Providing Expert Auto Repair Service for 38 Years

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Auto Care Tips & Frequently Asked Questions
It’s always better to fix something before it breaks, and that’s true for your car, too. That’s why regular maintenance is so important. Auto Tech Auto Repair is happy to provide some helpful hints to help you maintain your vehicle for years to come. 

Change your oil at regular service intervals. Replace your wiper blades twice a year for streak-free visibility. Screeching or grinding sounds from your brakes can mean trouble. Make an appointment with us to get a free brake inspection.

A loud muffler may not just be annoying, it can be dangerous because harmful exhaust fumes may be leaking into the passenger compartment. Have your exhaust system checked as soon as possible.

Brake pads are your friends. Check them regularly. Maintaining proper oil and coolant levels can help ensure a long life for your engine. Make sure your tire pressure is maintained properly. Correct pressure is determined by the size and weight of your vehicle and how you use your vehicle.

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How often should I change my wiper blades?

How often should I have my engine oil/filter changed?

How can I tell if my coolant is OK?

Why is heat coming out of my air conditioner?

What can I do if my car overheats?

How often should my car get a tune-up?

Why are my brakes making noise?

Does my transmission ever need service?

Where can I find out about crash tests, rollover ratings and safety features for vehicles?

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We have lived in El Cajon for nearly 25 years and up until a couple of weeks ago never knew that Auto Tech even existed.  For many a year we took our 1993 Volvo 940 wagon to be serviced by “Russ the Romanian” at Import Auto on Main just off of Marshal.  After he had major heart surgery we were basically on our own.  Every time we took our vehicle in for service (same place, new owner & mechanic) it seemed to be a minimum of $1000.  A couple of weeks ago I stopped by Clifton Mercedes on Main and Marshall and asked for a reputable establishment that service Volvo’s.  He highly recommended Auto Tech.  I am so glad that we took his advice.  Our Volvo would not idle; it kept dying unless you manually kept a fast idle.  We took the car to Auto Tech.  Tom, the owner, said he would analyze the problem and get back to us.  By the end of the day he gave us a complete diagnosis.  There were several things wrong and causing the multiple problems.  Within a couple of days we had the vehicle back in our possession.  The car runs great now (over 235,000 miles).  Tom, the Volvo Physician exceeded all of my expectations.  I would like to add that Auto Tech is one of the most honest shops I have ever encountered.  They could have said I needed a tune-up, timing belt, etc.  But they only fixed what needed to be fixed.  I appreciate their honesty, their character and their expertise and  knowledge of their craft.  We will be going to Auto Tech for now on ……