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Picturesque Labor Day Drives in Sacramento

Today is officially the start of September, and we can’t believe how fast time has been flying. For many of us, we might be getting a little stir-crazy, being stuck indoors, and adhering to social distancing protocols. Fortunately, Labor Day is right around the corner, which is the perfect excuse to get out, turn up the music, and go for a Labor Day Drive in Sacramento.    It is easy to find an adventure in Sacramento -- all you have to do is hop in your car, hit the road, and you are ready to go. For a fun and safe Labor Day exploring all that Sacramento has to offer, check out these picturesque Labor Day drives:    Apple Hill off Highway 50: On Highway 50, while traveling east toward Placerville, you will notice that traffic begins to disperse, and the road starts to steepen. You can take Main St. through Placerville and peruse through this gold rush town. Main St. will take you to Broadway. Once you find Schnell School Road, you can follow ... read more

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Best Songs for that Morning Commute to Work

Morning commutes can be rough -- we all want to stay in bed just a little bit longer. Morning commutes can be even more of a pain if you are stuck in traffic. Even though we are in the COVID-19 era, many of us are still making those morning commutes and dreading every minute. The team at The Auto Experts is here to help make that morning commute more bearable.  According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the average person drives 26 minutes to work, and since we live in a metropolitan area, our commutes might even be longer. You may even be surprised to know that the morning commute is the most disliked chore, even overworking, childcare, and household chores. By listening to these songs, the team at Auto Experts thinks you can start enjoying your mornings by listening to these 25 uplifting songs to help you start your day off on the right foot:  High -- Lighthouse Family  Happy -- Pharrell Williams  Ain’t No Mountain High Enough -- Marive Gaye $ Tammi Terrel&nbs ... read more

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The “What, Why, and How” of Preventative Maintenance

Your vehicle is one of the most important investments you make in your entire lifetime. Think of how much you rely on your car -- it would be a challenge to get through a day without your trusty sidekick! The team at The Auto Experts recognizes how much you rely on your car, and we want you to continue to cruise down the streets of Sacramento, both safely and securely. The first step to preserving the longevity, driveability, and safety of your car begins and ends with preventative maintenance:    What? Preventative maintenance is a series of services, such as oil service, that needs to be performed at specific mileage intervals. These mileage intervals much depend on the make and model of your vehicle. Typically, your owner’s manual will recommend services be performed at specific mileages.  Why? Most expensive and potentially dangerous auto repairs could have been prevented with preventative maintenance. Just like how you go to ... read more

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How to Properly Sanitize Your Vehicle

How to Properly Sanitize Your Vehicle

It is easy to remember to wash your hands and clean your vehicle, but it can be a challenge to remember to sanitize your vehicle. The team at The Auto Experts is here to help. We have the ability to track in germs and other grime into our vehicle, but fortunately, it is easy to take the proper precautions and procedures to sanitize your car.  Let’s start with the basics -- washing and vacuuming your vehicle. Vacuum all the nooks and crannies of your vehicle, making sure to get rid of all those pesky crumbs and dirt. Don’t forget about your trunk. Make sure to clean it out and get rid of all those unused items. Once you have cleaned away all the dirt, it is time to wash your interior. You can use a soft brush, mild dish soap, and more suds than liquids to thoroughly clean your vehicle. There are products specialized for car cleaning, but soap and water will work just fine.  After you have finished the first step, it is time to start sanitizing! We recommend using ... read more

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Tire Pressure Explained

Tire Pressure Explained

Most of us know we are familiar with the importance of keeping your tires properly inflated, but do you know your tires need to be correctly inflated at all times? Properly inflated tires are imperative to ensuring the longevity and safety of your vehicle, along with preventing costly repairs.  If you are driving on underinflated or overinflated tires, you might find yourself dealing with a blowout and loss of control while driving. Properly inflated tires also help your fuel economy -- driving on an underinflated tire costs about 0.2 percent inefficiency. If your tire pressure is low by 10 pounds, you are giving up 2 percent of your entire fuel economy. Proper tire pressure makes a difference!  How do you know what the proper tire pressure is? Each vehicle has a placard located on the driver-side door jamb behind the seat. This placard will list the proper tire inflation for each tire, along with letting you know if your vehicle has a spare tire. The vehicle’s manufa ... read more

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Upcoming Specials at the Auto Experts

Upcoming Specials at the Auto Experts

The team at the Auto Experts are so grateful for our clients throughout Sacramento and beyond. We recognize that many of our clients are on a strict budget, and we aim to ensure your experience with us at The Auto Experts is completely stress-free and positive. We encourage you to take advantage of our specials, as they are evidence of our efforts to help you stay on a budget.    Our specials are just one of the ways we show our thanks and appreciation to our clients from downtown, midtown, and East Sacramento. Here are the upcoming specials we are offering at the Auto Experts in Sacramento:  FULL SERVICE OIL CHANGE - $5 OFF. Present this coupon for $5 off any Oil Change Package. INCLUDES: Up to 5 quarts of oil ∙ Oil Filter Top off all fluids ∙ Set tire pressure This is a visual safety inspection.  Most cars. Not valid with any other offer. BRAKE SERVICE SPECIAL $10 OFF Brake Pad Replacement $20 OFF Brake Pad & Rotor Replacement TIRE SALE ... read more

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Spring Cleaning Under Your Hood

Spring Cleaning Under Your Hood

Spring is almost here, which means it is time to start spring cleaning! You can start on the interior of your vehicle, while the team at The Auto Experts will get going under the hood. Together, we can keep your vehicle looking and driving healthy. Here is some important spring preventative maintenance:  Oil and Oil Filter Change: Regularly scheduled oil changes are an important component of preventative maintenance. Your oil becomes less effective as it ages.  Battery: Your battery works much harder during winter than in any other season, as the cold weather slows down the chemical reactions. With warmer temperatures right around the corner, time is of the essence to get your battery checked.  Tires: Don’t forget about your tires. Fluctuations in temperature mean fluctuations in tire pressure.  Windshield wipers: After the wet rainy months, now may be the perfect time to get your windshield wipers replaced especially with spring showers quickly approachin ... read more

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5 Areas of Your Vehicle That Need A Little TLC

5 Areas of Your Vehicle That Need A Little TLC

The team at the Auto Experts doesn’t want you to forget about your vehicle this Valentine’s Day. Think about how challenging it would be to go about your day without your vehicle. This is the perfect time to give your vehicle a little TLC. Here are 5 areas of your vehicle that could use a extra TLC this Valentine’s Day:  Your vehicle’s fluids: Your vehicle has all sorts of fluids that keep all the parts in your engine moving.  Give your tires a time out: To ensure your tires will wear down evenly, tire rotation, alignment inspections, and maintenance of proper tire pressure are a must.  Belt and hose service: Your serpentine belts are involved in the operation of most engine parts, including your alternator and water pump. If your belts and hoses aren’t working properly, you might find yourself in a tricky situation.  Don’t forget about your cabin air filter and engine air filter: your cabin air filter keeps air running throug ... read more

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New Year’s Resolution -- Fuel Efficiency

New Year’s Resolution -- Fuel Efficiency

Owning a car is simply a necessity -- imagine your life without your trusty sidekick. You would your stress levels rising. To keep our vehicles going, and essentially our days, gasoline is a must. Yet, our gasoline consumption can affect our planet and our wallets, which is why we need to maximize our fuel efficiency.  The team at The Auto Experts proposes putting “fuel efficiency” at the top of your New Year Resolution list. Here are some easy and simple ways to accomplish this goal:  Take it easy on the pedal.  Stick to your vehicle’s recommended fuel level.  Monitor how much stuff you are putting in your vehicle, as the heavier your vehicle is, the more gas it consumes.  Make sure your tires are at the correct pressure.  Tighten your gas cap all the way.  Idling is a big no. You burn more gas idling than actually driving.  Don’t forget to have your air filter replaced.  Plan all your errands into one trip ... read more

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What’s The Big Deal About Wiper Blades?

What’s The Big Deal About Wiper Blades?

Your windshield wipers may seem like a small part of your vehicle, but they can have a big effect on your overall safety. When it comes to auto repair, most of the time, it is important to sweat the small stuff, as the small stuff plays an imperative role in the safety of you, your passengers, your vehicle, and even other cars on the road.  Your windshield wipers are your first line of defense against the elements. Just think -- you are driving down the highway in Sacramento, and all of the sudden, you are faced with a heavy downpour. You can’t see even two feet in front of you. Before you start to panic, you switch on your windshield wipers, only to realize they aren’t working. If this situation is causing you anxiety, don’t worry -- simply bring your vehicle to the Auto Experts in Sacramento. We will carefully examine your windshield wiper blades to ensure they are good to go and to prevent worrisome situations like these.  Windshield wipers and wiper fl ... read more

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