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Yearly Archives: 2012

31-Sturken Automotive Is Thankful

We at Sturken Automotive are grateful for our clients that have allowed us to service
or repair their most precious wheeled possession, their cars. For well over fifty years, tens of thousands of individuals and families have entrusted us to take care of their vehicles. Let it be known that we at Sturken’s do not take this honor for granted! There are literally hundreds of places in the Santa Clara Valley to get your car or truck repaired. Yet, you chose us. We thank you for that. We pride ourselves in creating a great repair experience. This means not only repairing vehicles properly and professionally but also treating our clients with respect and empathy. How do we know if we’re doing a good job? We ask! And, we have a company attempt to call or contact all of our clients after their visit. We do this because we care about your experience. With today’s social networking sites and customer experience sites such as
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30-How Much is a Brake Job?

How long is a stick? That really is how ambiguous that question is! There are no legal definitions of a 'brake job'. So anyone that uses that term can define it any way they want. Professional automotive organizations such as the ASCCAwww.ascca.com have been working for years to develop legal definitions. You see there are numerous factors that come into play when working on the brakes of a modern automobile. Without a thorough brake inspection there is no way anyone is going to tell you what your car needs unless they already know your car, its condition, mileage, and how you drive it. The better question might be, 'I want my car to stop like itdid when it was new. What needs to be done to get to that condition?' After all, isn't that what you want? A car that stops? A set of brake pads or shoes can be replaced on your car or truck. But it may not stop any better than it did before. In some shops (especially thos ... read more

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29-Fall is the Time for Car Care

As autumn comes we should focus some of our Fall thoughts on
the weather that is about to visit us.Typically October brings a change of the seasons-virtually always rain,and in some areas snow and ice. This means that drivers should pay extra attention to the parts of the car that are affected by changes in conditions. Things such as wiper blades, coolant/antifreeze, heater and defrost operation, and perhaps tire-tread depth and rubber conditions, should be inspected before the winter is upon us. Any or all of these parts or systems can wreak havoc on yourwallet or your family’s safety if they fail at the wrong time. Believe it or not, as the operator of a motor vehicle, it is possible to almost ensure that your safety and well-being are guaranteed with proactive maintenance. By simply having the various systems and parts of your vehicle inspected proactively, you are helping to keep repairs as well as the chance of an accident to a minimum. A lot of folks balk
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28- How often should I have the A/C charged in my car?

The short answer is: when the vent air goes from feeling cold to feeling cool. Often times in moderate climates, such as we have in the Bay Area, one can go for several months without using the air conditioning in the car. Meaning, if there is a problem at the end of summer or fall, we may not notice it until the first warm day of spring, when we turn it on for the first time of the year and not too much happens. The air conditioning system in a car is a closed loop system filled with Freon. The Freon is pumped throughout the car’s a/c system of various pipes, hoses, condensers, and various other devices at high pressures. Over time some of the seals and hoses may develop small leaks. If enough Freon leaks out, the system will not be as efficient at cooling or it may stop working altogether. Unless you develop a large leak or blow a hose out altogether, the first notice you will get is the feeling that it’s just not as cold as it used to be. Now this can happen for a s ... read more

27- Hats Off To Valvoline

Recently, Valvoline Oil Company came out with a blend of partially remanufactured motor oil. They have been promoting it and have even used it in one of their NASCARS; and, sure enough, they’ve even won a race or two while using it. So what is remanufactured motor oil and what’s the big deal? Remanufactured oil is used motor oil that has been essentially re-refined and is every bit as good as virgin motor oil. Valvoline is the first major oil company to successfully market a re-refined oil product. Even though the product named Nexgen, is a partial blend of virgin oil and remanufactured oil, it has been proven that we don’t need to rely on our ever decreasing petroleum supplies to get a highly regarded first rate motor oil. If every motor oil producer could make a similar product, the world could save millions of gallons of crude oil per year. Sturken Automotive is proud to say that we hav ... read more

26- When do I need to change my windshield wipers?

Your windshield wipers need to be replaced when they don’t properly clean your windshield. That may be in 6 months or several years. The time may vary because of several factors, but the two primary factors are how you store your vehicle and how much you use the wipers. If you live in an area where it rains a lot, your wipers see far more use than drier climates causing the rubber blades to wear faster. Storing your vehicle in a garage or shaded area means the sun’s radiation won’t have as much of an effect on the rubber blades and they may last longer. Wiper use and the sun’s effect on rubber plays a large part in wiper life; but there are numerous other factors that can come into play as well such as: How good is the wiper to begin with? Is it a low-end rubber or a higher end blade? Did you know there is a difference? Was the blade properly installed so it lays properly against the windshield? Do you use your windshield washers to clean yo ... read more

25- Why Should You Cover Your RV Tires?

Let’s face it; the tires on your RV sit more than they roll. Most of us can’t use our RV’s as much as we would like. We either can’t make the coordinated family effort, can’t afford it, or both. So, as a natural consequence, our beloved recreational vehicle tends to sit and in most cases, sit in the sun without any sunscreen. What happens when things sit in the sun for long periods of time? They dry and crack, split, and generally age faster; just like the skin on our bodies if not protected. The simple answer is to cover the tires to help slow down the aging process. Sun is an RV’s number one enemy; the less sun our tires see, the better off they are. RV tires almost never wear out the treads; they wear out from time. If you are diligent in covering your tires and you begin with a quality tire to start with, then you might get five to seven years out of them. It is possible to perhaps get even more time out of a tire, but it is rare. And if you think about it, it ... read more

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24- Why are my trailer batteries always dead?

RV batteries go dead for a few reasons. The first reason is age; RV batteries are designed for deep cycles of use which means they get charged and then discharged often times, severely. This type of use is what they are designed for. A couple of issues come up with this pattern of use; the first issue is that many RV batteries never get fully charged. Most every device in an RV, less maybe the microwave and air conditioner, require 12 volts to operate. After a couple of days use doing what is called “dry camping” (no power hook ups), the average RV battery will be pretty depleted and have less than 12 volts. Once the voltage drops, things don’t work well and if the voltage drops too much, nothing will work but perhaps dim lighting. RV’s are built with electric devices called inverter/chargers. These units are designed to convert 110 volts (shore power) to 12 volts. When plugged in, the same unit charges the battery. All works well when plugged in, but when unplugged, is wh ... read more

23- Sturken Automotive Offers Nationwide Warranty and Tow Assistance

Sturken Automotive is part of the Auto Value Bumper to Bumper National Confidence Plus Network. What that means to you is confidence plus! Sturken’s warrants our work locally but if you breakdown out of the area as a result of something we did, we proudly offer tow truck support. If you are within 25 miles of our facility, you will be towed back to Sturken’s at no charge. If you are more than 25 miles away from our facility, you will be directed to the nearest confidence plus network facility. We will work with the local Certified Plus Bumper to Bumper shop in that area to get you back on the road as soon as possible. This service includes: battery jump-starts, lockout assistance, and flat tire assistance. Just another reason to continue to use Sturken’s; we’ve been taking care of business for over 50 years giving our customers confidence about our work. *Limitations apply. Max ... read more

22- How Often Should I Change My Fan Belt?

If you drive a modern car, chances are that you might not even have a fan belt on your car. Over the years, as automakers have tried to make engines more fuel efficient, the belt-driven cooling fan has fallen out of favor. A fan driven by the engine is a terrible waste of power and fuel economy. Electric fans have become the norm; they do not drag on the motor and consequently the motor runs more efficiently. Now this is not to say that your engine has lost all of its drive belts, they just aren’t called fan belts anymore. Today’s cars usually have one or two belts that snake around every engine driven contrivance. This makes for some strange curves and contraption’s to make it work. But for all intents and purposes there are less belts and better wear on the belt(s) that are left. The downside is that there is only one primary belt; if that belt breaks your car is dead, as you will lose the power steering, alternator, and water pump use. In the old days, one might hav ... read more

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