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Deciphering the menu board: A to Z

Simple Answers from Protech Auto Service

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 that might be listed. Remember, the board is there for reference; speak to your friendly and knowledgeable Protech Auto Service service advisor about other possible needs or services.

Protech Auto Service fuel system cleaning: Over time, the fuel system gets gum and varnish built up. A fuel system cleaning gets rid of that and cleans out the fuel injectors. Saves gas, by the way.

Headlamp replacement: Halogen and standard headlamps gradually fade. When one burns out, replace both so they’ll have the same brightness. Also, if your headlamp lenses are yellowed or cloudy, you can have them professionally restored to like-new condition.

Inspections: Tehachapi residents get inspections for many reasons. Maybe they’re going on a trip or just want to make sure their vehicle’s ready for summer or winter. Maybe they just bought a used car and want to give it the once over. An inspection may reveal some things that are broken or are getting close to having a problem.

Protech Auto Service oil change – there are several options: Some Tehachapi auto repair centers offer just an oil change and new filter as an option. Most will also check and top off all of your other fluids and do a quick visual inspection with a full service oil change. There may also be options for higher mileage fluids or an upgrade to synthetic oil. Protech Auto Service offers a basic oil change service and a more comprehensive service which includes a bumper to bumper inspection.

PCV valve: PCV stands for Positive Crankcase Ventilation valve. It’s a little part that releases pressure from the vehicle engine. It can get gummed up and that can lead to engine damage. Just needs to be changed now and then.

Protech Auto Service power steering service: Often overlooked. Your friendly and knowledgeable Protech Auto Service technician will evacuate the old fluid, clean out the system and replace it with clean fluid. Keeps the system running well for a long time.

Serpentine belt: That’s the belt that powers the vehicle engine’s accessories like the alternator, air conditioner, power steering and brakes. We’ll want to replace the serpentine belt before it breaks or wears down too much, because that will lead to other service issues.

Shocks and struts: This starts with an inspection of the suspension components. Shocks last a long time and wear out slowly, so many Tehachapi residents don’t notice when it’s time to change them. If they are worn or leaking, they need to be replaced.

Protech Auto Service transmission service: This involves removing the transmission fluid and replacing it with clean fluid. It’s like an oil change for your transmission.

Tire rotation and wheel balancing: The tires are rotated from front to back using the recommended rotation pattern. This helps tires wear more evenly. Wheels need to be balanced from time to time to keep them turning without any wobble or bounce. Helps the ride and saves tire wear.

Give us a call and book an appointment at Protech Auto Service. We can be reached at (661) 822-1100 and are located at 401 W. J Street, Ste. G, Tehachapi.