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Yearly Archives: 2015

Main Indicators of Alternator Problems

As you might imagine, it takes a lot of power to get and keep your car running smoothly. The alternator of your vehicle is a pivotal piece of the machine. Basically while you drive, the alternator recycles the power used by the car battery. Without it the power from the battery would not last very long. Also the climate control, stereo, GPS and a host of other systems heavily rely on the optimally running alternator. So, it is vital to avoid alternator failure. How? By paying attention to early warning signs and getting alternator repair as soon as possible. What is the Alternator? The configuration of the alternator is fairly simple, containing just a handful of parts. Basically it turns the mechanical energy of your car’s rotating crank shaft back into electricity. This powers your cars accessories—everything from the air conditioner to the headlights. This is why alternator failure has a domino effect, and can lead to more electrical problems resulting in a brea ... read more

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5 Signs you Might Need Suspension Repairs

The suspension system of your vehicle (shocks and/or struts) is not something to take for granted. It is what supports several tons of metal, along with the occupants of your vehicle. A smooth, working suspension makes your ride comfortable. However, eventually shocks break down or wear out. This is not a problem to ignore. A faulty suspension could affect your ability to control your car, especially for turning and stopping. In fact, industry experts say worn out shocks add approximately 10% to the distance it takes to stop your car in an emergency situation. That could translate to disaster at any speed and make all the difference in your efforts to avoid an accident. So don’t wait on suspension repairs. Signs of Worn Out Suspension How do you know you need to get the suspension fixed? Here are a few signs to watch for: 1. Rough Ride Most drivers can tell right away when shocks or struts are worn out. You begin to feel every bump in the r ... read more

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Find an Auto Mechanic You Trust for Sacramento Ford Repair

When a car owner is looking for someone less expensive and more convenient than an auto dealer to service their car, they start looking at independent auto shops. But, many get scared away, not knowing how to find an independent auto shop that they can trust to give them the service they desire and have the know how to do the repairs needed to their car. To these car owners, the dream is to find someone who has the right fit, who will keep their cars best interest in mind without charging them too much. It really is all about trust. Here are a few tips on what an auto shop you can trust looks like: Look for those who have had services done in the auto shop that is in your local Sacramento area. Look for reviews online, ask relative and neighbors what their experiences have been. While you do not have to rely only on another person’s opinion, it is always good to check them out. Also, read what customers have to say on the auto shop’s website. Make an appointment for a sma ... read more

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Ford Auto Repair

Standard Auto Care Auto Tips and Car Care: Serpentine Belt Overview

Standard Auto Care Auto Tips and Car Care: Serpentine Belt Overview

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Serpentine Belt

The Standard Auto Care Auto Report: Knowing When Your Timing Belt Should Be Replaced

The Standard Auto Care Auto Report: Knowing When Your Timing Belt Should Be Replaced

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Timing Belt

Tips on Talking to Your Mechanic for Sacramento GM repair

There are two types of car owners: the first believes that their car is one of their most prized possessions and the other thinks their car is simply an expensive piece of machinery that you own. This articles is for the latter, because as a group, they have a hard time talking to auto mechanics. They don’t know what to say, don’t understand the parts of a car and really do not want to know any more than they have to. But, they want to keep their car in good repair so learning to talk to their mechanic is imperative. They need to feel calm about the work being done and the mechanic needs to get information from them as well. Therefore, good communication has to happen. Not an easy task, but here are some tips on talking to your mechanic when you aren’t a ‘car person’: Establish a relationship with your auto mechanic before you need to get major work done on your car. Take notes and write them on down, including your auto mechanics name. If you feel intimi ... read more

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GM Auto Repair

Prepare for These Costly Repairs for Hondas in Sacramento

Cars are a major investment for everyone. When they stop working, it is always frustrating and even more so when it is a costly repair. But, these do come up and can happen to your Honda especially if you are not doing preventative maintenance. Preparing for this type of job is a necessary evil. Here are the most common costly Honda repairs in Sacramento.  Tires and rims need replaced from time to time. Depending on the type of tires you use on your Honda, they can be expensive or very expensive. Tires are also thought to be the most expensive type of car repair because of the frequency of replacement. Brake repair is a big expense that can be prevented. But, preventative care is necessary and also a little costly. Changing brake pads and rotors will need to be done and will cost money too. Transmission replacement is ... read more

Standard Auto Care Car Care News and Information: Alignment Inspection

Standard Auto Care Car Care News and Information: Alignment Inspection

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Alignment

Expensive Repair Mistakes Toyota Drivers Make in Sacramento

When you drive a Toyota, you know that you’ve got a great car that will run for miles and miles – that is where most drivers get into trouble. Because a car runs well does not mean that you do not have to do general repair and maintenance on it. As a matter of fact, it is all the more reason to do the work that is suggested in the owner’s manual or by your mechanic. If you don’t your car will not run as well as it should, or it could stop running altogether. You could go from having a small car repair bill to having a very expensive car repair bill. Here is a list of expensive car repair mistakes Toyota drivers make in Sacramento. Change the oil and oil filters on a regular schedule. This is the most common mistakes drivers make and it can be the most costly. Neglecting to get your car into the auto shop for this task can kill your entire engine. The oil and filters keep the engine running smoothly. Not cleaning them will allow contaminants to get into the engi ... read more

Automotive Tips from Standard Auto Care: Serpentine Belt Tensioner

Automotive Tips from Standard Auto Care: Serpentine Belt Tensioner

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Serpentine Belt
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