Category Archives: Auto Maintenance in Albany, CA

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

Tesla Tire Rotation in Albany, CA

Tesla vehicles are models of simplicity, with a lot of maintenance typical of conventionally powered vehicles made unnecessary by design. But tire rotation remains one of the services that are a necessity. As a matter of fact, because Tesla, like all EVs, is a heavy vehicle, regular tire rotation is of great importance. Tesla recommends tire rotation every 6250 miles or if the tread depth difference is 2/32 inches or more. Naturally, if you drive very aggressively, more frequent tire rotations may be necessary. Accelerated tire wear is a fact of life for EVs, so we recommend regular tire rotations to extend tire life. While driving a Tesla means that oil changes are a thing of the past, it’s easy to forget about tire rotation. Conventionally powered vehicles get tires rotated during an oil change. Your Tesla will need a tire rotation appointment. The good news is that tire rotation can be performed while you wait, so call our Albany auto care facility to schedule a time to get ... read more

Honda Brake Fluid Change in Albany, CA

Brake fluid is vital to your safety. It transfers and amplifies the power from the brake pedal to the calipers that press the brake pads against the rotors, thus causing your Honda to slow down and to stop. Brake fluid is highly hygroscopic, meaning it absorbs water from the environment. As a result, over time water content of the brake fluid will go up until it starts to impact braking performance, and in severe cases can cause brake failure. That’s why we highly recommend regular brake fluid change aka brake fluid flush. Fortunately, unlike oil change, you only need to replace brake fluid every 2 years or so. If you are not sure if your Honda needs brake fluid change, bring it to our Albany auto care shop, and our highly skilled, nationally ASE certified technicians will inspect the fluid, and measure its water content. If it turns out that your Honda does needs brake fluid flush, our technicians can complete testing and brake fluid exchange the same day – you can drop ... read more

Toyota Oil Change in Albany, CA

Your Toyota was designed and manufactured by the finest production facilities on the planet – the Toyota Production System. Yet for all the wonderful design and engineering that goes into your Toyota, the lowly oil change is still the most important service that needs to be performed regularly. Engine oil not only lubricates the engine, but also carries out gunk and debris that naturally occur as a result of many parts moving in close proximity, and age related deterioration of various parts of the system. While most of these impurities get filtered out by the oil filter, both the motor oil and the filter need to be regularly changed. If you should skip that vital service, your Toyota’s engine will suffer from less effective lubrication, and its lifespan will be decreased. That’s because engine oil deteriorates due to heat and usage. Oil filter also has limited capacity, so if you do not have oil change performed at the right interval, it will not be able to properl ... read more

Toyota Wheel Alignment in Albany, CA

Your Toyota will need wheel alignment about once a year – most vehicles do. The sorry state of the Bay Area roads may necessitate more frequent alignment, as even hitting a pothole can throw the wheels out of alignment. If the wheels are not properly aligned, you will find accelerated tire wear, and a bit less control over the vehicle, fuel efficiency may suffer a bit as well. Since the tires wear out gradually, the changes might not be noticeable at first, but if the tires are out of alignment, over time the signs of tire wear will be unmistakable. At Adams Autoworx Albany we offer full service tire alignment on a computerized tire alignment machine. We provide this service not only to individual car owners, but also to a number of local auto repair shops who trust us with properly aligning their clients’ vehicles. We recommend yearly wheel alignment check – the cost of this service pays for itself in extended tire life and better mileage. The procedure can be per ... read more

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