• Time for Differential Service at Precision Auto Repair, Inc.?

    Sunday 18 June 2017

    Hello Pleasanton - let's talk differentials. If you have a rear-wheel drive vehicle, your differential is on the back axle. With front-wheel drive cars, the differential is up front. All-wheel drive and 4-wheel drive vehicles have three differentials - front, rear and in the middle. So you see, you've got a differential (or two or three) and it needs service now and then.What does your vehicle differential do? Well, it compensates for the differences in speed between you... read more

  • Hey Pleasanton Drivers, How Many Miles Are on Your Car?

    Monday 12 June 2017

    Nowadays, Pleasanton drivers are paying more at California gas pumps. For some families it adds up to several hundred dollars every month. That's got to come out of the budget somewhere. This is one of the reasons many California drivers are putting off buying a new car. They plan on keeping their old vehicle for a year or two longer than before.Even now, 2/3 of the personal vehicles on our local Pleasanton, California, roads have over 75,000 miles (120,000 kilometers) on them. The average age o... read more

  • Automotive Tips from Precision Auto Repair, Inc.: Making a Battery Last Longer

    Sunday 04 June 2017

    One thing all Pleasanton drivers can do to extend the life of their battery is to keep it clean. A greasy, dirty battery holds in damaging heat. Same goes for removing corrosion from the terminals. Precision Auto Repair, Inc. can help maintain your battery.Allowing your battery to be deeply depleted – like from using your headlights when the engine is off – is very harmful to your battery. Most automotive batteries can only take that about 10 times before they are ruined.Also, making... read more

  • Speak Up: Talking with Your Precision Auto Repair, Inc. Service Advisor

    Wednesday 31 May 2017

    About 80% of the vehicles on Pleasanton roads today are behind on their preventive maintenance schedules. That translates to about 160 million vehicles in the United States that aren't performing as well as they could be - thousands right here in California. Some of the maintenance issues are minor. Others represent serious safety concerns. There are many reasons Pleasanton drivers neglect their routine car care. Some of the more common ones are complacency, lack... read more

  • Pleasanton Drivers: What Is the Risk of High Oil Change Intervals?

    Wednesday 24 May 2017

    Pleasanton residents may have heard that vehicles don't need their oil changed as often as they used to. That's true. But it's not the whole story.Owing to improved engine technology and higher oil quality, most newer vehicles can go longer between oil changes than their older counterparts.So what is a good time interval for oil changes? How do Pleasanton residents know when to change it? And why do we change it in the first place?Oil lubricates a vehicle's engine, which protects it from frictio... read more

  • Fuel Injection: It Keeps Getting Better for Pleasanton Drivers

    Tuesday 16 May 2017

    Pleasanton residents know that engines need to burn fuel to operate. Fuel is pumped from your fuel tank to your vehicle engine where it is squirted—or injected—into your engine's cylinders. This is the function of the fuel injectors.There are two ways to inject fuel into an engine. Fuel needs air to burn, so in the first method, fuel is injected into a port and allowed to mix with airbefore it is drawn into the cylinders. In the second method... read more

  • Blind Spot Safety for Pleasanton Driving

    Sunday 07 May 2017

    Blind spots may be a good thing when it comes to a spouse's annoying habits, but when driving an automobile in Pleasanton, they are definitely to be avoided. So, while it's not good marital advice, it's good auto advice to minimize your own blind spots and stay out of other Pleasanton drivers' blind spots, especially when it comes to large, heavy vehicles like trucks and buses.First, minimize your own blind spots. Do this before you pull... read more

  • Maintenance on My Mind

    Tuesday 02 May 2017

    Ask any Pleasanton man or woman if they've taken their vehicle in for preventive maintenance lately, and the answer may well be “no.” Surveys indicate that over 80% of vehicles on the road today are in need of some kind of repair or maintenance. Now, ask that same person why he hasn't taken his car in for care. The answer will probably be that he forgot or that he just didn't think about it. Most Pleasanton residents seem to have a hard time remembering about schedul... read more

  • Stop It! You Need Good Brakes

    Sunday 23 April 2017

    Good brakes are obviously very important. If you've ever had your brakes go out while you're driving around the Pleasanton area, you'll know how terrifying it can be. Today we'll focus on how to tell when you have a brake problem and how to make good repair choices. Often, the first indication that something's wrong with the brakes is an unusual sound. It could be a squeal, chatter or grinding sound. Some brake pads have a little piece of metal embedded in them that will make a squeal or chirp... read more

  • Precision Auto Repair, Inc. Service for Your Exhaust System

    Sunday 16 April 2017

    Your vehicle's exhaust system is more than just a tailpipe and a muffler. In fact, it is one of the most complex systems on your vehicle. The manifold is attached to the vehicle engine. It collects exhaust from the cylinders and directs it into the exhaust pipe. Gaskets seal the connection of the manifold to the engine and to other joints. A cracked or loose manifold or a leaking or damaged gasket can allow dangerous gases to enter the passenger compartment of a vehicle. One of... read more

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