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Most Common Reasons Your Car Overheats

Most Common Reasons Your Car Overheats

Unless you have been living under a rock, then you know the triple digits are back. Come to think of it, even when under a rock you could still tell….those delta breezes just aren’t as breezy as they once were. You know where this is going, right? Unless you have space in your garage, your car is outside almost all the time. On top of that, it’s working to transport you and the family, in all likelihood maxing out the AC. A car that is overheating is a sign that something is wrong; something inside the cooling system is preventing the release of heat, which means something is blocked or something is leaking. Some of the fixes can be done yourself, some we recommend an expert. Here are some of the most common culprits. Coolant-Unfortunately, coolant is not a one-size-fits-all situation. If it’s the wrong coolant for your vehicle OR your coolant to water ratio is off, this can trigger an over-heat situation. Start by checking to ensure the system is full. If ... read more

Explore California

Explore California

Can you feel it? That pull……..you’ll feel it in your chest, take a deep breath and think “soon……..very soon.” Living in Northern California, it’s a very familiar pull to someplace where you can’t get a cell signal and the Tahoe run-off beckons you away from your day to day. Camping season is here and if you have witnessed I-80 or Hwy 50 on a Sunday afternoon lately, you know that the seasonal pull has begun and EVERYONE is feeling it! Here at Kniesel’s Auto Service Center, we are no different. Everyone here has felt the pull and making their plans even as we speak. Showing each other pictures of our favorite campgrounds has become a Monday ritual. So grab your hiking shoes, your pooch and make some plans! That Tahoe run-off waits for no one!   Service Advisor Joe Gangl likes to go off the beaten path……. A family favorite is Spring Valley Lake, north of Marysville.  They like to bring quads and f ... read more

Gas Prices

Gas Prices

As Sacramento braces for the summer heat, summertime plans are being made and possibly modified as gas prices steadily trend up. To make sure your vehicle isn’t burning through fuel inefficiently, make sure of the following; -When on the freeway, use your cruise control; they don’t call it “hit the gas” for nothing. Sudden changes in speed can rob your car of fuel efficiency. Keep your speed as consistent as possible. -Make sure your fuel cap is on tight……if you are unsure what the standard is for your vehicle, check your manual. -Under-inflated tires can reduce fuel efficiency by up to 15%. Conversely, over-inflated tires can cause excessive wear to the tread. ALWAYS make sure the tires are properly inflated. -Keep your car as cool as possible. Gas can evaporate, more-so in direct sunlight. Whenever possible, find a shady spot for your vehicle. -Check your oil routinely. Like brushing your teeth regularly makes the dentist less painful, regul ... read more

AIR CONDITIONING

Sliced bread has been attributed as one of the best inventions ever. Now I’m all for carb loading, but I beg to differ; air conditioning has changed our lives in ways we can’t even begin to imagine. I have theorized that the reason most people did not make it past 40 years in age in the 17th century was because they were too dang hot! Have you seen their clothes? Wool + 90 plus degrees= a bad day. String a few of those together and you literally melt away. Which makes me incredibly happy to be living in the modern day where AC is abundant. Until you are in a situation where it isn’t. I remember a certain summer when I was living in the south. I was between jobs and my AC is barely blowing, only working intermittently. When October hit, I was soooo very thankful that I could put off the repair; I knew it was going to hurt so the longer I could put it off the better. The only problem with this line of thinking is that time always wins and putting off repairs NEVER wor ... read more

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