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5 Ways To Know Your Vehicle May Need Brake Service

Brakes are the most important safety system in a vehicle as they help to prevent accidents. As a result, they should always be in top working condition. While routine brake inspection is vital to prevent problems, issues can still develop in between checkups. Here are the top five ways to know your car needs brake service. 1. ABS light is on Your dashboard has several indicators that turn on when dealing with a potential or existing problem. So if a light that says ABS illuminates on your dashboard, it's your car's way of telling you that its sensors have detected some problem and that your brakes need servicing. ABS stands for Anti-Lock Braking System, and the light is usually either red, orange, or yellow, which means it is fairly obvious to spot when it comes on.  2. Vibration while driving If you can feel a vibration in the brake pedal, steering, or throughout the car anytime, you brake, head over to an auto repair shop immediately ... read more

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

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