Auto Repair

Gurjit Singh is owner of Reliant Auto Repair, a Diamond Certified company since 2013. He can be reached at (408) 884-0296 or by email.

Maintaining Your Car’s Water Pump

Posted on November 27, 2017 by James Florence

SAN JOSE — A crucial yet often-overlooked vehicle component is the water pump. As the heart of the engine’s cooling system, the water pump continually delivers coolant (antifreeze) to the engine and radiator to prevent them from overheating. Not surprisingly, when a vehicle’s water pump fails, it leads to dire consequences for the engine.

While water pump failure isn’t always preventable, you can reduce the chances of it happening with proactive maintenance. The first step is to flush your engine’s coolant at manufacturer-recommended intervals. As coolant ages, it starts to break down and ceases to provide the protection it once did, leaving your engine more vulnerable to corrosion and overheating. To avoid this, Read more

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Replacing Your Timing Belt

Posted on October 02, 2017 by Mari Patrick

SANTA ROSA − One of the most important auto maintenance services is having your engine’s timing belt replaced. This critical component controls the rotation of the camshafts, synchronizing the sequence of valves opening and closing with the up-and-down movement of the pistons. When a timing belt breaks, this sequence is thrown off, which can result in damage to the valves (which are hit by the pistons when they cease to move) and a catastrophic engine failure.

To avoid an expensive repair, you should have your vehicle’s timing belt preemptively replaced. Most vehicle manufacturers recommend timing belt replacement every 60,000 to 100,000 miles, but you should check your owner’s manual to see the specific recommendations for your car. Read more

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Video: The Importance of a Clean Cabin Filter

Posted on July 11, 2017 by admin

FREMONT — Host, Sarah Rutan:  A vehicle’s cabin filter is designed to provide clean air for its passengers, but if it isn’t regularly maintained, it can have the opposite effect. Today, we’re in Fremont with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Ron McLeod of ASAP Automotive to learn more.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Ron McLeod: One of the things that’s often missed on maintenance is the cabin filter. The cabin filter, as you can see, can get really dirty. What they’re designed for is to stop the pollen and the dust from getting inside the car; but, unfortunately, it is an item that gets missed, and then they start getting moldy and can cause other problems. Read more

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The Importance of Cabin Filter Replacement

Posted on July 11, 2017 by admin

FREMONT — Cabin filter replacement is one of the most commonly overlooked aspects of vehicle maintenance. Designed to filter out elements like dust and pollen, a cabin air filter provides clean air for a vehicle’s driver and passengers. However, a lot of people don’t even know what a cabin filter is, which is why the filters in many vehicles simply never get changed.

Even though a cabin filter is designed to improve air quality, it can actually have the opposite effect if it’s ignored. In many cases, when a cabin filter is neglected, it becomes inundated with dirt and grime, and it can even start to grow mold.

To keep your vehicle’s cabin air clean and safe, Read more

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Improve the Diagnostic Process with Good Communication

Posted on July 11, 2017 by admin

OAKLAND — When your vehicle starts making unusual sounds or acting strangely, your first inclination should be to schedule a diagnostic appointment with your local auto repair shop. While a technician will typically be able to resolve the issue, you can actually help the diagnostic process by communicating accurately and specifically about your vehicle’s symptoms.

Diagnostics is one of the most time-consuming aspects of auto repair. When a customer brings a vehicle to a shop, the technicians will typically begin the process by verifying the customer’s complaint, whether that means taking the vehicle for a test drive or just running the engine. When the symptom is identified, an in-depth inspection usually follows to determine the cause. Read more

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Video: Communication with your Auto Technician

Posted on July 11, 2017 by admin

OAKLAND — Host, Sarah Rutan: When it comes to solving a car problem, the information provided by the vehicle owner can make a significant impact. Today we’re in Oakland with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Glen Poy-Wing of Oakland Auto Works to learn more.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Glen Poy-Wing: So, if your vehicle is acting strangely or making strange noises, our first concern is, is it safe for us to drive or is this going to leave me stranded? I recommend setting up an appointment with your local auto repair facility to have a diagnostic done. You play a key role in the success of this by communicating very clearly with the technicians about details of exactly what your concerns are and what’s happening to your vehicle. Read more

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Video: Auto Maintenance 101

Posted on July 11, 2017 by admin

MONTEREY — Host, Sarah Rutan: When maintaining your vehicle, it’s important to be able to identify what’s under your hood. Today, we’re in Monterey with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Thuan Le of T & T Auto Repair to learn more.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Thuan Le: If you don’t know how to work on your car and you can open the hood and here’s the oil dipstick and here’s the oil cap. If you need to open the cap and check the oil in there. And you can check by yourself if the coolant right here, that’s the coolant is, you can see – you can look outside, you can see the level if that’s enough. Read more

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