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Auto Repair in Albany: Brake Service and Repair– the Warning Signs

Your car’s brake pads are sometimes referred to as “friction items” – they get used up through friction they generate during braking. It’s very difficult to estimate the length of brake pad service, because it depends on the vehicle, type of driving, traffic, terrain ( hilly roads tend to use up brakes much faster) and other factors. Fortunately, modern vehicles usually warn the driver that brakes need to be serviced, and if you regularly service your vehicle at our Albany auto repair shop, we can measure the thickness of the brake pads, and tell you if they need to be replaced.    However, sometimes there are other issues that indicate a need for brake service or repairs. Here are some that should motivate you to bring your vehicle to a “mechanic near me”, and of course we believe that our family owned and operated Albany auto repair shop is just the right place for brake service and repairs:   Low Brakin ... read more

Auto Air Conditioning Refill aka A/C Recharge

A failing or non-functioning air conditioning can be a major inconvenience, and of course a/c systems seem to fail at the worst possible time – usually during the hottest day of the year. If your car's AC is no longer working as it should, it could be due to low refrigerant (Freon) levels. In such instances, an auto air conditioning refill (recharge) is what your car needs to resume offering a cool breeze.  A/C refrigerant gas (Freon) is the key component of the auto a/c system. If your vehicle is low on Freon, a/c system will not function effectively, you may get only slightly cooled air. If the system lost all Freon, a/c will not provide any cooling. At Adams Autoworx in Albany we offer A/C checkup and refill. We verify that the AC system has no leaks, and top up (recharge) the refrigerant if needed. Signs your vehicle's AC needs to be recharged or checked for problems: How can you tell if your car's air conditioning needs to be r ... read more

Subaru Service and Repair in Albany, CA

We are huge Subaru fans at Adams Autoworx Albany. That’s why our Albany auto repair facility offers comprehensive Subaru maintenance services, diagnostics, and repairs. Our technicians, certified by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE), are equipped with the latest digital diagnostic equipment so they can talk directly to your Subaru onboard computer. Whether your Subaru Outback needs new brakes, or your Subaru Impreza suffers from an oil leak, or perhaps your Forester has the check engine light on, our technicians will combine their extensive experience with the latest diagnostic tools to find the root cause of the problem, and get your Subaru repaired, and ready for the road. Adams Autoworx is a family-owned Albany auto repair shop that offers comprehensive Subaru care. Every day we strive to live our motto: Quality, Value, Service. When you bring your vehicle to our Albany garage, you will find a clean, modern facility, you will be greeted by our fr ... read more

Symptoms of Water Pump Problems

Symptoms of Water Pump Problems The water pump is an unsung hero of your vehicle. It circulates the coolant throughout the cooling system, including the radiator, and keeps the engine and other components at the correct temperature. Housed under the hood, water pump keeps the engine from overheating. Over time, water pump may start leaking, or may fail. If the water pump fails, it will likely lead to engine overheating, and engine damage, which in the worst case scenario may necessitate engine replacement. At Adams Autowrox Albany we can provide complete cooling system inspection, service and repairs. Signs of Water Pump Trouble:   Rust on the Water Pump If you see physical deterioration of the water pump – rust or grime – it’s likely the water pump needs professional attention. Sometimes grime and rust might occur due to wrong coolant type, or faulty pressure cap. Strange Noises Coming from the Water Pump Area A whining noise coming from under the hood ma ... read more

Common Problems to Watch Out for If You Own a BMW in Albany or Kensington, CA

Adams Autoworx provides full range of BMW repair services. If you live in Albany or Kensington, you can bring your BMW for service and repairs to our auto repair shop at 730 San Pablo Avenue – we are happy to be of service. However, in between BMW service visits, here are some common problems we hear about: 2011 BMW X5 suffering from excessive oil consumption; BMW X3 model 2013 owners faced instances of broken timing chain guide. Common problem with older BMWs (over 5 years old) are oil leaks – check your garage for sings of oil dripping. If you notice a problem, our technicians can repair the oil leak and get your “driving machine” back in top shape. Other issues that develop in BMW vehicles as they age include failure of door locks and window regulators, ignition coil failure, and water pump failure. At Adams Autoworx Albany we can diagnose and repair a wide range of BMW problems – so next time your vehicle needs service or repairs, give us a call. To ... read more

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