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Automotive Air Conditioning Repair in Temecula, Murrieta. Wait until Summer?

No matter what vehicle you drive, when certain things break, you have to make a decision.  Should I get it fixed now, later or never?  Air conditioning is one of those things.  You can certainly live without air conditioning, but it sure is nice to have on a sweltering day. Let's say your air conditioning breaks in the fall and you live in a climate where it gets quite cold in the winter.  Should you get it fixed now, wait until spring since it won't get warm until then or maybe not get it fixed at all? That can be a tough decision.  There are several reasons air conditioning in vehicles break.  One is fairly simple: It could be an electrical problem, perhaps a relay or solenoid is not turning on the system.  It's also a fairly inexpensive repair and doesn't require hours of labor. Or, the problem is that the coolant has leaked out.  Your service facility can find the leak and replace the parts that are leaking.  With a re ... read more

VW | Volkswagen oil change, oil leak repair in Temecula and Murrieta Ca

VW | Volkswagen oil change, oil leak repair in Temecula and Murrieta Ca

When it comes to repairing oil leaks on your VW | Volkswagen, it is very important that you go to a repair facility that really know how to repair your VW. As you can see in the pictures below, it takes a well trained technician with years of experience to properly service your Volkswagen. In this series of pictures we show the steps to replacing an oil filter stand gasket. The entire front of the vehicle has to be removed. To remove the front of the vehicle the air conditioning system has to be evacuated. The cooling system has to be drained and he radiator hoses have to be disconnected. May sensor and electrical connectors also have to disconnected. T ... read more

Life Time Transmission Fluid? Just another play on words by the Dealerships to sell cars...

Life Time Transmission Fluid? Just another play on words by the Dealerships to sell cars...

Perform Transmission Fluid Service By ‘Severe Duty’ Change Intervalby AutoCarePro Team - Nov 18, 2014 Improved lubricants have allowed service intervals to extend for many vehicles with automatic transmissions, utilizing “lifetime fluids.” In the past, service recommendations for automatic transmissions were based on time/mileage tied to requirements of new vehicle warranties (2-3 years or 30,000 miles). Lifetime fluid recommendations are now 5-10 years or the life of the vehicle (100,000 miles) unless the vehicle is subjected to “severe duty.” The question that often comes up next: When is it appropriate to perform a fluid service? Taken directly from OEM owners’ manuals, “severe duty” has historically been defined as: • Operation o ... read more

Honest VW | Volkswagen Mechanic in Temecula, Murrieta. VW Dealership Alternative. VW Electrical Alternator Repair

Honest VW | Volkswagen Mechanic in Temecula, Murrieta. VW Dealership Alternative. VW Electrical Alternator Repair

I answered the phone at the shop a few days ago and concerned voice came over the phone asking "how much is a alternator on a 2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI. As I always do, I asked "why do you think you need an alternator?". The caller explained that the vehilce had been to the dealership for a 80,000 mile service and a few days later the battery light came on and the car died. He towed it back to the dealership and they "tested" it for $149 and said it needed an alternator. They quoted him over $1200 for the repair. I thought this was strange for a Volkswagen with 80,000 miles on it, but quoted him a price. It was less than half of the dealership. I told him to have it towed in, but we need to test it ourselves before we condem the alternator. We performed our Charging System Test and found that the power distribution bar (see picture) had burnt and by jumping it we got the alte ... read more

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