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Vehicle Maintenance

  • What does the PCV System do & why is it important to you?

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    On modern vehicles, the PCV system (Positive Crankcase Ventilation System) is essential to ensuring your car or truck is ready to go when you are and remains a long-lasting, reliable vehicle. It’s much more than just emissions control - your PCV system serves multiple purposes and is quite interesting! How does it work, and what are those purposes?  Here at CME Smog & Auto Repair in Vacaville, CA, we have those answers for you!

  • What Happens When Routine Services Are Neglected?

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    Routine services are routine for a good reason. Schedule them with us here so we can be sure that your vehicle stays in the best shape. Here’s a look into what happens when routine services aren’t performed, from CME Smog & Auto Repair in Vacaville, CA.

  • What is a Carrier Bearing?

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    At CME Smog & Auto Repair in Vacaville, our goal is to keep your car, truck, or SUV shifting and riding as smoothly as it did the day it rolled off the lot. A big part of that is the mounting hardware that keeps the moving parts in your drivetrain running smooth.

  • What should you do if you blow a tire?

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    The best way to deal with a blown tire is to prevent it from happening in the first place. However, eventually, a flat tire is going to occur, and it’ll most likely be when you least need it. From CME Smog & Auto Repair in Vacaville, CA, here’s what you need to do.

  • When and Why Your Vehicle Needs a Tune-up

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    Tune-ups are an important and frequently neglected aspect of automotive care. Most drivers don’t really consider the mechanical condition of their car, so long as nothing is wrong with it. However, if a vehicle is tuned-up and maintained correctly, many mechanical failures (and expenses) will be avoided altogether. So whne is the right time to get a tune-up?

  • When Do I Need A Heavy Duty Torque Converter?

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    If you drive a lightweight car, truck, or SUV, the torque converter you have installed is probably just fine. For those of you with more heavy-duty applications, like high horsepower setups or towing rigs, the stock converter may not be enough. At CME Smog & Auto Repair in Vacaville, CA, we can help you determine if your torque converter is right for the job you need to be done. 

  • When to Replace Your Differentials

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    At CME Smog & Auto Repair in Vacaville, we know that maintenance and repair can go a long way toward keeping your trucks on the road. We also know that sometimes, things have to be replaced altogether. The rear end, or differential, isn’t a component that needs to be replaced often; but when it does, a new one will make your truck feel like new.

  • When To Run Diagnostics On Your Vehicle

    Modern vehicles are becoming increasingly complex, and as a result, computer diagnostic systems are becoming a necessity rather than a convenience. At CME Smog & Auto Repair in Vacaville, CA, our state of the art technology and trained technicians are ready to diagnose any transmission issue you may be experiencing with your car, truck, or SUV.

  • When Was The Last Time You Got Your Oil Changed?

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    At CME Smog & Auto Repair in Vacaville, CA, we do our best to keep you on the road. A huge part of being able to do that is proper vehicle maintenance; when was the last time you changed your oil?

  • Where's that loud noise coming from?

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    Whether you drive a Porsche, Audi, BMW, Subaru, Land Rover, or other performance and luxury vehicles, your ball joints are an essential part of your car or SUVs performance and safety. From us at CME Smog & Auto Repair, here’s what to watch out for, to make sure your ball joints are in shape and ready to go. 

  • Why Do Engines Overheat?

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    An engine overheating can cause irreparable damage - preventing that from happening is crucial to keeping your car, truck, or SUV on the road. Here’s a rundown on the causes of engine overheating, from CME Smog & Auto Repair in Vacaville, CA.

  • Why Do Transmissions Break?

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    Transmissions are complex, and over time they will wear out and eventually break. Knowing what to look for will play a key role in preventing your transmission from failing prematurely. At CME Smog & Auto Repair in Vacaville, CA we want to give you some insight on how your transmission works and how it can fail.

  • Why Is My 4WD Not Working?

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    These days, many four-wheel-drive systems are electronically controlled - a button is pushed to engage four-wheel-drive, which activates a solenoid in the transfer case, shifting it into gear. What happens when yours stops working? CME Smog & Auto Repair in Vacaville, CA has the answers.

  • Why is there a puddle under my car?

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    Cars, trucks, and SUVs use and create multiple liquid substances. Here’s what you need to know about the puddle of liquid under your vehicle, from CME Smog & Auto Repair in Vacaville, CA. There are a few different substances that can pool under an automobile, and some are more serious than others. Knowing what to look for and what to do could save you from hassle with your vehicle in the long run. 

  • Why It's Important To Have Routine Maintenance

    An article about routine maintenance probably doesn’t sound like the most riveting read, but at CME Smog & Auto Repair in Vacaville, CA, proper maintenance is something we believe in wholeheartedly. Routine maintenance is the key to making a vehicle last for decades; if done correctly, your vehicle will stay reliable and enjoyable to drive, and you will save time and money in the process.

  • Why It's Important To Have Your Oil Changed

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    At CME Smog & Auto Repair in Vacaville, we understand all too well the importance of changing your oil regularly. Three to five thousand miles sounds like a lot, but it doesn’t really take that long to rack them up. The busier you are, the more you probably drive, and the more likely you are to forget it’s time to change your oil. Here are some reasons to pay attention to your oil changes, and help you better understand why oil changes are so important.

  • Why It's Important To Wash Your Car

    Everyone has different habits when it comes to washing their vehicle. Many people see it as a purely cosmetic thing, so as long as their vehicle is running and driving right they don’t see a point in washing it all that often. In actuality, washing your vehicle is also an important aspect of maintenance and making a vehicle last. CME Smog & Auto Repair in Vacaville, CA has some vehicle washing tips for you, to keep your vehicle in shape for years to come.

     

  • Why it’s important to always use quality parts

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    When something goes wrong on your vehicle, it can be tempting to take the cheapest route. With eBay, Amazon, and the countless other sources for car and truck parts on the market today, many people decide to go that route to save some money. Here are some points to consider when buying quality automotive parts, from CME Smog & Auto Repair in Vacaville, CA.

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