Yearly Archives: 2021

Top 4 Symptoms of a Damaged Muffler

Top 4 Symptoms of a Damaged Muffler

Your muffler plays a vital role in the safe and functional operation of your vehicle's exhaust system, a fairly complex system. A critical function of the muffler is that it serves to direct exhaust gases away from your engine and passenger cabin. Because exhaust fumes are hazardous for us to inhale, it's always reasonable to make sure that your muffler is doing its job correctly. Additionally, a properly functioning muffler will help minimize the noise from the exhaust being directed to your tailpipe. Trust us - you don't want to be that person on the road with the obnoxiously loud car. Here's a look at the top four signs of muffler malfunction:   Loud Noise A loud raucous could be a result of an exhaust leak originating from your muffler. If there's a puncture or hole in your muffler, the leak can significantly increase the level of sounds generated by your exhaust system.   Misfiring This symptom applies to any part of your exhaust system and not ... read more

Signs That Your AC Needs Repair

Signs That Your AC Needs Repair

Nobody wants to cruise around without functioning air conditioning in their cars this summer. If you try to turn on your A/C and no air blows out, or maybe only hot air blows out, there’s something seriously wrong with your HVAC system. The system is more complex than you may think. It comprises multiple parts, and consequently, the malfunction of any of the parts can ultimately bring the entire A/C system down.    Here are some of the most common causes of A/C system failure that we have seen and repair at Oakmont Auto Care:  Refrigerant leak Failing compressor Aged refrigerant hoses Mold or mildew buildup Faulty cooling fan Broken seal or hose The ideal method to ensure that your vehicle’s air conditioning will work throughout this season is to have your system inspected by one of our expert technicians. Routine inspections of your HVAC system will allow us to catch problems early on before they turn into more extensive repairs.   If there is ... read more

The Ultimate Guide to Save Money on Gas

The Ultimate Guide to Save Money on Gas

Fuel can be a painful expense for many Americans, particularly those who spend most of their day on the road. It also doesn't help that the gas prices keep on hiking up. Most people will have their approach on how to maximize their fuel efficiency. Some attribute their savings to where they purchase their gas, while others make fuel-efficient decisions behind the wheel. While there is countless advice that people may give, here are some tips to save gas in Walnut Creek, CA:   Purchasing Behavior Be a member of a gas station rewards program. National gasoline chains offer incentivizing programs that can give you discounted gas. Some programs are free of charge, while some might require you to start a credit card. Either way, these programs will yield you high savings in the long run.   Compare gas prices. Nowadays, some apps and websites allow you to check gas prices at various stations near you. An excellent app for scouting out the lowest price is G ... read more

How Long Do Shock Absorbers Last?

How Long Do Shock Absorbers Last?

What Are Shock Absorbers? The shock absorbers are a highly complex component of the vehicle that functions in a variety of ways, resulting in a variety of characteristics. The wear on the shock absorbers is difficult to detect. There is no indicator of wear, however, it is recommended that they be replaced after an average of 50,000 to 100,000 miles. How Long Do Shock Absorbers Last? A shock absorber must be replaced on occasion. The lifespan of shock absorbers is determined by a number of factors. To begin with, it is dependent on the type of roads you travel on. This is undeniably essential. If you like driving off-road or on roads that are riddled with potholes and bumps, the shock absorbers will, of course, not last as long as if you were driving on a smoothly paved lane. The more you drive, the more shocks your vehicle receives. It's important to remember that, in addition to bad roads, contaminants and the weather have an effect on the dampers. They can be harmed by sand ... read more

Spring Maintenance Checklist for Your Vehicle

Spring Maintenance Checklist for Your Vehicle

Spring maintenance is essential for your car after those long, cold winter months. Getting your checklist ready can help in priming your vehicle for the warmer winter months. That said, there are many items to check for, and below are just a few. You should begin your list with a general safety inspection. From there, the mechanic can check your brakes, your turn signals, and your headlights. They can even check your fluids and top them off or change them if necessary. Your tires should be checked for good tread and to see if they have the correct psi. If the psi is below normal, all that is needed is to top off the air. An oil change is vital to the life of your engine. Good oil keeps all engine parts properly lubricated and in good working order. It also removes dirt, grime, and other harmful toxins from your engine to prevent corrosion from taking place. Getting a filter change can maximize the positive impact of an oil change. It's a good idea to have your battery teste ... read more

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