Few things are more disconcerting than when the “check engine” light illuminates on your car’s dashboard. What’s most alarming isn’t the light itself but the ambiguity it presents. Since the “check engine” light can be triggered by a wide range of factors, you don’t know if you’re dealing with something insignificant (a loose gas cap) or something serious (a catalytic converter failure), which can produce a sense of anxiety every time you drive. Read more
It’s no surprise that electric vehicles (EVs) are rapidly growing in popularity. Not only are they more environmentally friendly than gas-powered vehicles, they’re far less expensive to fuel. However, there are many things the average person doesn’t know about EVs, including additional benefits and crucial safety information. To shed some light on this topic, we asked Kacey Copeland, owner of autoTech Blackhawk in Danville, to share a few little-known facts about electric vehicles. Read more
In recent years, you’ve likely noticed the proliferation of electric vehicle (EV) charging stations at shopping centers, commercial workspaces and other public places. However, did you know EV charging stations are also increasing in prevalence as a residential feature? To learn more about residential EV charging stations, we spoke to Shelby Kromer of Got Watts Electric & Solar in Pleasant Hill. Read more
Earlier this week, we posted an article featuring expert auto care tips from industry professionals. One of the aspects mentioned was the maintenance of shocks—a crucial yet often-overlooked vehicle component. To learn what makes shock maintenance so important, watch this video by Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Walee Gon, owner of Faxon Garage in San Francisco.
As a vehicle owner, you’re likely familiar with routine maintenance tasks like oil changes and tire rotation. However, there are many lesser-known aspects of vehicle maintenance you may not be aware of. To expand your knowledge, we asked five Diamond Certified Expert Contributors to address some often-overlooked vehicle components and their maintenance needs. Read more
The hassles and headaches of dealing with the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has become a trope of American comedy. But like all comedy, it’s based on a nugget of truth. Often, a trip to the DMV really does mean long lines, crowded waiting areas and labyrinthine paperwork requirements. Unfortunately, navigating this bureaucracy is necessary any time you need to renew your driver’s license, buy or sell your car, or have a problem with your vehicle’s registration. Read more
California takes air quality seriously, which is why all vehicles in the state (even hybrids) are required to pass regular smog tests. California’s emissions standards are some of the strictest in the country, and about 10 percent of vehicles fail. If you’ve been driving your car for years, it can be a shock when your vehicle suddenly doesn’t pass its smog test. But don’t despair—this is an opportunity to improve your car and make sure it’s not contributing excessive pollution to the environment. Read more