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The Standard Auto Care Guide to Saving Fuel: Car Weight

The Standard Auto Care Guide to Saving Fuel: Car Weight

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Fuel System

What You Should Know About Alternator Repair

Your alternator is a major component of your car’s charging system, and without it you’re a sitting duck. While driving your car, your alternator chargers your battery and provides the electrical power that runs your car. No power means your car will not run. Fear not, here we will cover some of the most important information to know when you are in need of alternator repair, and how to keep your alternator in tip top shape. What causes alternator damage? There are several things that can cause alternator damage. One cause is belt slippage, which usually occurs when a worn or damaged belt slips on the alternator’s pulley wheel, resulting in reduced voltage output. Another cause could be your battery. If your battery has died or is dying it can often cause the alternator to fail from over use. The energy output that is often shared between the alternator and the battery will fall solely on the alternator, causing it to burn out. What are some ... read more

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Alternator

What You Need to Know About Transmission Repair

“Transmission repair” are two words that scare many car owners. But really there are a wide range of transmission problems and solutions. There are also many ways to avoid needing a repair all together. Here we will discuss some valuable information to consider when it’s time to look into a transmission repair. Where Does Transmission Trouble Start? Your transmission trouble can be the result of several issues. One cause could be that your torque converter either has worn and need bearings (it will emit a noise when it’s in gear) or it’s experiencing one-way clutch failure (resulting in a lack of power or overheating). Your transmission trouble can also be a direct result of a faulty solenoid causing gear slippage and slow shifting. Another common cause is the clutch, which will cause repeated stalling, sticking and slipping gears. Finally, it cou ... read more

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Transmission

The Many Forms of Auto Repair

Car repair doesn’t always have to be a drastic ordeal. In fact, car repair can be as simple as getting your oil changes. However, no matter the size (or the price) of your repair, it’s all vital to maintaining or restoring your car to its best condition. We have broken down some of the most common and important repairs to keep your engine running. Replace Your Air Filters Replacing your air filters may seem like a trivial task, but it’s vital for both your car and your own physical health. It’s wise to change them out every 10, 000 miles to allow your car to breathe efficiently. Install Air Intake Cold air improves your engines MPG efficiency, which saves you money at the pump. Replace Your Starter If your starter is dead than your car is dead. Have a new starter installed when your existing one begins to feel and sound a little rough. Replace Cooling Fans Heat is your cars enemy, so we ... read more

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Auto Repair

Tips for Finding a Great Auto Repair Shop

Auto repair can be expensive, so it’s imperative to find a trustworthy and quality option that will give you the most bang for your buck. Sacramento has thousands of auto repair shops, so use the following tips to find the very best one for you, your location and your car. Listen to Others While every business advertises, the most honest reviews come from other consumers. Ask around with friends, family members, coworkers and even acquaintances for auto repair shop recommendations. If an auto repair shop has proven that it can satisfy its customers, they will tell you so! Location and Overhead Auto repair shops generally charge for labor hours, and the prices per hour can rapidly go up in affluent or over-populated areas. Before committing to a specific shop, inquire about how much of your service charge is going to the labor costs and how much is for the repair itself. Larger shops with lots of front of house staff will also have hire prices ... read more

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Auto Repair Shop

Suspension Repair – Things You Need To Know

You may be proud of your cars acceleration, torque or horsepower, but if you can’t actually control your car all of that doesn’t matter. The state of your suspension is the difference between a smooth ride and a deadly one, which is why suspension repair is no laughing matter. It’s wise to take care of any suspension issues early before they lead to larger problems. Here we are going to review some important information about your car’s suspension so that you and your vehicle can stay safe on the road. Chances are you aren’t driving on perfectly flat road all of the time which is why your suspension is so important. Even freshly paved roads have their flaws that effect the wheels of your car. When these issues on the road occur force is applied to your wheels. Just one small bump causes your wheels to move up and down on the road. This is why it’s necessary to have an intervening mechanism in place to ensure your wheel’s energy is transferred ... read more

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Suspension

What to Consider About BMW Repair

Even the ultimate driving machine needs a repair every now and then. BMW owners know there’s no worse feeling than when something goes wrong with their precious baby. Particularly because no ordinary repair shop can fix it. Since BMW’s are engineered in such a unique way the right repair shop requires extensive BMW knowledge, access to the right parts, and the tools to properly diagnose the problem. There is no small issue in a BMW as the full system relies on the sum of its parts, so it’s best to have your vehicle examined and maintained regularly. Here we will look into some factor to consider when your BMW is in need of a repair. Be sure that the mechanic you bring your car to has specific training on BMW’s and has access to diagnostic parts, tools and computers. It’s not necessary to bring your car to the dealership, there are definitely shops where you will find this. For a technician to be considered a ... read more

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BMW Auto Repair

How to Tell if You Need Suspension Repair in Sacramento

Have you noticed that it is a rough ride when you are driving your car? Most cars have a good suspension system to buffer the impact of bumps and potholes. But, suspension problems with your car can cause you to feel every road bump. If you suspect that there might be something wrong with your suspension, we invite you to contact our team at Standard Auto Care. Why Your Car has a Suspension System There are several reasons why it is necessary to be sure that your suspension system is in good condition. The suspension makes it comfortable to ride in the car. If the suspension goes out, passengers will get thrown around with even the smallest bumps or potholes. Most roads have small imperfections, and these problems can’t be avoided if the suspension isn’t working correctly. Not only does a bad suspension make it an uncomfortable ride, but it also can be a safety issue. If you continue driving a car with a bad suspension system, you have a higher risk of an accident on the ... read more

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Suspension

High-Quality Transmission Repair in Sacramento

Is it time to have your transmission serviced? Whether your transmission needs regular maintenance or it is in need of repairs, it is important that you contact an experienced auto repair shop. Transmission problems can be challenging, especially because certain types of transmission problems can cause your car to stop moving altogether. Here at Standard Auto Care, we specialize in all types of auto repair and maintenance. Transmission repair is one of our specialties. We can inspect your car to see if it needs transmission servicing. Bring your vehicle by anytime and we will make sure your transmission is in good condition. Signs that it’s Time for Transmission Repair Have you noticed any signs that your car might need to be repaired? Pay attention to the way the vehicle drives, because often there are small indications that something might be wrong. Since you drive your car on a regular basis, you are the best ... read more

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Transmission

Does Your Car Need Alternator Repair Services?

Alternator problems can be tricky to diagnose unless you have some experience with cars. Often, car owners assume that their battery is dead, so they try changing the battery before consulting an expert. The alternator and the battery work together, so the best way to identify the problem is by talking with an experienced mechanic. If you suspect something might be wrong with the alternator, contact our team at Standard Auto Care right away. There are a few signs that you can watch for which might indicate the problem is the alternator. Battery Function It is easy to assume that the battery might be bad if you are unable to start the car. Does your car respond when you turn the key? If you attempt to start the car, and nothing happens, it could potentially be a dead battery, but it may also be an alternator problem. The most common approach to solving the mystery is to check the battery first. It’s always a possibility that the battery was drained if headlights or other batte ... read more

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Alternator
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