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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 at [COMPANY_PHONE] to schedule an appointment and for more information or just click below to schedule an appointment.  Sincerely, TOS Auto Repair Team

What is a Fuel Pump Replacement?

The fuel pump in your vehicle is an integral part of your vehicle's fuel system, providing pressurized gas to the fuel injectors. The fuel pump is powered by an electric motor and is inside of the gas tank. The output and the pressure of the pump is actually controlled by a regulator.  A good OEM fuel pump can last you indefinitely with proper vehicle care. However, this part, like many other mechanical parts, can degrade over time and need to be replaced. If the fuel pumps fails, your engine won't receive the fuel it needs to run your vehicle. If your fuel pump needs to be replaced, you may notice one or more of the following symptoms:  Your vehicle won't start Car unexpectedly stalls The check engine light is on You hear a whirring noise coming from the fuel tank Any engine or fuel system issue should be addressed at the first sign of a problem. Here at TOS Auto Repair, we are here to help with all of your engine repair needs. If you suspect that you may ne ... read more

Items to Never Leave in Your Vehicle

We are all guilty of it...getting home after a long day and neglecting to take inside some items from our vehicle that we know we should. We know that it can take that extra self-push to take out what needs to be brought in, and understanding why you should never leave these items in your vehicle overnight can help you make the extra effort.  Actually, some items on our list may surprise you. You may have never thought that the following items shouldn't be kept in your vehicle, but we promise that the reasons are valid. Some items can even pose a safety hazard in extreme weather conditions. Here are some items never to leave in your vehicle overnight:  The most important is valuables. Never leave a laptop, phone, camera, or other valuable in your car overnight - especially in plain sight. While this may seem like common sense, if you live in a safe area you may not think that anyone would break into your vehicle. However, you never know where crime could strike, so avoi ... read more

What Our Auto Repair Technicians Want from Santa

What Our Auto Repair Technicians Want from Santa

The holiday season is officially here, and we can’t help but love this busy time of year at TOS Auto Repair. We genuinely love experiencing the joy of gift-giving, as we cherish the look on our loved ones’ faces when they open up the most thoughtful gift. We can’t forget about our technicians this holiday, as we are ever-so-grateful for the part they play in keeping the streets of Sacramento safe, even during the holidays.  What exactly do our technicians want from Santa Claus? First, our technicians want to receive continuing education and training for the automotive industry. To stay on their A-game and properly service your vehicle, training is a must. The team at TOS Auto Repair is going to get exactly what they want -- training is always a priority at TOS Auto Repair.  Next, our auto mechanics want the utilize the latest and greatest tools and technology. We make sure our auto repair shop in Sacramento is stocked with the highest-quality equipment. Ou ... read more

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Best Automotive Inventions For Which We’re Thankful

November is almost here, which means we will be soon celebrating Thanksgiving, then Christmas, and then finally New Years. Before the holidays are officially here, it is the perfect time to take a moment and remind ourselves why we are so grateful for our vehicles. Here are 4 of the best automotive inventions for which we’re thankful:  Teen Driver Technology: If you have been worrying about handing the keys over to your teen driver, you won’t have to stress anymore -- teen driver technology comes in with built-in limitations. In fact, teen driver technology will send you alerts if your teen goes over a certain speed, turn off the audio if the seatbelts aren’t on, and keep the volume at a reasonable limit.  Connected Mobile Apps: Most car markers come with an app that you can easily download. In this app, you will find information about your vehicle. You can also check your fuel and tire levels, unlock your doors, and remotely start your engine in the chill ... read more

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Why Investigate the Spooky Noises That Haunt Your Car?

October is the scariest time of the year, as on Halloween night, the streets will be filled with ghouls, goblins, and monsters, just to name a few. Sometimes, our car can make spooky noises, but with TOS Auto Repair’s help, these noises don’t have to be scary. If you are hearing any of these noises, we encourage you to bring your vehicle to our facility in Sacramento:  Any sound you hear when you turn around a corner.  An unusual flapping sound.  If your car has a manual transmission, and you hear a grinding noise when you change gears.  Hissing or sizzling coming from under your hood.  A knocking sound originating from your engine.  Loud bangs.  Humming sounds coming from underneath your car.  Rattling noises from under your vehicle.  Your vehicle starts to roar when you accelerate.   Your vehicle starts to make squealing noises when you accelerate.  You press on the brakes, and you hear squealing noises.  ... read more

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Is Preventive Maintenance Really Worth it?

Your car is one of the biggest investments you will make in your lifetime, second to possibly only your home. Something so important and of course, expensive, should be taken care of. The team at TOS Auto Repair recommends preventative maintenance being performed at the factory scheduled intervals.  We have to take care of our health, which is why we attend the doctor for a check up. We don’t necessarily attend the doctor each year because something is wrong with us. Instead, we go to catch any problems before they become bigger and to ensure everything is a-okay. The same goes for your vehicle. You can think of the technicians at TOS Auto Repair as car doctors and preventative maintenance as check-ups for the health of your vehicle.  Preventative maintenance actually prevents more expensive and potentially dangerous problems from occurring. For example, by maintaining your fluid levels, you aren’t waiting until something catastrophic happens by low fluid levels ... read more

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Why is Education so Important in the Automotive Business?

The automotive industry is continually changing, as there seems to be always something new on the horizon, whether that is self-driving cars or the latest safety feature. At TOS Auto Repair in Sacramento, we make it our mission to stay on the cutting-edge of the automotive business.  Nowadays, it seems as if our cars are practically computers on wheels. Auto mechanics are now referred to as technicians, as they have to be able to untangle the technological web in your engine. The technicians at TOS Auto Repair continue to receive training to properly service and repair the latest makes and models on the market.  The newest advancements in the automotive business push our team to be the best they can be. We will perform service that is both accurate and efficient. Because the automotive industry is continually changing, we need to change too, updating our tools and methods of service to accommodate the latest development. Because we are continuously looking to improve and gr ... read more

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How to Protect Yourself When Buying a Car "As-Is"

If you are interested in buying a vehicle “as is,” there are important steps to take in order to protect yourself. At TOS Auto Repair, we never want to see our clients being taken advantage, which is why we hope you arm yourself with these tips the next time you decide to purchase a used vehicle “as is.” As is means exactly that. Unless it is explicitly in writing, the vehicle does not come with any warranties or extra protection.  Figure out exactly what you are looking for. This way, you can narrow down your options and hone on in what you need for your budget, family, and lifestyle.  Carefully examine the interior of the vehicle for any wear or tear. A sloppy or worn interior usually is a sign of an owner who doesn’t stay on top of preventative maintenance, which can lead to expensive and dangerous issues later on.  Drive the car! Make sure the vehicle drives smoothly, without any jerky movements or unusual movements. Turn on the radi ... read more

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