• Defensive Driving in Pleasanton, California

    Monday 11 December 2017

      There was a man in the Pleasanton area who learned that most car accidents occur within a mile of home – so he moved. (Just kidding!)When we think of defensive driving, we often focus on our local California highway situations. The fact of the matter is we need to be just as careful close to home in Pleasanton, because that's where we do most of our driving. We can't let our familiar surroundings keep us from driving defensively.Defensive driving begins with the proper attit... read more

  • Automotive Tips from Precision Auto Repair, Inc.: Serpentine Belt Tensioner

    Tuesday 05 December 2017

    The serpentine belt tensioner applies pressure to the serpentine belt, maintaining optimal tension to drive the accessories like the alternator and A/C compressor. At Precision Auto Repair, Inc. we know that the service life of the belt tensioner is the same as the belt itself, so they should always be replaced together. A worn tensioner prevents the accessories from spinning properly, leading to premature wear and noise for Pleasanton drivers.Your vehicle manufacturer has a recommended mil... read more

  • Busting Automotive Myths in Pleasanton, California

    Thursday 30 November 2017

    Myths passed around our Pleasanton, California community start with a grain of evidence and are then built up with a lot of imagination and very elastic logic. And the internet is a breeding ground for automotive myths. Some bloggers recall the vehicles of yesteryear and declare their modern decedents to be virtually maintenance free and that anyone who says otherwise is out to rip you off. To get the truth about auto myths you hear around the Pleasanton area, come over to Precision... read more

  • Budget for Maintenance in Pleasanton

    Sunday 19 November 2017

    Sometimes busy Pleasanton residents dream about going back to the “simpler” days of our grandparents. But if you could travel back in time and take a road trip around California in a Model T, you might change your mind. The improved designs and quality of today's automobiles have significantly reduced the amount of time Pleasanton residents spend at the side of the road during breakdowns. With proper maintenance, today's vehicles can stay on the road longer than ever before.Some... read more

  • Combustion Choreography: Timing Belt Replacement at Precision Auto Repair, Inc. in Pleasanton

    Wednesday 15 November 2017

    Have you ever seen a ballet performance? Have you wondered how all of those dancers manage to travel all over the stage jumping and twirling and never crash into each other? That's the job of a choreographer.Our auto engines are also highly choreographed. Pistons travel up and down inside cylinders. Valves at the tops of the cylinders open to let air and fuel in or exhaust out. These valves have to open and close at precisely the right time or the engine will run poorly if at all. The movement o... read more

  • The Precision Auto Repair, Inc. Guide to Saving Fuel: Get Rid of Dirty Oil

    Wednesday 08 November 2017

    A lot of us drivers are asking ourselves the same question lately: how can we save on fuel? Pleasanton area residents are all cutting back, if not in fuel consumption, then in other areas of our lives. Preventive Maintenance Preventive maintenance is an important way people in Pleasanton can conserve fuel by improving fuel economy. And one of the easiest and most effective ways to do that is to keep the oil in our vehicle adequate and clean.Oil lubricates your vehicle engin... read more

  • Another Couple of Years: Making Your Vehicle Last With Help From Precision Auto Repair, Inc.

    Tuesday 31 October 2017

    A while back, the Cash for Clunkers program was all over the California news. Pleasanton people could trade in their old vehicle for a new one that got better gas mileage and receive a government rebate. A lot of Pleasanton motorists had so-called clunkers that they wanted to keep. They're good commuters, grocery getters or toy haulers. They enjoy that fact that they're paid off, or soon will be. They would gladly like to keep their vehicles for 200,000 miles... read more

  • Precision Auto Repair, Inc. Automotive Tips: Alternator

    Sunday 22 October 2017

    Your alternator makes electricity to start and run your engine and all of the vital electrical systems in your vehicle. That’s everything from the on-board computers to the turn signals. And of course there is the entertainment system, seat heaters, power windows and everything you plug into the power outlets. After your alternator makes enough electricity to do all that, it recharges your battery with what’s left over.When Pleasanton drivers constantly have a low or dead batter... read more

  • Serpentine Belt Service at Precision Auto Repair, Inc.

    Wednesday 18 October 2017

    Most Pleasanton folks occasionally have days when they've got a bunch of errands to run. Yesterday was my day off and I needed to fill the gas tank, pick up some groceries at my Pleasanton market, swing by the ATM and get the kids from school. I could have made four trips . . . but that would have been totally inefficient. Instead I got unusually organized and planned my stops. I hit the ATM first and got gas next. Then I went to the supermarket and picked up the kids on the way home. I was prou... read more

  • Time Out: Suspension Problems in Pleasanton

    Monday 09 October 2017

    Your vehicle's suspension system has two jobs: to prevent the passengers from getting tossed around inside the vehicle every time it hits a bump in the road and to keep the tires firmly planted on the road around every corner and over every bump.To see your suspension system, you'll have to look under your vehicle. Anything that connects the wheels to the vehicle's frame is part of the suspension system. They're heavy-duty parts that work hard while you're driving and... read more

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