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

Thursday, May 11, 2017


Your car's heating, ventilating and air conditioning system (HVAC) keeps your car interior comfortable in any season by providing the right temperature and humidity level.  The HVAC system also helps improve defroster operation.

Did you know that it is recommended that your vehicle's HVAC system be checked annually?  Even if it feels cold there could be hidden problems beginning and if not caught in time could be a catastrophic failure that could cost hundreds of dollars.

An annual inspection consists of checking pressures, refrigerant charge, and outlet temperatures.  During this inspection if the system is found to be low on refrigerant, a leak test should be performed to find the source of the leak.

This annual inspection should also include a check of the compressor's drive belt and tension.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding this annual service please call The Auto Analyst, your local one stop auto repair facility (530) 621-4591 or visit our website at


Thursday, May 4, 2017

Are Your Brakes Trying to Tell You Something?

Look for the following warning signs that your brakes need to be inspected:

  • NOISE -  Screeching, grinding or clicking noises when applying the brakes.
  • PULLING -  Vehicle pulls to one side while braking.
  • LOW PEDAL - Brake pedal nearly touches the floor before engaging.
  • HARD PEDAL - Must apply extreme pressure to the pedal before brakes engage.
  • GRABBING - Brakes grab at the slightest touch to the pedal.
  • VIBRATION -  Brake pedal vibrates or pulses, even under normal braking conditions.
  • LIGHT - Brake light is illuminated on your vehicle's dashboard.
If you are experiencing any of the above please call The Auto Analyst, your Placerville one stop auto repair shop, today to schedule a brake inspection.  Or schedule online at

Thursday, April 13, 2017


BATTERY LIGHT - Historically, the battery light comes on when the engine is failing to adequately charge the battery; however, the light may illuminate on newer vehicles when the condition of the battery suggests there may be another problem with the charging system.  If you ignore this light, the vehicle will eventually stop functioning due to a loss of charge.  It's important to note that you shouldn't run out to your nearest parts store for a new battery at the first sign of a battery warning light, since just replacing the battery will not solve the problem in many cases.  Your vehicle's charging system needs to be inspected by a professional to determine the root cause of the battery drain.

Is this light illuminated on your vehicle's dashboard???  If so, call The Auto Analyst, your Placerville one stop auto repair shop, at (530) 621-4591 or schedule an appointment online at for testing of the charging system.

Thursday, April 6, 2017


ABS LIGHT - People who have an anti-lock brake (ABS) light illuminated on their vehicle might be tempted to continue driving with it on since the brakes may appear to be functioning properly.  The reality is that this light is activated when the ABS brakes experience a problem that could negate their use.  if your ABS system isn't working as it should, you're at a greater risk of losing control of the vehicle and suffering a crash.

The most common cause of ABS lights is a malfunctioning wheel speed sensor or a worn wheel bearing that contains the wheel speed sensor.  Other causes could stem from malfunctioning sensors or issues with the device that controls the brake pressure.  You will need to have the system diagnosed to determine the origin of the problem first to know what is causing the ABS malfunction.

Call The Auto Analyst, your local Placerville one stop auto repair facility, at (530) 621-4591 today to schedule an appointment or visit our website to schedule online.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017


BRAKE LIGHT: The red brake light on your dashboard can come on for three reasons.  First, it will come on when the parking or emergency brake is engaged.  Second, it can become activated if the brake fluid in the reservoir has dropped below a safe level, which is a sign your brake pads are worn.  Third, you can expect to see a brake light on the dash when there is a leak in your braking system.  A brake light needs to be addressed immediately because it is a sign your brakes have failed or will fail soon.

Are these lights illuminated on your dash?  Give The Auto Analyst, your Placerville one stop auto repair shop, a call today at (530) 621-4591.  We are here to help you with all your automotive needs.  Visit our website at

Thursday, March 9, 2017


A transmission flush is one of the regular maintenance services offered by auto shops.  It is believed that by having this service performed on your vehicle, it will help avoid unnecessary repair costs in the future.  But what is this service about and how can it really benefit you and your vehicle?

Flushing the Transmission

Transmission fluid is just like the regular motor oil.  The first time you put it in your vehicle's engine, it is healthy and clean.  After time, the fluid will break down causing the contaminants to pollute the oil.  In the end, the contaminants will damage your vehicle's engine.  This is the reason why old fluids should be replaced regularly.  All fluids have a purpose, the purpose of not only lubricating but cleaning the parts that it is flowing through.

Therefore, a transmission flush is a process where the old transmission fluid is flushed out of your vehicle's transmission.  The technician will use pressure and some cleaning agents to flush down the old fluid.  There are vehicle manufacturers that recommend vehicle owners to perform a flush every 30,000 miles.

The Benefits of Transmission Flush

When the old fluid is removed, a new and healthy transmission fluid is used.  The new fluid will now help your transmission operate more effectively and efficiently.  The transmission flush service also includes changing the transmission filters.  This helps in maintaining the condition of the transmission as well as making it live longer.

A transmission flush will help lessen any power-flow interruption problems when you shift gears.  Both manual and automatic vehicles use transmission fluid when shifting gears.  But manual vehicles tend to use up a bit more.  The power of the transmission is affected by the transmission fluid you have.  So it you want smooth shifting, this is the service you must get.

Repairing transmission systems can be very expensive, which is why you need to prevent it from breaking down.  Flushing the transmission helps prevent the wear and tear of your transmission.  Although the breaking down of the transmission is inevitable, you can still do something to lengthen the time it will take you to face such a problem.  Removing the old fluid and using a new one regularly can help you in this matter.

Have questions regarding transmission flushes?  Give The Auto Analyst, your one stop auto repair shop, in Placerville a call at 530-621-4591 or visit our website at

Inside vehicle's transmission pans are magnets that collect any metal material that may be breaking loose from any transmission parts.  Below is a picture of the magnet of a vehicle that never had a transmission flush, needless to say, with this much metal material the vehicle will need major transmission repairs.

The fluid on the left is old and dirty.  The fluid on the right is clean and fresh.