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Monthly Archives: January 2020

Clean Fuel Makes a Happy Engine in TRUCKEE, CA

If the fuel system in your vehicle is dirty, you will be hurting your engine and losing performance as you drive around TRUCKEE, CA.Unless they drive a vintage car, TRUCKEE auto owners have fuel injectors which need to be properly maintained. That is why your vehicle owner's manual has a schedule for cleaning your fuel injectors and other parts of your fuel system.Your friendly and knowledgeable service advisor at The Auto & Tire Doctor Inc in TRUCKEE has the tools and chemicals to do the job right. The Auto & Tire Doctor Inc uses a process that gives your car a deep, professional fuel system cleaning. The particles, gum and varnish that build up in your fuel system are removed so that it can run cleanly and efficiently.After a professional fuel system cleaning atThe Auto & Tire Doctor Inc, you'll notice more power, improved and reduced exhaust emissions. We strongly recommend you follow your fuel system cleaning service recommend ... read more

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Fuel System

The Auto & Tire Doctor Inc Maintenance Tips: The Belt Goes On

The Auto & Tire Doctor Inc Maintenance Tips: The Belt Goes On

All TRUCKEE service advisors know that without the alternator, the battery will go dead in a few miles. The serpentine belt may also run the pumps for both the power steering and power brakes. And on many vehicles, the serpentine belt powers the water pump. The water pump circulates coolant through the engine to keep it within normal operating temperatures. (On some vehicles, the water pump is powered by the timing belt instead of the serpentine belt.) So you can see the serpentine belt does a lot of work. And it if breaks, it affects a lot of systems. That's why your vehicle manufacturer and your service advisor at The Auto & Tire Doctor Inc have recommended that it be changed every so often so that it doesn't fail.Your friendly and knowledgeable The Auto & Tire Doctor Inc service advisor can perform a visual inspection of the belt to see if it has any cracks that signal the belt could fail soon and ... read more

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Maintenance

Ready, Set, COLD! (Getting Vehicle Ready for Winter)

When the temperatures plunge, your vehicle better be ready because it faces a whole new set of challenges.  Rubber stiffens, glass fogs, fluids freeze.  Just thinking about it can get your heart beating faster.  So here are some tips for getting ready for those inevitable colder temperatures. Make sure your tires are in good shape and properly inflated.  Traction can be less than ideal on slippery streets, so your tires must have enough tread to grip the road.  They should also be inflated properly, and inflation will change as the temperatures go down. One last thing on tires. Do you know how old yours are? They actually have a birthdate printed on them.  Old rubber can compromise drivability and handling.  Some tires look great but their rubber doesn't handle stresses like it used to.  Have your vehicle service facility inspect all of these aspects of your tires so you are riding on tires that are fit to go. Anyone who lives in an area where th ... read more

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Winter Prep

The Right Automotive Fluids for TRUCKEE Drivers

All those automotive fluids can be confusing for TRUCKEE drivers. Recent years have brought new grades of engine oil, types of transmission fluid, coolant and brake fluid. The right fluid protects your vehicle and helps it perform at its best. The wrong fluid won't work as well and could even cause damage.In addition to new grades of engine oil, many vehicles now leave the factory with synthetic oil. People in TRUCKEE should always use the grade recommended by their manufacturer. All coolant, also called antifreeze, used to be green. Now there are several other colors of coolant sold at The Auto & Tire Doctor Inc in TRUCKEE. Each type is designed to protect the cooling system components that are particular to your vehicle. The wrong stuff can void your vehicle cooling system warranty and could even cause engine damage.Most passenger vehicles on TRUCKEE roads today use either DOT 3, DOT 4 or DOT 5 brake fluid. Y ... read more

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Fluids

Cool Breeze: Air Conditioning Service at The Auto & Tire Doctor Inc in TRUCKEE

Most CA auto owners know that their vehicles need regular preventive maintenance like changing the oil and filters, rotating the tires and refilling the washer fluid. But did you know that your air conditioning system needs routine maintenance as well? Taking care of your air conditioning system can extend its life and prevent costly repair bills.Why is it important for TRUCKEE area drivers to get routine maintenance on their air conditioning system? First, the refrigerant contains an added lubricant. As the refrigerant circulates through the air conditioning system, its parts are lubricated. This constant lubrication keeps the parts functioning well. But over time, this lubricant is used up, and without it, the parts will eventually seize up and fail.TRUCKEE folks should understand, however, that the air conditioner will continue to pump out cool air even without the lubricant, so you won't know the system is ... read more

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Air Conditioning
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