San Francisco Automotive Solutions

San Francisco Automotive Solutions

Call or Text Us(415) 957-1170

Articles:

What Are the 10 Most Common Automotive Repairs?

Automotive repairs are just part of life. Unless you are the luckiest person around, you will encounter car problems at some point. That means you’ll need repairs from an auto shop or the dealership, and it’s important to know what to expect. Here are the 10 most common auto repairs performed at San Francisco Automotive Solutions: 1. Fuel Pump Repair/Replacement This is a vital component that literally pumps the gasoline into your engine. If it is clogged or damaged, you will not be able to drive your car. 2. Worn Brakes/Rotors Just like your brake pads will wear out over time with regular use, so will the brake rotors. They may need to be remachined or replaced. 3. Power Steering Problems Sometimes you just need fresh power steering fluid, but you co ... read more

Categories:

Our Services

San Francisco Automotive Solutions Installs Off-Road Performance Upgrades for Longtime Customer

Chris is a longtime customer of San Francisco Automotive Solutions. He's been to our automotive repair facility for everything from routine maintenance to major repairs to aftermarket performance upgrades. Chris recently purchased a new Toyota FJ Cruiser, but he knew he wanted to make quite a few modifications to it for off-road use. "I've been having Pat [Banta, owner of San Francisco Automotive Solutions] work on my cars for years," Chris says. "I had them completely overhaul my FJ Cruiser and they did an amazing job!" There were many alterations that Chris wanted to make and the San Francisco Automotive Solutions team was up to the task as always. We love making custom performance upgrades, so it was really fun to work on thi ... read more

Categories:

Customer Reviews

Why Regular Oil Changes Are So Important

People often underestimate the importance of oil changes. Most of us are pretty good about getting the routine maintenance done as scheduled, but it helps to understand why oil changes are so vital to the health of your car. It may also make you think twice about going to a pop-up lube shop for a “quick” or “cheap” oil change. What Would Happen Without Oil The reason that oil changes are the most common form of vehicle maintenance is because it is a very important process that needs to happen regularly. Bad things can happen if you don’t get your oil changed. It lubricates key engine components, which are moving at very high speeds as the engine is running. Without oil in the system, parts could get damaged beyond repair. Keeping up with those simple oil changes can cost you thousands in engine repair or engine replacement! When to Change Your Oil Mo ... read more

Categories:

Car Care Tips

Signs of a Failing Water Pump

Unless you have an air-cooled system, your engine's cooling system will rely upon a water pump. This is a vital component that keeps coolant pumping through the engine in order to maintain consistent operating temperatures. Without it, your car will overheat and your entire engine could fail.  Today's more technologically advanced water pumps and cooling systems are designed to last a long time, but they are still vulnerable to problems. The older your vehicle is, the more you should be concerned about your water pump failing and causing major engine problems. It's important to be aware of common signs that you may have a water pump issue. If you notice any of these in your vehicle, you'll want to get the engine, cooling system and water pump inspected by a professional auto repair technician like those at San Francisco Automotive ... read more

Categories:

Car Care Tips

What It Means to Be an ASE Certified Auto Repair Shop

This is a term you may hear a lot when dealing with auto repair shops, but being ASE Certified is very important. If you are not dealing with ASE Certified technicians, you are putting your vehicle in the hands of mechanics that might not have the experience you are looking for. Think of ASE Certification like an "A" grade in a San Francisco restaurant or a 5-star hotel in the city. ASE Certification literally means you are dealing with excellent auto repair technicians. And, if you are lucky enough to work with a Master ASE Certified professional, you are truly dealing with the best of the best. About ASE Certification ASE stands for "Automotive Service Excellence." This is an independent quality assurance organization established in 1972 to help regulate the auto repair and service industry. People want to know they are working with mechanics they can trust, so you should always be look ... read more

Categories:

Our Services

What Kind of Inspection Does Your Vehicle Need?

At San Francisco Automotive Solutions, we're committed to getting the best possible results for our customers. That means when you come in for a repair, we are going to get to the bottom of the issue. We are going to be thorough to make sure that you get the precise repairs you need—and only the repairs you need—at a fair price.  To get a proper diagnosis of your vehicle and to assess the specific problems it might have, some type of inspection is going to be required. In this article, we will discuss the different types of inspections and tests we perform at San Francisco Automotive Solutions, so you know what to expect when you bring your vehicle into our repair facility. External Inspection This would be the most basic type of inspection. Let's say you think you have a transmission problem ... read more

Categories:

Our Services

San Francisco Automotive Solutions Replaces Radiator for Happy Customer

J.A. was driving on the 101 Freeway in his BMW when his radiator failed. He realized right way that it was completely blown out and would probably need to be replaced. He was able to get his car to San Francisco Automotive Solutions that evening. "My radiator blew on Thursday night and I rolled my BMW into the shop around 5:30pm," says J.A. in his online review. "They had it replaced by the end of the day Friday." The auto repair technicians at San Francisco Automotive Solutions had no problem replacing the radiator in J.A.'s BMW. We were able to get the right part, have it installed and make sure it was tested for quality and performance. After everything checked out, we gave the customer a call to let him know his car was ready on Friday afternoon. However, J ... read more

Categories:

Customer Reviews

How Often Should You Change Your Air Filters?

Every vehicle has an air filter in the engine compartment and most vehicles have a cabin air filter, as well. What do they do and how often do they need to be replaced? Those are the questions we're here to answer. Engine Air Filter The engine air filter is a simple part, but it performs a very important purpose. In order for the fuel pumping through your engine to be combustible and provide power, it needs a proper air intake system. Older cars will have carburetors while modern cars used an electronic fuel injection system to control the air intake. However, the quality of the air is equally important and that's where the air filter comes in. It collects dust, grease, dirt, debris and even bugs and keeps these pollutants from causing problems within the engineWhen Should The Air Filter Be Replaced? The simplest answer here is to replace the engine air filter w ... read more

Categories:

Car Care Tips

What Types of Vehicles Can We Repair at San Francisco Automotive Solutions?

We often get asked by customers what makes and models of vehicles we can service at San Francisco Automotive Solutions. The truth is we work on cars, trucks, SUVs, hybrids, service vehicles, minivans, RVs and just about any type of vehicle you can imagine. Just bring it in and let our skilled automotive repair technicians handle any auto repair or preventative maintenance services you need. Domestic Vehicles Whether you have a classic car or a modern ride, San Francisco Automotive Solutions has your domestic vehicle repair and maintenance needs covered. We’re talking about Ford, Chevrolet, GMC, Dodge, Cadillac, Mercury, Lincoln, Buick and Jeep. Foreign AutomobilesSan Francisco Automotive Solutions gladly serves all types of foreign-manufactured vehicles. We wor ... read more

Categories:

Our Services

The Importance of Preventative Maintenance

In addition to all types of automotive repairs, most of the services we perform at San Francisco Automotive Solutions revolve around what we call “preventative maintenance.” These are minor maintenance steps you can take to keep your car running well and to help prevent major problems in the future. It is very important to perform regular maintenance on all vehicles. Every manufacturer will have their own recommended maintenance schedules that you should follow, though certain services are pretty standard across the board. As your vehicle gets older, preventative maintenance becomes more and more important and may also need to be more frequent. You can always depend on San Francisco Automotive Solutions to keep your maintenance schedule on track. Once you are in our system, we will gladly provide you with re ... read more

Categories:

Car Care Tips