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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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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,...

 

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