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Five Engine Noises You Need to Pay Attention To

Five Engine Noises You Need to Pay Attention To

Is your vehicle's engine making funny noises? If the answer is yes, your car may be trying to tell you something very important. In this month's blog, we will explore five engine noises you need to pay attention to and not ignore: Knock, knock! (Who's there?) Squeeeeeeeeeeeeeels (With delight? Sorry, but no.) Hiiisssssss (No, that's not your cat.) Grinding gears (A sound that makes you cringe!) Pop, pop, pop (And no, not the popcorn variety.) We don't mean to make light of serious engine noises, but we figured that if we presented them phonetically, you and your passengers might have an easier time remembering what to listen out for. After all, Knock-Knock jokes are fun until your engine starts making them. Then, it's not so funny. The knocks, squeals, hissing, grinding, and popping are signs that your car is having serious issues that will only get worse if ignored. That is why we strongly encourage preventive maintenance on your vehicle, so you rarely ha ... read more

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Ten Things to Watch Out for During a Used Car Test Drive

Ten Things to Watch Out for During a Used Car Test Drive

Hilbert Hill on Unsplash Are you planning to buy a “new” used car? That’s fantastic! A well-maintained vehicle that has low mileage and is less than 10 years old can be a solid, affordable, and reliable investment. With that said, it’s important to make sure the used vehicle you are hoping to buy passes a pre-purchase inspection test. If more potential car owners brought the used vehicle they are looking at to their auto repair team for a pre-purchase inspection, it would drastically reduce heartache and hemorrhaging wallets. Instead, pre-purchase inspections would allow prospective buyers to walk away from a lemon, or gain negotiating power if they still want to purchase a troubled vehicle. But if you do not have the ... read more

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7 Ways Kniesel’s Auto Service Centers Give Back To Our Community

7 Ways Kniesel’s Auto Service Centers Give Back To Our Community

Photo by Shane Rounce on Unsplash If you do not yet know the family that owns and operates Kniesel's Auto Service Centers, you really should. You may be pleased to discover that we love our community, and we do our best to give back to our community in various ways actively. This month's blog will share seven ways our auto repair centers give back to Citrus Heights, Roseville, Sacramento, and international communities.   Rebate Checks -- In April, we offer rebate checks to our loyal customers that participate in our rewards program right before tax time. This is a very popular program at Kniesel’s Auto Service Centers and our clients rave about how they appreciate our rebate checks!   Script Money For Local Sch ... read more

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Spring Cleaning: The Fluid Checks Your Car Needs Now

Spring Cleaning: The Fluid Checks Your Car Needs Now

As we March into Spring, many of us start feeling the itch to do some Spring Cleaning. The warmer weather and the desire to explore the outdoors motivate us to take a weekend road trip. Whatever your plans are for Spring Break, be sure to include your car's maintenance as part of your Spring Cleaning checklist of to-dos. One of the things that get neglected in a car is the fluids. During the winter months, we often forget that cold weather affects the fluids within our vehicles. Colder weather can increase the viscosity or thickness of fluids within your car. The fluids may get low because we drove through steep hills or rougher weather to go skiing in the mountains, for example. So, we invite you to bring your vehicle to Kniesel's Auto Service Centers in Citrus Heights, Roseville, or Sacramento for a complete safety inspection. When you bring your family and work vehicles to Kniesel's Auto Service Centers, we will be happy to check all of the fluids your car needs to ope ... read more

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How To Show Your Vehicles Some Love

How To Show Your Vehicles Some Love

Photo by Jon Tyson on Unsplash   It's February and you know what that means, right? It's time to show some love to your family fleet of vehicles, as well as your work vehicles. At Kniesel's Auto Service Centers in Citrus Heights, Roseville, and Sacramento, we have a Valentine's promotion that includes an oil and filter service, a car wash, a rose, and a chocolate when you bring your vehicle in for service. Our Valentine's promotion is a popular annual event, and our appointment calendar fills up quickly as a result. If treating your vehicle and your loved ones in this manner appeals to you, we highly recommend making a service reservation online at any one of our th ... read more

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New Year’s Resolutions For Your Family Fleet of Vehicles

New Year’s Resolutions For Your Family Fleet of Vehicles

As you think about your New Year’s Resolutions for 2021, we have some ideas for you and your family’s fleet of vehicles. Resolve to take good care of your cars.  The year 2020 was a challenging one. Part of why last year was so challenging is that many of us were unprepared for the uncertainties that would unfold during the pandemic. Now that we’ve been dealing with the COVID era for almost a year, we know that preventive maintenance is a smart thing. Resolve to stop pushing off the needed repairs your family vehicles require and handle those repairs right away. If you get into a situation like fire evacuations or something else that requires you to drive for long distances, you need to make sure your cars are in good shape so they can get you where you need to go more safely. Seriously, resolve to take good care of your family fleet of vehicles. Save money on automotive repair with our Goldenrod Flyer. Every year, Kniesel&rsqu ... read more

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Home For The Holidays: Fun Ideas For Decorating Your Car

2020 has been an interesting year, that’s for sure. The Winter Holidays looks different this year due to COVID-19, but that doesn’t mean we can have fun decorating for the holidays. In this month’s blog, we thought it would be fun to look at different ideas for decorating your car for Christmas. We came across some great automotive light displays and want to share them with you. Take a look! How To Wrap Your Car In Christmas Lights   VSCOing Your Car For Christmas   To be fair, we looked up how to decorate your car for Hanukkah and Kwanzaa, but we didn’t find anything. Therefore, our car decorations will remain Christmas focused. If you wish to purchase Christmas car decoration kits, we found a nice selection on Amazon. We love decorating for the holidays, but one thing is for sure… you need to make certain your car’s decorations do not hinder ... read more

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What To Expect When You Bring Your Car To Kniesel’s Auto Service Centers

What To Expect When You Bring Your Car To Kniesel’s Auto Service Centers

When you bring your vehicle to Kniesel’s Auto Service Centers, you can expect that we do more than just service and repair your car. You may not know this, but we pour a lot of time and financial commitment back into our local communities to make our world a better place, one auto repair at a time.  Most people assume that our only focus is on fixing cars. But the truth is that our real focus is making life better for everyone we serve. That is why in November, we do gift cards as a thank you to our clients for their loyal support once they have spent a certain amount. Additionally, with each dollar you spend at Kniesel’s Auto Service Centers, a small percentage of your purchase goes to charitable causes.  One of the charities we support through proceeds from each sale is the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption. Why is this organization so near and dear to our hearts? We have six adopted children, and we love them all dearly. In honor of National Adoption Day on ... read more

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3 Things You Should Know About Your Braking System

3 Things You Should Know About Your Braking System

Your braking system is such an important part of your car’s overall health, especially during the coming winter months. That’s why it’s vital to have at least a general understanding of how your braking system works. Similar to how your own body works, the entire brake system operates as a whole; if one part is off, then the whole system is off. Keep reading to learn the 3 things you should know about your braking system! How do your brakes actually work? When you press down on the brake pedal, you’re activating the cylinder that delivers brake fluid to your car’s calipers. Brake calipers apply the pressure needed to activate your brake pads, so they make contact with your tire’s rotors. The rotors are attached directly to each tire, and when the rotors spin, so do your tires. To get them to stop spinning when you brake, your brake pads create friction against the rotors and slow them down or stop them completely. If any one part of these com ... read more

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Forget Back To School: Here’s How To Turn Your Car Into A STEM Classroom

Forget Back To School: Here’s How To Turn Your Car Into A STEM Classroom

While school these days has changed over to primarily distance learning, that’s no reason that you can’t encourage your kids to get involved with some fun STEM activities whenever you’re in the car. Keep reading to learn how to effectively turn your car into a STEM classroom! Almost every moment with your kids is a way to help them with their education, especially if you want them exposed to STEM learning from a young age. Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics were all involved in creating your car, so it’s the perfect place to start. Science is a fun subject for kids, especially since you can do experiments while you’re in there! Getting yourself familiar with the general workings of some of the systems within your car can help with this. Once you have a basic understanding of how an engine runs, how an air conditioning system works, and how things like your exhaust pipe work, there’s no end to the conversations you can have with your ki ... read more

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