Saturday, September 28, 2013

What You Should Ask Your Mechanic

· Are you affiliated with the automotive service association?
Only shops with a consistent record of excellent service may affiliate with the Automotive Service Association. Look for an ASA sticker or seal in the mechanic's office. Association with ASA is a sign that the shop provides really high quality service.
· Do you have an Automotive Service Excellence certificate?
This is another sign of quality service. ASE workers do evaluations of vehicle repair shops. Shops that conform to the ASE standards are given a certificate. A certificate signifies that the shop's work is approved and of great quality.
· What are your credentials?
You want technicians that have been trained at trade school. Trained technicians are more knowledgeable and skilled. Sometimes shops will have untrained rookies work on cars.
· Does your shop specialize in any particular type of car?
Certain mechanics specialize in certain vehicles or repair work. Find out what the shop's strengths and weaknesses are.
· Do you charge an inspection fee?
Do not assume that the shop has a free estimate. You don't want any surprise charges later.
· What did you do to my car?
Ask for a detailed explanation of the repairs done. Question every single detail of the job. Also ask for a detailed breakdown on your invoice of the repairs done. This will protect you from getting scammed. Ideally, you should ask the mechanic to point out each of the repairs on your car. Ask the mechanic to discuss what was removed, replaced, or repaired. You should also ask to see the old part.
· Do I get a courtesy car?
If the repair will take a long time, you may be eligible for a courtesy car. Always ask for a courtesy car. Don't forget to ask for the cost. Sometimes repair shops will charge large amounts for a rental car.
· What are your payment policies?
Each repair shop has different labor rates and payment options. Ask your mechanic about the payment policies. You want to know exactly how much you will be paying for a repair.
· Do you offer any guarantees?
When you get your car fixed, you want to know that the repair is guaranteed. Make sure there is a warranty on the repair. You also need to know long the warranty is. If you have any issues with repairs shortly after, you will want the repair shop to cover the additional fixing costs. The warranty on your repairs is incredibly important.
These questions will help you find a great mechanic. These questions will also make sure you are getting the best possible repair service. Mechanics are necessary for proper car maintenance. You want to be able to find a great one you can rely on.

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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

We Do Fleet Repair

Nor Cal Performance provides professional repair and service for automotive fleets. We understand your busy schedule and need to get your vehicles back on the road. That's why we provide priority service to all our fleet accounts.

• Priority Service
• Reduced Maintenance Costs
• Credit and Billing Program for Approved Accounts
• LeasePlan USA fleet management vendor.
• 12/12 Warranty on Parts and Labor
• Computerized Service History for each Vehicle
• ASE Master and Factory Trained Technicians to Repair Your Vehicle
Quality and Effectively
• Latest and Most Advanced Diagnostic Equipment
• Oil Change reminders

Examples of vehicles we service:

Ford Powerstroke, Chevrolet Duramax, Dodge Cummins, and Isuzu NPR.

Nor Cal Performance provides professional fleet service repair on all American European and Japanese small cars to medium duty trucks.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Why Are Oil Changes Important?

We hear it from our parents when we first get our license. Mechanics put little stickers as a reminder on our windshield. Over and over we're nagged to get our oil changed. But why does everyone insist it's so important? This article will hopefully give you those answers and get you onboard with getting your car's oil changed regularly.
What is an oil change for, exactly?
Simply put, oil is used in cars to lubricate the instruments. The lubrication is important to prevent friction, especially since our engines are designed with elements rubbing against each other to create energy. Because the engine demands so much use from the oil, eventually the chemical construction of the motor oil breaks down and can no longer provide lubrication. Without the lubrication, engine parts are rubbing directly against each other, the results of which can cause severe damage and, ultimately, stop working altogether. Therefore, old, less effective oil needs to be drained and new, fresh oil needs to be added to ensure proper lubrication.
Small bucks to save big bucks
On average, an oil change will cost between twenty and thirty dollars (sometimes less if you find a promotion). This pricing is for conventional oil, not synthetic oil. Synthetic motor oil will most likely be double the price, but that's because it's a higher performing oil. You can refer to your owner's manual or ask the mechanic which type is right for your car, but as long as you are keeping up on your oil changes, conventional oil is generally fine. For that twenty to thirty dollars spent now, you will be saving your engine from enormously costly repair down the line. Think of it as preventative medicine for your car. Plus, most mechanics will include other life-extending services along with your oil change such as tire pressure checks, hose inspections and transmission fluid top-offs.
The price may go up if you need to replace your oil filter, or if during your overall inspection your mechanic suggestions a new air filter, hose, transmission fluid, etc. At this point you may feel upselling pressure. Certainly, there are mechanics who are out to make money. So it's important to find a mechanic you can trust. In most cases when add-ons are suggested, it's for the health of your car so you won't be back in a few months time being towed because your hose burst on the highway or your engine stopped because the air filter was too dirty to let air flow through.
One other oil change bonus to save you money: you'll save gas mileage! New oil is slick and will easily allow the movement of engine parts. Older oil gets gummy, causing the engine to work harder to perform. And when the engine works harder, it must burn more fuel.
How often do I change the oil?
There is no absolute answer to that question. The average suggestion is every three to five thousand miles. Factors can alter that estimate. For one, synthetic oil has a longer lifespan than conventional oil (it's chemically engineered to not gum up as quickly, especially in extreme temperatures) allowing more time between oil changes. Also, if you spend a lot of time in heavy stop-and-go city traffic, you are causing more of a strain on your engine and may need an oil change sooner. Your mechanic will give you their best estimate of when to come back, and will usually put a reminder sticker on your driver's side windshield. The reminder will often say to return either when you've reached a certain mileage, or in approximately three months. Since an oil change is basically the cost of dinner for two, even if you happen to be returning a bit earlier than your car needs with that estimate, you're only helping the health of your engine in the long run.
Hopefully you've now added to your list of necessary tasks (along with dentist appointments, pet's vaccines and oven cleaning) regular oil changes for your vehicles. Be proud of yourself for staying ahead of potential costly repairs to your engine. 

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Thursday, September 19, 2013

Monday, September 16, 2013

Preventive Maintenance, Tune-Up and Repairs for Your Car's Exterior and Interior

In today's environment, it is very important to keep a vehicle away from environmental elements such as exposure to the sun, heavy winds, rain, etc. Additionally, the pollution in our city's air consists of harsh and disruptive chemicals. These cause substantial damage to our vehicles on a regular basis. You will want to keep your car away from all of these harmful elements.
The truth is though, it is almost impossible to avoid these harmful elements completely. The best you can do is to maintain your vehicle regularly and keep it well protected in a garage when not in use. Other than that, you will need to get some professional assistance from time to time, to make sure that your car is in good condition.
It is also important to have preventive care, general automotive maintenance and regular scheduled maintenance. General maintenance is an important aspect of the well-being and lifetime of a car. It is the basic necessity for the survival of a vehicle. Preventive care and scheduled maintenance are equally as important and are performed for a number of reasons.
First, preventive and scheduled maintenance help hold the value of the car. This is necessary if you are planning to resell your vehicle in the future. The less problems your car has, the higher the amount you will be able to sell it for. Scheduled maintenance helps ensure that any problems, whether current or future, are handled before they get worse or arise.
Car maintenance, tune up and repairs comprise of a vast variety of topics, which are different for the exterior and interior of cars. For the exterior, maintenance and tune up services include protecting the paint, cleaning and waxing the car surface. It also comprises of maintenance of the tires, which is done by checking whether they are well inflated and whether their pressure is correct. All these fall under the category of general car maintenance.
You don't have to be a car enthusiast to know the importance of regular and scheduled car maintenance, tune up and repairs. A well-cared vehicle is safer on the roads. It breaks down less frequently and fetches an impressive re-sale value.
Regardless of whether you are strictly following the maintenance plan suggested by the car manufacturer or are going by the do-it-yourself maintenance plan, making sure that your vehicle is well maintained and runs smoothly is a smart approach.
Use an automotive repair facility that is known for its quality services. By paying close attention to details, using high-tech equipment and Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) parts, and by providing exceptional customer care services, the company knows exactly what clients require. No matter what problem your car is having, rest assured that they can identify and tackle it.

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Friday, September 13, 2013

Maintenance Musts For Your Vehicle

Performing regular maintenance on your vehicle can save you money down the line. Learn more from AAA about the common maintenance must that shouldn't be ignored.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Pay A Fair Price For Auto Repair

No one wants to pay for unnecessary work or get overcharged! Find out how you can avoid being taken for a ride the next time you get repairs done.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Everyday Diesel Treatment (EDT) from the makers of Hot Shot's Secret

Keep your injectors lubricated and optimize your fuel system, especially with today's ultra-low sulfur diesel.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Your Clutch

The Monday Morning Mechanic, David Rogers, shows how a clutch works, and why bringing your vehicle to a trusted repair shop with ASE Certified Master technicians can save you money.