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The Top 5 Benefits of Wheel Alignment

It's a term you might hear any time you visit an auto repair shop, but what is wheel alignment all about and why is it necessary? In the simplest of terms, it is making sure all four of your wheels and tires are rolling exactly in the same direction. Over time, wheels can get out of alignment and even the slightest misalignment can impact the performance and handling of your vehicle.  Here are the 5 biggest benefits of proper wheel alignment: 1. Improved Fuel Efficiency Believe it or not, the alignment of your wheels has a major impact on the fuel efficiency of your vehicle. Properly aligned wheels help spread the power and torque evenly as you are driving and that means less wasted energy (and fuel). 2. Longer Tire Life One easy way to tell if you might have an alignment issue is to look at ... read more

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Hyundai Owner Appreciates "Wonderful" Service at San Francisco Automotive Solutions

Pamela is a Hyundai owner. She noticed that her car was developing a strange noise that was a mix between a squeak and a rattle. Over time, the sound got louder and louder, and Pamela knew she finally had to do something about it. So, she brought her car into San Francisco Automotive Solutions for an inspection and repairs. Pamela was so pleased with her service experience at our shop that she posted a review on both Yelp and Google. "Best auto repair service ever!!" Pamela writes. "I was blown away by the wonderful comprehensive service." After the expert auto repair technicians of San Francisco Automotive Solutions took some time to inspect t ... read more

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Watch Out for the Oil Pressure Warning Light

Everybody knows about the “check engine” light on their dashboard. And depending on the sophistication of your car’s computer and the warning light display itself, that light will have some subtleties you need to understand. In most cases, a flashing check engine light means it’s an extremely urgent problem and you should try to get off the road immediately. Understanding Your Warning Lights In addition to the check engine light, all vehicles will have various warning lights and sensors connected to the car’s computer. They are there to provide specific warnings that you will need to understand. We’re talking about coolant temperature, low tire pressure, battery, automatic braking system, seatbelt, airbags, low gas, and so on. Whenever you get a new vehicle, you should take the time to go through the manual and know which light is which. However, there is one o ... read more

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6 Signs You Might Have Alternator Problems

The alternator is a relatively simple, yet critical component within any gasoline-powered vehicle. Electric vehicles and most hybrids will not have an alternator because they have different battery systems. Ultimately, the alternator recycles power to and from your car battery while you are driving. When your vehicle is running, the battery is supplying power to the engine, the air conditioner, the entertainment system and other electronic components. The alternator is a genius little piece of machinery that sends power back into the battery to maintain a full charge. If the alternator isn’t working properly, you will encounter major electrical system failures and/or a dead battery. It’s important to know the warning signs that your alternator is failing. At the first sign of any of these symptoms below, you will want to bring your vehicle into an auto repai ... read more

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Jeep Wrangler Owner Comes Back to San Francisco Automotive Solutions for More Upgrades

A little while back, we featured a story about Gabe. He is a proud Jeep Wrangler owner who has been making a lot of aftermarket upgrades to his vehicle. He's entrusted a lot of the work to the team at San Francisco Automotive Solutions because he knows our guys will get the job done right every time. Gabe recently posted an update to his Yelp review and we thought it was worth sharing his continuing saga. "Pat and Bill (actually, his name is Bela) continue to ROCK," Gabe writes. "I took my Jeep back a couple of times since my initial review for a few more add-ons. All were WINS in the way that Bela treated my Jeep with tremendous care and conscientiousness—most notably my new lift and suspen ... read more

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The Importance of Your Catalytic Converter

In 1975, catalytic converters officially became a requirement on all commercial and passenger vehicles. Even before that, they were used in many cars and trucks to improve performance and decrease emissions. California is obviously one of the country’s strictest states when it comes to DMV emissions standards, so it is very important that your catalytic converter is doing its job. What the Catalytic Converter Does The catalytic converter is a key component of your vehicle’s overall exhaust system. As toxic gasses and fumes are expelled from your engine, they are run through the catalytic converter. It essentially burns off as much of the toxic elements as possible before the exhaust fumes are ultimately sent out your tail pipe(s). Signs of Catalytic Converter and Exhaust System Problems If you have a failing catalytic converter or any other ... read more

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Have Radiator Problems? Look for These Signs.

If your radiator is failing or has a problem, it can lead to serious engine damage. The radiator is a crucial part of the vehicle's overall cooling system that keeps the engine from overheating. The good news is that it's not too difficult for you to tell when you might have radiator or other cooling system problems. Just look out for these common signs: 1. Car is Overheating If the car overheats once in an extreme situation (example: driving up a long, steep grade on a hot summer day with your air conditioner blasting), it may be a one-time issue. If it happens more than once or the vehicle never recovers from that first overheating incident, then you likely have a cooling system issue that will require repairs. The longer you put it off, the more your engine will overheat. The more your engine overheats, the more damage is caused inside and then you are looking at thousands of dollars ... read more

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Yelp Reviewer Praises Service Experience at San Francisco Automotive Solutions

Larry recently needed some repairs for his car. After doing his research on the top auto shops in San Francisco, he decided to take his vehicle to San Francisco Automotive Solutions. After his service experience, Larry was so pleased that he wrote about it on Yelp. "Excellent experience," Larry writes. "Very helpful, informative, on time, on estimate and friendly. Pat and Bill were very professional, courteous and generous with their time, answering questions." At San Francisco Automotive Solutions, we understand that many customers will have questions and concerns when it comes to their vehicles. You are putting your trust in our team as certified auto repair experts, but you still want to know what's going on. That's why communication is so important to ... read more

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5 Reasons Why You Need to Rotate Your Tires

In addition to having the oil changed regularly, a tire rotation is the other most common maintenance service recommended for all vehicles. In most cases, a tire rotation is recommended every 5,000-6,000 miles. There are numerous benefits and reasons why you should do it. 1. More Even Tire Treads The main reason why you want to rotate your tires is to help keep the tire treads as even as possible over time. Various factors will put more strain on certain wheels and tires, so almost every vehicle will wear out the treads unevenly. 2. Longer Tire Life The more even you keep your tire treads, the longer your tires will last. If you don't rotate them, one or two of the tires may wear out quicker than the rest and you'll end up having to replaced them individually, whic ... read more

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4 Reasons Why Your Airbag Warning Light is On

Airbag repair is not the most common automotive repair service, but it is necessary from time to time. Obviously, if you get in an accident and any of your airbags are deployed, they will need to be replaced and the sensors will need to be reset. However, what happens when you haven’t been in an accident yet you are still having airbag issues? Your car will tell you by illuminating or flashing the airbag warning light on your dashboard or computer display. When this light is on, that means your airbags are deactivated. It means they will not deploy properly if you get into an accident. Needless to say, this is a serious issue that you will want to get rectified quickly for your safety and the safety of your passengers. There is always a chance that the airbag light is on by accident and it just needs to be reset. Otherwise, there are a number of other situations that may cause the a ... read more

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