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Take Care of Your Car's Battery

Your car's battery is one of your vehicle's most important components. It's there to keep all the electrical elements, ignition system and other vital parts running. Without a good battery or one that gets drained, you may find yourself stranded.  Here are some tips from San Francisco Automotive Solutions to help you take better care of your car's battery: 1. Turn Your Lights Off! Most modern vehicles will turn the headlights and interior lights off automatically after the car has been turned off for a few minutes. This is a great innovation. For older cars and those without such technology, you want to avoid leaving your lights, the radio, phone chargers and other electronics on when you are not using the car. Otherwise, the battery will drain and it may not start up without a jump start or recharge. 2. Know When It's Time for a Recharge or a New Battery ... read more

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San Francisco Automotive Solutions Helps Customer with Emergency Cooling System Repairs

  It's never something you want to happen, but unfortunately cars will break down or have problems (and usually at the most inconvenient time). It can happen to new cars, old cars, luxury cars, classic cars, trucks, vans, SUVs—you never know when or where. The good news is that when you do have car trouble, you can count on the auto repair experts at San Francisco Automotive Solutions to diagnose the problem and offer fair, friendly service to get your car fixed and back on the road. We love hearing stories from our customers. A customer with the initials S.Q. wrote a wonderful review on our website and the team at San Francisco Automotive Solutions was glad to help in their time of need. "They were awesome!" S.Q. writes. "Our 2004 BMW broke down in the city on a Sunday at 4:00pm and we were ... read more

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Taking Care of Your Car's Suspension

Your vehicle's suspension system is very important. It directly affects the handling of the car when driving. It also greatly impacts your comfort and safety as a driver. The good news about your suspension is that when it does have problems, you can usually feel that something is wrong. You might hear strange noises or you can just feel when it's not handling like normal. If you think your car might have suspension problems, you'll want to bring it into an expert like San Francisco Automotive Solutions (formerly All American Automotive). Our ASE Certified automotive technicians can inspect your suspension and perform any maintenance services or suspension repairs that are required. We'll get you back on the road for a safer and more comfortable ride. Suspension Components There are many different components to your suspension. You have shocks and struts, and then you have the springs ... read more

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Thinking of Buying a Used Car? Don't Purchase Until You've Had it Inspected by San Francisco Automotive Solutions!

It can always be a little scary when you are buying a used car. Whether you are thinking of purchasing it from a private owner or a dealership, you never quite know what information about the vehicle might be withheld. Let's face it. Some sellers are more honest than others. That's why it's worth having peace of mind that the car you are buying is what you expect it to be. Even if it runs great now, there could be damaged parts or worn-out components that might lead to bigger auto repair problems in the future. You want to understand everything about the car before taking that risk of buying it. Have the car you are thinking of buying taken into the automotive repair experts at San Francisco Automotive Solutions (formerly All American Automotive) on Harrison Street in the heart of the city's SoMa District. Let our professionally trained and ASE Certified technicians perform a thorough ... read more

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When is the Last Time You Checked Your Tires?

Your tires are very important to the performance, safety and even fuel economy of your car. Unfortunately, they are often neglected by vehicle owners. Tire maintenance is crucial. That's why the automotive experts at San Francisco Automotive Solutions (formerly All American Auto) have put together these helpful tire care tips. 1. Check the Air Pressure Proper air pressure will make a huge difference in your tires. They will last longer, wear more evenly and the right air pressure can also help your overall gas mileage. Check your owner's manual or the tires themselves for recommended pressure and add/remove air as needed. Be careful not to overinflate the tires either. If you notice the tire pressure isn't staying consistent, then you may have a leak and should have it checked out. 2. Look at the Tread Depth ... read more

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San Francisco Automotive Solutions Helps Family Decide on Which Car to Buy

May was looking to buy a used car for her son. They were looking at several different cars, but the son was drawn to a late-80s Toyota Cressida. May knew nothing about this type of car and it was older than she was hoping to buy for him, so she wanted to get a second opinion from an expert. May had been a customer of San Francisco Automotive Solutions before when she brought her son's old car, a Toyota Prius, in because of recurring battery issues. Therefore, she knew she could trust us to perform a detailed pre-purchase inspection of this used Cressida. "Three hours of diagnosis and I got the green light," May says in her Yelp review. &qu ... read more

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At San Francisco Automotive Solutions, Performance Matters

"Performance" is a word you'll hear a lot around the San Francisco Automotive Solutions shop. It is a concept that is very meaningful to us on all levels.  Perhaps most important is the performance of our team. From our expert automotive technicians in the shop to the service advisors out from helping customers, everyone at San Francisco Automotive Solutions is committed to quality work. We are focused on providing excellent auto repair services and helping our customers make the right decisions about their vehicles. Which leads us to our second point about performance. And that is the continued performance of your vehicle. No matter what type of car, truck, SUV or service vehicle you drive, you want to feel co ... read more

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Manual Transmission Care Tips for San Francisco Drivers

The ability to drive a manual transmission vehicle (or "driving stick" if you will) is becoming a dying art, but there are many reasons why modern drivers prefer to have a manual transmission. Fuel economy can be better. The overall cost of ownership is usually less. Repairs are often less complicated without the extra automatic transmission components like the torque converter. Driving around San Francisco can be extra tough on a manual transmission because of the steep hills and a lot of stop-and-go traffic in and around this bustling city. San Francisco Automotive Solutions has compiled this list of simple tips you can follow to keep your manual transmission running as well as possible. 1. Don't Ride the Clutch It can be difficult because you'll have to use the clutch a lot to shift up and down as you drive around ... read more

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San Francisco Automotive Solutions Repairs Wiring Harness for Customer's Cadillac

Steve's 1999 Cadillac was regularly stalling out while he was driving around town. He knew enough about his car to know that was not a common problem with fuel-injected vehicles. Steve realized he needed an expert's opinion, so he brought his beloved Caddy in to San Francisco Automotive Solutions (formerly known as All American Automotive). "Haven't written a review in a long time, but the service I received from this place forced me to log in an let everyone know," Steve says in his online review. "They spent much more than the hour they quoted (and charged) me to figure out what was wrong. Thank God they did because what they found really scared me." It turns out that a wiring harness behind the engine of Steve's Cadillac had come loose. It was actually touching the ... read more

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San Francisco Automotive Solutions is a Hybrid Vehicle Specialist

Hybrid, plug-in hybrid and fully electric vehicles continue to get more and more popular, and it's not a trend that will change. In fact, vehicle manufactures continue to innovate ways to reduce emissions, increase gas mileage and implement more environmentally friendly ideas that consumers love—especially here in San Francisco. Hybrid and electric vehicles are driven by a large percentage of people in this progressive city. That's why San Francisco Automotive Solutions (formerly All American Automotive) takes pride in being a hybrid/electric vehicle specialist. Not all automotive shops can claim this level of expertise because these are far from your average cars. The computer systems are much more complicated, the battery set-ups are very complex and everything ab ... read more

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