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Beyond the Blue Bag - Earth Day Tips For Your Vehicle

What are you doing be a "green" driver? Here are some tips to consider this Earth Day to make your vehicle more environmentally friendly. Keep the engine running at peak performance. A misfiring spark plug can reduce fuel efficiency as much as 30 percent. Iif your vehicle is not running up to par, have a technician take a look and run a diagnostic test. Also, replace filters and fluids as recommended in the owner’s manual and more often if driving on dusty, dirty roads. Don’t ignore that ‘Check Engine’ light. Vehicles today have much cleaner emissions than they did 30 years ago, but a poorly running engine or faulty exhaust system will give your vehicle the green light to increasd emissions and pollution. Keep tires properly inflated and aligned. Not only will you reduce the engine’s effort and, thus, gasoline consumption, your tires will last longer too, saving you money ... read more

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Make Your Vehicle New Again With Shocks and Struts

Make Your Vehicle New Again With Shocks and Struts

“Thank you Quality Automotive Servicing. We recently had our shocks and struts replaced at your Truckee location during our regular service on our GMC truck. We then loaded up the family and the trailer and drove to Monterey for Spring Break. Can’t tell you how much better our truck handled. But what really impressed me was when we hit sudden traffic in Auburn, the braking response with all that weight behind me saved us from running up on the car in front. Truly it was a lifesaver. My truck has just over 60,000 miles, but now feels like new again.” B. Lidster Whether you are driving dirt and washboard roads or strictly pavement, shocks and struts wear out over the lifetime of a vehicle. You may not even notice the change in handling characteristics as these components become less effective. By replacing worn equipment with new Bilstein shocks and struts, your vehicle will become more responsive and comfortable to drive. More importantly, as you he ... read more

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Car Smells You Don't Want to Ignore

Car Smells You Don't Want to Ignore

Do You Smell Something? Smells emitted by a vehicle can give Truckee drivers an idea of the health of their vehicle. Unusual smells can mean something is wrong that can result in a vehicle breakdown, usually at the most inconvenient of times. Don’t ignore these warning signs. Some are not only annoying, but can indicate that your Subaru might need the attention of a Quality Automotive Servicing expert. The smell of hot oil could indicate that oil is leaking onto the exhaust manifold. You can check further by looking for oil under the vehicle after it’s park. There may also be smoke coming from under the hood. That burnt rubber smell might be good at a Friday night drag race but when it’s coming from your commuter car, something is up. This could indicate a slipping drive belt or loose hoses rubbing against the drive belt. Have a Quality Automotive Servicing technician check this out ... read more

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Emissions

Top Gift Picks for You and Your Auto This Holiday 2013

Top Gift Picks for You and Your Auto This Holiday 2013

#10 Vehicle Armor There will be mud. And snow. And slush. And muck. Husky Liners let us mountain drivers do what we do without worrying about the messy consequences. Price range for Toyota Tundra was $95 - $169 for two front compartment heavy duty liners. Cargo liners available too. Check it out at www.huskyliners.com#9 AAA 70 Piece Explorer Road Assistance We learn in grade school to always “be prepared”. You will be one step closer with this emergency roadside kit. There are many to choose from that include booster cables or tow ropes. This one is available at Amazon.com for $49.99, but on sale for 29.00. #8 Wireless Key Finder Do you have a spouse who is always loosing the car keys? A key finder might be the answer to those stressful mornings. Brookstone offers wirele ... read more

Tips to Keep Your Truckee Auto's Fuel Pump Healthy

Tips to Keep Your Truckee Auto's Fuel Pump Healthy

A friend of mine in Truckee has a Toyota that just sputtered and the engine died while driving on Interstate 80 over Donner Summit. She was a Red Check Club member at Quality Automotive Servicing so she received a free tow to our Truckee auto repair shop. Turns out she needed a new fuel pump. We were happy to help her out and get her back on the road safely. I can already hear you saying "How do I know if I need to replace my fuel pump? I Don’t want to be stranded in snowstorm." Unlike other maintenance items on your Toyota, the manufacturer gives no suggestion for when to change the fuel pump. Since it is located inside the fuel tank, you can’t inspect it without removing the tank. There are some things you can do to give your fuel pump longer life. First, avoid running your fuel tank empty. This causes a fuel starvation scenario that puts stress on the fuel ... read more

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Subaru Repair