Tuesday, December 30, 2014


Before you venture out in cooler weather, make sure your car is ready for the season.  There's more to winterizing than topping off your antifreeze (although that's a good place to start).

Keep a clear view - Make sure your headlights are clean and working properly, and that your windshield wipers are in good condition.

Check your tires -  All-season radials can handle nearly every winter road condition, if they're properly inflated and have plenty of tread.

Minimize risks - To lower your odds of breaking down, make sure your vehicle's engine belts are in good shape, the air and fuel filters still have plenty of life, and the battery terminals are clean.

Be prepared - Make space in the trunk for jumper cables, a flashlight, a windshield ice scraper, gloves, a first-air kit, nonperishable snacks, and bottled water in case you get stranded.

Did you know - That every time we see your vehicle we perform a courtesy vehicle inspection?  Give us a call today and schedule an appointment (530) 621-4591 or visit our website www.theautoanalyst.com

Thursday, November 6, 2014


When your safety is involved...

Aquapel glass treatment:

  • Remarkably improves visibility in the rain!
  • Makes raid bead up and roll right off
  • Makes it easier to remove ice, snow, bugs and dirt
  • Lasts for months, up to six times longer than other leading glass treatments
Stop by the shop to see a 5 second demonstration. Visit our website www.theautoanalyst.com or call (530) 621-4591 to schedule an appointment to have it applied to your vehicle.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014


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 dependability 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 torque converter, connected to the automatic transmission/transaxle input shaft, connects, multiplies and interrupts the flow of engine torque into the transmission.  Universal joints connect to the driveshaft to transmit output power from the transmission to the rear axle on rear-wheel-drive cars.  Universal joints also allow the driveshaft to work at an angle.  Automatic transmission fluid serves a multitude of purposes.  It cleans, cools, lubricates, transmits force, transmits pressure, inhibits varnish buildup and continually protects the transmission.  There are several different types of automatic transmission fluid.  Reference your owner's manual for how they should be used.

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
  • Slipping
  • Hesitation
  • Bucking
  • Grinding gears
  • Difficulty shifting
For further questions or to schedule an appointment please call us at (530) 621-4591 or visit our website www.theautoanalyst.com

Wednesday, October 22, 2014


What Is It?
Like your car's brake system, the steering and suspension systems are key safety-related systems.  Together, they largely determine your car's ride and handling.  Have your car's steering and suspension systems checked regularly, at least once a year and usually with a wheel alignment.

What Does It Do?
The suspension maintains the relationship between the wheels and the frame or unibody.  The suspension system interacts with the steering system to provide vehicle control.  When working properly, the suspension system helps absorb the energy from road irregularities such as potholes and helps to maintain vehicle stability.  The steering system transmits your input from the steering wheel to the steering gear and other steering components to control the car's direction.

Typical Wear And Tear
Over time, steering and suspension components wear out and require replacement.  Regular checks are critical to maintain a safe car.  Factors that affect wear include:

  • Driving habits
  • Operating conditions
  • Vehicle type
  • Type of steering and suspension system
  • Frequency of regular maintenance such as chassis lubrication and wheel alignment
  • Pulling
  • Uneven tire wear
  • Noise and vibration while cornering
  • Loss of control
Not sure of the condition of your steering and suspension?  Give us a call today (530) 621-4591 or visit our website www.theautoanalyst.com

Wednesday, October 15, 2014


What Is It?
Your car's starting and charging systems, and the battery help ensure dependable vehicle operation whenever you drive your car and in all sorts of driving conditions.  Make sure to check these systems regularly.

What Does It Do?
The battery stores electrical energy and the starter converts that energy into mechanical force to turn the engine for starting.  The alternator produces electric current to replace what the starter used during start-up and to support electrical loads when the engine is running.  an ignition module turns the low-voltage supply to the ignition coil on and off, and the coil produces the high voltage for the ignition system.  This creates a spark at the spark plugs and ignites the air/fuel mixture in the engine. A belt transmits power from the front of the engine to the alternator's pulley, along with other accessories.

Typical Wear And Tear
Driving habits such as frequent engine on/off cycles will cause more wear on the starter than a simple trip back and forth to work.  Other factors include:

  • Driving and weather conditions
  • Mileage
  • Vehicle age
  • Excessive electrical draws like in-vehicle entertainment system
  • Headlights and interior lights dim
  • "Check Engine" and/or battery light may come on
  • Accessories fail to operate

Have any additional questions?  Give us a call at (530) 621-4591 or visit our website www.theautoanalyst.com

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Lighting and Wipers

What Is It?
Lights and wipers play a major role in safe driving - the chances for accidents increase if you can't see or be seen.  Some states have laws that require the headlights to be on with the wipers.  If you detect any problems with your car's lights or wipers, have them checked out at once.

What Does It Do?
The wiper system keeps excessive water, snow or dirt from building up on the windshield and removes them to maintain clear visibility through the windshield.  The lighting system provides nighttime visibility, signals and alerts other drivers, and supplies light for viewing instruments and the vehicle's interior.

Typical Wear And Tear
Lights and wipers are normal wear items that require periodic replacement.  Factors affecting replacement intervals include:

  • Operating conditions (winter conditions are tough on wiper blades)
  • Frequency of use
  • Material and type of lights and wipers
  • Sunny weather - wiper blades can deteriorate faster and need more frequent replacement in desert states
  • Chattering or streaking wiper
  • Rapid signal blinking
  • Dimming lights
Are You Aware?
During normal driving, you may not notice a light that isn't working; inspect your car's lights at every oil change.

Call us today and ask about our AquaPel window treatment before the rainy season is upon us (530) 621-4591 or visit our website to schedule an appointment www.theautoanalyst.com

Thursday, October 2, 2014


What Is It?
Your car's fuel system works with the rest of the engine control system to deliver the best performance with the lowest emissions.  Check your car's fuel system regularly or immediately if you smell gas or suspect a problem.

What Does It Do?
The fuel system transfers fuel from the fuel tank and passes it through a fuel filter for cleaning before it arrives at the injectors.  A pressure regulator controls fuel pressure to ensure good engine performance under a variety of speed and load conditions.  Fuel injectors, when activated, spray a metered amount of fuel into the engine.  Some vehicles use a return line system to return unused fuel back to the tank.

Typical Wear And Tear
Intervals for fuel system maintenance may be influenced by:

  • Fuel quality
  • Vehicle age
  • Mileage
  • Operating conditions
  • Maintenance history
  • Clogged or worn fuel injectors
  • Poor fuel economy
  • Vehicle won't start
  • "Check Engine" light is illuminated
Are You Aware?
It's best to check your car's fuel filter at every oil change and replace every two years or 24,000 miles.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding your fuel system please call us at (530) 621-4591 or visit our website at www.theautoanalyst.com

Wednesday, September 24, 2014


What Is It?
Your car's filters are important to the longevity of your car and interior comfort.  Maximize your car investment by replacing filters regularly.

What does It Do?
The oil filter traps contaminants, allowing the oil to flow through the engine unrestricted.  The fuel filter separates harmful contaminants that may cause problems with carburetors or intricate fuel injectors.  The air filter traps dirt particles, which can cause damage to engine cylinders, walls, pistons and piston rings.  The air filter also plays a role in keeping contaminants off the airflow sensor (in fuel-injected cars).  The cabin filter helps trap pollen, bacteria, dust and exhaust gases that may find their way into a car's ventilation system.

Typical Wear And Tear
Filters are normal wear items that require regular checks and replacement.  Fators that affect replacement intervals include:

  • Mileage
  • Driving habits
  • Driving and road conditions
  • Type of filter
  • Vehicle type
  • Poor gas mileage
  • Hesitation while accelerating
  • Musty odor in the cabin

Don't let your air filter get this dirty

Call today (530) 621-4591 or schedule an appointment online at www.theautoanalyst.com.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014


What Is It?
Your car's exhaust system has come a long way from the old days of exhaust pipes and mufflers.  Today, the exhaust system is safety and emissions control rolled into one.  Have your car's exhaust system inspected regularly and check it immediately if you suspect any problems.

What Does It Do?
The exhaust system routes dangerous exhaust gas from the engine out and away from the car to keep from affecting the occupants.  Next, the exhaust system reduces exhaust noise from the engine.  The catalytic converter reduces the level of harmful pollutants in the exhaust.  finally, the oxygen sensors mounted in the exhaust system monitor the level of exhaust gases to maintain efficient engine operation and to monitor the converter's operation.

Typical Wear And Tear
Maintain a safe car with regular exhaust system checks.  Factors that affect replacement requirements include:

  • Driving habits (short trips take their toll on exhaust system life)
  • Road conditions (salt, road spray, bumps)
  • Vehicle type
  • Age of exhaust system parts
  • Loud noise
  • Rattling noise when starting, accelerating or braking
  • Drowsiness while driving
Are you Aware?
Carbon monoxide from your car's exhaust is odorless, colorless - and lethal.  If you have any suspicions of a leak, have it checked out at once.

Visit our website at www.theautoanalyst.com

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Engine Cooling System

What Is It?

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 check it immediately.

What Does It Do?

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.

Typical Wear and Tear

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 need to add fluid
Are You Aware?

You should check the condition of the coolant each Spring and Fall to make sure the additives that protect against corrosion still function.

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

Wednesday, September 3, 2014


Are You Aware?

If you car requires major engine work, it may be more economical to have your engine rebuilt rather than buying a different car.

Rebuilt Engines

When a car or truck suffers major engine damage, the first reaction of most vehicle owners is to buy a new or used car or truck.  This makes sense in some cases, but often, it isn't necessary.  Repowering your car or truck's worn out engine with a rebuilt/remanufactured engine can also be considerably less expensive than buying a new or used car.  A rebuilt engine is one that is remanufactured to prescribed standards and specifications by highly-skilled machinists using state-of-the-art equipment and components.  During this process, many of the new components installed meet or exceed original equipment performance standards. Frequently, rebuilt engines are superior to new car engines because better parts are used, or design changes in parts correct problems with the original engine.  Rebuilt/remanufactured engines are dependable, reliable and backed by warranty programs.

The savings from engine repowering is notable when compared to the prices of new cars and trucks.  A rebuilt/remanufactured engine purchased and installed at an average cost of $2,700 - $4,000 is a sound and attractive investment.

For more information please give us a call at (530) 621-4591 or visit our website at www.theautoanalyst.com

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Emission System

What Is It?

Your car's emission system keeps the engine running cleanly and efficiently in all sorts of operating conditions.  If your car's engine isn't performing up to par or the "Check Engine" light goes on, have it inspected immediately.  Failure to do so can reduce your mileage per gallon of fuel or cause your vehicle to pollute.

What Does It Do?

Your car's emission system controls the emissions, exhaust and pollutants using an array of sensors, computerized engine controls and the exhaust components.  The emission system substantially reduces harmful gases such a carbon monoxide (CO), unburned hydrocarbons (HC) and oxides of nitrogen (NOx), and prevents harmful gasoline vapors from escaping at the fuel tank.

Typical Wear and Tear

Some factors affecting the emission system include:

  • Driving and atmospheric conditions
  • Mileage
  • Vehicle age
  • Type of spark plug electrode material
  • Maintenance history
  • Poor spark
  • Bad fuel
  • Damaged or worn sensors
Are You Aware?

Good fuel economy, performance and low emissions are all interrelated for an efficiently-operating engine.

If you have any questions regarding your vehicle's emission system please call (530) 621-4591, we are here to answer all questions and educate you regarding your vehicle.

Visit our website www.theautoanalyst.com to view training videos.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The Brake System

Brakes are a normal wear item for any car and eventually they're going to need replacement.  Avoid letting your brakes get to the "metal-to-metal" point, which usually means accelerating expensive rotor or drum replacement.

Several factors that affect wear include:

  • Driving habits
  • Operating conditions
  • Vehicle type
  • The quality of brake lining material
What does the brake system do?

When you push the brake pedal, the force generates hydraulic pressure in the master cylinder.  This pressure flows through the hydraulic lines and hoses to the wheel cylinders and calipers, forcing the shoes against the drums (drum brakes) and the pads against the rotors (disc brakes).  The resulting friction slows the vehicle and is relative to the amount of force applied at the brake pedal.  To view a video on brakes please visit our website www.theautoanalyst.com and the videos are on under the "About Us" column.

If you have not had the brakes inspected on your vehicle in the last 12 months, call today for an appointment (530) 621-4591.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Belts and Hoses

Your car's belts and hoses are essential to the cooling, air conditioning and charging systems, and the engine. don't take these routine replacement intervals for granted because they can bread down and leave you stranded.

The timing belt keeps the crankshaft and camshaft mechanically synchronized to maintain engine timing. Whether serpentine, V-belt or fan belt (the belts on the outside of the engine), they all transmit power from the front of the engine to accessories that need to be driven, such as the air conditioning, the charging system and fans.  radiator and heater hoses carry coolant to and from the engine, radiator and heater core.

Are You Aware?

The chances of a drive belt failure rise dramatically after four years or 36,000 miles for V-belts and 50,000 miles for serpentine belts.

Visit our website www.theautoanalyst.com to learn more about belts or call (530) 621-4591 we are here to answer any questions you may have.

Friday, August 8, 2014


Appearance - Keeping a vehicle looking brand new is tough, even with today's long-lasting finishes.  Dents, dings, cracked glass and dirty upholstery are several items that age the appearance of a vehicle.  Fortunately, technology and advances in vehicle protectants have helped rectify these problems, making the fixes quicker and less expensive.

Why Do I Need This Service?

Caring for your car's appearance help you protect your investment.  Appearance problems left unattended, like breaks in glass or body damage, can lead to larger safety-related problems and more expensive repairs.

Are You Aware?

Frequent washing and polishing is the best way to protect your car's finish from the damaging effects of acid rain.

If you have any questions regarding this topic or any other topic please give us a call at (530) 621-4591 or visit our website www.theautoanalyst.com

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

CARING FOR YOUR CAR - Air Conditioning Service

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.  HVAC system also helps improve defroster operation.

Why Do I Need This Service?
Proper heating and cooling performance is critical for interior comfort and for safety reasons such as defrosting.  The HVAC system will work as designed when you need it if you perform this service.

Are You Aware?
Having your car's  HVAC system serviced regularly can help save you money on more expensive repairs.

Call us today and we will make sure the keep you in the "cool" (530) 621-4591.  Or visit our website at www.theautoanalyst.com

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

CARING FOR YOUR CAR - Check Engine Light

In 1996, an orange light on your car's dashboard labeled "Check Engine" or "Service Engine Soon" became standard on all car makes and models.  The light tells you there's a problem with your car's engine and powertrain control system.

Why Do I Need This Service?
An illuminated "Check Engine" or "Service Engine Soon" light indicates a problem detected by your car's onboard diagnostic system (OBD).  The light cannot indicate the exact nature of the problem - only the right training and diagnostic equipment can do that.

Are You Aware?
A loose gas cap can trigger the "Check Engine" or " Service Engine Soon" light.  Make sure the cap is secure and tight at all times.

If you have any questions or concerns please give us a call (530) 621-4591 or visit our website www.theautoanalyst.com

Friday, July 18, 2014


Your car's tires affect its ride, handling, traction and safety.  Tires are the critical connection between your car and the road in all sorts of driving conditions.

Why Do I Need This Service?
To maximize tire life and safety, check tire condition and inflation pressure regularly and have the tires rotated and balanced.  Tire replacement may be necessary if the tread depth is below the minimum legal requirement, or the sidewalls are severely cracked or punctured.  In some cases, tread punctures cannot be repaired.

Are You Aware?
Proper tire inflation can improve gas mileage by more than 3% when maintained regularly.

Have questions regarding tires?  Give us a call at (530) 621-4591 or visit our website www.theautoanalyst.com

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

CARING FOR YOUR CAR - Wheel Alignment

Wheel Alignment

Maintaining your car's wheel alignment reduces tire wear, improves fuel economy and handling, and increases driving enjoyment and safety.

Why Do You Need This Service?

Normal wear and road conditions can take their toll on your car's steering and suspension system.  Hitting a pothole, a curb or going over railroad tracks can throw alignment settings out of specifications, can affect wheel alignment angles and can damage steering and suspension parts.

Are You Aware?

Regular alignment checks are your best way to maximize tire life and ensure that your car performs on the road as originally designed.

When was the last time your car's alignment was checked?  Give us a call today (530) 621-4591 or schedule a visit online at www.theautoanalyst.com

Wednesday, July 2, 2014


A proper and routine tune-up allows your engine to work hand-in-hand with the rest of your car's powertrain.  This is how optimum car performance is achieved.

Why Do You Need This Service?

A well-tuned engine delivers the best balance of power and fuel economy and produces the lowest level of emissions.  Modern engines compensate for worn parts to a degree, giving you the sense that everything is fine with your car.  A routine tune-up will restore your car to its normal operating state, and contribute to the overall efficiency of the engine and emissions system.

Are You Aware?

Routine tune-ups and engine performance checks can be your best assurance of good performance and fuel economy.  A healthy running engine maximizes the life of expensive emission system components.

Call today for an appointment (530) 621-4591 or visit our website www.theautoanalyst.com

Wednesday, June 25, 2014


The brake system is your car's most important safety system.  Never put off routine brake inspections or any needed repair so that your car can continue to operate as designed.


Brakes are a normal wear item for any car.  Eventually, they're going to need to be replaced for both performance and safety reasons.  Planning can also save your money - your brakes won't get to the "metal-to-metal" point, which usually means accelerating expensive rotor or drum replacement.

Your car owner's manual might specify periodic flushing and filling of the brake hydraulic system. Contaminated brake fluid may lead to erosion and other problems in the hydraulic system, especially on cars with anti-lock brakes (ABS).


Regular brake inspections are the best way to ensure safe and reliable braking and minimize the cost of repairs when brake service is needed.

Call today for an inspection (530) 621-4591. www.theautoanalyst.com

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Caring For Your Car - Belts and Hoses

Many experts urge replacing belts, radiator and heater hoses at specific recommended intervals to prevent your car from breaking down.  Losing a belt today means big trouble for the engine because serpentine belts are used on most engines to turn the water pump, alternator, power steering and air-conditioning compressor.  If the belt snaps, everything is lost and you may be stranded.  Older cars use individual V-belts for these various accessories.  A blown hose results in an overheated engine and can cause additional engine damage.

Why Do You Need This Service?

It's not easy to know the true condition of a belt or hose by its outward appearance because most belts and hoses fail from the inside out.  Rubber hoses can become hard and brittle, deteriorating with age and exposure to heat, causing the hose to split, blister or leak.  Belts also break down with heat, mileage and age.  Every time a belt passes around a pulley, it bends.  Flexing produces heat that causes the rubber to harden over time.  In addition, if the belt is loose or slips, the wear process can be accelerated.

When was the last time your belts and hoses were replaced?  Visit our website today to schedule an appointment  www.theautoanalyst.com

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

CARING FOR YOUR CAR - Oil, Filters and Fluids

Critical parts of your engine are lubricated, cleaned and cooled by your car's oil and filter.  Other specifically formulated fluids are used to the operation and protection of system and components such as brakes, power steering, automatic transmissions, and cooling and axles.  Your car may also be equipped with a variety of filters including those for the transmission, fuel system and interior ventilation.

Why Do You Need This Service?
Periodic oil and filter changes keep your engine clean on the inside.  Dust, metallic shavings, condensation and even antifreeze can contaminate motor oil.  Additives, which break down over time, are also subject to contamination.  Other car fluids may require periodic replacement.  For example, the majority of automatic transmission failures are heat-related, and automatic transmission fluid breaks down rapidly when subjected to high temperatures.  Your car owner's manual may specify periodic flushing and filling of the brake hydraulic system because contaminated brake fluid may lead to erosion and other problems in the hydraulic system, especially on cars with antilock brakes (ABS).

Are You Aware?
Regular oil changes are your best investment toward the longevity of your engine!  For questions or more information please give us a call (530) 621-4591.  Visit our website at www.theautoanalyst.com

Wednesday, June 4, 2014


Most car owners don't service their air conditioning until after it fails.  Maintaining your family car air conditioning system means that you always have enough refrigerant to properly do the job.  Small leaks in the air conditioning system allow the refrigerant to escape and the system can't cool the air as well.

Air conditioning service starts with a visual inspection of the components for signs of damage or leaks.  The compressor is driven by a belt from the engine, most often the serpentine belt, so it's inspected for cracks or wear.

The air conditioning compressor and other components are checked for proper operation by certified technicians.  Then comes the leak test.  if a leak is detected, often in a hose or connection, it's repaired and the family car system is retested.  The certified technician will also perform a temperature drop test.

If needed, the old refrigerant is evacuated and the system is recharged with clean, fresh refrigerant.  A final test insures that the air conditioner is working, and you're on your way.

How often this should be done varies from vehicle to vehicle.  your family car owner's manual will have the manufacturer's recommendation and, of course, your service advisor can tell you.  It's typically every two years.

Give us a call today or visit our website to schedule an appointment www.theautoanalyst.com

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

What's That Smell??

Does your vehicle have any unwanted odor inside from mildew, smoke, dropped food, etc?  Well our Ozonator can help.  What is an Ozonator you ask?  It is a special machine that not only gets rid of odors, it eliminates the source.  As it passes through the air, it is able to sanitize and disinfect all areas.  Naturally occurring elements such as mildew, yeast, viruses, mold and bacteria.  And best of all, when the Ozonator has done its job, there is no cleanup or disposal necessary.  Want more information?  Give us a call (530) 621-4591 or schedule an appointment at www.theautoanalyst.com

Tuesday, May 20, 2014


10.   Buy your vehicle a gift for Spring.  I suggest a new air freshener.  The packages of air fresheners are often cheaper and you have a couple when the other one wears out.  Also, if you leave the bag half way on, it will make the life of the air freshener go longer.  That way your car will look good and smell good also.  Perhaps even some new car mats if yours are worn.  www.theautoanalyst.com

Wednesday, May 14, 2014


9.   Check your wipers.  Again, winter can be rough on your windshield wipers and with the weird weather we have been having; you will want good wipers on your vehicle.  Stop by any time we have wiper refills in stock, no appointment necessary.  www.theautoanalyst.com

Tuesday, May 6, 2014


8.     Don't just clean the outside.  Spring clean the inside as well.  As much as you attempted to kick the snow and mud off your feet before entry, doesn't mean you got it all off.  Chances are you have muddied up the floor and other areas of your vehicle as well.  When cleaning the inside, don't forget to clean the windows as well.  If there are any unpleasant odors left over from the damp winter months give us a call we have the ability to rid vehicles of unwanted odors.  Call today (530) 621-4591 or visit our website www.theautoanalyst.com

Tuesday, April 29, 2014


7.     Do a thorough outside wash of your vehicle and make it sparkly clean.  Make sure you pay extra care to wash the under carriage.  Some states use salt and this can rust out vehicles a lot faster.  Grime in general is not good for your vehicle and will shorten the life span of your vehicle.  It could also end up costing you unnecessary money to fix when it begins to rust.  Do you have questions or concerns about your vehicle?  Give us a call at (530) 621-4591 or visit our website www.theautoanalyst.com

Wednesday, April 23, 2014


6.     Get your tires rotated and balanced.  Make sure the tires are inflated to the appropriate PSI (pounds per square inch).  The wear and tear of the winter roads can play havoc with your tires and wear them down.  Properly inflated and balanced tires will also improve gas mileage and save you money in the long run.  Visit our website www.theautoanalyst.com or call today (530) 621-4591 to schedule an appointment.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014


5.     Check the belts.  Replace them if they are cracked or dry-rotted.  if they break, they could cause significant damage to your motor or other components.  A new motor is not a cheap fix.  Call today to schedule an appointment (530) 621-4591. www.theautoanalyst.com

Wednesday, April 9, 2014


4.  Replace your gas filter.  If you replace your gas filter, you will get better gas mileage and with the price of gas, this is a very good thing to do.  In turn this will save you money when you take spring road trips and leave you a little extra spending cash.  Give us a call at (530) 621-4591 or visit our website to schedule your appointment www.theautoanalyst.com

Friday, April 4, 2014


3.  Clean the fuel injectors.  Since your car was new, dirt, varnishes, and carbon deposits have been forming in your vehicle's fuel system on the intake valves and in the combustion ares.  these build ups can rob your car of performance.  Some of the symptoms related to carbon buildup are engine pinging, hesitation, poor acceleration, lack of power, repeated stalling when cold, poor performance when cold, rough idle, and poor fuel economy.  These buildups, if left untreated, may lead to costly engine repairs. The Auto Analyst can perform a process that will clean your vehicle's fuel system, including injectors, and remove harmful carbon deposits.   This system utilizes a unique cleaning solution which will not damage your vehicle's sophisticated engine components.  Call today to schedule an appointment (530) 621-4591 or visit our website www.theautoanalyst.com.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014


2. Check all your fluid levels.  you might not have wanted to stand in the cold weather to check your fluid levels as often as you should.  You might be low on oil, antifreeze or windshield wiper fluid.

Did you know?  During every oil change at The Auto Analyst all your fluid are checked and topped off if needed.

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

Friday, March 21, 2014


April is car care month and with the arrival of spring, there are several important items you should take car of with your vehicle before taking a drive to enjoy the spring weather and these tips will also save you money.  Beginning this week and for the next 10 weeks I will be sending out the top 10 car care tips for Springtime.

#1 ~ Get an oil change.  Changing your oil every 3,000 miles will increase the life of your vehicle and it will also perform better.  After winter your vehicle will appreciate it.

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Thursday, March 13, 2014


Since your car was new, dirt, varnishes, and carbon deposits have been forming in your vehicle's fuel system on the intake valves and in the combustion areas.  These build ups can rob your car of performance.  some of the symptoms related to carbon buildup are engine pinging, hesitation, poor acceleration, lack of power, repeated stalling when cold, poor performance when cold, rough idle, and poor fuel economy.  these buildups, if left untreated, may lead to costly engine repairs.  The Auto analyst can perform a revolutionary process that will clean your vehicle's fuel system, including injectors, and remove harmful carbon deposits.  This system utilizes a unique cleaning solution which will not damage your vehicle's sophisticated engine components.

After your engine is cleaned using this revolutionary process, you will notice improved performance, acceleration and increased fuel economy.



  • Clean fuel injectors
  • Clean ISC/ASC motor as required
  • Clean throttle body air intake
  • Visually inspect fuel lines and fuel rail
  • De-carbonize intake manifold
  • De-carbonize intake and exhaust valves
  • De-carbonize combustion chamber and pistons

Call today and schedule an appointment (530) 621-4591 or visit our website www.theautoanalyst.com

Friday, March 7, 2014

What's the harm in putting off replacing my engine air filter a little longer?

That's a fair question because the harm takes a while to manifest.  Let's take a small step back and talk about what an engine air filter does.

The air all around us contains dust, dirt, pollen, spores, etc.  Some areas and times of the year have more contaminants in the air.  The job of the air filter is to keep that stuff out of your engine.  The benefit to car owners is obvious.

Now your engine uses a lot of air - like 12,000 gallons of air for every gallon of fuel - so the engine air filter has an essential job to do.  When the filter gets full and can't hold any more dirt, all that air still has to get to the engine so dirt gets forced through the filter and heads on downstream.

The air flows pass the mass air flow (MAF) sensor on its way to the engine.  The MAF sensor tells the engine control computer how much air is coming so the computer can send the proper amount of fuel into the engine to maintain the correct air-to-fuel ratio.

When dirty air is flowing pass the filter, detrimental dirt starts to build up on the delicate MAF sensor elements causing incorrect air flow readings.  The computer then sends the wrong amount of fuel to the engine.  This can rob power from the engine.  But the harm comes from unburned fuel passing out through the exhaust system and getting caught in the catalytic converter leading to expensive damage.

A primary cause of catalytic converter failure is improper engine management, often triggered buy a dirty MAF sensor which was contaminated because the engine air filter had not been replaced as recommended. Car owners can buy several cases of engine air filters for what it would cost to replace a catalytic converter. So when it's time to replace your engine filter keep in mind the potential long term effects of putting it off.  www.theautoanalyst.com

Wednesday, February 26, 2014


There is an increasing awareness of the dangers of water and corrosion producing contaminates.  Brake fluid contaminated by moisture dangerously lowers the boiling point of the fluid to the point that even under ordinary condition, your brakes could get hot enough to cause the brake fluid to boil causing vapor to form in the brake system.  The vapor is compressible, causing a low or no brake pedal.  Moisture gets into the fluid because conventional brake fluid is hydrosconic (it has a magnetic attraction for moisture which it absorbs from the atmosphere).  In the vehicle, moisture is absorbed through the brake master cylinder reservoir and permeable brake hoses.  As a result, the moisture along with the steel line, rubber hoses, cast iron, aluminum and brake fluid that can reach 450 to 500 degrees; causes electrochemical reaction that makes the brake fluid so acidic that it can result in early failure to brake components.  Brake fluid contamination has become so much a concern of some major car manufacturers that they have added it to their required maintenance.  Failure to change your vehicle brake fluid can result in very costly repairs.  don't delay having our ASE certified technicians perform this service for you. Visit our website today to schedule an appointment. www.theautoanalyst.com

Thursday, February 13, 2014


6 Vehicle Warning Smells Your Nose Can Recognize

  1. Burnt Rubber - the smell could mean slipping drive belts or misplaced loose hoses that might be rubbing against rotating accessory drive pulleys.
  2. Hot Oil - the smell of hot oil could mean that oil is leaking onto the exhaust system.  To verify the leak, look for oil on the pavement or smoke coming from the engine area.  Caution:  Turn off the engine before checking for a leak.
  3. Gasoline - this smell is likely the sign of a gas leak, possibly a fuel injector line or the fuel tank. Caution:  Any smell of fuel is a possible fire hazard, so immediate attention should be given.
  4. Syrup - the sweet smell of syrup may be a sign that the car is leaking engine coolant from a component related to the car's cooling system.  Caution:  Do not open the radiator cap when it is hot.
  5. Burning Carpet - this smell could be a sign of brake trouble.  have your brakes checked right away, especially if this smell is happening during normal driving conditions.  Caution:  Brake trouble is a serious safety hazard.
  6. Rotten Eggs - this smell could mean the catalytic converter is not converting hydrogen sulfide in the exhaust to sulfur dioxide properly.  Caution:  A poor running engine can cause the catalytic converter to become overloaded and fail due to meltdown.
Remember, once you know what a smell may be, don't delay in fixing it to ensure you are safe on the road.  Give us a call if you have any questions or concerns (530) 621-4591 or visit our website www.theautoanalyst.com.

Friday, February 7, 2014


Manufacturers know that a properly maintained vehicle will be more dependable, safer, last longer, and increase your satisfaction with their product.  Car makers and owners also have a responsibility to make sure emission controls receive regular service and are functioning properly.  Regular maintenance helps accomplish these goals by keeping your engine running efficiently and eliminating potential problems that may leave you stranded.


  2. A MORE DEPENDABLE vehicle!
  3. A vehicle that retains more "NEW VEHICLE FEEL".
  4. Less chance of a COSTLY BREAKDOWN.
  6. Doing your part for CLEANER AIR.
  7. A car WORTH MORE at trade in or sale.


  1. We'll fix only what is necessary.  We'll NEVER pressure you into getting additional work done.
  2. All work is guaranteed 12 month / 12,000 mile warranty.
  3. We use only the latest in diagnostic equipment to make sure your problem is fixed right THE FIRST TIME.
  4. Our technicians are ASE certified to make sure you get the highest quality repairs possible.

Give us a call today with any questions or concerns you may have regarding your vehicle.  www.theautoanalyst.com

(NOTE:  Maintenance services DO NOT need to be done by the dealership to maintain the factory warranty.)

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Stay Safe When Roads Are Tricky

Winter is far from over, and whether you drive on the job, travel to see friends and family or drive to and from work, safety on the road is trickier on icy or slippery streets.  Avoid becoming another traffic statistic by following these basic winter driving tips:

  • Slow down.  Remember that you need more room to stop when roads are slick or visibility is poor.
  • Check your engine.  Make sure your battery is fully charged so it can start easily in cold weather.  Have us examine your ignition system, spark plugs, wiring, and other components.
  • Get plenty of rest.  Fatigue leads to accidents.  Get a full night's sleep before getting behind the wheel.
  • Watch your exhaust.  Don't warm up your car in a garage or other small, enclosed space.  The carbon monoxide buildup can be dangerous.
  • Limit cruise control.  Don't rely on cruise control when driving on slippery roads.  Be alert and ready to stop or change course in the event of anything unexpected.
  • Clean up.  Make sure your lights and windows are clean and clear so you can see everything on the road, especially at night.  Make sure your windshield wipers are in good condition.
Give us a call if you have any questions or concerns about your vehicle (530) 621-4591 or visit our website for more great information www.theautoanalyst.com.

Thursday, January 23, 2014


They say there is a chance for rain next week and I just wanted to remind everyone that since it has been so dry that any rain will be like the first rain of the season meaning that the roads will be slick.  Please click and read some Wet Weather Driving Tips http://www.ncdot.gov/travel/safetytips/.

Let's all continue to Pray for rain!  And most important, when it does come please drive with caution.

Please remember The Auto Analyst is here for all your automotive needs and questions. Please visit our website www.theautoanalyst.com.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014


Way too many accidents happen at night on CA roads. There are a lot of factors, but a big one is simply visibility: if you can’t see something, it’s hard to avoid hitting it.

There are some things Placerville car owners can do to make sure they can see as much as possible when they’re driving in the dark. First of all, keep your windshield clean. Glare from oncoming headlights can obscure obstacles in the road. Clean off that film that builds up on the inside of your windshield. And make sure you have good wiper blades and plenty of washer fluid.

Now it could be that your headlights aren’t as bright as they used to be. It happens – the bulbs just dim over time. If it’s been a couple of years since you replaced your headlamps and they aren’t lighting up the road like they used to, get some new ones. They make upgraded headlamps too that give you a brighter light and a larger field of vision so you can see better and further down the road.

Another very common headlamp problem in the Placerville area is cloudy or yellowed lenses. These days lenses are plastic and they oxidize and discolor over time. Just look at the cars in the parking lot at your Placerville office building – chances are you’ll see several with cloudy lenses. This is a huge problem because some of the light coming from your headlamps gets trapped before it can even get out and shine down the road.

Replacing a set of headlight assemblies can run hundreds or even thousands of dollars. There’s an alternative that can save  car owners big bucks: Headlight restoration. An automotive tech can remove the oxidized layer from your lenses. He’ll then polish the lenses until they’re bright and smooth. When he’s all finished, your lenses will be as good as new.

Any accident on CA roads and interstates is inconvenient and can be costly. And if someone gets hurt, well, that’s something you want to avoid at all costs. If you’re not confident driving at night, ask your service manager which would work better for you; headlamp replacement and/or headlight restoration.

Give us a call today (530) 621-4591 or visit our website www.theautoanalyst.com