Wednesday, July 5, 2017


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

Thursday, June 29, 2017


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 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 to schedule your pre-trip inspection.

Thursday, June 15, 2017


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 to schedule online.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

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Thursday, May 25, 2017


If you are having to add antifreeze to your cooling system that is a symptom that there is a problem. Antifreeze does not evaporate.

The engine cooling system affects your car's overall dependability and engine longevity.  Cooling systems have advanced over the years with new coolant formulations and new radiator designs and materials.  If you suspect a problem with your cooling system, you should have it checked immediately.

The key parts of the cooling system remove heat from the engine and automatic transmission and dissipate heat to the air outside.  The water pump circulates coolant through the engine.  The coolant absorbs heat and returns it to the radiator where heat is dissipated.  the thermostat regulates the coolant temperature to keep it consistent for efficient engine operation.

Factors that affect the replacement of cooling system parts include:

  • Driving habits
  • Operating conditions
  • Type of vehicle
  • Type of coolant
  • Frequency of regular maintenance such as coolant changes
  • Overheating
  • Sweet smell
  • Leaks
  • Repeatedly needing to add fluid
Have questions or problems with your engine cooling system?  Give your local Placerville, one stop auto repair shop, The Auto Analyst, a call today at (530) 621-4591 or visit our website