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                  6100 Mae Anne Ave. Reno          1861 E. College Parkway, Carson City

  Has it been a while since you had your last oil change? Xpress Lube/Castrol Premium Lube Express is an oil change service in Reno, Nevada providing quick lubes and general car maintenance services that ensure your vehicle runs smoothly for years. Visit us before your car oil light starts blinking. Tired of the iffy lube high pressure experience?  Check out this site for info www.jiffylubeproblems.com

 Did you know that we can perform all of the maintenance services that your Vehicle Dealer offers but at a sufficient saving. Sometimes up to 50% off Dealer prices. We offer quick service by trained automotive experts with No Appointment Needed. No need to drop off your vehicle for service. All work is certified to protect your factory warranty. Why pay more?      

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Specialized Services:            

  • 20 minute Oil Change Service         
  • 10 minute Smog Check
  • Nevada DMV Vehicle Registration
  • Complete Diesel Oil Change Service
  • Air, Fuel & Cabin Filter Replacement
  • Transmission, Differential, Transfer Case Service

Are Modern Vehicles Maintenance Free?

In our auto video today we’ll be talking with Alan Peterson about myths surrounding automotive maintenance. You can lump these myths into the statement that “modern cars are so reliable, they are virtually maintenance free”.

Any good myth has some elements of truth. No offense to Reno Bigfoot fans, but this maintenance-free myth has more evidence than most. If we look at some isolated areas of auto maintenance, we could conclude that maintenance isn’t so important. But other areas would just as easily lead you to believe that maintenance is more important than ever.

Here are some examples for our friends in Reno.

  • Some cars in Reno no longer require chassis lubrication. They’re made with self-lubricating materials and have sealed joints. There’s literally is no way to grease those joints.

-Chalk one up for the myth.

On the other side, some vehicles come with sophisticated variable valve timing. A lot of complicated parts up in the valve train that didn’t even exist not that many years ago. These parts are very vulnerable to oil sludge.

  • So, skipping an oil change here and there could lead to very expensive damage.

-A point to maintenance.

  • Electronic ignition has eliminated replacing points.

-Myth gets a point.

  • Fuel injectors on direct injection engines are very expensive to replace so one must be sure to get a fuel system cleaning on schedule.

-Point for maintenance.

I think you get the picture. As automotive technology advances, it eliminates or reduces some maintenance requirements. And maintenance becomes more critical for some items. Most others remain very similar to what they’ve always been.

So the maintenance mindset is still important for car owners in Reno if we want our vehicles to last a long time. The checklist may change over time, but there’ll always be a check list.

Let me mention a couple of items on modern vehicles that folks need to be aware of. One of the most of the most important is timing belt replacement. Used to be that all engines had timing chains – you know, metal chains. They rarely broke.

It’s cheaper to make engines with timing belts rather than chains, so replacing the timing belt is on most engines’ maintenance list. The money the manufacturer saves by using a belt is more than off-set by what the vehicle owner has to pay to replace the belt. And it’s a drop in the bucket compared to the cost of repairing the damage if the timing belt breaks.

So make sure you know when your timing belt needs to be replaced. You don’t want to miss that. If you have 60,000 miles or more, break out your owner’s manual or ask your Reno service advisor at Castrol Premium Lube Express to check on the recommendation right away.

Another is sealed wheel bearing assemblies on some vehicles. As you might have guessed, it’s cheaper to make a sealed unit than one that has access to inspect or service the wheel bearings. The problem is that when the bearings fail, you have to replace the entire unit, not just the bearings. That’ll cost 5 or 6 times as much.

For our friends in Reno, we hope this has underscored the importance of knowing and following your maintenance schedule. Come in and see us at Castrol Premium Lube Express. You’ll find us at 4993 Longley Lane Ste. B in Reno, NV 89502. Just give us a call at 775.828.6996.

Indicators that Your Vehicle Should be seen by An Automotive Professional

Indicators that Your Vehicle Should be seen by An Automotive Professional

Do you wait till you have an emergency auto repair occurs to visit an auto shop? Let’s take a look at warning signs that your vehicle should be inspected by an auto professional.

18263637_sAccording to an article at articlesfactory.com, “Understanding Your Vehicle”

“Has it been a long time since you last had any maintenance done on your car? Do you think you might need some work done, but you don’t know how to tell for sure? There are a few signs that you can look for that are good indications that you need an auto repair. The first thing that you should do is keep an eye on your gauges. You should also listen for any strange sounds and do some research on your particular make and model of vehicle. Doing these things will help you to be aware of your car’s needs and keep you safe on the road.

Watch Your Gauges

The first thing that you can do to help you tell whether or not you need any auto repair work is to pay close attention to your gauges. Your owner’s manual will have a diagram near the front of your vehicle’s dashboard. This will give you a short explanation of all of the gauges and indicator lights and what they tell you about the health of your car. Familiarize yourself with them and pay attention to what they are telling you. This will help you to know when it is time to have maintenance done on your vehicle.

Listen Closely

The next thing that will tell you whether or not you need an auto repair is the sound your car makes. You are familiar enough with your vehicle to know when it sounds out of the ordinary. Pay attention to these sounds and try to be able to describe them. If they persist, you should take your vehicle to a mechanic and describe to him or her the noises that your car is making. This will give the mechanic a head start on figuring out what is wrong with your vehicle.

Know Your Vehicle

Finally, a little bit of research on your make and model of vehicle will go a long way in helping you to determine whether or not you need an auto repair. Many models tend to be prone to the same problems over time. Knowing the problems that other consumers who own the same model of vehicle as you will give you a good idea as to what sorts of problems you are likely to encounter and this will help you to know when it is time to see a mechanic.” To read the entire article click here.

For the best Reno auto service that treats you like family, contact Xpress Lube at 775-787-1000 or visit xpresslubereno.com.

Why it’s Essential to Have Your Oil Changed Regularly

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Why it’s Essential to Have Your Oil Changed Regularly

Do you take your vehicle in for routine oil changes? If your goal is to extend the life of your vehicle it’s important to have a professional automotive change your oil routinely. Lets take a look at more reasons why its important to have regular auto maintenance.

car professionalAccording to an article at automotiveolympia.com, “How to Prolong the Life of Your Vehicle”

“Engine Performance

Oil is essential to keeping moving parts lubricated. It keeps them from seizing up as it also redistributes the heat from the combustion chamber. In short, oil keeps your engine from blowing up. As your mileage adds up, gunk can build up in your oil, reducing the efficiency with which it does its job. By keeping your oil changed regularly, you’re doing your part to help ensure that your car’s engine keeps riding along peacefully into the sunset.

Preventative Inspection

As part of an oil change, most shops will perform a routine inspection. It’s rare that someone takes a look at the underside of your car, and the oil change is a perfect chance for an automotive professional to do so. This gives the mechanic a chance to give you fair warning of looming problems that can be addressed before they become a nightmare. This is one of the greatest benefits of going in for a scheduled oil change, especially if you go to an actual mechanic’s shop for the service.

Resale Value

By keeping official records of scheduled oil changes on file, you’ll be able to show them to a prospective buyer when it comes time to sell. This will demonstrate that you’ve been a responsible, caring car owner who has taken the necessary measures to ensure a healthy vehicle.” To read the entire article click here.

For the best Reno auto service Xpress Lube is your trusted automotive shop. For more information contact Xpress Lube at 775-787-1000 or visit xpresslubereno.com.