We are saddened to announce that GM will no longer reveal its long-awaited Hummer EV on May 20th. Due to the coronavirus, GM decided to postpone the date – with no guidance as to when it may happen. GM is one of many car makers that postponed introductions of new models due to the coronavirus. On the positive note, GM claims that the start of production and sales continue as scheduled, even though it is not quite specific as to the schedule. Most pundits guess in late 2021 or early 2022 is when we will be able to go out and buy the Hummer EV. At Adams Autoworx we super are excited about the Electric Hummer, but in the meantime, we continue to service Hummers already on the road. So if your H2 or H3 needs a bit of tender, loving care, bring it to Adams Autoworx – we are happy to be of service. And as of May 2020, we offer free vehicle pick up and drop off in Castro Valley.
As you probably know, Honda produces plenty of Honda Hybrid vehicles. Naturally, as they age, high-voltage hybrid batteries need to be replaced – as a matter of fact, at Adams Autoworx we not only service Honda Hybrids, but we also do a fair share of Honda hybrid battery replacements. Honda decided to find a way to recycle and reuse all those old hybrid batteries. In Europe, it expanded its partnership with SNAM - major European recycling specialists. Used hybrid batteries will be divided into two categories – those that can have a second life as electrical storage devices for homes and businesses, and those whose life is over – they will be recycled. New recycling technologies allow for cost-efficient recovery of rare earth metals that are key components of hybrid batteries. Cobalt and Lithium can be extracted from the dead batteries, and used in the production of new hybrid batteries or as color pigments (you may have heard of “cobalt blue&rdquo ... read more
Dear Valued Customer, We know that this is a hard time in our area, and we are with you through it all. Alameda County of Public Health has issued a Shelter in Place that began at 12:01am 03/17/2020 for all non-essential businesses and personnel. Adams Autoworx and Adams Tireworx are working closely with our local, state and federal governments to ensure each other’s safety and minimizing the spread of the Coronavirus. With that said, we are considered an “Essential Business” as found in section 10 of the March 10, 2020 Public Order and will remain Open for Business to ensure that you are able to get to and from any necessary travels. Per the order of the County Health Officer and the recommendations of the CDC, we have suspended “Waiting” Appointments and have closed off our seating and waiting areas. If you are within the Castro Valley area, there is an option for an Uber ride at no additional cost. If you are of the age of 65 and older, and with ... read more
To our customers, On March 1, 2020, Alameda County declared a Local Public Health Emergency. What this means is that there are confirmed cases in our county, and they are advising everyone to take necessary precautions. Adams Autoworx Inc is committed to ensuring the safety and protection of our staff, our customers, and our community. We are constantly monitoring the Coronavirus (Covid-19) and will do our best to keep you informed. We want to ensure that we all stay healthy during this time. And by doing so, all employees and customers are requested to stay at home if they are feeling flu-like symptoms. Our staff is required to consistently wash their hands at a minimum of 2 minutes with warm water and soap and to limit the times they touch their faces. The staff is also required to wear gloves when inside customer vehicles during this time. We are also advising our staff to refrain from shaking hands with each other and the customers. We are also consistently washing the comm ... read more
Castro Valley Catalytic Converter Theft You may have seen on TV that there has been an epidemic of catalytic converter thefts in Northern California. Apparently thieves use power saws to cut off the catalytic converters in the middle of the night. Police estimate that for some vehicles it only takes a few minutes to steal one. Thieves can get, on average $100-$250 for each stolen catalytic converter. In some cases, scrap value might be as high as $450. Targeted Vehicles It appears that Prius Gen 2 is the primary target, because of the ease of removing the converter. Honda Element also appears on the list of likely targets. But any car can be a target. Tips on how to Avoid Catalytic Converter Theft We recommend parking your car in the garage, not leaving it outside when it’s at the mercy of the elements and thieves. If you can’t, try to leave your vehicle near security cameras or in a well-lit or busy area. Next Steps if Your Catalytic Conv ... read more
Story has it that GM will bring back the Hummer. Apparently ten years after it was discontinued, it will be brought back as an all-electric pickup truck, though details are somewhat sketchy. “Reliable sources” claim that we will see the New Hummer during the 2020 Super Bowl – GM is supposed to have bought time to run Hummer ads. There are no details available yet as to the mileage, accessories, etc. In the meantime, Adams Autoworx continues to provide local Hummer owners with superior Hummer services and repairs. Whether you need oil service, brake repair, or major engine work, our full-service Castro Valley auto repair shop can get your Hummer healthy and back on the road. And rest assured, when the New Hummer arrives, we will be ready with the latest computerized equipment to take care of the New Hummer as well.
When that infamous “check engine” light comes on – what should you do? 1. If it is “flashing on and off” get off the road and tow it in. STOP DRIVING!! If you don’t have AAA, call us at 510-886-9299 and we can help arrange a tow. And if you still don’t have AAA, get it. 2. If the “check engine” light is on, but not flashing, then the problem is not an emergency – but should be addressed so you don’t compound problems. Depending on the nature of the trouble code, ignoring the “check engine” light can lead to a damaged catalytic converter or other components – so bring your car to Adams Autoworx within a day or two of the “check engine” light being illuminated. Yes, you can get one of those $99 scanners on Amazon, or have “Uncle Bob” use his scanner, but with both options, they can only provide you the code and limited data ... read more
Adams Autoworx are HUGE fans of Toyota’s Scion Brand. We love to service and repair them - they are one of our favorite car lines because they are: 1. Reliable-They don’t break down 2. Fuel Efficient 3. Economical-They last forever, or close to it 4. Hipster approved 5. Not a car Mom or Dad would drive So it was with sadness that we read couple of days ago that Toyota announced that it would no longer produce Scions – as of 2017 they will incorporate some models into the Toyota lineup. A Toyota spokesperson said that the decision was not taken lightly. Industry analysts think one of the main reasons was that low gasoline prices had an adverse impact on the sales of the Scion - which was built with fuel economy in mind. The good news is that Adams Autoworx will continue to ... read more
Photo Credit: Jaguar MENA, Ray T, Lucas Lima 37, CONCAVO WHEELS Recently, Consumer Reports released a result of its annual survey of car owners. One of the unexpected results was that some newer cars (2010-2014) consumed as much as a quart of oil per month – such consumption would be considered normal in cars that had over 100,000 miles, but newer cars should not be anywhere near that figure. Following BMWs, Subarus, and Audis were most likely to experience this problem: BMW 5, 6, and 7 Series and X5 Subaru Outback, Legacy, Forester and Impreza Audi A3, A4, A5, A6 and Q5 Audi spokesman Bradley Stertz, according to AP, said that "a class action lawsuit against Audi over oil consump ... read more
Photo Credit: Mic If you drive a Toyota, Honda, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, or Subaru, you have surely heard about the Takata airbag recall. The Takata airbag recall has exceeded 35 million vehicles and counting. If you haven’t received a notice from your dealership, chances are that you will soon. Some dealers still have pretty long wait times, but many are finally catching up, so you may be able to schedule service within a few days, likely less than 2 weeks. If you received a notice, call your dealer to schedule an appointment. And it ... read more