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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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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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Time to Get Your Kid’s Car Serviced

Our vehicles work extra hard during the winter time, and with summer almost here, it is the perfect time to get your car inspected, especially if your kid is driving. With younger drivers, a safe, secure vehicle matters so much. Because your vehicle works hard during the winter time, it will need a little TLC to get it back into tip-top shape.  With school out for the summer, your kids may be using their car a lot more, which means a properly-functioning vehicle is so important. Here are three reasons why your son or daughter’s car needs to be serviced:  Better safe than sorry! We live by that saying at TOS Auto Repair in Sacramento and an inspection performed by our auto mechanics is an excellent way to ensure the safety and driveability of your kid’s car. Routine maintenance prevents potentially expensive and dangerous problems, which is something we all want to avoid.  Bringing your car into our shop for service will save you stress. You won’t hav ... read more

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We do Hybrid Air Conditioning Service Which Requires a Special Hybrid AC Machine

The A/C system on your hybrid works a little bit differently that what is on a normal vehicle. Fortunately, the team at TOS Auto Repair recognizes and understands the nuances between hybrid and gasoline-powered vehicles, and when you bring your hybrid to our shop, our team will quickly and accurately assess the situation and provide the necessary repair.  The air conditioning compressors in your hybrid vehicle are operated by an electric motor, instead of your typical drive belt. It is important that a qualified technician performs the air conditioning service for your hybrid -- a team that has the right training and tools.  When it comes to the A/C system in your hybrid, it requires both a certain skill and equipment set. At TOS Auto Repair, we make it our mission to stay on the cutting-edge of the automotive industry for both hybrid and gasoline-powered vehicles. Our facility in Sacramento is equipped with a special hybrid air conditioning machine, specially designed and ... read more

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