Automotion Reno

Servicing Northern Nevada Car Owners since 1975

Stay Headed In The Right Direction, Reno

Power steering is standard on nearly every car and truck in Reno, Nevada these days. Now there are some exotic, new types of power steering systems, but for the most part, the general setup is a pump that’s driven by a belt powered by the engine.

Contact the automotive professionals at Automotion in Reno for questions about your power steering.

The pump generates power that assists motorists as they steer their sedan around Reno, Nevada. Power steering systems use hoses to move pressurized fluid back and forth. These hoses can develop leaks so it’s a good idea to have your Reno service professional inspect them at every oil change.

A check of the power steering fluid level is on the list for every full service oil change at Automotion because low fluid can damage the power steering pump. And the fluid needs to be compatible with the hoses and seals, so it’s important to use the correct type –just ask your service advisor at Automotion.

In addition to providing boost, the fluid cleans, cools and lubricates the power steering system. Over time, the lubricants and detergents diminish so Reno drivers need to replace their old fluid with clean, fresh fluid periodically.

Excess moisture can collect in the power steering fluid as well. That can lead to rust and corrosion as well as reduce the effectiveness of the fluid. Many auto manufacturers outline power steering service intervals in the owner’s manual. Unfortunately, this vital service is sometimes left off the maintenance schedule. For Reno auto owners who are not sure, every two years is a good rule of thumb. 

At Automotion, we use a detergent to clean the system, flush out the old fluid and replace it with new fluid.

Now, if you are experiencing high steering effort, erratic power assist, loud whining coming from the pump you may have a power steering problem. Another sign for Reno drivers is having to frequently top off the fluid.

Holding the steering wheel to the far right or left for more than a few seconds at a time can wear your pump out real fast. AutoNetTV wants you to be sure to service your power steering system regularly at your service center or Automotion in Reno to keep you headed in the right direction.

Automotion
225 Telegraph Street
Reno, Nevada 89502
(775) 624-5152

Automobile Fluids For Your sedan

If you’ve walked through the automotive fluids of an auto parts store in Sparks, you’ll know how overwhelming the sheer number of products available can be. How do you know what’s right for your vehicle?

As you know, these fluids all serve a function in making your car run as you drive around the Sparks area. Your vehicle manufacturer has specified a particular type of fluid for every system from the motor, to the cooling system, brake fluid and so on. When you realize that not every variation is applicable to your vehicle, the task becomes more manageable.

First let’s talk about why there are so many varieties. Starting with motor oil, we see that manufacturers match the properties of a particular weight or type of oil with the design needs of the engine. For example, engines with sophisticated valve trains often require a thinner weight of oil.

Some vehicles around Sparks come from the factory filled with synthetic oil and the recommendation to use it for life. The safe bet is to always use what the factory recommends. The recommendation is what’s been proven to work in function and durability tests. The recommended oil is also a factor in determining oil change interval schedules.

Reno Nevada Auto Fluids A good quality oil has more additives that are engineered to clean and protect the engine. They cost a bit more, but are worth the extra protection. If you buy budget oil, you might want to consider shortening your oil change interval.

Sometimes fluids are developed specifically to meet the needs of a particular family of engines. An example would be coolant. Because of the different materials used to build the cooling system, the coolant has to be formulated to protect those parts, which vary from manufacturer to manufacturer, from corrosion. We’ve seen special coolant in Sparks for General Motors, Volkswagen, Chrysler and others.

The same is true of transmission fluid and brake fluid in recent years.

The really good news is that your Sparks service center has databases that tell them the recommended fluids for your vehicle. This takes all the guess work out. If you have some special needs, like a higher mileage engine or want enhanced performance, ask your service advisor for upgrades or additives that’ll meet your needs while being consistent with the manufacturer’s recommendations.

Of course, your full-service oil change will top off your fluids. But it’s a good idea to have some of everything at home in case you need to top something off yourself or to take on a trip. Ask your Sparks service advisor at Automotion or check your owner’s manual for fluid specifications.

It’s important to know that there are national warranty laws that say that a manufacturer cannot require you to use their brand of fluid to maintain your warranty. That said, there are two things that may affect your warranty.

Using the wrong type of fluid may void the warranty. Going back to radiator coolant, the correct type protects against corrosion and the wrong type will not. So it’s important to be right.

Also some warranty protections are conditioned on taking care of scheduled preventive maintenance. Please review your warranty if you have questions.

Clean Air for Your Engine: Engine Air Filters In Reno

Every Reno car owner who has taken their car in for an oil change has been told that their engine air filter’s dirty.

Here’s what goes into the determination of when to change the filter: First, your sedan owner’s manual will have a recommendation of when to change the filter. Second, a visual inspection by your Reno technician may determine that your filter it is visibly dirty and needs to be changed.

Clean Air for Your Engine Reno Engine Air Filter

So between your owner’s manual and your Sparks technician’s inspection there’s really no guesswork involved for Reno motorists.

Now, most air filters purchased in Reno, Hidden Valley, Sun Valley, or Spanish Springs don’t cost a lot to replace. It’s just that Nevada people hate getting caught with an unexpected expense. On the plus side, though, changing a dirty air filter at Automotion can often save enough on gas to pay for itself before your next oil change in Reno.

Think about a dirty furnace filter in your Reno home. When it’s all clogged up, enough clean air can’t get through. In your sedan, that means that your engine can’t get as much air as it needs to burn the fuel efficiently. So it makes do with less air and has to use more expensive Nevada gas to move your vehicle around Sparks roads.

Your sedan actually needs about 12,000 gallons of air for every gallon of gas it burns. Engine air filters don’t cost much in Reno at Automotion. When it’s time to change yours, just get it done. You’ll get better fuel economy, have better performance and protect your sedan engine.

Battery Replacement For Your sedan

Modern cars and trucks in and around Reno run on 12 volt electrical systems. 12 volts is enough to get the job done for Reno car owners without having so much power that there is danger of electrocution. But today’s vehicles have more electrical components and do-dads than ever before. This really strains your electrical system, making it hard for the battery to keep up. Think about it: electric seats, seat heaters, power locks, windows and sun roofs. And then us Nevada car owners have all the power outlets for our cell phones, computers, and DVD players.

We also have navigation systems and powerful stereos. Plus there are all the engine and transmission computers, traction control, stability control, anti-lock brakes, sensors and on and on. Even the security system is running off the battery while the car is turned off.

Fortunately, battery technology has given Reno car owners resilient batteries that are able to meet these strenuous requirements. But the fact is, batteries just wear out over time. Eventually, every battery gets to the point where it cannot hold enough of a charge to start your sedan. Sometimes batteries need to be replaced because they have just worn out. Or, in other cases, they have developed a leak which makes it even more critical to get it replaced.

Special safety precautions are taken when working with batteries in the shop at Automotion in Reno, Nevada. These precautions also apply to anyone who is poking around the battery. Batteries contain sulfuric acid that can damage your eyes and burn your skin, so safety glasses and rubber gloves are a must for any Reno car owners working with their battery. Be careful to not spill acid on your clothes or the sedan’s paint. Of course, avoid short circuiting the battery as well.

Replacement car batteries come in all shapes and sizes. Some cars have limited space that requires a specially shaped battery to fit. Larger engines require more powerful batteries to get them started. If you live where it gets cold in Nevada you will need a more powerful battery because engines are harder to start when it is cold.

Sometimes there is quite a price range in Reno auto part stores for batteries that will work in a particular car. Think of it as “good”, “better” and “best”. More expensive batteries have a longer warranty and are guaranteed to last longer. As with most things, paying a little more up front saves cash in the long run for Reno drivers.

Automotion
225 Telegraph Street
Reno, Nevada 89502
(775) 624-5152