Automotion Reno

Servicing Northern Nevada Car Owners since 1975

Keep Your Reno Car Breathing Free: Engine Air Filter


Hey Reno motorists – this is something really amazing: For every gallon of gas your sedan burns, it uses 12,000 gallons of air. All of that air has to be filtered to keep your engine clean.

That’s like a hundred gallons of air every block! The engine air filter is just another example of a very important but inexpensive part that has to do a tremendous amount of work. And when it works, everything goes well. But, when it doesn’t, well, it can lead to expensive problems. Of course, your auto maker recommends how often to change your air filter. But like most service intervals, where and how you drive your car in Nevada affects when your filter needs to be changed.

Dusty conditions around Sparks or polluted city driving means you’ll need to change your filter more often. Your friendly Automotion service specialist can check your filter for you. In fact, it’s often a routine part of an oil change.

When you think about it, a clogged air filter won’t allow as much air through as a clean filter. Your sedan needs this air to efficiently burn its fuel, giving you better fuel efficiency and performance.

Dirtier filters don’t work as well as clean ones. A filter can only hold so much, after that, it allows dirt to pass right into your engine. Air filters come in all shapes and sizes. They also come in different grades. There are high performance air filters available for most cars. These high performance filters are a little more costly in Reno, but they increase horsepower and may improve fuel efficiency to boot.

So it’s important for Reno motorists to have their air filter checked. If it needs replacing, it doesn’t cost very much at Automotion in Reno and it should easily pay for itself in better fuel efficiency before your next oil change.

Stop by Automotion at 225 Telegraph Street, Reno, Nevada 89502, and we’ll take a look at your air filter for you. Feel free to give us a call at (775) 624-5152 to make an appointment.

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

Fuel Saving Tip: Auto Myths Around Reno

With high fuel prices in Reno Nevada comes lots of gas saving advice. Some of it, like what you hear on AutoNetTV, is really great. Some is myth. And some is just designed to prey on Reno Nevada people desperate to save some money on gas.

Auto Myths When you get one of those e-mails that’s going around telling you how to save gas, try to think it through.

Does it really make sense? Does it defy the laws of physics?

Do some research on the internet or ask your Reno Nevada service advisor at Automotion.

There aren’t any magic pills you can drop in your gas tank and the government hasn’t suppressed a device you can clamp on your fuel line to make your car run on air. Not even in Reno!

So next time you get one of those e-mails, check it out with an automotive professional. You’ll get more bang for your buck with an oil change or an engine air filter replacement.

We’re Automotion, give us a call at (775) 624-5152 for good honest advice about your car.

Reno Air Conditioning Service

Working up a sweat is a great thing to do in a gym around Reno, but not in your car. When Reno car owners’ car’s AC System has a problem, they’ll often feel it right away. The question is, how long do you put up with it? You know, the old comfort versus cost dilemma. But a more comfortable drive around Reno has a lot of benefits, and keeping the AC System well maintained can help prevent costly repairs.

A common cause for AC failure is water and air in the system. The system does not work as well with air in it. And water can cause rust that leads to damage of the A/C components. Also refrigerant, the stuff that makes the air cold, can leak out, reducing the efficiency of the system, making it work harder to try to cool the air. That is why periodically evacuating the air conditioning system and recharging it keeps the proper amount of clean refrigerant in the system for Reno motorists so it cools better and lasts longer.

Reno auto owners should also run the air conditioner regularly, even in the winter, so that it lubricates itself and keeps the seals from drying out. The seals can crack and that leads to leaks. Your auto maker’s owner’s manual will have recommendations for how often to service your air conditioner. Some service centers also have this information as part of their computer databases. Your friendly Automotion service advisor can give you more information.

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

Of course, if your AC currently isn’t working right, then now is the time to get it checked. Many service centers in Reno such as Automotion can inspect and test your air conditioning and offer evacuation and recharge services. This goes a long way to avoiding having to bring your air conditioner in for expensive repairs.

Recent environmental laws have stopped the manufacture of Freon, a refrigerant that was common in cars made before 1993. There is a very limited supply of Freon so the price is very expensive in Nevada. It may not be worth its weight in gold, but it probably is worth its weight in silver. If you have an older vehicle that uses Freon, you may want to consider having it retrofitted to use the new EPA-approved R134a refrigerant. It will pay for itself in the long run.

Can Your Car Last Another Year?

Have you checked out the price of new vehicles at Reno car dealers? Ouch! Add financing and insurance and – well a new ride may not seem so attractive. A lot of Reno, Nevada 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 or more for smart Reno drivers.

The old adage: ‘a stitch in time saves nine’ is really true for Reno car owners 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 Reno drivers have their cooling system service taken care of right on schedule.

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 Automotion is a great way to keep your operating costs down in Reno.

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

We know that this is a lot for busy Sparks area drivers to remember. Let the team of automotive professionals at Automotion keep on top of this stuff for you. We can tell you what your automobile 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 costly repairs and maintain your warranty coverage. Call Automotion today for an appointment; you can reach us at (775) 624-5152.

Let us take good care of your car at Automotion in Reno, and it’ll take good care of you.

Automotion
Give us a call today at (775) 624-5152.
Or stop by at 225 Telegraph Street, Reno, Nevada 89502