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Oxygen Sensor Replacement in Albany CA

Adams Autoworx Albany offers a wide range of automotive services and repairs, including oxygen sensor replacement. You vehicle’s onboard computer receives information from the oxygen sensor about the amount of oxygen in the exhaust fumes. This information is used to make real-time adjustments to make sure that the air-gasoline mixture is optimal for power, fuel economy and emissions. The typical lifespan of an oxygen sensor is 30,000–50,000 miles. It may seem like it should last much longer – it’s just a sensor, no moving parts, right? Well, the reason for its relative short lifespan is the environment – oxygen sensor operates under high temperatures, and is also subject to bombardment not only by hot exhaust gases, but also by high velocity particulates. So how do you know that the oxygen sensor may need replacement? If you notice decreased fuel efficiency, rough idle, poor acceleration, black smoke from the exhaust, loss of engine power, or the check e ... read more

Timing Chain Replacement in Albany CA

Timing belts need replacement, but timing chains?! Unfortunately they do. While timing chains typically last much longer than timing belts, a timing chain may require a replacement. The typical reason for replacement is that the timing chain has stretched and can no longer provide proper timing for the camshaft and the crankshaft. Some vehicles, in particular Audi, are known to suffer from stretched timing chains. At Adams Automotive Albany we offer comprehensive car maintenance services and repairs, including timing chain replacement. The good news about timing chain replacement is that unlike timing belts, timing chains can give you warning when they are about to fail: Rattling noise when idling is an important sign that your vehicle’s timing chain may need replacement. Engine misfires or does not provide normal acceleration power Metal shavings found in engine oil can indicate timing chain problem If you notice any of the above symptoms, call Adams Autoworx Albany right aw ... read more

Chevrolet Service and Repair in Albany CA

Adams Autoworx Albany offers complete Chevrolet diagnostics, maintenance services and repairs. Whether your Chevy Cruze needs oil change, or your Silverado 2500 needs new brakes, our nationally ASE certified technicians will get your vehicles back in top shape and ready for the road. At Adams Autoworx Albany we highly recommend following Chevrolet recommended schedule of service. Regular service keeps you vehicle in top shape, and gives us an opportunity to spot developing problems before they result in major repairs or breakdowns. With all services and repairs we perform a complimentary digital vehicle inspection, so that you are up-to-date on the overall condition of your Chevrolet. If your Chevy needs diagnostics, our highly skilled technicians will use state-of-the-art digital diagnostic tools to find the cause of the problems exhibited by your vehicle. At that point, we will inform you of the root cause of the problem, and provide you with a written estimate of the cost of repai ... read more

2017 Subaru Forester: Weak Battery and Air Conditioning Problems

Subaru Forester 2017 is known for its weak battery, and generally for electrical system issues. Apparently Subaru equipped Forester with batteries that sometimes lasted only 25,000 miles. While this was an extreme example, there are reports of batteries dying just after the end of the warranty period. Fortunately battery replacement is not a complicated nor expensive. If your Subaru needs a new battery, call our Albany auto care shop and we will have a new battery installed and tested the same day. In addition to weak battery issues, some 2017 Foresters appear to suffer from parasitic battery drains, requiring jump starts, or in less severe cases making sure that the car is driven every few days. Another problem faced by 2017 Forester are issues with the key being stuck in the ignition. They can be frequent enough to be a major annoyance.   When it comes to air conditioning issues, owners report that it stops blowing cold air. Consensus is that replacing ac condenser fixes majo ... read more

Prius Service in Albany, CA

Just a few days ago we wrote about Prius repairs, and it was a short blog post. Prius services are a subject that’s a bit more involved. Naturally the most frequent service will be Prius oil change. Toyota Prius vehicles are well-known for excessive oil consumption, so we not only recommend regular oil changes every 5,000 miles, but also  checking engine oil level every 1,000 miles or so. Another service will be brake pads replacement. Fortunately, on Prius vehicles that is an infrequent affair. While a typical non-hybrid vehicle will need new brake pads every 25,000 – 50,000 miles, it is not uncommon for Prius vehicles to go over 100,000 miles on the same set of brake pads. Thanks to regenerative braking, your Prius’ brake pads are used a lot less frequently than on a non-hybrid, gasoline powered vehicle.   A service that should be performed on a Prius every two years is brake fluid change. Brake fluid deteriorates over time, absorbs moisture from the air ... read more

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