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Monthly Archives: February 2013

What is an Airbag Fault Indicator Light and Why is it Important?

What is an Airbag Fault Indicator Light and Why is it Important?

The picture represents the Air Bag Fault Indicator Light. If this light stays illimunated after starting your vehicle it indicates that vehicle has found a fault in the airbag system and the computer has set a code. With this light on solid your airbag system may not deploy as it should in case of an emergency. We recommend that you contact us at Autovantage Service Center at 530-823-3456 should this light be on in your vehicle, to have it diagnosed

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Air Bag

Summer is coming, how is your air conditioning

Summer is coming, how is your air conditioning

Summer is coming fast and soon we will reach for the AC button in our vehicles. Below are some common symptoms which will let you know your air conditioning needs servicing. -Wet carpeting on hot, humid days can indicate a clogged air conditioner drain. When the drain is working correctly you'll see water dripping onto the pavement under the vehicle after you park. -A vibration or abnormal noise when the fan is on could indicate debris in the blower fan -A reduced amount of air coming out of the vents, especially if it happens after driving for awhile, might mean the air conditioner's evaporator is freezing up. -A musty or mildew odor when the fan is first turned on, or all the time when the system is running, can indicate that mold or mildew is growing in the evaporator box. As the weather starts to warm up, make sure you take care of your vehicle's air conditioning unit now and it will take care of you in July

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Air conditioning

How Often Should I Rotate My Tires?

How Often Should I Rotate My Tires?

Tire rotation is an important maintenance duty that extends the life of your tires and ensures safe driving. All that parallel parking. All those three-point turns. With each turn of the steering wheel, pressure is brought to bear on the front tires. Resistance causes friction, which in turn produces heat. The result? The front tires wear quicker than the rears. Because of this, it's necessary to rotate the tires front-to-rear multiple times during their life cycle to 1) equalize tread wear and 2) maximize the life of the tires. Tires work differently, depending on their location on your vehicle. Right-side tires have more exposure to curbs and other road hazards; moving them to the other side of the vehicle prevents excessive outside wear. Front tires will show more wear if you are driving a front-drive vehicle. If your car has staggered wheels - the front and rear tires are two different sizes - you can still swap the tires side-to-side, but not front to ... read more

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Auto Repair

What is a timing belt and when should I have it replaced?

What is a timing belt and when should I have it replaced?

We do our best to protect our vehicles and to keep them maintained against all possible problems. However, one of the greatest dangers to high mileage cars is also one of the least well known. The death of many older or high mileage cars is nothing other than a failure of the timing belt. In order to understand what makes the timing belt so important and how we can prevent it from failing, we first need to discuss what it does and what we can expect in the life expectancy of the belt. The timing belt serves a very important part to making your engine run. Namely, the timing belt is the belt that controls the camshafts in your engine and keeps the entire operation running smoothly. Timing belts are essential to keep these camshafts turning at the right time with the crankshaft. A camshaft is the shaft that opens and closes the intake and exhaust valves in your engine and the crankshaft controls the movement of the pistons. A timing belt must be properly calibrated in o ... read more

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Auto Repair

The Check Engine Light Came On

The Check Engine Light Came On

You're driving along in your car or truck and suddenly your dash shows a light to check or service your engine. If you're like most car owners, you have little idea about what that light is trying to tell you or exactly how you should react. Call it the most misunderstood indicator on your dashboard, the "check engine" light can mean many different things, from a loose gas cap to a seriously misfiring engine. "It doesn't mean you have to pull the car over to the side of the road and call a tow truck. It does mean you should get the car checked out as soon as possible," says Dave Cappert of the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence, a Virginia-based organization that tests and certifies auto technicians. Ignore the warning, and you could end up damaging expensive components. It also can be a sign that your car is getting poor fuel economy and emitting higher levels of pollutants. Service is needed. What the Light Means ... read more

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Auto Repair

How Often Should I Change Oil?

How Often Should I Change Oil?

Most automobile manufacturers recommend changing the oil at least once a year or between 3,750 and 7,500 miles (depending on vehicle manufacturer) in passenger car and light truck gasoline engines. However, you'll discover when your read more closely that the once a year, or between 3,750 and 7,500 mile oil change (depending on vehicle manufacturer) is for vehicles that are driven under ideal circumstances. What most of us think of as "normal" driving is actually "severe service" driving. This includes frequent short trips (less than 10 miles, especially during cold weather), stop-and-go traffic driving, driving in dusty conditions (gravel roads, etc.), driving foothill roads and driving at sustained highway speeds during hot weather. For this type of driving, which is actually "severe service" driving, the recommendation is to change the oil every 3,000 miles or six months. For maximum protection, most oil companies say to change the oil every ... read more

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Auto Service

What Are Automobile Struts and How do they go bad?

What Are Automobile Struts and How do they go bad?

The strut on an automobile is basically a shock absorber assembly for your car. However, the shock absorber portion, itself, is just one part of the strut. The main function of the strut is to dampen the bouncing of the vehicle when it travels over uneven surfaces. The strut assembly combines the coil spring, the upper and lower coil seats, the strut bearing, the strut mount and the strut boot. As in any case with mechanical devices, after wear and tear and aging, the strut and its components will weaken. This causes side effects shown as increased tire wear, poor rebound effects or "body roll" and lack of steering stability. It is important to have the struts checked regularily to maintain your car's performance and safety

Top Trends in the Automotive Industry for 2013-Part 3 in series of 4

Top Trends in the Automotive Industry for 2013-Part 3 in series of 4

Top Trends in the Automotive Industry for 2013 – Part 3 in series of 4 Trend #3 – Auto Repair Important Auto repair will continue to play a big role in the automotive industry. In addition to the routine car and repairs every car owner must go through, there is going to be higher demand for specialized parts and repairs required of hybrid and electric cars. Currently, there is a low supply of shops capable of fixing these hybrid cars despite its increasing demand. The auto repair industry includes numerous franchising segments including automobile body, transmissions, and oil franchises. Keeping a regular maintenance schedule and aligning with a trusted mechanic is critical to insure the maximum life of your vehicle at the minimum of cost

When Should Car Batteries Be Replaced?

When Should Car Batteries Be Replaced?

How Long Do Car Batteries Last? The Answer: Lead acid car battery life expectancy is 3-5 years. Auto battery life is shorter in regions with hot climate due to water loss and sulfation. The most simple and effective way to extend the life of an automotive battery is to keep it charged close to 100%. Periodically check the state of charge of your battery and charge it with a dedicated charger device when necessary. Consequently, try to avoid deep battery discharges that can happen, for example, if you leave your car's lights on. Hybrid car battery life expectancy and electric car battery life expectancy is about 8 years. Need a new battery or need to have it charged to last longer, click HERE for Autovantage

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Car Batteries

How to save money on car repairs-Get a check-up before you travel

How to save money on car repairs-Get a check-up before you travel

Part VII- Get a check-up before you travel. Have your mechanic inspect your vehicle in advance of a trip. After all, you don't want your car to break down in an unfamiliar place and be towed to a mechanic you don't know if you can trust. Anytime you end up in a shop you haven't researched-or in an emergency situation when you can't compare repair prices-you risk spending more than necessary and getting shoddy service

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Car Repair
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