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Yearly Archives: 2023

Mini Cooper Oil Leak Repair in Castro Valley CA

Mini Cooper is manufactured by BMW and just as some BMW models have oil leak issues, so do some Minis. At Adams Autoworx in Castro Valley we are Mini Cooper fans, and can get your Mini repaired and ready to serve you well. We have extensive Mini Cooper repair experience, and our nationally ASE certified technicians are equipped with the latest digital diagnostic tools that allow them to get to the root cause of any problem your Mini may exhibit. When you suspect that your Mini is leaking engine oil – because of the oil spots in the driveway, strange smells coming from the engine when it’s hot, or if you notice oil level dropping significantly between oil changes, or worse, if you need to top off engine oil between oil changes – give us a call and have your Mini checked out by a professional mechanic. We can confirm if your Mini indeed has an oil leak, and find its location so we can give you an accurate estimate of the repair costs.     There are some ... read more

Is it an Oil Leak? Transmission Fluid Leak? Brake Fluid Leak? Coolant Leak? Or just Harmless Water Condensation?

Seeing a telltale sign of something dripping on the garage floor or in the driveway is not a happy occasion. Fortunately, most of the time it's merely water condensation from your vehicle's air conditioning system. So if the fluid you see is colorless, odorless and not oily, it may not be a problem. However, there are some brake fluids that are clear as well, so to be 100% sure, have your vehicle checked out at Adams Autoworx in Castro Valley and we can tell you with 100% accuracy the nature of the fluid – better safe than sorry. What Else Could be Leaking? Typical vehicle has a surprising number of fluids, here are some that might be dripping on the floor of your garage:     Coolant leaks: Depending on the vehicle make, the engine coolant color will vary, but any of these colors can indicate engine coolant: green, orange, yellow, turquoise, pink, blue or purple     Transmission fluid leaks will results in following colors on the floor o ... read more

Bridgestone Tires in Castro Valley CA

At Adams Autoworx in Castro Valley we are pleased to offer full range of automotive services including Bridgestone tires. One of the bestselling tire brands in California, Bridgestone offers wide selection of quality tires for every possible use – from off-road fun in the desert, to winter tires for those Sierra Nevada ski trips. Founded in 1931 in Japan, over ninety years Bridgestone has grown to become one of the largest tire manufacturers in the world. With production facilities in 24 countries, including United States, Bridgestone is a truly global company. At our Castro Valley auto care facility we offer wide selection of Bridgestone tires. Whether you drive a light truck, SUV or a passenger car, we have Bridgestone tires that will fit your needs. Our friendly service advisors can match the tires to the type of driving you do – simply let them know if you are buying tires for a commute car, SUV that is used to ferry kids to afterschool practice, or a vehicle that tak ... read more

Continental Tires in Castro Valley CA

Adams Autoworx offers not only full range of mechanical repair services, but we also provide a wide range of tires, including Continental tires. One of the top three best-selling brands in California, Continental tires offer a wide range of choices, whether you need tires for a passenger car, light truck tires, or tires for your SUV. Conti tires offer comfortable and quiet ride, and are designed for superior wet braking performance. At Adams Autoworx we can provide you with passenger car tires like Continental TrueContact Tour or SureContact RX, light truck/SUV tires like TerrainContact AT CrossContact LX or 4x4Sport Contact. We also offer performance tires including Continental ExtremeContact Sport and ContiSportContact 5P tires. So when you need new tires, call our Castro Valley auto care shop. Our friendly service advisors will assist you in selecting the best tires for your vehicle and the kind of driving you do. We not only offe ... read more

Windshield Wipers Replacement in Castro Valley CA

With the first rains of the season behind us, you will have surely noticed whether your windshield wipers need replacement. If they do, call Adams Autoworx in Castro Valley and we will be happy to provide you vehicle with new wiper blades. Windshield wipers used to be an afterthought, but modern vehicles require windshield wipers to be in pristine condition. The reason for this new-found attention to the windshield wipers is the ADAS (advanced driver assistance systems) and self-driving capabilities built into many cars. Many vehicles use cameras that see through the windshield to provide information to the computers that are responsible for ADAS or self-driving capability. If the wiper blades do not properly remove water from the windshield, these capabilities might be compromised, or downright unusable. So check again that the wiper blades properly remove water from the windshield, and if they do not, call our Castro Valley auto repair facility and we will get you a new set of wip ... read more

New Michelin Tires in Castro Valley, CA

Michelin tires have been around since 1889. Yes, over one hundred and thirty years ago Michelin came into being - and already in 1895 it offered air-filled tires. Today it’s the second largest tire manufacturer in the world. Michelin produces a wide variety of tires – performance touring tires, high performance tires, minivan tires, SUV tires, light truck tires, and of course a variety of winter tires. Whatever your vehicle needs, we can find Michelin tires that will match your vehicle and your driving style. Our Castro Valley tire facility can even provide your Tesla with Michelin Tesla tires. Tire selection can be a complicated task – Michelin alone has dozens of tires to choose from. So at Adams Autoworx we offer expert tire assistance – our friendly service advisors can find tires that best match your intended use (commuting, touring, off-road, winter), your vehicle, and your driving style. So whether your vehicle needs a single Michelin tire, or an entir ... read more

New Tesla Tires in Castro Valley CA

Adams Autoworx in Castro Valley offers new Tesla sound dampening tires. Naturally, the most popular are the original equipment (OE) Michelin, Continental and Goodyear Tesla tires. At Adams Autoworx we can provide your Tesla with tires that exactly match factory specifications. In addition, most tire manufacturers can now produce Tesla tires, so we can offer tires from other tire manufacturers that carry the T0, T1, etc. designation, and have the special sound dampening foam. When you drive a Tesla, you will be buying tires more frequently than for an internal combustion engine vehicle, mostly due to high torque, regenerative braking, and additional weight ( due to the battery pack). As a result, you will spend more money on tires over the lifetime of the vehicle, on the other hand, you can experiment with different tire manufacturers to find just the right tires for your Tesla. Our Castro Valley tires shop offers not only a wide selection of Tesla tires, but also friendly customer s ... read more

Tesla Tire Rotation in Castro Valley, CA

Adams Autoworx in Castro Valley offers Tesla services, including Tesla tire rotation. Tire rotation allows for even tire wear, and thus extends tire life. This is particularly important for Tesla vehicles, because EVs are hard on tires. The weight of the vehicle ( because of the battery pack), and the fact that it really is fun to drive, result in accelerated tire wear. At Adams Autoworx we follow Tesla recommendation to perform tire rotation every 6250 miles.  We will not only perform the tire rotation, but will be happy to set a future appointment and to remind you of the next tire rotation. We offer this appointment reminder service because Tesla electric vehicles do not require oil changes – for internal combustion engine powered vehicles oil change was a natural opportunity to rotate tires, and with the use of synthetic oil, the interval was similar to what Tesla recommends, or roughly 5,000 to 6,000 miles. But since there is no need for Tesla oil changes, we rely on c ... read more

Tesla Brake Fluid Replacement in Castro Valley, CA

Tesla vehicles are a marvel of engineering, and being electric vehicles, are also a model of simplicity. Many automotive services – oil change, transmission service, spark plugs replacement – simply do not apply. But one of the familiar services – brake fluid replacement – applies to EVs just as much as it does to conventionally powered vehicles. Adams Autoworx provides Castro Valley Tesla brake fluid replacement service for all Tesla owners. We recommend brake fluid replacement every two years. Naturally we will check brake fluid quality before replacing it – if it turns out that it is in good shape, we will recommend another visit for the brake fluid replacement. But a regular brake fluid check should become one of your Tesla rituals. Brake fluid is highly hygroscopic – it absorbs moistures – and when the moisture content of the brake fluid exceeds design parameters, it may cause difficulty braking, or in extreme cases, total brake failure ... read more

Does your Tesla Need Brake System Cleaning?

If you are new to the world of electric vehicles, brake cleaning seems like a joke fashioned by die-hard ICE (internal combustion engine) enthusiasts. Well… not quite. If you own a Tesla in the “cold weather region”, it’s recommended – by Tesla - that you get the calipers cleaned and lubricated every year or every 12,500 miles. So why does your Tesla need brake cleaning?  Because EVs use brakes infrequently. Most of the braking is done by the energy recovery system, and so your brake pads don’t get used much, and are likely to last around 100,000 miles. Awesome – you say - we save on brake pads replacement. True indeed, but as a result, brake pads, calipers, and brake rotors get very little exercise, and so if you live in a climate with snow, salt, year round rains, brake rotors are going to rust, get gunky, and calipers might get sticky. Internal combustion engine vehicles do not face these issues, because brakes are used hard every day ... read more

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