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Oil Change Service in Sacramento, CA

Oil Change Service in Sacramento, CA

Life has been pretty chaotic, so it's easy to forget to change your oil. Motor oil lubricates your engine's hot moving parts, and it also helps keep it from overheating. An oil change is one of the simplest maintenance tasks that work to prolong your vehicle's lifespan. If you don't remember the last time you got your oil changed, you may be overdue. Below are three major signs that indicate your vehicle needs an oil change.  The engine oil looks dirty and dark. Healthy motor oil is honey brown and free of debris. Over a few thousand miles, the oil will get darker and collect pollutants. Old oil can become thick and chunky, losing its beneficial properties. Old oil can leave the engine starved, causing major friction between the hot metal parts. While the vehicle is cold, pop the hood and pull the oil dipstick to check its quality. Wipe the dipstick and reinsert it. If the oil is dark and murky, set some extra time aside to get your oil changed.   Ther ... read more

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3 Reasons Your Brakes Feel Spongy

3 Reasons Your Brakes Feel Spongy

There's nothing more alarming than stepping on the brakes, only for the pedal to sink to the floor. A spongy brake pedal leaves room for concern. A brake problem can take more effort to stop your vehicle, increasing the risk of an accident. There are a variety of reasons that could lead the brakes to feel spongy. Below are three common reasons the brakes may feel spongy.  A Leak in the Brake Line Brake lines are primarily made of steel tubing. They can become corroded by rust. Over time, rust can cause small holes to develop and cause brake fluid to leak out. A decrease in brake fluid leads can cause a loss of hydraulic pressure causing the brake pedal to feel soft. There's Air in the Brake Line A common cause for a spongy brake is air in the brake lines. When air gets trapped in the brake lines, brake fluid won't adequately flow properly. If there's air in the brake line, a brake flush can be an easy solution. As you drive, brake fluid abso ... read more

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5 signs It’s Time for A Tune Up

5 signs It’s Time for A Tune Up

Whether you just purchased a new vehicle or are holding on to old faithful, your vehicle is going to need to have a service and maintenance check-up eventually. After a car has traveled several miles, tune-ups are necessary to fix small issues and prevent them from turning into bigger ones. At TOS Auto Repair, a tune-up includes replacing essential wires and plugs, new filters, an ignition timing adjustment, and much more. If you don’t remember the last tune-up your car has received, below are a few common signs that it’s time to schedule one:  Your Vehicle Is Stalling  Unless you’re a new driver to a manual vehicle, stalling should not be a common occurrence. A stalling car can indicate various issues such as bad spark plugs, a dead battery, a faulty ignition, and more. If your vehicle has just started to stall, it’s time to have it checked and tuned up.   A Decrease in Fuel Efficiency If you’ve been ... read more

Toyota Researches Body Posture to Improve Vehicle Safety

Toyota Researches Body Posture to Improve Vehicle Safety

Making a vehicle safe isn’t easy, and automakers work round the clock to ensure our vehicles are structurally sound. Seat belts, airbags, and the anti-lock braking system all work to keep you safe. Self-driving cars are starting to become a reality, and passenger safety is a priority. How a passenger sits in their vehicle while they aren’t driving is an important consideration. Principal Engineer, Jason Hallman is leading the research at the Toyota Collaborative Safety Research Center. The study examines the variations in body posture during a drive and how this information can enhance vehicle safety. At present, all passenger safety regulations require crash dummies to remain in upright postures when driving. However, regular passengers don’t typically stay in an upright position while driving. Vehicle passengers will engage in various activities such as eating, drinking, and chatting with other passengers. Some researchers believe that these tests should encompass ... read more

A Glance Behind You – The History of the Rear-view Mirror

For car racing fans, the Indy 500 is the event of the year. The Indy 500 is a race in which racecar drivers conquer the track to drive over 500 miles worth of laps. Their speed and expertise can attract over 100k fans to the Indianapolis stadium. This years’ Indy 500 is scheduled to take place on August 23, 2020. The first racer that won the first Indy 500 race captured the hearts of car enthusiasts worldwide. The Indy 500 has been a fan favorite for the last few decades, and it holds historical elements to the evolution of our modern-day vehicles. The first winner of the Indy 500 designed a mirror that has become standard on cars all over the world - the rear-view mirror. From the make of a vehicle to the engine, there are many aspects of a car to be enthralled with. However, with a mirror dripping in so much history, this is an ode to the rear-view mirror. Even though he’s not the first to patent the rear-view mirror, most historians tip their hats off to Ray Harroun as ... read more

Someone hit my car while it was parked

With more people working from home, it’s common to leave your car parked only to come back and notice another car has hit it. Don’t let this give you anxiety; these types of accidents are common and, with the right resources, aren’t too complicated to manage. A driver may have hit your vehicle and left a note, or hit and drove away. Both of these situations use similar steps to resolve.  The first step is to remain calm. Finding your vehicle hit after safely leaving it parked can cause most people significant distress. It’s best to collect your thoughts before proceeding to ensure rational and logical decisions.  If the driver is still around, calmly collect their contact information and car insurance policy. You’ll need this information when you report this accident to your insurance company and the police (if you choose to file a report). If the driver isn’t around but left a note, contact them to confirm that you have the correct infor ... read more

How to Travel Safely With Pets

How to Travel Safely With Pets

Summer is the perfect time to hit the road and travel to your favorite spot. You don’t want to leave your beloved pets behind - so why not bring them along! Most parks and recreation spots do allow pets, so you can bring your furry friends along with you. However, doing your research and prepping as much as possible for the trip can make your journey smoother and more enjoyable for both you and your pets.  It is important to make sure that your pets will be comfortable on the ride. If you’re traveling in the car, be sure to bring a pet bed or blankets along with you. When your pet is able to relax on the road, they will be much more calm and less nervous on the road.  Make sure to stop at plenty of rest stops along the way. Getting out of the vehicle to stretch your pet’s legs and allow them to relieve themselves will be the best way to keep them comfortable and calm throughout the drive. It will also be good for the drivers, too!  Ensure that you br ... read more

Safe Driving Tips to Avoid Accidents

Being safe on the road is important while driving. If you expect to get to your destination safely and without trouble, driving cautiously and abiding by driving laws and regulations are key. After years of driving, we often forget what we learned when we first started, and being reminded of some of those safety tips can help keep us all safe on the road. Here at 5 tips on how to avoid car accidents: Drive according to the speed limit and with caution. The speed limit on roads is there for a reason - it is the speed that is deemed safe for that area. Driving according to the speed limit will allow you to have proper control of your vehicle and be able to slow down or stop safely when needed.   Always signal when changing lanes. Your blinkers are extremely important when it comes to letting others on the road know where your vehicle is planning to go. Not using your blinkers can cause other drivers to have to slam on their brakes or swerve out of the way if they aren’t pr ... read more

Keeping your Kids Busy During COVID-19 Shutdowns

Keeping your Kids Busy During COVID-19 Shutdowns

With offices and businesses closing their doors and schools canceling classes until May, we understand that many of you parents out there may be working from home or staying home to watch your kids during this time. COVID-19 has not stopped spreading since first news of the virus in the US was first discovered, and California has remained one of the top states in terms of virus cases reported.  Being couped up all day in a house with kids can be difficult, especially when trying to get work done if you are working from home. Of course, we should all understand how important these closures are to preventing the further spread of COVID-19 and why social distancing is essential. This is why we want to share a few ideas for keeping your kids busy while dealing with the shelter in place order.  Here are some ideas on how you can keep your kids busy during this time:  Keep the same routine in place as if your child is in school. Wake them up at the same tim ... read more

We Are Open and Here to Help!

We Are Open and Here to Help!

TOS Auto Repair is considered an essential business and we will be open and operating during normal hours during the recommended shelter in place order. We are taking extra precautions during this time and are taking extra steps disinfecting common areas and common touch points at the shop such as the doors, counters, etc and wiping down your vehicle after service. We are also offering “white glove service” where we will pick up and deliver your vehicle. Call for details. Please give us a call and schedule an appointment and for more information or just click below to schedule an appointment.  Sincerely, TOS Auto Repair Team

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