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Monthly Archives: April 2017

Finding the Right Auto Technician for Your Ford

When it comes to taking care of your Ford, you don’t want to wait until something has gone wrong to find the right auto technician. Not all auto technicians hold experience working with Ford’s and when you are without a car, you are more likely to make a rush decision in an attempt to get your vehicle back as quickly as possible. Unfortunately, this can result in the repair shop taking even longer to repair your Ford and costing you more money than it should. To prevent this from occurring, it’s best to find a shop you like ahead of time so when a major repair is necessary, you know who to turn to. Talk to Those You Trust Have any friends or family members with Fords? It’s best to speak with them to receive a recommendation on who they trust with Ford repairs. General reviews are great to go off of, but you will want some feedback specific to your car brand. Speaking to someone you trust will also ensure you are receiving a genuine referral and not just someone ... read more


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Preventative Auto Maintenance for Your Vehicle

In Sacramento and throughout the country, drivers have a habit of putting off auto maintenance until something goes wrong. Unfortunately, this often results in paying more for repairs and having to go an extended period of time without your vehicle. By choosing to follow up on simple auto maintenance checks you can extend the life of your vehicle and reduce the chance of serious damage occurring. While most drivers have the best intentions of keeping up with their auto maintenance Sacramento, CA, we understand life has a tendency of getting in the way. To simplify the process we have put together a short auto maintenance checklist to help you stay on top of your vehicle’s needs. Monthly Checks: Have an auto technician inspect your “check engine” light Have your vehicles interior and exhaust pipes cleaned Have head lights, tail lights, and interior lights checked Have the condition of your tires ... read more


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Signs its Time for an Engine Repair

There is nothing Sacramento drivers dread more than seeing the worrisome “check engine” light illuminate on their dashboard. While it may be true that engine troubles are a major inconvenience (for both your transportation and your wallet), by simply paying attention to the right signs early on, you can catch any engine issues from the start and have them repaired before things escalate into larger problems. To help you recognize potential engine trouble early on, we have put together a short list of signs to be on the lookout for with your vehicle. Where There’s Smoke, There’s Fire One of the earliest signs of engine trouble an unusual amount of exhaust smoke coming from your vehicle. A simple way to tell what’s occurring within your vehicle is by looking at the color of the smoke. If the smoke appears blue then it’s a sign of oil burning, while white smoke indicates coolant is burning and black smoke is a sign of an increase in g ... read more

What You Need to Know About Timing Belt Replacements

While the majority of Sacramento drivers may be familiar with routine maintenance and repair such as oil changes and engine checks, many aren’t aware of when or why they may need their timing belt replaced. First, it’s important to understand what your timing belt is and why you need it. Your timing belt is responsible for perfectly timing the opening and closing of your valves in synchronization with the up-and-down movements of your pistons. Over time, this belt needs to be replaced to continue to allow your vehicle to smoothly function while on the road. While most driver will be faced with replacing a timing belt during the life of their vehicle, it may not need to happen as frequently as you may think. In fact, most vehicle owner’s manuals suggest that timing belts be replaced anywhere from 60,000 to 106,000 miles. High mileage cars may be able to continue with a timing belt past its interval time, however, it isn’t recommended for maintaining a quality ve ... read more


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