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Famous futuristic cars: How they influenced the industry

The exhibit “Dream Cars: Innovative Design, Visionary Ideas” was held at the High Museum of Art Atlanta in 2014, and it featured the world’s...

 

Why is my car burning oil?

Oil plays a key role in the health of your car’s engine. It helps keep the engine lubricated and prevents all the moving components from building...

 

What is a tuneup and why should you get one?

Regular tuneups go hand in hand with diligent vehicle maintenance, as they play a key role in keeping your car healthy. So, what is a tuneup? Learn...

 

Catalytic Converter failure: three common causes

Catalytic converter failure can be caused by a number of problems and can be a pain to fix. This essential emissions system component can sap miles...

 

Simple Answers from Protech Auto Service

Heater cores are part of the engine cooling system that provides heat to the passenger compartment....

 

Chilly reception: why is my car heater not working?

One of the few things that can make a morning commute worse in the winter is if the heat stops working inside your car. Have you ever turned on the...

 

How your vehicle's wheel alignment affects fuel economy

Did you know that there is more to getting good fuel economy than just watching how hard your right foot presses the go-pedal? Automobiles are a...

 

Car alignment blues: 3 signs your alignment is off

Car alignment might feel like a set-it-and-forget-it maintenance item. The reality, though, is that rough roads, potholes and worn-out suspension...

 

What does lifetime fill mean?

When I was a kid, my dad would have to take the car down to the garage every few months for a chassis lubrication, usually at the same time as the...

 

Timing chain versus timing belt: a primer

Knowing if there’s a timing chain versus a timing belt in your car, and what exactly they both do, can help you save on expensive maintenance,...

 

Courtesy flush – cleaning out your radiator

Most people don’t concern themselves with the status of their radiator until a problem occurs, but many of these issues can be prevented with some...

 

Tire pressure monitoring system

All new cars and light trucks since 2008 have come equipped with a tire pressure monitoring system, or ‘TPMS’. The TPMS system detects when a...

 

Important Things to Know About the Cost of Auto Repair

Protech is a full-service automotive service center. Profit margins are a lot narrower than many people imagine. Cars are far more complex, thus the...

 

Thermostat

The thermostat is an important part of your cooling system. Your vehicle's thermostat performs a sim...

 

Brakes

Let's talk about your brakes. Basically, the power brake system helps you provide braking power so t...

 

Time to Take Another Look at Diesel Vehicles

Let’s debunk some of the myths about diesel powered vehicles. 1. Diesel Burns Dirty This was true years ago. Since 2006, however, U.S. diesel...

 

Used Vehicle Inspection

It’s always exciting to get a new car – even when it’s used – but it can feel like you’re going out on a limb a bit when you buy a used vehi...

 

Emergency items for your vehicle

Emergencies drivers may encounter can range from a flat tire in downtown to being stranded in a snowy ravine for three days. So you may want to...

 

What's a serpentine belt?

All of us have those days when we've got a bunch of errands. Suppose on your day off you need to get gas, pick up some groceries, swing by your ATM...

 

Transmission service

Question: My friend just had a very costly transmission repair in Bakersfield. How can Tehachapi auto owners like myself avoid transmission trouble?...

 

When To Replace Your 'Spark Plugs'

Question: I'm confused about when I should get my spark plugs replaced. What's the deal? Answer...

 

Tire Rotation and Balancing

Question: How do I know when I should get my tires rotated and balanced? Protech Auto Service...

 

Auto Service & Maintenance Guide: Alternator

Question: My battery in my minivan keeps going dead. I had it tested and it is fine – what could be the problem? Protech Auto Service Answer: Well,...

 

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