Truckee Auto Repair

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Call Us:(530) 587-2178
Mon - Fri: 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Address: 11050 #102 Pioneer trail
Mon - Fri 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Smogs available: Smog checks on 2000 and newer vehicles.
Available at both facilities during regular business hours.
No appointments needed.

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Change Your Engine Air Filter at The Auto & Tire Doctor Inc

Many TRUCKEE car owners have probably wondered: "What's the harm in putting off replacing an engine air filter? The answer is that not replacing it could cause your Mass Air Flow (MAF) sensor to fail. This expensive sensor is situated between your engine air filter and your engine. Dirty air filters are a leading cause of mass air flow sensor failure – and these babies can cost several hundred dollars to replace in TRUCKEE.Change your vehicle air filter at The Auto & Tire Doctor Inc when it's dirty. Your vehicle engine will thank you.Give us a call. The Auto & Tire Doctor Inc12000 PIONEER TRLTRUCKEE, CA 961615305872178http://theautoandtiredoctor.com    

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Maintenance

Time Out: Suspension Problems in TRUCKEE

Your vehicle's suspension system has two jobs: to prevent the passengers from getting tossed around inside the vehicle every time it hits a bump in the road and to keep the tires firmly planted on the road around every corner and over every bump.To see your suspension system, you'll have to look under your vehicle. Anything that connects the wheels to the vehicle's frame is part of the suspension system. They're heavy-duty parts that work hard while you're driving and take a lot of wear and tear. Because of this, you should have your technician at The Auto & Tire Doctor Inc look at them once a year as part of your preventive maintenance routine. A good time for it is every time you get your alignment checked. If your suspension is in trouble, you often feel it in how your vehicle drives. You should get a check of your suspension system: if the vehicle pulls to one side or wanders, if the steering is erratic, if your ride isn't as s ... read more

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Suspension

What to Do in Case of an Accident in TRUCKEE

Screeching tires, crunching metal – it's an accident! If you've ever been in a car accident in TRUCKEE, even a minor one, you know how upsetting it can be. It's hard to think straight and know what to do.Let's review what TRUCKEE drivers should do in case of an accident:When an accident occurs, you should always stop. Leaving the scene of an accident in TRUCKEE is considered a crime - even if it's not your fault. And hit and run penalties are fairly severe, possibly resulting in steep fines, loss of your CA driver's license or even jail time.Your jurisdiction may require that you try to help someone who is injured by calling for help or performing first aid if you are able. Warn other motorists by putting out flares, using your flashers or lifting your hood. Call TRUCKEE emergency services as soon as possible. Tell the operator if medical or fire help is needed.You should always file a police report. It's tempting to skip this if everything seems to be ok ... read more

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Automotive News

Considering an Alternative Fuel Vehicle in TRUCKEE?

There is a clear and vocal demand in TRUCKEE and nationally for a reduction in air pollution and our dependence on fossil fuels. This is what is driving the CA market for alternative fuel vehicles. There are a number of these vehicles on TRUCKEE area roads today, and many more being developed. Yet each of these vehicles has its own advantages and disadvantages. TRUCKEE auto owners should learn what these advantages and disadvantages are before running out and purchasing one of these alternative fuel vehicles at your nearest TRUCKEE dealership.TRUCKEE drivers should carefully research the vehicle care before buying an alternative fuel vehicle, as it may or may not coincide with the standards for gasoline vehicles. You should look at costs as well; these vehicles may help save our environment here in TRUCKEE, but that might not represent a savings to your wallet. You'll need to decide what you can afford and what will work for your l ... read more

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Automotive News

Will Proper Auto Maintenance at The Auto & Tire Doctor Inc Really Save Gas?

Have you ever thought about all the little things we do to keep our lives running smoothly - like vacuuming? It makes a room feel fresher and more comfortable. We may not consider that we're also prolonging the life of the carpet by keeping it clean. But TRUCKEE drivers don't always extend those good habits into the garage. Our vehicles need regular maintenance just like our rugs need vacuuming. We may not notice a difference in the feel or appearance of the vehicle, but just as cleaning a carpet carries the hidden reward of prolonging its life, maintaining our vehicles incurs a hidden reward that becomes noticeable at TRUCKEE gas stations.When it comes to reduced fuel economy, there are two culprits: increased friction and inefficient fuel combustion. That means that anything TRUCKEE drivers can do to decrease friction and increase the efficiency of their engines will translate to savings on fuel. Friction increases the amount of energy it takes to move something. So if we can reduce ... read more

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Fuel Economy

On Board Diagnostics for TRUCKEE Motorists

Some TRUCKEE vehicle owners wonder why The Auto & Tire Doctor Inc and other TRUCKEE auto repair shops charge a fee for vehicle diagnostics. Receiving a diagnostic charge at The Auto & Tire Doctor Inc for a tricky automotive problem shouldn't be a surprise. In the TRUCKEE area, automotive diagnostics can cover quite a range. If you hear a noise in your vehicle brakes when you slow down in rush-hour traffic on a busy CA road, you pull off at the next off-ramp and take a quick visual check. That is usually enough to know what needs to be done. If you're having an intermittent problem with your vehicle engine, however, a The Auto & Tire Doctor Inc diagnosis may be much more involved.Much of the TRUCKEE driver's confusion comes when the problem involves the Check Engine light. The Check Engine light comes on when the engine management computer has sensed a problem. There's a common misconception among CA drivers that the trouble code tells the The Auto & Tire Doctor Inc technician exa ... read more

Questions to Ask Your TRUCKEE Service Advisor

We find that a lot of TRUCKEE drivers are a little tentative when they talk with their automotive advisors. They want to ask questions but don't want to be embarrassed or seem pushy. Vehicles are very complicated and there's more to know about them than most of us have the time to learn. Maybe it's because vehicles have become so much more reliable that the average person just doesn't need to know as much to keep their vehicle on the road.You know, your local hospital has a Patient's Bill of Rights that they post throughout the hospital. We think our TRUCKEE automotive service customers also have a right to ask any question they need to understand what is wrong with their car and what it will take to fix it. They need to feel free to ask the cost and benefits of recommended services. And they certainly have a right to understand the financial end of the transaction.It's all about the communication. It's a little harder when you're trying to find the right ... read more

Economics of Maintenance for TRUCKEE Auto Owners

Buying a new car in TRUCKEE is always a big financial decision. The allure of that new car smell is powerful, to be sure. But what if your current car is still in good shape? How do you decide?People in TRUCKEE who've been used to driving a new car every three to five years may be having second thoughts in this economy. For many, the question is, how does the certainty of a new car payment stack up against uncertain repairs for a car that may be out of warranty?For purposes of our discussion, let's assume you live right here in TRUCKEE and have a five year old vehicle. It's now paid off. If you keep it, you fear that there'll be some repairs over the next five years, but you really don't know what to expect. For help we turned to maintenance and repair information for cars and trucks. With this data, they project likely service and repair costs for a particular make and model. They're able to use manufacturer's maintenance ... read more

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Maintenance

Automotive Tips from The Auto & Tire Doctor Inc: Making Your A/C System Last Longer

TRUCKEE drivers know that if their air conditioning system isn’t making cool air like it used to, there is a problem. It may be as simple as adding more of the right kind of refrigerant.Your A/C requires special compressor oil, which circulates through the system along with the refrigerant, to lubricate and protect expensive components and keep seals and gaskets from drying out. If refrigerant has leaked out – so has the compressor oil. This oil needs to be replenished whenever refrigerant is added.An air conditioning inspection at The Auto & Tire Doctor Inc will uncover any potential problems and identify any necessary repairs needed to get TRUCKEE drivers on the road to cool air once again.Give us a call.The Auto & Tire Doctor Inc12000 PIONEER TRLTRUCKEE, CA 961615305872178http://theautoandtiredoctor.com

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Air Conditioning

Professional Fuel System Cleaning

Getting adequate fuel to your engine is very important for performance, fuel economy and safety. In order to accomplish this, your fuel system needs to be clean.Today's production cars have fuel injectors, rather than a carburetor. The injectors need to be cleaned from time to time in order to deliver the fuel with the correct pressure, spray pattern and volume.TRUCKEE drivers can buy fuel system cleaners that you pour into your gas tank to help maintain an already clean fuel system; however, they can't do a major cleaning. For that, you need to see The Auto & Tire Doctor Inc in TRUCKEE. We have the tools and chemicals to do the job right. Our friendly and knowledgeable team at The Auto & Tire Doctor Inc can remove particles, gum and varnish from your fuel system and get those injectors running cleanly and efficiently. You'll find The Auto & Tire Doctor Inc at 12000 PIONEER TRL in TRUCKEE, CA 96161. Or just give us a call at 5305872178 to schedule an appointment. You'll enjoy more powe ... read more

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Fuel System
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