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Automotive Tips from Folsom Autotech: Alignment Inspection

Posted April 24, 2016 11:24 AM

Uneven tire wear, the car pulling to one side or a steering wheel that is off-center are signs for Folsom drivers that their wheels may be out of alignment.

When doing an alignment inspection, the service advisor at Folsom Autotech will inspect your tires for uneven wear as well as suspension and steering parts for signs of wear or damage. He?ll also compare your current alignment with the vehicle manufacturer?s settings.

Your vehicle owner?s manual will have a recommendation for when to check alignment. Of course, this recommendation is based on normal driving. If you have been in a crash, hit a curb/pothole, frequently drive off-road around Folsom, or notice any symptoms of misalignment, have your Folsom Autotech service advisor perform an important alignment check.

Folsom Autotech
1126 A Sibley St
Folsom, California 95630
(916) 985-0274



Can Your Car Last Another Year?

Posted April 18, 2016 1:09 AM

Have you checked out the price of new vehicles at Folsom car dealers? Ouch! Add financing and insurance and a new ride may not seem so attractive. A lot of Folsom, California, folks are hoping to make their cars last a lot longer.

Fortunately, with the current state of automotive engineering and manufacturing, there's no reason a modern vehicle can't be made to last for a 150,000 miles (250,000 kilometers) or more for smart Folsom drivers.

The old adage: 'a stitch in time saves nine' is really true for Folsom residents when it comes to car maintenance. A great example is coolant service.

Over time, coolant becomes corrosive and actually starts to damage your radiator and other parts. Smart Folsom drivers have their cooling system service taken care of right on schedule at Folsom Autotech.

Ditto for your power steering system, brake fluid, air conditioning system, differential and transmission. Of course, oil changes should be done right on schedule to avoid the build-up of harmful oil sludge.

Don't let your brake pads go too long before they are worn to the point that your rotors are at risk. Preventative auto maintenance at Folsom Autotech is a great way to keep your operating costs down.

Replacing belts and hoses is much cheaper than repairing the damage that can be caused by failure.

We know that this is a lot for busy Folsom area drivers to remember. Let the team of automotive professionals at Folsom Autotech keep on top of this stuff for you. We can tell you what your vehicle manufacturer recommends and help you develop an affordable plan to take care of it.

Bottom line – do routine maintenance on schedule and you will reduce operating costs, prevent repairs and maintain your warranty coverage.

Let us take good care of your car at Folsom Autotech in Folsom, and it'll take good care of you.

Folsom Autotech
1126 A Sibley St
Folsom, California 95630
(916) 985-0274



Arrive Alive in Folsom

Posted April 11, 2016 1:02 AM

We've all seen drivers do crazy things while driving to or from Folsom. A guy shaving in the rear-view mirror, a woman applying makeup, people talking on their phones, texting or drinking from an enormous coffee mug. It's a wonder we even dare drive on California roads.

The truth is that all of us are distracted when we drive. Unfortunately, traffic, road construction and other external factors are beyond our control. The distractions inside our car, however, are things we can often control.

Here's some things that'll give you more control in your car, and help keep your attention on the roads around Folsom.

  • Folsom drivers who are 16 to 20 years old tend to be more distracted by the radio, CD or MP3 player.
  • Folsom drivers who are 20 to 29 are more distracted by passengers in the car, including small children.
  • Those over age 65 tend to be more distracted by objects or events that are outside of the vehicle.

Other factors like fatigue, stress and lack of sleep make it harder to pay attention to driving – no matter what age we are. It is always better to pull over and take a quick nap than risk falling asleep at the wheel. Folsom drivers are also distracted by thinking about relationships, family issues, money and bills. So what can Folsom drivers do to manage these distractions? Well, the first thing is to eliminate as many as we can.

If you really think you have to shave, change your clothes or put on make-up while driving in Folsom – you're wrong. Just start getting ready earlier so you have enough time to finish those things before you drive around Folsom.

The professional here at Folsom Autotech wand you to remember that driving is probably the most dangerous thing you'll do all day – so don't make it any worse. Use these tips to keep you and your loved ones safer behind the wheel in Folsom.

Folsom Autotech
1126 A Sibley St
Folsom, California 95630
(916) 985-0274



Folsom Autotech Advice: Don't Overlook These 10 Automotive Services

Posted April 3, 2016 8:08 AM

Organization is the key to managing a busy life in California. So setting up an annual calendar for vehicle care can keep Folsom residents on top of preventive maintenance. But you can't just write “oil change” every few months on the calendar. Modern vehicles have many systems that are vital to the safe operation of a vehicle, and they all need to be inspected. Folsom residents can't afford to overlook any of them.

The following is a list of preventive maintenance services that are often overlooked by vehicle owners in the Folsom area. They are not presented in any particular order.

1. Folsom Autotech Power Steering Service. Moisture gradually builds up in your power steering fluid, which can lead to corrosion in your steering system. The fluid also gets dirty, which can gum up your steering system. The fluid needs to be replaced periodically.

2. Folsom Autotech Wheel Alignment. Wheels that are out of alignment will cause a vehicle to pull to one side. This is dangerous for Folsom residents and can lead to accidents. Also, it causes uneven and rapid tire wear, which means tires must be replaced more often.

3. Folsom Autotech Differential Service. They are part of the drive train system that transfers power from the engine to the wheels. Damage or wear in this system can make a vehicle undriveable.

4. Folsom Autotech Cabin Air Filter. Your vehicle may or may not be equipped with a cabin air filter. Its job is to remove dust and pollen from the air that enters the passenger compartment of the vehicle. If this filter clogs, it can stink. So check your owner's manual to find out if your vehicle has a cabin air filter. If so, come visit us at Folsom Autotech and get it changed according to the recommended schedule.

5. Folsom Autotech Timing Belt Replacement. Most passenger cars and some vans and trucks have timing belts. Folsom residents can check their owner's manual to find out if their vehicle has one. If so, you can't drive without it. And if it breaks while on the road, you may be looking at thousands of dollars of repairs. So it is important to inspect it occasionally. If your vehicle has close to 60,000 miles/100,000 kilometers or more on it and you haven't had your timing belt replaced, then you need to find out the recommended replacement interval NOW.

6. Folsom Autotech Transmission Service. Transmission fluid gets dirty and has to be replaced. If not, you risk repairs.

7. Folsom Autotech Air Conditioning Service. The refrigerant in your air conditioner needs to be replaced periodically. This fluid doesn't just refrigerate air; it provides lubrication to the air conditioning system and conditions seals. Lack of fluid can damage components.

8. Folsom Autotech Brake Service. Even if your brakes are quiet and working well, the brake fluid still might need to be changed. Over time, moisture builds up in brake fluid. Water has a different viscosity than brake fluid, so the brakes can't compress properly when there's too much moisture in the fluid — and you shouldn't need to be told how it is to drive with brakes that are compromised. Moisture in your brake fluid can also corrode parts in your brake system, causing it to fail altogether.

9. Folsom Autotech Coolant System Service. Antifreeze is another fluid that needs to be changed regularly. If not, it actually becomes corrosive and begins to damage your cooling system. Eventually it can eat holes in your radiator.

10. Folsom Autotech Fuel System Cleaning. Over time, your fuel system just gets gummed up, which can interfere with the flow of fuel in a number of ways.

Of course, your next question should be: How often do I need to get all of this done? Well, the answer varies depending on which service we're talking about, the make and model of your vehicle, the climate where you live in California, your usual driving conditions and your driving habits.

But don't lose heart. Your owner's manual will give you a recommended service schedule for most of the service items listed. And you can get quality auto advice from your friendly and knowledgeable Folsom Autotech service advisors to help you meet the service intervals that suit your vehicle.

Folsom Autotech
1126 A Sibley St
Folsom, California 95630
(916) 985-0274




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