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Winter Tip - Opening a Frozen Door

Winter Tip - Opening a Frozen Door

Winter weather can wreck havoc on your vehicle in many ways.  For those who park their vehicle outside overnight, a  frozen door in the morning can be a real annoyance.  Heed our warning, don’t ever yank or pull on the door handle to open a frozen car door. If it breaks, you will be seeing us sooner than you planned and having a  winter adventure you didn’t anticipate.  An easy simple trick might be to give the door a hip check to loosen the ice and then lift and pull the door from the bottom.  Use the handle only to unlatch the door while doing this.    If you are still frozen out, try the passenger side door.  Often the other side of the car has been less expose to wind and weather.  You can also use warm water (never hot) to loosen the ice or a de-icing product.  If you are lucky enough to have a remote starter, you can start the car and allow the interior warming to loosen the ice. &nbs ... read more

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Don't Burn Out The Wiper Motor - Clear Your Windshield of Snow and Ice

Don't Burn Out The Wiper Motor - Clear Your Windshield of Snow and Ice

  Winter has finally arrived and with the recent wet, snowy and icy weather, remember to turn off the wipers when you turn off your vehicle.  Taking care of this simple task could help you avoid damage to your wiper blades and the internal motor that powers them.  Most ofus don’t think about how that blade manages to move across our field of vision.  That’s why one of the most common and preventable repairs for any mountain car, truck or SUV is replacing the wiper blade motor.   Requiring a wiper blade to clear a snowy windshield or unstick itself after a wet, icy storm puts stress on the motor which can cause it turn burn out and fail.    The result may be you driving down the road with your head out the window along with an unwanted repair expense.  Avoid this by always turning off your wiper blades when you stop the vehicle.  If possible, pull the blades away from the windshield to preventsticking.   T ... read more

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Mother's Day Gifts For Your Wife - Slightly Suggestive Suggestions

Mother's Day Gifts For Your Wife - Slightly Suggestive Suggestions

How about a new car for Mom for mother’s day? While a new car might not be in your budget, there are some things you can do to make her car feel like new again. Here are ten “somewhat suggestive” suggestions that will help bring that tired vehicle back into the shape it was when new. Headlights get pitted and dim with all the sand and dirt on our roadways. New Halogen headlights will light up her night and maybe yours too. It’s also keeps her safe and able avoid hazards on the road. Specially ordered and installed at Quality Automotive Servicing or DIY with a headlight restoration kit available at O’Reilly’s Auto Parts. A thorough detailing of a vehicle inside can be a thoughtful gift. She tidies up the house, you can take care of the car. Be sure that deep cleaning includes the build up of crumbs between the seats, juice stains on the carpet and dog hair that sticks to the carpet. Don’t want to do it yourself? Call Mark at Crossr ... read more

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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 ... 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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Dust, Dirt, Pollen & Smoke - Your Truckee Auto Air Filter Takes It All In

Dust, Dirt, Pollen & Smoke - Your Truckee Auto Air Filter Takes It All In

In Truckee and Lake Tahoe with the abundance of road sand, a bigger than normal pollen season and smoke lingering on the horizon, it’s a good idea to consider changing your vehicle's air filter. Additionally, if you drive dirt roads or are a recent visitor to the Playa (i.e. Burning Man), a change is in order. A dirty air filter will restrict air flow and effect fuel economy, performance and emissions. On the other hand, a new, clean, high quality air filter will give you stronger performance, better fuel economy and cleaner exhaust while protecting your engine. Imagine having a clogged air mask over your face - it would make it hard to breathe and perform! So although the manufacturer recommendation for changing an air filter annually or every 15,000 miles may be a good recommendation for the city driver, more frequent attention is need for us mountain drivers in Truckee and surrounding areas. Ask a technician at Quality Automotive Servicing to change the air filte ... read more

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MotorVac Saves You Money on Gas

Save on gas and increase your engine efficiency with a MotorVac cleaning from Quality Automotive Servicing. High concentrations of carbon deposits accumulate in the fuel injection system, intake valves, combustion chambers, oxygen sensor and catalytic converter. The build up of this “gunk” hampers your engine performance and shortens the life of all the components involved. MotorVac is not a solvent, but a detergent cleaning, making it environmentally friendly. This service will clean out the carbon buildup in your emissions system, fuel system and catalytic converter. Customers who have had a MotorVac cleaning rediscover the power in their engine for towing and everyday driving in our mountain environment. You will find your engine runs smoother and starts up with ease. Best of all, in these days of increasing gas prices, you will save at the pumps. Watch this video for an explanation but don't laugh how they lament about the cost of gas at $2.80 per gallon. ... read more

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