Thursday, August 17, 2017

POTHOLES AND THE DAMAGE THEY DO TO YOUR VEHICLE

According to AAA, potholes have cost U.S. drivers $15 billion during the past five years, which adds up to about $3 billion annually.

When your vehicle goes into a pothole the strut fully extends, pushing your tire into the pothole.  This is not a normal driving condition for a strut.  Then the whole brunt and wight of the impact comes down and the strut is not designed for that.  After this happens repeatedly the strut becomes damaged.  A damaged strut does not absorb impact as it should and the impact is absorbed by the tire or rim.

Most of today's tires are low profile so there is less absorption in the sidewall therefore the rim will take the brunt of the impact most likely causing it to crack or bend.

With the condition of the roads here in the county after the extremely wet winter it is advised to have your struts, tires, wheel, front end components & alignment checked.

Give us a call at (530) 621-4591 or visit our website at www.theautoanalyst.com to schedule an appointment for an inspection.

The Auto Analyst is your local one stop auto repair shop.


Thursday, August 3, 2017

HOT WEATHER TAKES A TOLL ON YOUR CAR BATTERY

When you think of a dead car battery, you probably think about it being the dead of winter.  You try to start your car one frigid morning and nothing happens.  This week alone we have had 4 battery failures with 1 of the failures actually exploding when the car was being started.

Battery failures can occur in the cold weather but that's not usually what has caused the problem.  The drain on the battery's resources most likely occurred during the summer's hot weather.

There is no battery that last forever!  When you buy a battery the label usually tells you how long you can expect it to last.  Five to seven years is not unusual as long as the battery is operated under normal conditions.  Extremely hot weather and overcharging are the two main reasons for shortened battery life, according to the Car Council.  The battery contains liquid and heat causes it to evaporate.  Low fluid levels will damage the internal structure of the battery.

Your car's voltage regulator can be another source of trouble.  If it malfunctions, allowing too high a charging rate, your battery suffers a slow death.  There may not be any warning signs until one morning, when you are already late for an appointment, your car won't start.

Your driving habits can also contribute to shorter battery life.  Frequent engine on/off cycles will cause more wear on the starter than a simple back and forth to work.

Other factors include driving and weather conditions, mileage, vehicle age and excessive electrical draws like in-vehicle entertainment systems.  A tel-tale sign your battery could be on its last legs is when you notice headlights and interior lights dim, accessories fail to operate, or the "check engine" and/or battery light comes on.

By having your battery routinely checked will allow you go get more life out of it.  Keep the top of the battery clean.  Dirt and engine grease can build up and, when they do, they serve as a conductor, which drains battery power.  Look for corrosion accumulating on battery terminals.  The corrosion, often blue in color, services as an insulator, reducing current flow.

Call The Auto Analyst, your local one stop auto repair shop, (530) 621-4591 to have your battery checked today.  Visit our website www.theautoanalyst.com

A picture of what your battery should NOT look like.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Get Your Car Ready to Go Back to School

One item not usually on the top of to-do list when getting ready to go back to school is car care maintenance.  Consider some of the items below to help get your car ready for a great school year.

Under the Hood
To help prevent maintenance issues or potentially costly repairs, open the hood of your vehicle and check the following:

  • Fluid levels of engine oil, coolant and transmission, and brake and power steering fluid - your owner's manual will illustrate where everything is located and the proper levels to maintain.
  • If your car is leaking fluid, its color may help you determine what it is and locate the source.
  • Battery - Consider testing the battery with a voltmeter and replace it if it shows signs of reduced performance.
Check the Tires
Check the tires for uneven tread wear, nails or other potential hazards.  One easy way to check tread depth is inserting a penny into a groove - if any part of Abe Lincoln's head is obscured, you have enough tread. Check the pressure on each tire with a gauge when they're cold (not driven).  Follow the vehicle manufacturer's suggested pressure, which is located on most vehicles on a sticker inside the driver's door, center console, glove compartment lid or in the owner's manual.  Also, make sure the spare tire is inflated and a jack, lug wrench, lug nut key (if equipped with locking lug nuts) and jumper cables are in the trunk.

Check the Lights
Check all lights including the headlights, turn signals, emergency flashing lights, and brake lights.  Vehicles can have many different types of bulbs and they have varying life spans.  Inspect you vehicle regularly to ensure your lights are working properly.

We are Here to Help
Maintenance issues still can occur despite your preventive maintenance efforts.  if you have any concerns after your own inspection, give The Auto Analyst, your local one stop auto repair facility, a call and we will have one of our certified auto repair technicians perform a safety check which can help minimize maintenance issues and get you on the road to a fantastic school year.

The Auto Analyst can be reached at (530) 621-4591 or visit our website at www.theautoanalyst.com.


Wednesday, July 5, 2017

YOUR CAR IS TOTALED - SHOULD YOU BUY IT BACK FROM YOUR INSURANCE COMPANY?

Over the years we have seen many vehicles that have been totaled by the insurance company and then bought back by their owners.  Many don't realize that when you buy back your vehicle you must register it with DMV to get a "salvaged" title.  Besides completing the necessary required paperwork you must also have State Brake and Lamp Inspections and sometimes a State Smog Inspection.  The State Brake and Lamp Inspections are extremely detailed inspections. You may think that your vehicle is in tip top shape but many find out otherwise.  Some even find out that to pass these inspections it is going to cost a lot of money. So my advice to you, if you are ever in the situation and must decide what to do, please have your vehicle inspected for the State Brake and Lamp certificates to see if there are any unseen problems and what the cost would be to have repaired.  Some will be surprised that you may be money ahead to just let the insurance keep the vehicle.

The Auto Analyst, your local one stop auto repair facility, is a licensed State Brake and Lamp facility along with a State Smog Inspection Station.  We can be reached at (530) 621-4591 or visit our website at www.theautoanalyst.com


Thursday, June 29, 2017

SAFE DRIVING FROM FOURTH OF JULY FESTIVITIES

Did you know that the Fourth of July is one of the top deadliest holidays for driving?

Here are a few tips:


  • Stay where you are - if possible don't drive at all.  
  • Don't ride your motorcycle - with so many more vehicles on the road this would be a good day to leave your motorcycle at home.
  • Drive home early - the later your leave for home, the likelier you will encounter impaired drivers.
  • Always wear your seat belt - not only is that a no-brainer but it is also the law.
  • Never test or use your cell phone while driving - again it is the law.
  • Maintain safe following distances - stay several car lengths behind the vehicle in front of you this will give you a much better chance of seeing erratic driving and avoiding its consequences.
  • Be extra careful when approaching intersections - don't assume they're going to stop.  Most impaired drivers don't obey traffic signals and signs.
  • Be the designated driver - be the hero and make sure everyone gets home safe.  Remember even a couple of beers can impair your driving ability.
  • Don't drive and drive - if you don't have a designated driver, call Uber or Lyft.
Happy and Safe 4th of July to all!!!


Remember The Auto Analyst, your one stop auto repair shop, is always here for all your automotive repairs.  Visit our website www.theautoanalyst.com to schedule your appointment or give us a call at (530) 621-4591.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Don't Let Tires Ruin Your Summer Travel Plans

Getting a flat tire is no fun for anyone at any time, especially on vacation.  Here is a quick tire check to do before you leave on your summer road trip and will help you to avoid having to change a flat tire on the side of the road.


  1. Make sure all tires (including the spare) are inflated to the proper pressure levels.
  2. Make sure all tire tread depth is appropriate.
  3. Check to make sure there is no irregular wear as uneven wear indicates a need for a wheel alignment.
  4. Check tires for cuts, bruises, bulges, bald spots or other signs of problems that may lead to a flat tire.
Did you know that the professional technicians at The Auto Analyst, your local one stop auto repair shop, can to a pre-trip inspection for you?  Give us a call today (530) 621-4591 or visit our website www.theautoanalyst.com to schedule your pre-trip inspection.


Thursday, June 15, 2017

IMPROVE YOUR FUEL EFFICIENCY

Improve your fuel efficiency and save $$$ at the gas pump.

Your vehicle's fuel injectors are designed to deliver an even, controlled supply of atomized fuel to the engine. In just 15,000 miles deposits can form, usually at the injector tips which may cause uneven atomization of fuel.  Some symptoms that may arise from this is poor fuel economy; the vehicle won't start; or the "check engine" light is illuminated.  To keep the injectors free from these contaminants we recommend performing a fuel injection system cleaning service every 15,000 miles.

With the high cost of fuel you want to make sure that you are getting the most mileage for your fuel.  Call (530) 621-4591 today to schedule you appointment or visit our website www.theautoanalyst.com to schedule online.