Monthly Archives: August 2012

Fuel Saving Tip: Dirty Oil In Your Pleasanton Honda, Acura, Toyota or Lexus

Fuel Saving Tip: Dirty Oil In Your Pleasanton Honda, Acura, Toyota or Lexus

If you're a quart low in your Honda, Acura, Toyota or Lexus, there isn't enough motor oil to lubricate your engine properly. The extra friction causes drag that reduces fuel economy while you're driving around the Pleasanton area. The same goes for dirty oil; it doesn't reduce friction properly. The result is you get to watch those numbers at your local Pleasanton gas pump rolling higher and higher. The transmission also needs the proper amount of clean fluid to do its work. When it's in need of service, the transmission drags your fuel economy down. So keep it clean and give yourself a fighting chance

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Fuel System

Charge It In Pleasanton For Extended Battery Life

Here's an interesting statistic for our friends in Pleasanton California: Only thirty percent of car batteries make it to forty-eight months. And the life expectancy varies by where you live. It ranges from fifty-one months in extremely cold areas to just thirty months in extremely hot climates. Why is that? It turns out that it's our modern cars with all their electric accessories that are to blame. Things like, GPS, DVDs, and entertainment computers are keeping car batteries from maintaining a full charge. The longer a battery goes with a low charge, the sooner it'll die. So you must recharge your battery. This is the job of the alternator. The problem comes when the car's demand for electricity is high and we are driving in stop and go conditions or short trips around Pleasanton or San Ramon . The alternator just can't keep up. The result is shortened battery life. So what can we do to improve our battery's health? We need to keep the battery as ... read more

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Battery

Cooling System Components

Today we want to talk about a very important system in our cars – the cooling system. It’s one of those things that you don’t give much thought to until it fails and then you’re stranded by the side of the road. Cooling systems fail more often than any other mechanical system – usually because of neglect. Don’t you hate it when something breaks, and you could have done something to prevent it? The good news is that if you take care of your cooling system it can keep working for the life of your car. Here at AutoNetTV, we emphasize preventive maintenance services like replacing your coolant according to the factory schedule. But the various parts that make up the cooling system need attention too. The major components of the cooling system are the water pump, freeze plugs, the thermostat, the radiator, cooling fans, the heater core, the pressure cap, the overflow tank and the hoses. It sounds complicated, but we don’t ... read more

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Cooling System

Precision Auto Repair On Your Serpentine Belt

Today we’re going to be talking about serpentine belts for our Pleasanton California customers. Let’s start by talking about the accessories that are driven by the serpentine belt. First is the alternator. That’s the device that makes electricity to power the vehicle and recharge the battery. Then there’s the air conditioning compressor that makes cool air for you while you're driving around Pleasanton California in the summer. The power steering and power brake pumps are driven by the serpentine belt in most vehicles. Those pumps make the pressure that assists your steering and braking. In many vehicles, the water pump is driven by the serpentine belt. The water pump is what circulates the coolant that protects your engine. In some cars around Pleasanton California, the water pump is driven by the timing belt. The radiator cooling fans on some vehicles are also driven by the serpentine belt. Some have separate electric motors. That ... read more

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Maintenance

Maintaining Your Older Car In Pleasanton California

The government mandates a lot of equipment on cars in Pleasanton California: emission devices and control computers, safety equipment like airbags and crash worthiness requirements. All of this is great for the Pleasanton California motoring public, but it does add quite a bit to the price of a new car. Because new cars are more expensive, people in the Pleasanton area are driving their old cars longer. The average car is now over nine years old. Two thirds of vehicles on the road in Pleasanton have more than 75,000 miles. As cars age, their performance drops, they have difficulty idling for long periods and are more sensitive to weather extremes. Fortunately today's cars are up to the challenge – but they need a little help to keep on goin'. Give Precision Auto Repair a call to schedule your next maintenance. 164 A Wyoming Street Pleasanton, California 94566 (925) 462-7440 Some ow ... read more

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Maintenance
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