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Pros and cons ... do I need AWD?

When the cold weather rolls around and the first slippery days confront drivers, it's tempting to...

 

Why do they call it a dashboard? (Instrumental panel warning lights)

Ever wonder where they came up with the term "dashboard" for that part of your vehicle that sits beh...

 

Air blend box

You push a few buttons or turn some knobs, and voila! You have air blowing on your feet or cool air...

 

Alternator facts (alternator diagnosis and repair)

When your vehicle doesn't start, the first thing you think of might be the battery. That may be the...

 

Drum brakes

Brakes that work properly are essential to your safety. You want to carefully maintain your brakes....

 

EGR valve

It is pretty amazing how auto makers have been able to consistently build more powerful engines in...

 

The foggiest idea (fogged windows in cold weather)

In cold weather, you may notice your windows fogging up. Then you can't see where you're going, and...

 

Get fresh air inside your car

California air quality affects Tehachapi drivers wherever we are. Many decades ago, people began to...

 

Power steering maintenance

Steering is one of the things we take for granted in our vehicles. Let’s break it down into two a...

 

4 ways to help your vehicle service go well

Let’s face it, vehicles are complex machines, and hats off to the ProTech Auto Service t...

 

Has mat? Hazmat

In the sloppy weather months, many drivers rely on protective mats to keep moisture, grime, ice and...

 

The differential

When you take a corner in your car, the outside wheels have a slightly longer distance to go than th...

 

Ball joints

Most drivers in Tehachapi know ball joints are an important part of the suspension system....

 

Five signs you may have a bad water pump on your hands

There are some parts of a vehicle that, when failing, do not need to be immediately replaced. A...

 

Now, stop right there! (driving with ABS brakes)

Do you know what kind of braking system you have on your vehicle? It matters. Do you think you...

 

Sudden soft brakes: don't panic with these tips

Soft brakes, meaning a brake pedal that no longer offers the same reassuring pressure it normally does, can be an alarming thing to encounter while dr...

 

Car maintenance: do you really need annual checkups?

Much like the human body, your car relies on a series of interconnected systems working together...

 

Looking into what's ahead in the ADAS arena

Advanced Driver-Assistance Systems (ADAS) have arrived. Today, ADAS is one of the fastest-growing...

 

How to tie a Christmas tree to your car: Protect your car and other drivers!

It's important to know how to tie a Christmas tree to your car before you set out to find the perfec...

 

Rising gas prices: how to conserve fuel without spending a fortune

Make each gallon of gas last with these fuel economy tips. In these difficult times with gas prices soaring, making each gallon of gas go farther is...

 

Three top car problems that are easily overlooked

Your car is composed of multiple moving parts with many dependent on fluids to keep them lubricated. Likely, you know the importance of changing your...

 

Air filter wraps

An air filter wrap isn’t part of the standard equipment on a typical car or truck, but it is s...

 

Deciphering the menu board: A to Z

You may not be familiar with all of the items on Protech Auto Service’s menu board, so here is a quick description of some of the typical services t...

 

Understanding proper tire rotation

Understanding proper tire rotation can go a long way toward extending the life of the rubber wrapped around your wheels. In fact, rotation is so...

 

The importance of an oil change

What does an oil change do and why is it important to get one as a part of routine maintenance? Something as simple as an oil change might not seem...

 

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