Truckee Auto Repair

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Yearly Archives: 2017

Emergency Items for Your vehicle

Local TRUCKEE roadside emergencies can range from a flat tire downtown to being stranded in a snowy ravine for three days. So you may want to consider a basic emergency kit to keep in the car at all times and a travel kit tailored to a specific trip.Your close-to-home kit for around TRUCKEE would have some basic items to work on your car: everything you need to change a tire, gloves, a couple quarts of oil, some antifreeze and water. A can of tire inflator is a great temporary fix for minor flats. You'll also want jumper cables or a booster box, flares, a flashlight and some basic hand tools.Now for your comfort and safety: a first aid kit, drinkable water, high calorie food (like energy bars), blankets, toilet paper, cell phone, towel, hat and boots. Keep some change for a pay phone, emergency cash and a credit card.People who live in areas with frequent severe weather or earthquakes may want to carry provisions for longer emergencies.For trips away from home, conside ... read more

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Parts

Save Fuel by Watching Your Weight

Most TRUCKEE drivers are all talking right now. Better gas mileage. Fewer emissions. CA folks want to save the environment and our pocketbooks.And we TRUCKEE drivers all know — or should know — that preventive maintenance will help maintain maximum fuel efficiency. But is there something more we can do? After all, some of us TRUCKEE road warriors can't cut back on our driving, and others would like to do more to economize.Weight is one major enemy of fuel economy. The more you lug around in your vehicle, the more fuel you have to burn to get around TRUCKEE. And that means buying more gas and producing more emissions.Of course, your vehicle's weight isn't negotiable. And you can't do much about the weight of your passengers. And this isn't an article about diet and exercise.But look around your car. Are you hauling a bunch of unnecessary weight while driving around TRUCKEE? Do you really need your golf clubs every time you leave yo ... read more

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Fuel Economy

On Board Diagnostics for Your Engine

Starting in 1996, The Auto & Tire Doctor Inc service technicians have been able to use a standardized diagnostic system to help determine what is wrong with a vehicle. This diagnostic system works in tandem with the Engine Control Modules for each vehicle's engine. The Engine Control Module is a computer that monitors and controls many engine functions.Sensors throughout a vehicle send readings to the Engine Control Module. These readings help the computer make adjustments in various vehicle systems to allow for constantly changing driving conditions and even to compensate for minor problems. However, if the computer encounters a situation it can't adjust for, it turns on the Check Engine light. (The Check Engine light is called the “service engine soon” light on some vehicles.)If the Check Engine light is burning steadily, it indicates a problem that needs to be taken care of soon. If it is flashing, however, the vehicle n ... read more

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Diagnostics

Let The Auto & Tire Doctor Inc Help You Extend the Life of Your Car

If you haven't shopped in the TRUCKEE area for a new vehicle recently, you're likely to experience some sticker shock. It seems everything is costing more these days. And when you consider the price of auto financing in TRUCKEE, and insurance, the idea of hanging on to your old vehicle for a few more years gets even more attractive.On the plus side, vehicles these days are engineered to last for 150,000 miles (250,000 km) or more. So why don't they? Usually it's because TRUCKEE drivers don't stay on top of preventive maintenance. Good vehicle care at professional automotive service centers like The Auto & Tire Doctor Inc in TRUCKEE is the key to getting the most mileage out of your vehicle.Too often, TRUCKEE vehicle owners are inclined to wait until their vehicles develop an obvious problem and take them in for repairs instead of maintenance. Repairs can be expensive, but allowing routine vehicle maintenance to slid ... read more

Fuel Saving Tip: Dirty Oil in Your TRUCKEE Vehicle

If you're a quart low in your vehicle, there isn't enough motor oil to lubricate your engine properly. The extra friction causes drag that reduces fuel economy while you're driving around the TRUCKEE area.The same goes for dirty oil; it doesn't reduce friction properly. The result is you get to watch those numbers at your local TRUCKEE gas pump rolling higher and higher.The transmission also needs the proper amount of clean fluid to do its work. When it's in need of service, the transmission drags your fuel economy down.So keep it clean at The Auto & Tire Doctor Inc  and give yourself a fighting chance. The Auto & Tire Doctor Inc 12000 PIONEER TRL TRUCKEE, CA 96161 5305872178 http://theautoandtiredoctor.com

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Fuel System

Another Couple of Years: Making Your Vehicle Last With Help From The Auto & Tire Doctor Inc

A while back, the Cash for Clunkers program was all over the CA news. TRUCKEE people could trade in their old vehicle for a new one that got better gas mileage and receive a government rebate. A lot of TRUCKEE motorists had so-called clunkers that they wanted to keep. They're good commuters, grocery getters or toy haulers. They enjoy that fact that they're paid off, or soon will be. They would gladly like to keep their vehicles for 200,000 miles (320,000 kilometers) or more – as long as it's economical to do so. There are plenty of TRUCKEE drivers whose vehicles are running after 150,000 or 200,000 miles (240,000 or 320,000 kilometers). We can learn from what they're doing to keep our own vehicles on the road in CA.The TRUCKEE drivers of high-mileage cars often report a common denominator of never skipping an oil change. That may sound a bit unsophisticated, but it's ... read more

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Maintenance

Automotive Tips from The Auto & Tire Doctor Inc: A Broken or Damaged Timing Belt

The timing belt rotates the cam shafts which open and close the valves that allow air, fuel, and exhaust to flow through the engine as it powers your car when you drive around TRUCKEE.An old timing belt can lose a “tooth” in the belt allowing it to slip. The engine could stop or misfire. Timing belt slips – or a broken timing belt – can be disastrous on some engines. In “interference” engines, open valves can get in the way of the piston when the timing belt breaks or slips. When that happens one or more valves can be bent requiring expensive engine repairs.It is important for TRUCKEE drivers to replace their timing belts as recommended in their owner’s manual to avoid unnecessary breakdowns. Ask the team of professionals at The Auto & Tire Doctor Inc in TRUCKEE if it’s time for your timing belt to be replaced. The Auto & Tire Doctor Inc12000 PIONEER TRLTRUCKEE, CA 96161 ... read more

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Timing Belt

The Auto & Tire Doctor Inc Automotive Tips: Alternator

Your alternator makes electricity to start and run your engine and all of the vital electrical systems in your vehicle. That’s everything from the on-board computers to the turn signals. And of course there is the entertainment system, seat heaters, power windows and everything you plug into the power outlets. After your alternator makes enough electricity to do all that, it recharges your battery with what’s left over.When TRUCKEE drivers constantly have a low or dead battery, the alternator is usually a prime suspect. However, the alternator is just one vital component of the starting/charging system, and a problem with any of the other components could be the actual cause.In addition to the alternator, the charging/starting system includes the battery, starter, serpentine belt system and all of the electrical cables that connect them. Your The Auto & Tire Doctor Inc service advisor has a systematic process of testing components and connections to get to the source o ... read more

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Alternator

Regular Schedule or Severe Service Schedule at The Auto & Tire Doctor Inc?

Today's The Auto & Tire Doctor Inc article focuses on severe service maintenance. Many TRUCKEE drivers are not aware of them and yet there are also very vocal advocates in CA who think that severe service schedules apply to everyone. Somewhere between a complete lack of awareness and the dire blanket statements lies a reasonable approach to severe service maintenance at The Auto & Tire Doctor Inc.To back up a little, vehicle owner's manuals have schedules for preventive maintenance: things like oil changes, transmission service and so on. They say you should change your oil after a certain distanced traveled or after so many months. TRUCKEE drivers understand this very well. What they may not know is that there are actually two service schedules: the regular schedule and the severe service schedule. The mileage and time intervals are lower on the severe service schedule.Now when you hear 'severe service,' you may think it doesn't apply to you bec ... read more

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Maintenance

A Cold Day in TRUCKEE ? Air Conditioning Service at The Auto & Tire Doctor Inc

Most TRUCKEE drivers worry about a breakdown or a tire blowout on a busy CA highway, but don't worry too much about failure of their air conditioning system. A breakdown on the side of the road can be a miserable and dangerous affair during TRUCKEE rush hour, but so can a long ride in a hot vehicle.A lot of TRUCKEE drivers judge their vehicles' air conditioning systems as “non-essential” and so may neglect them in favor of repairs and maintenance that keep the vehicle running. But preventive maintenance of an air conditioning system is simple and inexpensive, while auto a/c repair can be very expensive.TRUCKEE drivers should have the refrigerant in their air conditioning system checked regularly to ensure it is adequate and clean. Air conditioning systems often fail because air and water have contaminated the refrigerant. Air reduces the efficiency of the refrigerant ... read more

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Air Conditioning
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