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Vehicle Maintenance

  • 3 Minutes a Month Can Save Your Transmission

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    When it comes to transmissions, your fluid level is essential. Too much or too little fluid can affect pressure, cooling abilities, and lubrication. In order to best care for your vehicle, it's important to know what to look for, so from our shop here at CME Smog & Auto Repair here are a few tips. 

  • 9 Signs Your Vehicle Needs a Tune-Up

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    Sluggish. Squealing. Unreliable. Vibrating. If any of these descriptors fit your vehicle’s recent behavior, it just might be trying to tell you something – like it’s time for a tune-up.

    Today’s vehicles differ significantly from their decades-old brethren that required a tune-up every 10,000 or 20,000 miles. With newer vehicles, it’s increasingly common for manufacturer-recommended service intervals to stretch to 100,000 miles before certain maintenance items, such as replacing the spark plugs, should be completed. 

  • All Your Fuel System Questions Answered

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    Your car’s fuel system works with the rest of the engine control system to deliver the best performance with the lowest emissions. Check your car’s fuel system regularly or immediately if you smell gas or suspect a problem.

    What does it do? - The fuel system transfers fuel from the fuel tank and passes it through a fuel filter for straining before it arrives at the injectors. A pressure regulator controls fuel pressure to ensure good engine performance under a variety of speed and load conditions. Fuel injectors, when activated, spray a metered amount of fuel into the engine. Some vehicles use a return line system to return unused fuel back to the tank.

  • Are You Dealing With Leaky Hydraulics?

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    Does your clutch go flat, rendering your car useless until you fill the reservoir back up? Are you tired of the spongy feeling in your pedal, and the mess on your driveway? At CME Smog & Auto Repair in Vacaville, CA, we can fix that for you.

  • Benefits of Auxiliary Transmission Coolers - Does Your Vehicle Need One?

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    Auxiliary transmission coolers are one of many ways the aftermarket can improve the quality and durability of your vehicle. From CME Smog & Auto Repair in Vacaville, CA, here’s some information concerning auxiliary coolers, why you might need one, and what it can do for you.

  • Benefits of Treating a Fuel System

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    Like anything else on your vehicle, keeping various systems clean and in good shape is essential to long life and reliability. Your fuel system is especially important - parts are expensive, problems can be difficult to diagnose, and it doesn’t take much contamination to cause a huge issue. It’s much easier to keep your fuel system clean than it is to clean a dirty or problematic system. Performing regular fuel treatment can prove very beneficial to the life of your vehicle.

  • Check Engine Light On? We Can Help

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    Is your check engine light on? Whether you can tell a difference in the way your car, truck, or SUV is running, your car is trying to tell you something. At CME Smog & Auto Repair in Vacaville, CA, we can help.

  • Check Engine Light Staring You in the Eye? Here's Why You Should Pay Attention

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    There’s a huge percentage of vehicle on the road, right now, with the check engine light illuminated. Many of them have had it on for years, even. Frequently, a check engine light will illuminate, but pose no immediate problems, so people just get used to it and learn to live with it being on. However, CME Smog & Auto Repair in Vacaville, CA would like you to know that it’s worth having it looked into. Typically, the problem can be diagnosed by simply plugging your car into our computer; the vehicle gives us a code, and we know what the problem is immediately.

  • Checking Your Fluid Levels - How 3 Minutes Once A Month Can Save Your Vehicle

    At CME Smog & Auto Repair in Vacaville, CA, we know how easy it is to overlook vehicle maintenance when everything is working as it should - we also know firsthand the toll neglected maintenance takes on a vehicle. Here’s an easy thing you can do yourself, that might save you an engine, transmission, or avoid numerous other problems.

  • Choose Us & Treat Your Vehicle Right

    Your vehicle is a vital part of your life; it takes you wherever you need to go and can last you a very long time if taken care of properly. A part of the care it takes to maintain the vehicle is taking it to repair shops in order to receive any necessary maintenance or fix any problems you may be experiencing. By choosing CME Smog & Auto Repair in Vacaville, CA, you can rest assured that your vehicle will get the proper care and maintenance required to remain durable for as long as you need it.

  • Coolant: When to Check It and When to Change It

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    Coolant is vital to your engine. Without the right type, amount, and proper circulation of coolant, your engine won’t last long. How do you know when it’s time to check it or replace it? CME Smog & Auto Repair in Vacaville, CA has the answers.

  • Could That Noise Be Your Suspension Bushings?

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    At CME Smog & Auto Repair in Vacaville, CA, we understand how frustrating it is when your vehicle makes mysterious noises that it shouldn’t be making. Here’s a rundown on suspension bushings, to help you figure out what that sound is you keep hearing.

  • Dash Light On? We Can Fix It

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    Diagnostics are an important aspect of modern vehicle maintenance and repair. Your car or SUV is equipped with an array of computers and sensors which monitor your engine activity, and flag anything that isn’t operating as it should. At CME Smog & Auto Repair in Vacaville, we are experts in performance and luxury automobile repair - and when diagnosing the problem is sometimes the most difficult part of the process, an expert is what you need. For cars like Audi, Porsche, BMW, VW, MINI, and Subaru, selecting the right shop is key to correctly diagnosing and correcting any sort of malfunction.

  • Do You Know How Your AC Works?

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    When you get in your car, truck, SUV, or minivan to drive and the A/C does not work what could be wrong? Here at CME Smog & Auto Repair, we have some simple answers to help you understand how your vehicle A/C system works. The first question we are asked is "Why isn't my air conditioner blowing cold air?" Let's talk about what could be happening. 

  • Do You Smell One Of These Smells? It's Time To Bring Your Car In.

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    If you’ve owned a vehicle long, particularly one with a few miles on it, you have probably encountered a peculiar smell that grabbed your attention. Scents that you encounter while driving (emanating from your vehicle, not the horse farm down the road) are indicators of your vehicle's health and often the first warning that something may be wrong. CME Smog & Auto Repair in Vacaville has assembled this list to prepare for you for the next time you smell something odd, so you’ll know what’s going on next time you notice a funny smell.

  • Don't Neglect Your Brakes

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    Obviously, your brakes are essential. However, it’s easy to neglect or ignore brake issues, and even miss them altogether; as long as the car, truck, or SUV still stops, many people don’t see the need to have their brakes serviced. From CME Smog & Auto Repair in Vacaville, here are some common brake issues, and why you should fix them.

  • Don't Neglect Your Truck's Brakes!

    Obviously, your brakes are essential. However, it’s easy to neglect or ignore brake issues, and even miss them altogether; as long as the truck still stops, many people don’t see the need to have their brakes serviced. From CME Smog & Auto Repair in Vacaville, CA, here are some common brake issues, and why you should fix them.

  • Extending the Life of Your Engine

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    An engine can last anywhere from 50 to 500,000 miles depending mostly on how well you maintain it. While some engines are certainly more reliable than others, all of them depend on maintenance to fulfill their greatest potential. CME Smog & Auto Repair in Vacaville, CA has provided for you some of the determining factors of engine lifespan, to help you make sure your engine lasts as long as it possibly can.

  • Fuel System Cleaning - What's In It For Me?

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    Obviously, the dirtier your fuel system is, the bigger the improvement you will see in performance and fuel economy after a fuel system cleaning. But it is important not to wait until your system is running poorly. If you do, by the time you get a cleaning, you’ve wasted hundreds of dollars in gas or even possibly damaged your fuel injectors and catalytic converter.

  • Have You Changed Your Oil Lately?

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    If you drive a Dodge, Chevy, or Ford diesel pickup, you know the amount of hard work your truck puts in. You may also be aware that diesels run a little dirtier than your average gas burner. At CME Smog & Auto Repair in Vacaville, CA, our goal is to keep your Duramax, Cummins, or Powerstroke truck on the road for many miles to come. A huge part of that is keeping your oil maintained.

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