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Yearly Archives: 2020

Oil Change: Why Quick & Cheap Is Not Better

It's easy to think that keeping up on regular oil changes is all your vehicle needs. While regular oil & filter changes are important, at Quality Automotive Servicing in Truckee, we know your vehicle needs more. Let me tell you a true story. My friend has regular oil changes at a “Quick” lube in Reno. Recently he headed to Moab to meet some friends for mountain biking. In eastern Nevada, a belt broke and he became stranded. But that wasn’t the worst of it. When the belt broke, it flung around under the hood and put a hole in the radiator. While all his radiator fluid leaked out, he stood on the side of the road wondering if he even had cell service. While he was seeking bars, and not the drinking kind, he discovered the closest shop that could do the work in a day was in Salt Lake City. He was towed, at his expense, to Salt Lake City where he put his trust in a shop he didn’t know. He purchased a new radiator and belt at considerable expense. This wa ... read more

Overfilling the engine oil cause expensive damage to the vehicle

Overfilling the engine oil cause expensive damage to the vehicle

Overfilling the engine oil can cause serious damage to the engine. Some signs that the car owner can identify that point to overfilling the oil are oil leaks and blue exhaust smoke. ​ When too much engine oil is added, excess oil comes in contact with the crankshaft. The crankshaft, rotating at a high-speed, mixes the oil with air which results in a foamy, aerated mixture. This foamy oil acts like a bad lubricant, and as a result, the oil is not pumped effectively through the engine. Over time, the engine will be starved of proper lubrication, which can result in components failing and the engine seizing. Excess oil in the crankshaft can also cause the catalytic converter to fail. Additionally, overfilling the oil puts pressure on the gaskets and seals, causing oil leaks that may not have been present before. Overfilling the oil happens more often than you might think. Here are some instances where overfilling an happen. Different vehicles hold different ... read more

Quality Automotive Servicing is going to the dogs for Humane Society of Truckee/Tahoe

Quality Automotive Servicing is going to the dogs for Humane Society of Truckee/Tahoe

QAS is going to the dogs and Supporting the HSTT Dogs! Is yours keeping you sane, or insane, during these crazy times? We at Quality Automotive Servicing understand the importance of pets and this week for our Full Circle Friday the QAS team is GOING TO THE DOGS. We are proud to recognize and support our local Humane Society of Truckee Tahoe with a donation for their food pantry. Here’s how you can help… Email us and tell us about your pet story. How is your bond with an animal getting you through the Covid-19 crisis? For each story we will donate $5 to the Humane Society of Truckee Tahoe. We don’t know what we will do with the stories, but if you have a suggestion let us know, we are all ears. ROSEBUD (Bud): Lab, 7 years The other day she was licking the dirty dishes in the dishwasher. As I told her to “leave it”, she got her collar stuck on the fully loaded bottom rack. In a panic ... read more

Full Circle Community Support

We at Quality Automotive Servicing in Truckee believe in giving back to the community in which we live, work, and play. Over the years through donations, volunteerism, board service and even local taxes, the owners of Quality Automotive Servicing have invested in this community. The QAS team has coined a term that describes this commitment - Full Circle Community Support (FCCS). Full Circle Community Support does not start or end with our commitment to make an impact on our community. It’s a full circle of business supporting community and community supporting business. Let me say this as simplistically as I can. When consumers in the community spend their dollars locally, the money stays and recirculates in the community through jobs, investment and donations to non-profit organizations that are tirelessly working to make Truckee/Lake Tahoe a better place to live. On the flip side, money spent off the mountain, never comes back to our community. ... read more

Five "Car Wise" Ways to Stay Safe & Healthy

Five "Car Wise" Ways to Stay Safe & Healthy

Now that social distancing is a thing and keeping close to the home in Truckee is the new normal, we at Quality Automotive Servicing have a few suggestions on keeping you and your car healthy. Healthy Car, Healthy You - Five Things you can do to keep you and your car healthy. Your car can keep and carry unwanted germs. Sanitize all the surfaces, knobs and windows to keep your family healthy. (Ask about our A.R.-17 sanitation product that cleans and sanitizes the AC and recirculating air system, as well as the surfaces inside the vehicle). Review the owner’s manual and take the time to really learn about your car; the maintenance schedule and even a feature you had no idea existed. For example, inside the gas door on the Mercedes is information about tire pressure at different temperatures. Go for a drive. Like our bodies, it’s not healthy for a car to sit for long periods of time. Issues can ari ... read more

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