I recently read the results of a poll with the question: "Do you trust your mechanic?" And I was surprised to see that 46% of those who responded said no, they don't. If you don't trust your mechanic, why do you bring your car back to him? If you didn't trust your doctor, you would find another doctor. Your mechanic is very much like your doctor. He has to diagnose and treat your car. Today’s cars with all the electronics and computers can tell your mechanic where it hurts but can’t tell him why. In fact if you want to take it a step further your mechanic has to be better than your doctor because your car isn’t like every other car, each system in each make is different. American Auto Air & Repair has one of the top diagnosticians in the Reno area. Don’t feel good about your current auto repair facility give American Auto Air a try.
The cold of winter brings it own stress on your car. Here is some great information on what can go wrong and how you can prevent it. Your investment in preparing your vehicle for winter can save you money, time, premature wear & tear on you vehicle, as well as preventing you from becoming a roadside Popsicle.
1 Spark plugs, Wires, Fuel filter, and air filter
For dependable cold starts and good fuel mileage, you have to maintain these. At American Auto Air and Repair we use a computer scan tool to make sure that there are no trouble codes logged in the systems memory. Sensors such as those for coolant temperature, air temperature and oxygen can go bad resulting in poor performance and mileage.
2 Rubber, anything exposed can also be damaged by the cold
Anything that is exposed to the elements and dirt can get damaged. Road grime and salt are two of the most destructive elements. It is always good to get your vehicle checked for torn protective rubber boots and bellows on critical drive train, steering and suspension parts. Remember these are same parts that were exposed to the string of 100 degree days last summer here in Reno.
3 Engine and Transmission Oil Filters
Oil gets heavy when it is cold, and that causes them to flow slower. If your filter is dirty, then you might get substantial lose of oil flow, which can produce more heat through friction. Over time this can lead to damage to the engine and/or transmission. Make sure your engine and transmission work is current now.
4 Hoses and belts
These can get stressed in the cold. Brittle or soft belts with missing ribs or cracks need to be replaced. Data collected from National Car Care Month inspections shows 19% of cars have belts that are damaged, cracked and needing replacement and 17% with hoses which were damaged, cracked and needing replacement.
5 Cooling System
Your cooling system also protects the engine from freezing up as well as keeping it cool. Your coolant should be mixed 50/50 with a combo of water and coolant. You should have the coolant protection checked every year before winter and if the coolant tests out above the protection level of –30 to –35 degrees F, then you should have the system flushed and refilled with a fresh mix. American Auto Air currently has a 7-point Cooling System Maintenance Service Special available.
6 Windshield Wipers
Snow and ice often settle at the base of the windshield, freezing blades in place. Your wipers aren’t made to plow snow and might burn out if you try to break the ice formed when you are starting the car. The wiper system needs regular replacement due to many reasons, including driving conditions, frequency of use, and the material used in making the wiper parts. During the 2010 National Car Care Month Inspections 39% had front windshield wiper failures while eleven percent of vehicles also needed service on their rear wipers. Wipers can skip, smear, or just plain not move water well. Bring your vehicle to American Auto Air for a new set of wiper blades before the snow starts falling and you can’t see out your windshield.
Automotive lighting play an important part in enabling you to operate your vehicle safely in and around the streets of Reno. The chance of you having an accident increases if you aren't able to see (or be seen) when operating your auto. Vehicle lighting provides a means of communicating among drivers and is vital to any properly functioning vehicle. Vehicle inspections during National Car Care Month have shown lighting to be an often neglected maintenance item, approximately one out of every ten vehicles (11 percent) needed work on at least one of their lights. Let American Auto Air replace any light that isn’t properly working on your vehicle.
Creating A Partnership To Keep The Cost Of Driving Down
With the initial cost of purchasing your vehicle raising, the price of gas continually going up and the simple truth that all of us need to keep our vehicles running longer and further, auto repair facilities and vehicle owners need to work together to reduce the overall cost of vehicle ownership.
American Auto Air & Repair and you can create that partnership to keep the cost of auto ownership down. All vehicles need repair at some point; today’s vehicles are not a single big machine but a collection of small machines working together each requiring specialize maintenance. The better you care for your car and each of its major systems the less it will cost to operate in the long run.
Lapsing maintenance on your car’s fluid exchanges, dirty filters, bruised belts and aging spark plugs can lead to bigger problems like busted-up radiators, slipping gear shifts, squealing brakes and/or engine failure. That’s why routine maintenance is key to vehicle longevity. Maintenance you think you can “let go” in the short term can often be an “oh, no!” down the road. The best thing for you and your vehicle is to find a trusted local shop that can do the preventative maintenance and the eventual repair.
We can work together before there is a need for a major repair and you’re having to shell out large amounts of money. The practice is called preventative maintenance. And we both play a vital role.
OUR INDIVIDUAL ROLES
You, The Vehicle Owner -
Your role is heading off serious repair problems before they happen. It’s simple, (1) make an appointment and to come in for the manufacturer’s recommended maintenance items when notified and pay attention to your car as you drive. (2) Your daily role in the preventive maintenance program is to detect many common vehicle problems early on by using your senses:
Just by using your 5 senses you can save lots of dollars. If It Looks, Smells, Feels or Sounds like car trouble, it probably is! Make note of what what you see, hear, smell or feel and let your mechanic know. Sharing everything you know about what the car is doing is the way to the lowest possible repair bill. Not sharing may result in additional diagnosis (which costs money) or, worse, may result is an incomplete or improper repair.
Your Trusted Local Shop -
Our role is to work with you each step of the way in car ownership and
There is the staggering statistic that 5.2% of all motor vehicle accidents can be attributed to mechanical defects due to neglected vehicle maintenance, which translates to eleven people injured every hour and one person dies every three hours due to accidents that could have been prevented.
Let’s get this partnership underway saving you money and keeping everyone who rides in your car a little safer. Give American Auto Air a call today at 775-826-6050.
Keeping The Cost of Automotive Ownership Down: A Winning Partnership
Robert Willumsen is the Business Operations Manager for American Auto Air American Auto Air is a family owned and operated full service auto repair facility serving Reno and the surrounding areas since 1976