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TEN Reasons to Keep Auto Repair and Service Local (Truckee, CA)

TEN Reasons to Keep Auto Repair and Service Local (Truckee, CA)

  The TEAM as Quality Automotive Servicing knows that vehicle maintenance does not need to be a chore if you keep in local.  Here are TEN reasons to keep it local and save money and time.  Convenience:  The hassle of traveling down the mountain with traffic, road delays and speed traps makes keeping service in your hometown of Truckee and North Lake Tahoe a convenient option.  Loaner cars:  Your Local Trusted Auto Care in Truckee has two loaner cars for customers, an Audi and a Volkswagen.  Mountain experts:  Mountain vehicles need an expert versed in the unique service needs of mountain vehicles.  Road debris like sand and dirt, varying temperatures and a high demand on various engine systems require a knowledgeable expert.    Exercise: At Quality Automotive Servicing you can squeeze in some exercise and ride our E-bike cruiser b ... read more

Greasy VS Geeky - Technology Makes A Difference

Greasy VS Geeky - Technology Makes A Difference

“Automotive repair is getting a bit less greasy and a bit more geeky, as tablet computers become the most valuable tools on a technician's workbench” writes Cherise Threewit on the How Stuff Works website.  "There is no doubt that the shop that can keep up on technology is the one that is going to be able to care for you and your vehicle the best."  Bill Greeno, Owner Quality Automotive Servicing.   Reading The Trouble Code When you visit the shop with a check engine light, the service advisor will hook up a computer to read the “trouble code”. This gives the technician an idea of where to begin the diagnosis.  The code does not tell the technician what the problem is but only what system on the vehicle ... read more

Winter Weather Takes a Toll on Mountain Vehicles

Winter Weather Takes a Toll on Mountain Vehicles

  Winter weather. It’s a friend to outdoor enthusiasts but an enemy to your vehicle.   Winter takes a toll on mountain cars, trucks and SUV’s everyday.  Snow, cold, sand and ice are just a few of the high altitude elements that accelerate the need for general maintenance and repairs. The team at Quality Automotive Servicing in Truckee know about servicing mountain vehicles and provide services for vehicles in Truckee, Soda Springs, Tahoe City, Tahoe Vista, Kings Beach, Carnelian Bay, Incline Village and Homewood. There’s no need to travel down the mountain for service braving icy roads and becoming stuck in traffic.  Every major and minor service or repair is available at Your Trusted Local Auto Care including batteries for those cold morning starts. German imports like Audi, BMW, VW and Mercedes find a home with the talented and trained Euro import experts.  Popular American brands Jeep, Chevy and ... read more

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Antifreeze

Hey, Don't Peel Me Off!

Hey, Don't Peel Me Off!

Five Things to Know About Your Oil Change Sticker Keeping up on regular oil changes is one of the most important things you can do for your vehicle. To make it easy to remember when an oil change is needed refer to the “reminder” sticker in the upper left of your windshield. This will prompt you to make an appointment for oil service at Your Trusted Local Auto Care in Truckee.  Here are five things the sticker is telling you.  Premium Oil & Filters: Quality Automotive Servicing uses high quality Valvoline oil and oil filters. There are cheaper products out there, but for best performance and engine longevity we choose Valvoline.  Synth = Synthetic: Synthetic oils are a better product for your vehicle and the rigorous driving in our mountain environment. Synthetic oil performs better at high temperatures and has longer change intervals which will save you time and money ... read more

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Oil Service

Buyer Beware When Purchasing Used Vehicle

Buyer Beware When Purchasing Used Vehicle

Buying a used vehicle can be a frustrating experience. How do you truly know what you are purchasing? How do you determine the true condition of a vehicle from a private party, a car lot or a dealership?  The first thing to know is that a seller may not be totally honest and forthcoming about the condition of the vehicle. Even honest sellers may not really know the "true" condition of the vehicle or be aware of a needed repair lurking under the hood. If you are purchasing from a lot, many vehicles come from out of state and could have been in a flood or accident. Even a  dealership or independent sales lot that “certifies” the condition of the vehicle may have overlooked (or looked the other way) on vital maintenance and repair issues.      Here are 5 things to watch out for when buying a used car.   1.    Has the car been stored for a long period of time ... read more

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Service

Earth Day: Beyond the Blue Bag

Earth Day: Beyond the Blue Bag

  One of the biggest things you can do this Earth Day is pay a little attention to your vehicle.  By changing a few habits and paying attention to maintenance, you can do your part in helping the environment.  Here’s the Quality Automotive Servicing short list of things you can do to be a “Green Vehicle Owner”.  Save gas, save on landfill material, save the planet.   1. Keep the engine running at peak performance. A misfiring spark plug can reduce fuel efficiency as much as 30 percent. Replace filters and fluids as recommended in the owner’s manual or by your Quality Automotive Servicing service technician. 2. Don’t ignore that ‘Service Engine’ light. Today’s vehicles have much cleaner tailpipe emissions that they did 30 years ago, but a poorly running engine or faulty exhaust system will pollute much more than it would otherwise.   3. Keep tires pro ... read more

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Fuel economy

Change the Cabin Air Filter & Breathe Cleaner Air

Change the Cabin Air Filter & Breathe Cleaner Air

New cabin air filter vs old cabin filter   Time to Change Your Cabin Air Filter With the pine pollen season behind us, now is a good time to change out your cabin air filter.  Over time, the cabin air filter becomes less effective when it has done it's job filtering dust, debris, smoke and pollen from entering the cabin of your vehicle.  “With our dusty roads and heavy particles in the air we suggest an annual change of the cabin air filter, “ says Bill Greeno, owner of Quality Automotive Servicing.  Greeno also mentioned that anyone who drives dirt roads or who attends Burning Man should be especially diligent about the annual change. The cabin air filter began appearing in vehicles in 2002.  It prevents dust, pollen, dirt and other pollutants from entering your car through your A/C and heat vents.  With the driving conditions we experience everyday on our mountain roads, a clean c ... read more

Keep Your Engine Healthy With a High Quality Oil Filter

Keep Your Engine Healthy With a High Quality Oil Filter

The buzz around ‘extended oil change intervals’ for passenger cars and SUVs is everywhere. Most vehicle manufacturers are recommending longer oil change intervals. Oil companies are offering oils that they promote as having extended life. And motorists, pressured by the challenges of a tight economy and a hectic lifestyle, like the prospect of fewer trips to get their car’s oil changed.   There are a few issues with extended oil change intervals.  One is the quality of product used.  The oil filter needs to have the require a capacity and efficiency to stand up against the impact of dirt, dust and engine contaminants over an extended period of time. As an owner that wants to protect your engine, know that not all oil filters are equal and a discounted oil change will probably be using a less quality filter that just can not stand up. 1.  Filter Capacity The term ‘capacity,’ when used in reference to an oil ... read more

Fuel Economy and Performance Hindered by Clogged Fuel Injectors

Fuel Economy and Performance Hindered by Clogged Fuel Injectors

Something we hear quite frequently from Truckee and Lake Tahoe drivers is that their fuel economy is down and their four-wheel drive just doesn’t have the pep it used to. When that happens, one of the things we look for is clogged fuel injectors. The engine management computer tells your fuel injectors exactly when to squirt fuel into your engine. It is key that clean fuel injectors spray the right amount of gasoline or diesel fuel in a nice, specific spray pattern. A dirty injector can’t spray enough fuel and it comes out in an uneven, weak pattern. When fuel injectors are dirty or clogged, the fuel burns less efficiently, which causes gas mileage to drop. This result in less power from your Subaru or Toyota. It’s normal for fuel injectors to get dirty over time and possibly more likely on the dirty, dusty roads we drive everyday. Gas and diesel fuel may cause varnish and gum to build up in your fuel injectors, especially if you buy bargain gas in ... read more

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