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Used Cars: Auto & Fleet Mechanic Advice on What to Do After You Buy

Used vehicles are certainly an economical choice for budget-conscious Modesto drivers. But how can we know we're getting a good used vehicle and not just inheriting someone else's problems?There are good used vehicles for sale in the Modesto area. Vehicles are sold when families upsize, when families downsize or even when someone just wants a new ride. So the used vehicle may be just fine. But some Modesto used vehicle owners sell them because they don't want to deal with developing or existing problems.When you're considering buying a used vehicle in Modesto, ask for service records. Check to see if the recommended schedules for preventive maintenance have been followed. If so, you probably have a great used vehicle on your hands. If there aren't any service records, then assume the worst.Check the vehicle for obvious signs of problems. Kick the tires if you want to but definitely check them for uneven tread wear. This can indicate alignment problems, w ... read more

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Older Vehicles

Treat Your Vehicle to Good Tires at Auto & Fleet Mechanic

When we shop for shoes, most of us know that we can get two pairs of cheap shoes or one good pair for about the same price. And since the two cheap pairs wear out in about the same time as the good pair, there really is no difference in cost. If you like having a closet full of shoes to match your moods and outfits, then cheap shoes can be what you want. But if you spend a lot of time on your feet, you probably know that cheap shoes can come with an added cost of sore feet and other foot ailments. When you add in the benefits of comfort and protection, the more expensive shoes are actually the better value.Buying tires at Auto & Fleet Mechanic in Modesto is a lot like buying shoes, except that Modesto vehicles don't have changeable apparel and don't need a closet full of tires to match. Vehicles spend a lot of time on their tires—all the time, in fact—so they need tires that can stand up to the job. Tires are work shoes ... read more

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Tires and Wheels

Check Engine Light Diagnosis at Auto & Fleet Mechanic

Hello Modesto . Have you ever had your Check Engine light come on? Did you panic? Or just scowl and ignore it? What should you do? Pull to the side of the road and call a tow truck? Or just keep driving? What does that little light really mean for Modesto drivers?First of all, the Check Engine or Service Engine light does indicate that something is wrong. That's why it is called a warning light. But the something that is wrong might be a loose gas cap, or it might be serious vehicle engine trouble. That's why Modesto residents often don't know how to respond to it.The Check Engine light has two modes: it flashes or it stays on. A flashing light is serious. You need to get your vehicle to Auto & Fleet Mechanic in Modesto ASAP. No, you don't need to call a tow truck, but, yes, you can't wait to get your car serviced. If your Check Engine light is on and flashing, you should not tow trai ... read more

Vive la Differential at Auto & Fleet Mechanic in Modesto

There are a lot of drivers in Modesto who are due for a differential service, but had never heard of a differential before.With front-wheel drive being so common in CA these days, the differential is just taken care of during a transmission service, so most Modesto folks don't even have to think about it. And rear-wheel drive differentials don't need to be serviced for years, so it's understandable that it's not something on the top of your mind. It's not uncommon for people in Modesto to not know they have a differential, let alone know that it needs service.To better understand what a differential does, think about a track at any CA high school. There are lanes marked off on the track. For the longer distance races, the starting lines are staggered. The starting lines for the outside lanes are ahead of the starting lines for the inside lanes. That's to compensate for the longer length of the outside lanes. Staggering the starting lines means that each runner has the ... read more

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Drive Train

Automotive Tips from Auto & Fleet Mechanic: Timing Belt Overview

In your engine, valves over each combustion chamber open to allow fresh air in, close during the combustion event, and then other valves open to let out the exhaust. All of this happens over and over thousands of times a minute when you are driving around Modesto. The timing belt’s important job is to make sure that all of this happens as it should – at precisely the right time. If the timing is off, your engine won’t run efficiently or maybe not at all – so a good timing belt is important. If it should break, you could end up at Auto & Fleet Mechanic with expensive engine damage.Ask your friendly and professional Auto & Fleet Mechanic service advisor when your timing belt is scheduled for replacement.Give us a call.Auto & Fleet Mechanic5160 Pentecost Dr. #CModesto, CA 95356209-543-7575http://autoandfleetmechanic.com

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Timing Belt

How to Get Better Gas Mileage in Modesto

There is no escaping it: things work better when you take care of them. Something most of us in Modesto can relate to is our computers. You've probably noticed how they get slower and slower over time. It takes longer to start up and programs take forever to load. Eventually, many of us just get a new computer at our nearest Modesto computer store. But computer experts know that there are things you can do to delay the need for a new computer purchase. You can run utilities that clean off temporary files and clean your memory registry. You can optimize your hard drive and a number of other things.What you're doing is maintaining your computer to make it efficient. It's the same thing with your vehicle. You maintain it to make it more efficient. It works the way it was designed to and that means it uses less fuel while you drive around Modesto. And you save money.To help organize our discussion, let's think of things that rob us of fuel economy in two ways ... read more

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Fuel System

Automotive Tips from Auto & Fleet Mechanic: Signs of an Alignment Problem

When properly aligned, all of your wheels are pointed in the same direction. Your vehicle will track true and handle the way it is designed. Modesto drivers often associate our wheels being “knocked” out of alignment with an event like an accident, hitting a pothole, curb or some other object. While these can certainly take your wheels out of alignment, the bumps and bounces of everyday Modesto driving take their toll on wheel alignment as well. In addition, your vehicle can lose alignment over time with just normal driving. When your wheels are out of alignment, Auto & Fleet Mechanic in Modesto can return your wheels to the vehicle manufacturer’s factory settings. Most owner's manuals suggest an alignment check every year or two.  Give us a call.Auto & Fleet Mechanic5160 Pentecost Dr. #CModesto, CA 95356209-543-7575http://autoandfleetmechanic.com  

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Alignment

Should Modesto Soccer Moms Follow the Severe Service Schedule?

So you take your vehicle in for maintenance and the pro at Auto & Fleet Mechanic tells you that you ought to change your oil more often. What? You followed the maintenance schedule – but you take a second look at that “severe service” schedule and see some of the following: 1. Most of your trips around Modesto are less than four miles/six and a half kilometers.2. Most of your trips are less than 10 miles/16 km when outside CA temperatures are below freezing.3. You don't do a lot of CA freeway driving, so you drive at low speeds most of the time.4. You drive in an area with a lot of pollution, dust, dirt, mud or slush.5. You frequently tow a trailer, haul heavy loads around Modesto or use a car-top carrier.6. The weather in your area can get very hot or very cold.Surprising, isn't it? Severe driving isn't quite what you'd envisioned.Ask yourself: "Which auto service schedule should I follow?" For some of us, it's obvious. But for most of us ... read more

What to Do After You Buy a Used Vehicle in Modesto

So you've bought a used vehicle in the Modesto area. Do you know what you're getting? It is hard to know what you're getting because people in the Modesto area sell vehicles for different reasons. Think about why you've sold vehicles. Did you just want something new or were there problems that you wanted to run away from? Maybe it was a little of both.Used vehicles in CA with 25,000 to 35,000 miles/40,000 to 55,000 km on them are often lease returns, corporate program cars or rental fleet vehicles. Most Modesto buyers feel pretty confident about these because they're newer and may still be under warranty. But how well have they been maintained?Modesto drivers who are planning to own a vehicle for a long time will keep up on auto maintenance so that they can avoid repairs down the road. But, if you know you're only going to have the vehicle for two or three years, you may not be so committed to maintenance. It would be easy to think that skippin ... read more

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Older Vehicles

Wipe Out! New Wiper Blades for Modesto Drivers

When people in Modesto talk about vehicle safety, they think of tires and brakes. But do we think about our windshields? Isn't the ability to see a prime safety factor when it comes to driving around CA? Yet we often don't even notice our windshields until we can't see through them or our wiper blades fail.It's estimated that around 46 million people are driving with wipers that won't keep their windshields clear during a storm — that's 46 million people with impaired vision during a storm. For safety's sake, Modesto drivers need to change the way they think about wiper blades. Most of us, 78% in fact, only change our wiper blades after they fail. In other words, we don't get new ones until the old ones become a safety hazard. Instead, we need to make wiper blades part of our preventive maintenance routine.Wiper blades should be changed twice a year, in the spring and in the fall. In CA areas that experience harsh winter weather, special blades are available that prevent ice and ... read more

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