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College Students - Don't Blow Up Your Engine

College Students - Don't Blow Up Your Engine

Attention College Students! Don’t Blow Up Your Car Engine   It's the end of the school year and the last thing any college student is thinking about is vehicle maintenance and the condition of the auto they took to college.  So listen up Mom and Dad, don't be on the hook for a new vehicle for something that could be prevented.     Whether your student is driving a newer Subaru or a tired Toyota, insist that they take a look at a few simple things before they drive it home.   Check all fluid levels and add fluid if necessary.  At Quality Automotive Servicing we see many blown engines because a young driver did not pay attention to this basic vehicle maintenance task.   Have the oil changed. Even a vehicle that is not been driven much needs fresh lubricant.  Today's oil contain detergents that clean the eng ... read more

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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Summer Heats Up, Your Cooling System Cools it Down

Summer Heats Up, Your Cooling System Cools it Down

  The cooling system  of your vehicle will be working hard this summer as temperatures in Truckee and Lake Tahoe heat up.  To be sure your truck, SUV or car can take the heat have a qualified technician at Quality Automotive Servicing run through a checklist of items that will keep you on the road.  Here are some things to consider in maintaining a healthy cooling system and your safety on the road.  The ratio of coolant in the radiator should be 50:50 with the manufacturer recommended coolant for your engine and distilled water.  Coolant should be flushed and changed regularly. The professionals  at Your Trusted Local Auto Care suggest it be done annually for Glycol systems and every 100K with modern coolants. This keeps the system fresh and free of containements which will prevent corrosion and assures that the coolant has the proper boiling point and protection.  If you experience overheating while driving, pull over at th ... read more

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