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Monthly Archives: March 2023

Catalytic Converter Theft Increased in 2022

Carfax, a company that keeps track of vehicle repair data, estimates that in 2022 there were over 153,000 vehicles targeted for catalytic converter theft. That's a considerably higher number than the insurance industry report of 52,000 claims. At Adams Autoworx we are not surprised at this discrepancy - many clients who had their catalytic converters stolen drive older cars, and so do not carry comprehensive insurance coverage, which would pay for catalytic converter replacement. They pay out-of-pocket. Apparently nationwide that number is significant – hence Carfax estimate is 3 times higher than insurance company data. This number also makes sense when considering that new catalytic converters are often on back-order, and depending on the vehicle model, one may have to wait months to get a replacement. If the lower number (as reported by insurance companies) were correct, auto repair industry would not be experiencing so many delays getting the new catalytic converters ... read more

Subaru Wheel Alignment in Castro Valley, CA

Proper wheel alignment is important for comfortable ride, better vehicle stability and tire wear. At Adams Autoworx in Castro Valley we offer Subaru wheel alignment on our state-of-the-art computerized alignment machine. Wheel alignment is a recurring  issue – bumping into a curb or  driving over a pothole  (as you must have noticed, Bay Area roads are full of potholes), can throw the wheels out of alignment, which in turn will cause accelerated tire wear, and decrease comfort and vehicle control. When the wheels are out of alignment, your Subaru will exhibit behaviors that can be considered “road signs” indicating that alignment check is in order: Uneven tire wear Our auto care facility in Castro Valley offers complimentary tire inspections – it we notice uneven tire wear, whether “scalloping”, excessive inner wear or excessive outer wear, we will let you know that wheel alignment is indicated. Your Subaru ... read more

Toyota Repair in Castro Valley, CA

Toyota vehicles are extremely popular in the Bay Area – reliable, value priced, and if well maintained, they will last for 200,000 – 300,000 miles.  At Adams Autoworx we offer premier Castro Valley Toyota service and repair. Whether your Toyota Corolla needs transmission fluid flush, or your Toyota RAV4 needs new brakes, our technicians will get your vehicle serviced and ready for the road. To get the most value out of your Toyota, we recommend regular oil service and following manufacturer’s schedule of services. If you adhere to the manufacturer recommended maintenance schedule, your Toyota will reward you with years of faithful, reliable service. At Adams Autoworx we combine superior customer service with technical excellence – technicians working on your Toyota are certified by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE), and they use state-of-the-art digital diagnostic equipment to get to the root cause of any problem your Toyota m ... read more

Subaru Electrical System Diagnostics and Repair in Castro Valley, CA

Your Subaru has an electrical system that comprises a range of components including battery, starting system and alternator, among others. There are also dozens of sensors and embedded special-purpose computers that gather and send information about the overall condition of your Subaru. Needless to say, when one of these components fails, you may begin to experience different issues with your Subaru. Electrical problems are not as common as mechanical issues, but they often are more difficult to pinpoint, so it takes an experienced mechanic to diagnose and repair electrical problems.   Signs your Subaru may have electrical issues While identifying the cause of an electrical fault might require technical expertise, there are a few symptoms that tell you it’s time to get professional help for your Subaru: Engine might struggle to crank Starting your Subaru requires a significant amount of electrical power, which is supplied by the battery ... read more

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