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Built with durability, reliability, and optimization in mind, diesel engine systems are designed to use their own compression to ignite fuel.

In gasoline engines, the fuel is mixed with air, compressed by pistons, and ignited by a spark plug.

The rate of compression in a diesel engine is more than three times that of a regular gasoline engine system. In a diesel engine system, the air is compressed at a high compression ratio, which introduces a great amount of heat. Following this compression, fuel is directly injected into the cylinder, where the fuel vapor is ignited.

Diesel engines are built without spark plugs. Instead, diesel systems use glow plugs to start and run more efficiently in colder temperatures. Glow plugs have two heating elements that allow them to get very hot very quickly for fast starts. Turbochargers increase the compression ignition by quickly compressing the air flowing into the engine, allowing for more air to flow into the chamber. More air in the combustion chamber means more fuel can be added to the combustion process. Turbochargers provide diesel engine systems with improved efficiency, and ultimately, more miles per gallon of diesel fuel.

Importance of Diesel Engine Repair

Your diesel engine plays a major role in your vehicle, so it is especially important that you be aware of problems and seek repairs whenever you experience an issue. Because diesel engines make a considerable amount of noise during normal, everyday operation, diagnosing diesel engine problems can be hard to do if you are listening solely to the engine. However, there are a number of symptoms you can watch out for that indicate your diesel engine needs maintenance.

A diesel engine running at lower RPMs or a hard-to-start engine are signs of low fuel pressure, but these signs may also be symptoms of an insufficient fuel supply or poor fuel quality. Allowing our staff to troubleshoot your diesel engine can help ensure that the proper repair procedures are followed to repair the engine.

Every diesel engine manufacturer requires different preventive maintenance procedures, so referring to your owner’s manual will help in planning and scheduling routine maintenance services. Keeping all diesel engine components—glow plugs, fuel injectors, and turbochargers—in proper working order will increase the life of your diesel engine system while promoting overall vehicle maintenance.

Schedule your Diesel Engine Repair

Sierra Car Care and Tire Centers proudly serves the Diesel Engine Repair needs of customers in Reno, NV, Verdi, NV, Carson City, NV, and surrounding areas. Please click any of the following links to setup an online appointment for your vehicle or you can contact us at a store near you to make an appointment with one of our ASE Certified Technicians.

Excessive Noise Diagnostic

Excessive Smoke Diagnostic

Glow Plug Replacement

Hard Starting and Drivability Diagnostic

Turbocharger Repair

The “check engine” or “service engine” light is a sure sign that your engine should be looked at by an expert sooner rather than later.

Most of the time, your vehicle’s On-Board Diagnostics System will detect an engine issue and store the corresponding repair code, which can be accessed by a member of our service staff. Slow-cranking, rough idling, stalling, knocking, or pinging while accelerating are all signs that you should seek engine repairs or engine diagnostics to determine the full extent of your engine trouble.

A decrease in gas mileage and detectable loss of power during acceleration are also signs of an impending engine tune-up or engine repair service. Engine warning lights help alert drivers to minor issues before they become major repairs.

Be sure to follow up with our staff once your vehicle’s On-Board Diagnostics System detects a problem with your engine.

Description of Engine Diagnostics and Performance

Discrepancies in performance levels are reported through your vehicle’s computer system. Once the “check engine” or “service engine” light is displayed, your next step should be to seek out an engine diagnostic service or an engine tune-up.

Engine diagnostics allow our staff to gather helpful information about the operating condition of your engine. The insights obtained during an engine diagnostic will determine the extent of suggested engine repairs. The most common diagnostic trouble codes are generated in response to malfunctions in the power-train.

Ultimately, regular engine tune-ups are necessary to optimize engine performance. A tune-up is also one of the most effective ways to prevent unexpected engine trouble.

During an engine tune-up, our staff may replace the spark plugs, spark plug wires, air filter, fuel filter, and distributor cap and rotor in your vehicle. Our experts will also check emission levels, fuel lines, and belts and hoses. Engine diagnostics and regular engine tune-ups can help extend the life of your vehicle and improve the health of your engine.

To learn more or to setup an appointment with one of our ASE certified technicians please click here. Or feel free to give us a call at (775) 525-2420 or contact us online if you have questions regarding Engine Diagnostics.

Next to the engine, the automatic transmission is the most costly and complex mechanical component of your vehicle. What’s more, automatic transmission fluid is called on to serve many functions. It operates hydraulic components, smoothes the transmission of power, provides lubrication, keeps seals soft, protects internal parts and acts as a coolant.

To preserve these capabilities, the automatic transmission fluid should be serviced at the intervals specified by the vehicle manufacturer in your owner’s manual.

Modern automatic transmission fluid is a carefully formulated chemical compound, often created with a specific transmission design in mind. While a number of companies market “universal” transmission fluids, many vehicle manufacturers specify unique and proprietary fluids for use in their automatic transmissions. Not using these fluids can affect shift quality and transmission life.

Sierra Car Care recommends that motorists consult their owner’s manual and make sure any fluid used in servicing meets the requirements of the vehicle manufacturer.

Checking Automatic Transmission Fluid
The automatic transmission fluid level should be checked with the transmission at full operating temperature and the engine idling. Typically, at least 15 minutes of operation are required to fully warm up the transmission. NOTE: Some newer vehicles have sealed transmissions without a dipstick.

  • Park the vehicle on a level surface, apply the emergency brake and place the transmission in park or neutral (check your owner’s manual to determine which).
  • Open the hood, then locate and remove the transmission dipstick, making sure to avoid any hot or moving engine parts.
  • Wipe the end of the dipstick clean with a rag, and note the level markings. Some dipsticks have one mark for FULL and another for ADD. Other dipsticks may simply have small holes indicating the maximum and minimum oil levels, still others may have a cross-hatch area indicating the acceptable range.
  • Insert the dipstick fully back into its tube, then remove it immediately and read the level.
  • If the fluid level is at or below the ADD mark, then add enough fluid to bring the level up to the FULL mark. Do not overfill. Typically, the distance between the ADD and FULL marks is equal to one pint of fluid. New automatic transmission fluid has a red or pink tint. Fluid that is red dish-amber to medium brown has been in service for some time, but a minor color change of this type is considered normal and is not cause for fluid replacement. However, fluid that is dark brown or black does indicate a lack of maintenance and should be changed as soon as possible. Milky pink or brown fluid, or burnt-smelling fluid of any color, indicates major problems that should be checked out by a transmission expert as soon as possible.

Note: These instructions are intended as general guidelines. Please consult your owner’s or service manual for specific instructions on changing the oil and filter on your vehicle. Use extreme caution when lifting or jacking any vehicle.

Your vehicle shouldn’t lose brake fluid in normal operation. The level drops only slightly with wear of brakes. So if the level is down, there’s a chance there’s a leak somewhere. Consult one of our ASE Certified technicians immediately to have it addressed and avoid possible dangerous reduction in brake performance. Also, your vehicle takes a specific type of brake fluid; typically (but not always), DOT3 or DOT4. In newer vehicles, it will often say right on the brake fluid reservoir cap. If not, consult your vehicle’s owner’s manual.

Brakes are a critical system on your vehicle, yet the brake fluid is often neglected. Cars today use polyglycol-based brake fluid identified by the Department of Transportation as either DOT 3 or DOT 4 fluid. Silicone-based DOT 5 brake fluid is also available, but used primarily in older collector cars and certain military/industrial applications. DOT 5 fluid is not recommended for modern vehicles with antilock braking systems.

Checking Brake Fluid Level
Brake fluid should be checked for level and condition. Modern brake systems have translucent plastic fluid reservoirs with molded-in MAX and MIN (or similar) markings that make it easy to visually check the fluid level. As long as the level is between the two marks, there is no need to top it up. A fluid level below the MIN marking indicates worn brakes or a leak in the system; take the vehicle to a repair facility as soon as possible for further diagnosis.

Checking Brake Fluid Condition
Brake fluid deteriorates over time from contaminants generated in the system and by absorbing moisture from the air, which lowers the fluid’s boiling point. Color is one indicator of brake fluid condition. DOT 3 and DOT 4 fluids should be clear to amber, while DOT 5 silicone fluids usually have a light purple tint. Any fluid that is dark brown or black should be replaced. Brake fluid test strips, available at most auto parts stores, can also be used to test the fluid condition. Before removing the brake reservoir cap to use a test strip or add fluid, always clean away any dirt or debris to ensure it doesn’t get into the master cylinder.

CAUTION: DO NOT USE BRAKE FLUID OTHER THAN THE SPECIFIC TYPE RECOMMENDED FOR YOUR VEHICLE.

Note: These instructions are intended as general guidelines. Please consult your owner’s or service manual for specific instructions on changing the oil and filter on your vehicle. Use extreme caution when lifting or jacking any vehicle.

While it is always wise to conserve natural resources, the recent price of gasoline has made even the most wasteful people think twice. No matter what your motivation is, here are some gas saving tips from the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE).

Monitor tires. Under inflated tires or poorly aligned wheels waste fuel by forcing the engine to work harder. (Let the tires cool down before checking the air pressure.) Out-of-line wheels, as evidenced by uneven tread wear, should be aligned by a professional.

Remove excess weight. Remove unnecessary items from the vehicle. Store only essentials in the trunk. Less weight means better mileage.

Consolidate trips and errands. Some trips may be unnecessary. Also, try to travel when traffic is light so you can avoid stop-and-go conditions.

Avoid excessive idling. Shut off the engine while waiting for friends and family.

Observe speed limits. Speeding decreases your miles per gallon.

Drive gently. Sudden accelerations guzzle gas. Anticipate traffic patterns ahead and adjust your speed gradually.

Use windows and air conditioning wisely. Your mileage should improve if you keep the windows closed at highway speeds, since air drag is reduced. This is true even with the air conditioning on-assuming that the system is in good working order. But turn the air conditioning off in stop-and-go traffic to save fuel.

Keep your engine “tuned up.” A well-maintained engine operates at peak efficiency, maximizing gas mileage. Follow the service schedules listed in the owner’s manual. Replace filters and fluids as recommended; have engine performance problems (rough idling, poor acceleration, etc.) corrected at a repair facility. Given today’s high-tech engines, it’s wise to have this type of work done by auto technicians who are ASE certified in engine performance.

These conservation tips will not only save gasoline, they’ll help extend the life of your vehicle. Win-win, indeed.

For ASE’s Glove Box Tips, click here.

If you would prefer an experienced ASE certified technician take a look under your hood, just visit any one of our locations around the Reno-Sparks area.

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Valentine’s Day can mean more than just chocolates and flowers. How about a gift that lasts and shows that special someone you really care?

For decades car’s have symbolized the means by which to get away

In the old days, we used to ride off into the sunset on horseback, romanticized by westerns. Not since the first car was invented.

Over time, what it meant to own a vehicle really has shaped the future we live in today. The vehicle production industry alongside the oil industry stands to shape the future of tomorrow as well.

Although cars and trucks are still compared to horses, the average vehicle is way more powerful now. Even so, since we have replaced vehicles with horses – it doesn’t stop the avid car lover from treating their ride like it’s alive and has feelings.

Embrace that car love.

Just MarriedWhen celebrating we decorate our car so that it draws attention to our big day, whether it be our wedding day, game day, birthday, graduation, etc. In short, we love our cars and the freedom they represent.

We also understand that transportation is necessary in one form or another to achieve our goals and ambitions.

For the love of your car: Give the gift of travel

What do you give that special someone when you know in the back of your mind that flowers won’t last, sweets are unhealthy and teddy bears are for children?

This year, instead of your usual Valentine’s Day gift, why not try new brakes or tires – to really say I love you? This year buy something that will help your loved one get where they need to go.

Invest in a gift that lasts

SPECIAL $50.00 GAS GIFT CARD WITH FOUR TIRES PURCHASE

Includes: Mounting & Balancing, Valve Stems, FREE Puncture Repairs and FREE Tire Rotations for the life of the tires. Limited time offer.

Tires from Sierra Car Care and MST Tire Center have 3 years / 36,000 miles warranty on all parts and labor. Shop the best tire brands in Reno, NV.

SAVE $50.00 ON ANY BRAKE REPLACEMENT

Services Include: Full brake inspection, brake flush, pads, rotors, clean & adjust. 3 years / 36,000 miles warranty on all parts and labor. Limited time offer.

$5.00 OFF WHEN YOU BUY A $50.00 GAS GIFT CARD

Purchase at any of Sierra Car Care and MST Tire Centers four locations in Reno. Limited time offer.

BUY-ONE-GET-ONE-FREE OIL CHANGE (PREMIUM, SYNTHETIC & HIGH MILEAGE)

ALSO INCLUDES: Preventive Maintenance Vehicle Inspection.

Most cars and light trucks. Not valid with any other offer. Limited to all filters in stock. 4×4 / AWD $5 extra. Up to 5 qts. add $3.95 waste disposal fee. Limited time offer.

Sierra Car Care and MST Tire Centers

We pride ourselves on providing preventative maintenance Reno, NV auto repair services including oil changes, brake replacement and many other Reno, NV auto repair services at affordable prices.

For auto repair and tires give us a call at (775) 525-2420 or contact us online to get a free quote. Feel free to stop by any one of our four tire and auto repair shops located in Reno, Nevada.

Set up an appointment today: Contact us here.

Happy Holidays

We would like to remind you that no matter where you’re going, if you need our services we’ll be here. Whether it’s tires, an oil change or something more, our ASE certified technicians will keep your vehicle running strong.

3 Safety tips we encourage drivers to keep in mind before any long distance travel.

1. Emergency kit. Be sure to keep a winter emergency kit in the car including a flashlight (check to make sure it works and has extra batteries), booster cables, tools, duct tape, and emergency rain coats (ponchos). Extra supplies to think about packing in the trunk are: snow brush and/or scraper, gloves, water, cloth or paper towels, blankets and extra winter clothing. An emergency meal is not a bad idea as well; MRE or Meal-Ready-to-Eat or other non-perishable snacks.

2. Maintain your vehicle. Always make sure your vehicle is up to date with its maintenance, especially for winter.  If the battery is more than 3 years old, it should be tested. Windshield wiper blades are critical for clearing the windshield for a clear view. Consider replacing your worn out wiper blades with winter or all-season. Remember to keep your washer fluid reservoir full. We are currently offering a FREE Courtesy Winter Vehicle Inspection (click link for related coupon information).

3. Snow tires. If you’re considering getting snow tires, make sure you install them on all four (not just two) wheels.  Otherwise, the front (or back) of your car will respond differently to the road and ice than the other resulting in possible steering difficulties. See this related article for more information about whether to choose Winter Tires vs. Snow Tires.

 

 

Summer is Here!

Revving up for a road trip has never been easier

thanks to a few tips our ASE Certified Mechanics would like to share about achieving safe summer travel. While vehicles need maintenance year-round, driving long distances in high temperatures adds more strain to your vehicle.

Hot asphalt is tough on tires, and a faulty radiator won’t last long if tested under harsh conditions. So before you pack up the car and your friends and family to hit the road, take a short break, check a few vitals and make sure your ride is vacation-ready.

We are happy to be your one-stop-shop for quality vehicle repair, performance wheels & tires, and gas. Thank you.

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This video from ABC 10 News reminds drivers that regular tire maintenance is critical — especially during the rainy season when streets are extra slick.

Here are some tire maintenance tips provided by Goodyear:

  • Maintain inflation pressure at the recommended level. This level is shown on the vehicle placard or in your vehicle owner’s manual. Remember, maintaining proper inflation is the single most important thing a driver can do to promote tire durability and prolong tread life. Under-inflation is the leading cause of tire failure and may result in severe cracking, component separation, or “blowout.”
  • Avoid excessive tire spinning when your vehicle is stuck in snow, ice, mud, or sand. The centrifugal forces generated by a free-spinning tire/wheel assembly may cause sudden tire explosion.
  • Check your tires for wear regularly. For cars, always remove tires from service when they reach 2/32-inch (.16 cm) remaining tread depth. All new tires have tread-wear indicators, which appear as smooth banks in the tread grooves when they wear to the 2/32-inch level.
  • Frequently check your tires for damage. Look for impacts, penetrations, cracks, knots, bulges, or air loss. Never perform a temporary repair. Only qualified people should repair tires.
  • Don’t overload your vehicle. Check your vehicle owner’s manual to determine the load limits. Overloading places stress on your tires and other critical vehicle components.
  • Make sure tires are rotated to the vehicle manufacturer’s recommendations or at maximum intervals of 6,000 miles.
  • Never just ignore the tire pressure monitoring system alert. Address the problem as soon as possible.
  • For tips more specifically suited for work trucks, click here.

Shop for Tires in Reno

If you perform the penny test on your tires to find that your tread is dangerously low and you are in need of replacement tires, please feel free to come visit any one of our four locations around Reno.

Our tire professionals will educate you on which tire would be best suited for your needs. We will pull from our full stocked, local tire warehouse to get you setup and out the door quick.

See our locations for more information. Shop tire discounts and coupons > here.

Sierra car Care and MST Tire CenterSierra Car Care and MST Tire Centers take pride in offering outstanding customer service. Pair that with ASE certified technicians for auto repair services, a local tire warehouse, and four locations to serve you, and the picture should be getting clearer about how much we value your business. We provide the quality resources you need when looking for new tires or auto repair work.

Yelp Reviews SCC-MSTPlease take a look at our Yelp Reviews to discover what other people think about our service in the Reno-Sparks area. You may find that when researching around town to find the best price, other people recommend us. So why not save time and start here!

If you’re looking for a new set of performance tires or would like to take advantage of our FREE COMPREHENSIVE SUMMER TRAVEL INSPECTION, then stop by Sierra Car Care and MST Tire Centers.

Stop by our Tire Warehouse on Mill Street in Reno, Nevada to see our large inventory of performance wheels & tires. Give us a call at (775) 525-2420 or contact us online if you have questions or are interested in any other auto repair services.

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