Yearly Archives: 2020

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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Diesels & The Great Outdoors: Why Light-Diesel Trucks Are So Popular

Diesels & The Great Outdoors: Why Light-Diesel Trucks Are So Popular

Diesel trucks are loved far and wide for their superior towing capacities and fuel economy savings. But what about those light-diesel trucks that are rising in popularity? Once exclusive to heavy-duty pickup trucks, diesel-powered engines are now being manufactured for full-size light-duty trucks too! Keep reading to find out why they’re so popular now.   Diesel engines for pickup trucks usually offer considerable fuel economy savings and increased towing capacity and driving range compared to their gas-powered engine counterparts. That being said, there’s a catch – they usually cost thousands upon thousands of dollars more! This can be off-putting for many buyers, especially when you factor in that they may not need the extra power for their truck’s regular use.    When compared to many heavy-duty diesel trucks, light-diesel trucks are the clear winner. With a smaller build comes an often drastically reduced price, which many car-buyers will appr ... read more

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Is It Cheaper To Keep Her? How To Determine If Your Vehicle Is Worth Keeping

Is It Cheaper To Keep Her? How To Determine If Your Vehicle Is Worth Keeping

Buying a new car is more of an investment in your new vehicle than it is an expense. While that’s true, sometimes it really is cheaper (and a better idea) to keep your current vehicle and invest in some quality auto repair to get your car back in fighting shape. Figuring out which option is a personal decision for you and your family to make, but the team at Kniesel’s Auto Service Centers wants to help you out! Keep reading for some ways to help you make that decision. There’s no doubt about it, your old car likely served you well over the years. For well-looked-after cars, you likely made regular stops at your auto mechanic, and experienced few breakdowns. These repairs may have seemed tedious over time, but just like people, cars need to get checkups once in a while. Over time, daily use will cause unavoidable wear on your vehicle. Your belts and hoses will dry and crack, tire tread will wear out, and with the increase in electrical work in cars, those will need to ... read more

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Ideal Weekend Road Trips When You Need To Stay Close To Home

Ideal Weekend Road Trips When You Need To Stay Close To Home

Photo by Luigi Manga on Unsplash While California is leading the way during the COVID-19 crisis, shelter-in-place orders have put a damper on vacation travel plans. But don’t worry! The Sacramento region is central to all sorts of our state’s gorgeous natural beauty. Keep reading for a list of ideal weekend road trip locations when you need to stay close to home. Turtle Bay’s McConnell Arboretum and Botanical Gardens Located in sunny Redding, California, Turtle Bay’s McConnell Arboretum and Botanical Gardens is a short two and a half-hour drive north of Sacramento. Though Turtle Bay Exploration Park is closed due to COVID-19, their McConnell Arboretum and Botanical Gardens are still open! The Arboretum is over ... read more

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5 Reasons Why Your Employees Should Know About Our Fleet Services

5 Reasons Why Your Employees Should Know About Our Fleet Services

If you own a business that has fleet vehicles, Kniesel’s Auto Service Centers in Citrus Heights, Roseville, and Sacramento invite you to inform your employees about our fleet services. At the Kniesel's Auto Service Centers Fleet Department, we make it OUR job to make YOUR job easier! For over 55 years, our auto repair team has served businesses and their employees with an exceptional customer service experience. You and your employees can trust the service and repair of your fleet vehicles to the professionals at the Kniesel's Auto Service Centers Fleet Department! Experience the award winning Fleet service and attention to detail that all three of our family-owned and operated locations provide.  Here are five reasons why your employees should know about the fleet services at Kniesel’s Auto Service Centers. 1. We are an approved fleet service vendor.  Many fleet managers are required to work with third-party entities that will process payments on thei ... read more

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