Automotion Reno

Servicing Northern Nevada Car Owners since 1975

Arrive Alive In Reno

We’ve all seen Nevada motorists do crazy things while driving to or from Sparks. 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 Nevada roads.

The truth is that all of us Reno drivers are distracted when we drive. Unfortunately, traffic, road construction and other detrimental 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 Sparks, Nevada.

  • Reno drivers who are 16 to 20 years old tend to be more distracted by the radio, CD or MP3 player.
  • Reno 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. Reno motorists are also distracted by thinking about relationships, family issues, money and bills. So what can Reno drivers do to manage these harmful distractions? Well, the first thing is to eliminate as many as we can.

When you get in your car, make sure you’re belted in; that the seats, steering wheel and mirrors are adjusted; and your radio or CD player is ready.

Secure any loose objects in the car that can fall on the floor and interfere with your driving.

If you have a drink, make sure it’s spill-proof and put in a cup holder. Reno drivers’ pets should also be contained.

Nevada motorists with kids in the car should make sure they’re clipped in their seat belts or safety seats. You may want to give them some distractions to help keep them quiet and sitting in their seats. Don’t get involved in their arguments while you’re driving. Pull over if you need to find a toy or break up a fight.

If you eat while driving, choose simple finger foods that aren’t messy.

Learning your car’s controls before you drive is another essential way to improve your safety. Learn how to work the radio by touch. Controls located on the steering wheel can help Reno motorists keep their eyes on the road.  The same goes for heating and air conditioning controls.

If you have to use a cell phone, a hands-free system is best. But remember, the biggest cell phone distraction isn’t the phone itself – it’s the conversation. Keep conversations brief and light, or pull over if you can. Your important reaction time is much slower when talking and driving, so allow more space between you and the car ahead of you. Know your local Sparks laws – it may be illegal to be on the phone. Never text while driving! This has already caused many deaths and injuries in Nevada over the last few years.

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

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

It’s critical 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 Reno.

The Right Automotive Fluids For Sparks Drivers

What grade of oil should I use?

All those automotive fluids can be confusing for Sparks motorists. Recent years have brought new grades of engine oil, types of transmission fluid, coolant, and brake fluid. The right fluid protects your vehicle and helps it perform at its best. The wrong fluid won’t work as well for Reno drivers and could even cause damage.

In addition to new grades of engine oil, many sedans now leave the factory with synthetic oil. Reno drivers should always use the grade recommended by their auto manufacturer  and type of oil in their engine.

All coolant, also called antifreeze, used to be green. Now there are several other colors of coolant sold at Automotion in Reno. Each type is designed to protect the cooling system components that are particular to your vehicle. The wrong stuff can void your sedan cooling system warranty and could even cause engine damage.

Most passenger vehicles on Reno roads today use either DOT 3, DOT 4 or DOT 5 brake fluid. Your sedan power brake system is specifically designed to use ONE of these types – you need the right one. Higher numbers do not necessarily mean a higher, upgraded fluid.

Now, the critical thing is knowing that your vehicle requires specific grades and types of fluids and that using the right fluids is good and using the wrong ones is bad. Once you’ve got that down, it’s easy to remember to check with your friendly Automotion service advisor or sedan owner’s manual to find out which automotive fluids to use.

Give us a call

Automotion
(775) 624-5152
225 Telegraph Street
Reno, Nevada 89502
http://automotionreno.com

Deep Clean Your Fuel System At Automotion

Having trouble with your fuel system? Bring your sedan into Automotion for a check up.

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

In today’s Automotion auto post, we’re talking about fuel system cleaning. The first thing to know is how important it is to have a clean fuel system. Reno motorists need fuel to go, and the cleaner the fuel system, the more efficiently the fuel will burn. That means more power and better fuel economy.

A clean fuel system saves money for Reno drivers at Nevada gas stations. We guess you could say, it all starts and ends at the pump. One of the most important things Reno drivers can do to keep their sedan fuel system clean is to buy good quality gas. Major brands have detergents that keep gum and varnish from rapidly building up in the fuel system.

So buying cheaper gas in Nevada can actually be more expensive for Reno drivers in the long run. Now, most cars on Nevada freeways are more than five or six years old. That means they’ve had time for some dirt and rust to start accumulating in the fuel tank. This junk needs to be filtered out of the fuel before it hits your sedan engine. That’s the fuel filter’s job.

When the fuel filter is clogged, the dirty fuel will bypass the filter and go on up to the engine where it can clog fuel injectors and get into the cylinders. That could be detrimental. So Reno drivers should have their fuel filter changed when recommended. Check your owner’s manual or ask your friendly Automotion tech if your fuel filter is due for replacement.

The fuel then goes up into the throttle body. This is another area where varnish and gum can accumulate. A professional fuel system cleaning at Automotion in Reno will use a combination of special cleaning chemicals and old fashioned swabbing to clean out the throttle body. Now, the fuel injectors are the last stop in the fuel delivery system.

It’s essential for Reno car owners to keep those fuel injectors clean. The fuel injectors need to deliver a precise amount of fuel, at exactly the right time, in a particular spray pattern. They just can’t do that if they’re dirty. Dirty fuel injectors really rob power and hurt MPG.

It is important for the fuel system proper, but there are a couple other things that will help keep your sedan engine clean as well. Of course, air is mixed with the fuel before it’s burned. Dirty air means dirt gets into your engine, so you need to replace your engine air filter when it’s dirty.

The PCV value routes unburned fuel that escapes into the lower engine back up into the intake system to be burned. A sticky PCV valve needs to be replaced at Automotion to make sure that system is working properly for Reno motorists and the breather filter needs to be replaced if it’s dirty as well.

Do all these things and your sedan engine’s air and fuel will be as clean as possible. You’ll get much better gas mileage and better power.

Automotion Tire Safety: Washington vs. Lincoln

Welcome to the Automotion automotive blog. Today, let’s talk about the effect of tire tread depth on braking. When talking about stopping power, most Reno and Spanish Springs drivers tend to focus on our brakes. But our tires are where the rubber meets the road. So having good brakes isn’t enough. Safe Spanish Springs drivers need to have tires with enough traction to translate braking power into stopping power.

Automotion Tire Safety Washington vs. LincolnLet’s focus on stopping in wet Spanish Springs conditions. In order for a tire to have good contact with the road, it has to move the water out of the way. If it can’t move the water, the tire will actually ride on top of a thin film of water.

That’s called hydroplaning. If it’s really bad, Spanish Springs drivers can actually spin out of control – endangering themselves and the other drivers around them. At best, you won’t stop as fast.

So how does a tire move water? It has channels for water to flow through. Look at your sedan tire and you’ll see channels: channels that run around the tire and channels that flow across the tire. They’re designed to direct water away from the tire so it can contact the road better.

And the deeper the channel, the more water it can move. A brand new Automotion tire has very deep channels and can easily move a lot of water. As the tire wears down, the channels become shallower and can move less water. When it wears down enough, it can seriously affect your ability to stop your sedan on wet Spanish Springs roads.

So that’s why it’s so important for Nevada drivers to replace their sedan tires when they get worn. Consumer Reports and other advocate groups call for a standard of 3/32 of an inch and they have the studies to prove it.

By comparison, you’ve probably seen the wear indicator that’s molded into tires. When tires are worn 3/32 of an inch, the tread wear bar is visible. So the recommended standard has twice the tread depth as a completely bald sedan tire.

At Automotion, we want our customers to know that the deeper recommended tread depth makes a big difference. Stopping distances are cut dramatically on wet Spanish Springs highway. A safe stop from Nevada expressway speeds with 4/32 of an inch of tread would result in a crash with worn out tires.

There’s an easy way to tell when a tire’s worn to 4/32 of an inch. Just insert a quarter into the tread. Put it in upside down. If the tread doesn’t cover George Washington’s hairline, it’s time to replace your sedan tires. With a Canadian quarter, the tread should cover the numbers in the year stamp.

Many Spanish Springs car owners have heard of this technique using a penny and Abe Lincoln’s head – the old method. That measure gives you 2/32 of an inch – half the suggested amount. Of course, sedan tires are a major purchase. Most of us in Spanish Springs want to get as many miles out of them as we can. But there’s a real safety trade-off. It’s your choice.