schedule. Today we’re in Mountain View with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Paul Jancis of Driven Auto Care to learn more.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Paul Jancis: So, as today’s cars get more and more expensive, it’s very common for people to be able to keep their cars 10 or 15 years or even longer. The most important thing, to be able to keep the car running best, is to keep up with your regularly-scheduled maintenance by following the manufacturer’s schedule in your owner’s manual, keep your car running the longest. Read more

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The Importance of Manufacturer-Recommended Maintenance

Posted on October 31, 2017 by James Florence

MOUNTAIN VIEW — As vehicles get more expensive, it’s becoming more common for owners to keep their cars for longer periods of time. However, if you want your car to be reliable for the long term, you’ll need to be proactive about regular maintenance. As automotive technology continues to advance, today’s vehicles don’t just consist of mechanical parts—they also incorporate a lot of sophisticated computer technology. For this reason, it takes more than mere oil changes to address the full spectrum of your car’s maintenance needs.

The best way to ensure your car is being comprehensively maintained is to follow its manufacturer-recommended maintenance schedule. This schedule (which can be found in your owner’s manual) outlines a sequence of service appointments to be performed at specific mileage markers. Read more

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Video: Calculating Auto Maintenance Cost

Posted on July 11, 2017 by admin

SAN FRANCISCO — Host, Sarah Rutan: If it seems like you’re paying too much to maintain your car, do some calculations—you might be surprised by what you find. Today we’re in San Francisco with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Hans Art of Hans Art Automotive to learn more.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Hans Art: The best tip that I can give drivers is to take the emotionality out of dealing with repairs – and it’s very understandably emotional because you get an unexpected $800 repair that’s required. Have your mechanic figure out how much you spend, on average, every month over, say, a five-year period because the money you spend is so irregular that if you don’t look at it over a long period of time, Read more

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Video: Crucial Info on PZEVs

Posted on July 11, 2017 by admin

SUNNYVALE – Host, Sarah Rutan: If you drive a partial zero emissions vehicle, make sure you’re aware of its unique warranty conditions. Today we’re in Sunnyvale with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Ralph Foglein of European Auto Works to learn more.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Ralph Foglein: A lot of cars today are manufactured with a rating called “PZEV.” PZEV gives your vehicle a 15-year, 150,000-mile warrantee. Now, the details are in your owner’s manual to know for sure if your car is PZEV-rated. There’s a sticker called an “emissions sticker” under the hood that will give you that information.

And the important detail is that with this 15-year, Read more

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