Auto Repair

Video: What’s in a Vehicle Inspection?

Posted on November 21, 2018 by James Florence

ROHNERT PARK — Host, Sarah Rutan: Most auto shops claim to provide full vehicle inspections with every service, but what exactly should this entail? Today we’re in Rohnert Park with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Will Trbovich of Acurit Auto Repair to learn more.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Will Trbovich: So, if you’ve taken your car in for a repair or you’re picking it up, you might ask them a question, “How was my tire pressure?” If they can’t answer that question, then a proper inspection has not even been started on your car. What is a proper inspection? First, the oil and the coolant should be checked before a road test. Read more

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Proper Steps for a Vehicle Inspection

Posted on November 20, 2018 by James Florence

ROHNERT PARK — When taking your vehicle to a shop for a repair or maintenance service, one thing you should expect to receive is a full inspection. However, while most auto shops claim to provide inspections, it’s hard to know how thoroughly they’re actually being performed. Furthermore, you may not know all that a full vehicle inspection should entail. Here are the steps your technician should perform when inspecting your vehicle:

  1. The engine’s oil and coolant should be checked.
  1. The vehicle should be road-tested to check for any unusual noises or drivability issues.
  1. All fluids, belts and hoses should be inspected. The technician should also check for oil leaks at the top of the engine.
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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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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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