Automotion Reno

Servicing Northern Nevada Car Owners since 1975

Does Your Car Have A Recall Item?

No matter how well they’re made, cars are bound to have problems with their design or manufacturing. Think of all the moving parts. When the government thinks a problem is really serious, they require the vehicle manufacturer to issue recall notices to Reno residents and to fix the affected cars free of charge. The vehicle manufacturer then tries to contact all Reno motorists who own that type of car so they can have it taken care of at their Reno service center.

To find out if your car has any recall issues, give us a call:
Automotion
225 Telegraph Street Reno, Nevada 89502
(775) 624-5152

These recalls always affect safety, so Reno motorists would be wise to take them seriously. It’s really easy to find out if a vehicle is being recalled. For links to government sites, look in the AutoNetTV website.

Other website include: carfax.com; autobytel.com; and dmv.org. All of these sites have free recall searches.

Recalls are pretty serious for Reno auto owners and don’t happen all that often. But sometimes cars have less serious problems that Reno auto owners still might want to know about. For these less serious cases, manufacturers issue what is known as a Technical Service Bulletin – or TSB. These bulletins tell Reno service centers (including Automotion)  how to repair a problem that occurs frequently or is especially difficult.

Your Reno service advisor receives updated information through subscription plans, which are sometimes available in consumer versions too. Reno auto owners can buy access to these for an annual fee.

Whatever your source, pay attention to Reno vehicle recalls to keep you and your passengers safe.

Suspension Service At Automotion In Reno

Suspension systems function effectively for many years and tens of thousands of miles. Eventually, however, sedan suspension components do wear out, but how long that takes depends a lot on how you drive around Reno and Sun Valley.

As you can imagine, if most of your driving is on smooth Nevada highways, your shock absorbers will last a lot longer than if you do most of your driving on bumpy Reno roads or haul heavy loads. In addition to just wearing out, sedan suspension components can be damaged in an accident or by a hard impact – like a pothole, hitting a curb or a rock in the road. Because the life span of shocks can vary so widely, sedan auto manufacturers recommend periodic inspections.

Suspension Service At AutomotionDuring an inspection at Automotion in Reno, your friendly automotive service technician will check for worn, broken or missing parts.

Here’s a quick rundown of suspension system components:

First there are the springs which hold the weight of your sedan. There are several varieties of springs. Springs are obviously key heavy duty parts that rarely break or wear out. Shock absorbers work in conjunction with springs to smooth out the ride and help keep the tires on the road. Good shocks are essential for handling performance and ride comfort.

You’ve probably heard of struts. They combine a shock absorber and a coil spring in one unit. Shocks and struts will wear out over time. If your tires develop a cupped wear pattern, your shocks or struts may be wearing out. This is from the shocks bouncing unevenly. You may notice a floaty or drifting sensation when cornering. If the front of your sedan dives excessively when stopping, or rocks back and forth after you’ve stopped, your shocks may be worn out. And if they are leaking fluid, it’s definitely time to replace them at Automotion.

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, visit Automotion for a a vital suspension inspection. Same if you’ve been in an accident that involved one of your wheels. If your sedan suspension actually fails, it could lead to a serious accident, so don’t put it off.

When you replace your shocks, it’s usually a good idea to replace all four at the same time. That’ll give you more even handling. Talk with your friendly Automotion service specialist because you don’t want a big difference between the performance of your shocks from wheel to wheel, and replacing all may be the safest bet.

There are different grades of shocks and struts. You always want to use a replacement shock or strut that equals the one that came as original equipment when your sedan was new. But remember, they were designed to meet the expected needs of the broad range of Sun Valley people who buy that particular vehicle. Your needs may be more specialized.

For example, if you want increased handling performance, your friendly Automotion advisor can recommend an upgraded shock or strut specially designed for improved handling. If you haul heavy loads or trailers in Reno, we can recommend some heavy duty shock absorbers.

Deciphering the Automotion Menu Board

Let’s talk about deciphering the auto service menu board. Reno, Nevada service centers like Automotion have a board that lists the routine services they provide. But some people don’t know what these services really are unless they ask. Let’s go down a typical list, in alphabetical order, starting with air conditioning service.

Feel free at any time to give Automotion a call at (775) 624-5152 to learn of the many services we offer, or stop by our Reno, Nevada auto center at 225 Telegraph Street 89502.

First remember that all of these services are recommended by vehicle manufacturers. They set how often or at how many miles the service should be done.

Air conditioning service involves purging the old refrigerant and capturing it for proper disposal. Then fresh refrigerant is installed. The fresh refrigerant will lubricate the system and will also help it cool better.

Alignment. Service centers like Automotion make sure all four wheels are lined up and track with each other. This reduces tire and suspension wear and improves safety and handling.

Battery service. Service centers like Automotion inspect the battery for corrosion, leaks or damage. Test the battery’s ability to hold a charge. If the battery’s still strong, clean it up. If not, replace it.

Brake service. This could be two things. A brake inspection to see if the brakes are working well mechanically and to see if the pads are still safe. If not, replace the pads and make any repairs that might be in order.

The other thing is to evacuate the brake fluid, clean out the system and replace it with fresh fluid. This is important, but often over looked.

Cabin air filter. The cabin air filter is the filter that cleans the air that comes into the passenger compartment. It works like the filter on your furnace at home. It gets dirty and needs to be changed often.

Cooling system. This is the cooling system for your engine. Replace the old coolant with fresh to protect your radiator and other cooling system components from corrosion.

Differential service. Every vehicle has at least one differential. They don’t require service very often, so people don’t think of them much. The differential transfers power from the drive train to your wheels. Drain the old fluid and add fresh lubricant.

Engine air filter. This filters the air that’s burned in the engine. It also gets dirty and needs to be replaced often.

Fuel filter. This filter cleans the fuel before it gets to the engine. Like the other filters, it too gets clogged and needs to be replaced in order to maintain good flow.

Contact Automotion, your Reno, Nevada auto repair center, by calling us at (775) 624-5152.

Fuel Saving Tip: Tire Pressure Saves Fuel In Hidden Valley

Under-inflated tires waste gas for lots of folks in the Hidden Valley area. Think how hard it is to walk in sand – you just have to work harder because of the resistance. When your tires don’t have enough air in them, their rolling resistance is dramatically increased and it simply takes more gas to get from Reno to Hidden Valley.

Reno Tire Pressure Always check your tire pressure when you gas up at one of our local Hidden Valley service stations. If they’re low – even just a little bit – bring them up to proper pressure. There’s a sticker on the inside of your driver’s door that gives the manufacturer’s recommended tire pressure.

And don’t rely on your tire pressure monitoring system to alert you to when you need more air. The TPMS system is set to warn you when pressure drops twenty percent below recommendations. That’s severely under inflated and you needed more air a long time ago. And if you have a slow leak – get it fixed right away at Automotion.

Get some air and save some gas.