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    What to Do After a Car Accident

    Last updated 8 months ago

    Immediately following a car accident, your first priority should be to ensure the safety of everyone involved and make sure there are no serious injuries. After checking everyone’s health, contact the authorities and medical professionals.

    You should always keep a few emergency supplies in your car such as a disposable camera and a set of warning triangles or road flares. Although the police report will cover the basic details of the crash, it is still prudent to take photos of the damage and surrounding road signs or hazards. Aside from exchanging insurance details, try to limit your discussion to the police and insurance agents.

    Following an accident, Walt’s Danville Service is here to make your life easier with reliable auto repair services. As a BBB-accredited auto repair shop in San Ramon, we have the experience to help you get back on the road quickly and cost-effectively. Just see what others have to say about our auto repair services in the San Ramon area and call (925) 394-7839 with any inquiries.

    Essential Tire Safety Tips

    Last updated 8 months ago

    Worn tires are a major safety issue, but they are also fairly easy to fix. Unfortunately, according to a recent study, more than two-thirds of drivers do not know how to correctly check tread wear. This video clip shows the difference between bald tires and new tires in real-world conditions and how you can check your tread wear.

    The average all-weather tire typically lasts for about 40,000 miles, depending on maintenance and individual driving habits. To check your tires, simply insert a quarter into the grooves and see if the tread reaches past Washington’s head—if not, it’s time to consider replacements.

    Walt’s Danville Service has been serving the Sam Ramon Valley area since 1970, and our team of ASE-certified auto repair specialists can help you keep your car safe and efficient. Learn more about our services online and call (925) 394-7839 today to request more information about us.

    Common Causes of Car Failure

    Last updated 8 months ago

    Car failure often boils down to poor maintenance, but it’s easy to put off regular service and overlook some of the components that can do the most damage to your car. Read on to learn what to look for and when it’s time to speak to your trusted auto mechanic:

    Tire Problems

    Tire problems are one of the most common car problems since most people tend to ignore them unless there is an obvious flat.  Tires are some of the most important safety features in your vehicle, so be sure to look for telltale signs of uneven tread wear signaling misalignment or underinflation. Tires can lose about one psi per month, so check the pressure regularly to avoid a blowout and boost your fuel economy.

    Fluid Leaks/Degradation

    There are a lot of moving parts in your vehicle, and various fluids provide necessary lubrication and cooling to keep everything running smoothly. Over time, these fluids can break down and build up solid particles, accelerating mechanical wear. Even minor leaks can quickly cripple your car and result in expensive auto repairs, so be sure to watch out for any signs of fluid leaks under your car.

    Dirty Filters

    Dirt is your car’s worst enemy, and while it probably won’t cause major damage if a bit gets under the hood, it can cause severe mechanical damage if it gets inside the engine or other powertrain components. The engine needs oxygen for combustion, and an air filter helps keep dirt out of the combustion chambers. Additionally, there are various other filters to keep particles out of the engine oil and transmission fluid. Change all of these according to manufacturer specifications.

    Whether you need a trusted auto mechanic for preventative maintenance or major repairs, Walt’s Danville Service is here to provide friendly customer service and honest repairs. As a BBB-accredited and ASE-certified auto repair shop in San Ramon, CA, we can provide fast and reliable auto service to help you get back on the road. Learn more about our auto repair services online or contact us at (925) 394-4092 to request more information.

    What Do Your Dashboard Lights Mean?

    Last updated 9 months ago

    Every automaker designs cars differently, but most vehicles have a common set of dashboard warning lights to let you know when something is wrong. This brief video covers some of the most common dashboard lights and some of their most common causes.

    Every vehicle has a set of warning lights for the oil levels, engine, brake system, and antilock brake system for vehicles so equipped. An on-board diagnostics system continuously monitors the performance of all of these components and triggers a warning light if normal performance is noticeably affected.

    Walt’s Danville Service has been serving the Tri-Valley area since 1970. Our team of ASE-certified technicians will work to quickly identify any performance issues in any make or model and provide high-quality repairs. Call (925) 394-4092 for information about our auto repair services or to set up a service appointment.

    Signs that Your Car Battery Is Dead

    Last updated 9 months ago

    It’s common practice to check your car battery in the winter, but high temperatures can also be problematic. The fluid inside of the car battery can evaporate, eventually causing it to fail. But how do you tell the difference between a dead battery and something else such as a broken alternator or blown fuse?

    Finding out your car won’t start is a nasty surprise, but with some quick troubleshooting you can determine if the battery is the culprit. The battery supplies electrical power to the car, so check the headlights and horn to see if they function normally. Dead batteries can also emit a distinctive acidic smell. A jump start will usually provide you with enough power to start the car and drive a short distance. Never attempt to short the battery terminals with each other to see if there is power.

    Whether you need to replace something as simple as the battery or something as major as the alternator, Walt’s Danville Service is here to provide you with full auto repair services for any make and model. Contact us at (925) 394-4092 to schedule a service appointment.

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