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Top Tips for Defensive Driving

Top Tips for Defensive Driving

Every driver must be aware that their safety is at risk every time they step into a vehicle. This is simply true because you cannot regulate how other people drive. Often it can be daunting with many drivers out there who are aggressive and lack the care for other drivers. Unfortunately, so many accidents happen every year because of the handful of those people who speed and drive recklessly. To ensure your safety and the safety of others, choose to practice defensive driving.    Here are several tips on how you can be a defensive driver:   1. Plan Ahead of Time Defensive driving can begin before you start your car. If you have a smartphone, get in the habit of checking weather conditions and traffic conditions. Then, make sure you consider those factors when timing out when you should leave and arrive at your destination.    2. Always Check Lanes This step should be an easy one for most people as we've all had to hear it countless ... read more

Electric Volkswagen ID.4

Electric Volkswagen ID.4

Electric Volkswagen ID.4 – the newest member of the Electric Vehicle Family Volkswagen ID Roomzz Concept by Rutger van der Maar, used under CC BY 2.0 Volkswagen made a huge splash at the September 2019 Frankfurt Auto Motor Show with its all- electric Volkswagen ID.3 vehicle. Production version of the Volkswagen was supposed to be in the hands of German customers by September 2020, unfortunately this plan has run into some obstacles. It appears that cloud based software is not working quite as advertised. Software delays are a pesky problem – they can literally take months to iron out. In the meantime, Volkswagen has decided to skip to the next generation and now Bay Area Volkswagen dealers are talking about Volksw ... read more

Subaru Head Gasket Repair in Walnut Creek

Subaru makes wonderful vehicles, unfortunately, there is one issue that seems to appear in Subaru cars more often than we would like – head gasket failure. The Subaru head gasket problem is most often seen in following models: Baja - 2003 through 2005 Outback - 2000 through 2009 Forester - 1999 through 2010 Legacy - 2000 through 2009 Impreza - 1999 through 2011 Subaru head gasket failures can occur with as little as 80,000 – 100,000 miles driven.  Here are the signs that it’s time to bring your vehicle for a checkup – and potentially expensive repairs: White exhaust smoke coming from the tailpipe Milky white oil in the reservoir Overheating engine Exhaust bubbles in your coolant reservoir Pungent smell coming from coolant reservoir If you notice any of the above symptoms, time to schedule an appointment – as soon as possible. Driving with a failing or blown head gasket can lead to additional engine damage and even more expensive repair bill ... read more

Volkswagen to Assemble Electric Vehicles and to Produce EV Battery Packs in Tennessee

A few months ago Volkswagen announced that it will continue to invest up to $800 million in its Chattanooga, TN plant which will assemble Volkswagen electric vehicles. Just this month VW announced that by Spring 2021 they will have built an EV cell and battery testing lab in Chattanooga. This is part of their continued commitment to the electric vehicle platform. Most EV manufacturers outsource battery pack testing. Volkswagen decided to keep electric vehicle cell and battery pack testing in-house, as part of its core competency. At Frank’s Auto Service in Walnut Creek we are looking forward to electric Volkswagens on our roads. When they do appear, our highly trained technicians will be ready, and will be equipped with the state-of-the-art digital tools to service and repair electric Volkswagen. Frank’s Auto Service has been serving Walnut Creek auto repair needs for over 60 years, and during that time we have seen many changes in the auto industry - we witnessed the en ... read more

Walnut Creek Pre-Purchase Vehicle Inspection

Walnut Creek Pre-Purchase Vehicle Inspection   Frank’s Auto Service offers Walnut Creek pre-purchase vehicle inspections. Pre-purchase inspection is one of the most important steps of the used vehicle buying process. It’s a form of insurance – an inexpensive insurance that protects your multi-thousand dollar investment. Buying a used car can be risky.  Comprehensive pre-purchase vehicle inspection gives you clear picture of the overall health of the vehicle. Armed with this knowledge, you can make an informed buying decision – or can decide not to buy a particular vehicle because of the weaknesses revealed by the inspection. If you do decide to buy the vehicle, you may be able to negotiate a lower price because of the future maintenance needs made clear by the inspection. After we perform a per-purchase inspection at our Walnut Creek auto repair shop, we will provide you with electronic copy of our Digital Vehicle Inspection.  ... read more

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