Wednesday, May 23, 2018

UNDERSTANDING YOUR TRANSMISSION

WHAT IS IT?

The transmission works with the engine to provide power to your car's wheels.  Whether automatic or manual, the transmission plays a major role in the overall performance of your car.  Make sure to check it at the first sign of problems.

WHAT DOES IT DO?

A transmission/transaxle keeps the engine's output optimally matched to the speed and load conditions.  The several different types of transmission fluid serve multiple purposes: cleans, cools, lubricates, transmits force, transmits pressure, inhibits varnish buildup and continually protects the transmission.

TYPICAL WEAR AND TEAR

Wear and tear on the transmission can be influenced by:

  • Driving habits
  • Towing or excessive loads
  • Operating conditions
  • Condition of the transmission fluid
  • Frequency of regular maintenance
TRANSMISSION FLUID SERVICE/FLUSH

Recommended every 30,000 miles.  The fluid is constantly working to keep your transmission lubricated and clean.  Over time the fluid and filter (if equipped) gets dirty and needs to be changed.  When was the last time your vehicle's transmission fluid and filter changed?  Call (530) 621-4591 today to schedule an appointment or online at www.theautoanalyst.com.


Thursday, April 26, 2018

UNDERSTANDING YOUR WARRANTY

A warranty is basically a promise from the manufacturer to fix certain malfunctions over a set period of time and to pay for the repair and parts needed.

DO YOU HAVE TO GO TO THE DEALER FOR MAINTENANCE AND REPAIRS?

No, a dealer cannot deny warranty coverage simply because repair or maintenance work was performed by someone else.  The Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, enforced by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), makes it illegal for a dealer to do this.  This allows the vehicle owner to visit the repair shop of their choice or do the work themselves.

WILL DIFFERENT PARTS VOID YOUR WARRANTY?

The Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act also makes it illegal to deny or void a warranty due to use of an aftermarket part (a part made by a company other than the original equipment manufacturer).

WARRANTY TIPS:

  • Familiarize Yourself with the Warranty:  Understand the details of your coverage and be aware of the expiration.  Have problems checked before the warranty expires.
  • Regular Vehicle Maintenance:  Regular check-ups will keep your warranty intact.  See your owner's manual or check with your local auto repair shop.
  • Know Your Rights:  If you think your warranty claim is denied unfairly, you may wish to file a complaint with your local Department of Consumer Affairs.

To schedule an appointment for any maintenance or repairs please call (530) 621-4591 or visit our website www.theautoanalyst.com.  The Auto Analyst is Your One Stop Auto Repair Shop.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

APRIL IS NATIONAL CAR CARE MONTH

April is National Car Care Month!

Why April?

In April, as winter comes to an end, it is time to get your car ready for spring driving and summer road trips! National Car Care Month reminds you to take car of any issues that may have occurred or been ignored during winter.
Spring driving brings its own hazard such as slick, wet roads. It is important to make sure you tires, brakes and windshield wiper are ready for the rain. Spring also means allergy season

Call (530) 621-4591 today to schedule your vehicle's check-up or schedule online at www.theautoanalyst.com.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

WHAT THE AUTO ANALYST CUSTOMERS SHOULD KNOW

Thursday, December 28, 2017

HOW'S THE RIDE??

Here are a few symptoms of failing shocks and struts you can feel and hear:

  1. The Vehicle Bounces - when shocks and struts are stuck, damaged or loose, the tires can lose contact with the road as the vehicle is driven, resulting in a bumpy, uncomfortable ride.  Your vehicle's shocks and struts help control the movement of the springs so that the wheels don't move up and down excessively.
  2. The Front End Dives and/or the Rear Squats - Shocks and struts help keep the vehicle stable during acceleration and braking.  When a vehicle's shocks and struts are damaged, the front end can dive upon braking while the rear end squats during acceleration.  This happens when these components aren't strong enough to handle the weight of the vehicle.  New shocks and struts not only makes your ride smother, but can also make a vehicle corner and brake like when it was new.  They also can give extra stopping distance, better control, and more confidence in emergency situations.
  3. The Vehicle Exhibits Signs of Body Roll - Does it feel like your vehicle is leaning into a turn, even on slight turns?  Over 50,000 miles, the dampening capabilities of a shock or strut will degrade to the point where it can impact ride and handling.  This can be a safety issue that requires immediate action since it can impact braking and steering effectiveness.
  4. You Hear Unusual Noises - As shocks and bushings wear, they lose their ability to properly support the strut.  The result is that the strut can bottom out.  When the  strut bottoms out, the metal-to-metal contact can cause a knocking sound that emanates from the front or rear wheels.  Irregular tire wear such as cupping or scalloping, can be another cause of suspension related noise.
If you have experiencing any of the above symptoms please contact The Auto Analyst, your local one stop auto repair facility, by calling (530) 621-4591 or visit our website www.theautoanalyst.com.

 

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

WINTER BATTERY SERVICE

Lead-acid batteries have an average service life of roughly three to five years depending on the climate while some other batteries may last a few years longer, both are prone to failure as the temperature dips.  The only way to spot a weak battery is by testing it.

How old is the battery in your vehicle?  When was it last tested?  Don't be caught with a dead battery, contact The Auto Analyst, your one stop auto repair facility, today to schedule a battery test.  Please call (530) 621-4591 or schedule online at www.theautoanalyst.com.


Thursday, December 7, 2017

3 REASONS TO REPLACE CABIN AIR FILTERS IN WINTER

There are three major reasons to replace a cabin air filter in the Winter:


  1. Increased particulate Emissions - as cars idle on cold winter mornings, the exhaust can pump out damaging emissions that are harmful to drivers' respiratory systems.  The most damaging component of tailpipe emissions are particulates.  Vehicle emission particulates range in size from 2 microns to 10 microns in diameter, and can aggravate the lungs when inhaled.  The one thing that can stop exhaust particulates from reaching vehicle occupants is a cabin air filter.
  2. Defroster performance - In the winter, clogged cabin air filter can restrict defroster performance, making it harder to see out of the windshield.  If a cabin air filter is clogged, it will create a restriction that will decrease the amount of hot air the blower can deliver to the windshield, which diminishes visibility and adds time that it takes to defrost the window.
  3. Summer and Fall can be brutal on cabin air filters - Following months of battling heavy pollen, dust, leaves, bugs and other debris, winter is the perfect time to give a your vehicle a fresh cabin air filter.
When was the last time your vehicle's cabin air filter changed?  Give us a call and we can check our records and if needed get you an appointment scheduled, (530) 621-4591.

The Auto Analyst, your local one stop auto repair shop.  Visit our website www.theautoanalyst.com to schedule an appointment today.