Thursday, January 29, 2015

Call Us Today Or Stop On By!

We are a family owned full service auto repair shop in West Sacramento, California. We offer comprehensive automotive maintenance & repair for all foreign and domestic vehicles. As a Napa AutoCare Center, we take pride in offering our customers quality auto repair at a fair price. Our ASE Certified Technicians go from start to finish to repair your car, truck, SUV  or van no matter what the problem including fleet maintenance and repair, brakes, oil change, tune up, transmission, electrical, alignment, diagnostics, etc. 
We are a STAR certified test and repair smog station. 

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Top 10 Common Car Problems

It is hard to make this kind of list since the things that go wrong on the car are endless. This is not written with pessimism, but as many drivers have experienced even on new cars a thing or two can go wrong.Not to mention the older ones, an old car is a like an aging man, the older he get's the more grumpy he becomes.
Here's a list with the top 10 car problems from our point of view. Not only are they problems of mechanical nature, they are usually problems that drive you nuts:
1. Flat tire most common car problem but the most easy to fix. Often happens at the least convenient time. Having the right equipment and knowledge to help yourself is crucial.
2. Dead battery: how many of us made that face of despair when we put the key into the ignition and... Nothing or a short click. Especially during winter months. An easy problem to fix, but best preventing it on time by changing the old battery.
3. Ignition problems: the car will crank but won't start. The problem can be solved on your own in a couple of minutes or it can take days and a tone of money. The list of probable causes is pretty long.
4. Various leaks: oil leaks, coolant leaks, break fluid leaks etc. In most cases (if the leak is not severe) they don't cause big problems while driving. The moment you see them, get it fixed, it only get's worse over time.
5. Electric and electronics problems: these kind of problems manifest themselves as if the car is possessed by an evil ghost. Various glitches, signal lamps warning about nothing, endless diagnostics and car mechanics going out of their mind are just some of the symptoms.
6. Sensor problems: a car problem that has the most fancy name.These are the eyes of the ecu unit. Since exposed to dirt, moisture, cold, heat etc. Cause the most of the electronics problems.
7. Bad serpentine belt: it makes that squeaky noise that gives you a bad chill down the spine. Nothing serious, if the car is properly maintained you won't hear of it. Otherwise, it can make a lot of problems.
8. Car bulb failure (headlights, taillights): when your vision from the car during night driving decreases it's either time to check your eyesight or the signalization. The headlight bulbs are easy to spot when they burn out, the tail lights can go on not working for months (unless you have the proper dash warning). Make a check of the signalization from time to time.
9. Cracked windscreen: you get in a second, but you usually look at it for months. When the crack happens, fix it right away or else your putting yourself and the your passengers at risk.
10. Body scratches and minor dents: looks like a little acne on an otherwise beautiful face. You look at it and say: " wow what a beautiful face, but look at the acne....". Can be solved with a few tricks and perhaps minor body repair.
Learn this list and you will know what car problems you can have on the road or at home.

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

What Does A Diesel Mechanic Do?

Diesel powerplants are regular in our Nation's trucks, locomotives, and ships, and are quite prevalent in smaller vehicles, including pickups, SUVs, passenger vehicles and other vehicles.
Diesel technicians service and take care of the diesel engines that power all sorts of equipment. Other diesel mechanics work with diesel passenger cars, heavy vehicles, road graders, and combines.
Diesel specialists must be versatile enough to adjust to customer needs and to new technologies. It is common for technicians to undertake all kinds of repairs. Repairing diesel engines is becoming quite complex as more electronic subsystems are installed to control the engine. For example, computer chips now control and manage fuel injection and engine timing, increasing the engine performance. Also, new emissions standards might force operators to retrofit engines with emissions control systems, such as emission filters and catalytic converters, to comply with emissions regulations. In many repair facilities, diesel service technicians use laptop hardware to identify issues and improve engine functions.
Technicians working for corporations that repair their own vehicles spend most of their time performing preventative repairs. During a typical maintenance check, technicians perform duties that include inspecting turbochargers, intercoolers, and wheel bearings. During inspection, diesel specialists service systems that are not working properly or R&R parts that cannot be fixed.
Mechanics do an assortment of diesel engine repairs. Others specialize in rebuilding engines or in repairing cylinder heads. Other mechanics repair large diesel powerplants used to power generators and other industrial equipment.
Diesel specialists often work inside, however they sometimes visit trucks on the highway or at the jobsite. Technicians may be part of a team or assist a senior mechanic when doing heavy work, such as replacing axles. Most service technicians work a normal 40-hour week, but others work longer hours, especially if they are running their own shop. Many places have modified their hours to speed repairs and be more convenient for customers. A number of truck and bus firms provide maintenance and repair service every day of the week.
A diesel specialist should be able to do a variety of tasks on the job. These include inspecting the engines and detecting malfunctions, leading a team of technicians and delegating necessary work to them, following all stipulated industry safety regulations and standards of work, ensuring the proper handling of all testing and repair tools, and maintaining records of service and repairs. A diesel mechanic should have a sound understanding of using all repair tools, equipment and testing machinery.

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Monday, January 19, 2015

What Services Does Your Car Need?

By servicing your car on a regular basis, you can help to prolong the life of your car, save yourself money, keep you and your family safe, and keep your car running at its best. Servicing your car now can help prevent expensive repairs in the future.
Did you know there are over 200 moving parts in your engine alone? In addition there are the tires and the brakes, the muffler, shocks, struts, belts, hoses and windshield wipers. The list goes on and on. In order to keep all these parts operating so your car can get you where you need to go, it needs both routine check-ups and scheduled maintenance.
This report will cover some basic tips for the service your car needs. We recommend you check your owner's manual for the manufacturer's recommendations for servicing your specific model at the proper time. (Time is usually noted by the amount of miles on your car.)
What service does my car need for routine check-ups?
Once a month, check your oil, your filters (oil and air), check the pressure in your tires and check the belts for cracking.
Every 3 months, or at the recommended mileage by your manufacture, have the oil and oil filter changed,. Have the transmission fluid checked, along with the brake fluid and windshield wiper fluid. Have the technician check your steering fluid and the battery cables and clean them if necessary.
When you have your oil changed, it is also a good idea to have the mechanic check your tire's tread, have the tires rotated. Keeping your tires at their best performance will give you peace of mind that your car is safe for you and your family. Proper inflated tires can also help improve your gas mileage.
At the 6-month point, replace the windshield wiper blades and check the brakes, exhaust system, the horn, spare tire and the shocks.
What service does my car need for engine performance maintenance?
Every 30,000 - 50,000 miles have an auto technician do a complete performance check-up. This check-up has more to do with your driving habits and frequency. Preventative car maintenance can help you avoid being stranded along side of the road, and save you money.
The mechanic will do an inspection and diagnostics using a computer scan of your engine to make sure the engine is running at optimal levels.
Here the technician will be able to check the performance of your car's modules, sensors, spark plugs and plug wires. If needed, they will replace them to assure continued good health of your vehicle.
Does my transmission need to be serviced on my car?
Check your owner's manual for the recommendations on this. The age of your car will make a difference where your transmission tune-up is concerned. Another factor is the use of your vehicle. If you frequently tow a boat, camper or trailer, your transmission will tend to run hotter than if you are not pulling anything behind it.
Preventive maintenance can save you money in the long run and give you peace of mind knowing your car is operating at peak performance.

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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

5 Basic Checks Before Replacing a Catalytic Converter

Do you think you need to replace a catalytic converter? Learn what tests need to be performed to save money, save time and maintain the best converter efficiency. This video will also inform you of what you need to do to reduce your chances of repeat emission control failures.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Complete Fuel & Oil System Clean

Complete Fuel & Oil System Clean: Hot Shot's Secret Stiction Eliminator & Diesel Extreme

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Bring Your Dead Car Battery Back to Life—Recycle it!

Lead-acid batteries are nearly 100% recyclable.NAPA stores will gladly take your battery off your hands to give the materials new life, again and again.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy New Year!

We are delighted to have you as a customer, and we look forward to serving you in the new year. Have a terrific 2015!