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  • Local student Ryden Thanks Quality Automotive for Donation to Truckee Bike Park

    Posted on 16, January, 2018

    We’d like to introduce you to Truckee local, Ryden, who is probably the most excited about the $1000 donation to the Truckee Bike Park in the Quality Automotive and Smog Season of Giving.  Ryden is an 8 year old bicycling powerhouse who started at the park as a strider when he was just 2-years-old.  It didn’t take long for this little guy to discover the various tracks and eventually move on to jumps.   He loves to ride at the Truckee Bike Park because it’s just fun - all day fun!  Taking clinics from his favorite coaches Brooks, Greg, Cierra and Courtney has taught him not only to ride well, but also learn to respect the terrain, take care of the park and have respect for others using it. He has learned skills like how to push into the berms and claw your feet when you’re coming into a jump.  His favorite features are the jumps and he hopes to master the Baby Tooth Gap with a future eye on Jaws.  Ryden enjoys the park with his dad and sister and can’t say enough about how fun it is.  Sure, there are some wipe-outs, but he takes the advice of his coaches, brushes off the dust and gets back on his bike.   “I feel really good when I am at the park and it makes we want to go and explore all over the world”, says Ryden who specifically would like to visit Whistler, Canada.  Ryden is a student at SELS where he was awarded a scholarship to take the clinics.  He shares his enthusiasm with friends and classmates by having his birthday parties at the park and showing off all the pump and flow tracks.  Thanks Ryden for talking with us and letting others know how fun the Truckee Bike Park is for riders of all ages.   The Truckee Bike Park is a treasure of Truckee for enthusiast of all ages and abilities and has been growing for the past six years.  Beginning with a a pump track the popularity was overwhelming and organizers quickly worked hard to rapidly develop the 10 acre complex that now includes a strider track, pump track, BMX track, XC trail, flow track, rhythm dirt jumps, slopestyle and dual slalom course.  Check out the map on their web page at www.truckeebikepark.org.  This dream hasn’t come about with a lot of volunteers, passionate organizers, community donations and support from partners like Biking for a Better World, Truckee Parks and Recreation Department, Truckee Tahoe Airport District and Truckee Sanitation District.  There are more big things in the future for Truckee Bike Park including the dream of hosting events for Interbike as it comes to Reno/Tahoe over the next five years.

    How did Truckee Bike Park Get Started?: http://www.sacbee.com/entertainment/living/health-fitness/Bike-hike/article36297036.html

  • Winter Tip - Opening a Frozen Door

    Posted on 02, January, 2017

    Winter weather can wreck havoc on your vehicle in many ways.  For those who park their vehicle outside overnight, a  frozen door in the morning can be a real annoyance.  Heed our warning, don’t ever yank or pull on the door handle to open a frozen car door. If it breaks, you will be seeing us sooner than you planned and having a  winter adventure you didn’t anticipate.  An easy simple trick might be to give the door a hip check to loosen the ice and then lift and pull the door from the bottom.  Use the handle only to unlatch the door while doing this.    If you are still frozen out, try the passenger side door.  Often the other side of the car has been less expose to wind and weather.  You can also use warm water (never hot) to loosen the ice or a de-icing product.  If you are lucky enough to have a remote starter, you can start the car and allow the interior warming to loosen the ice.   Here is the important part.  Never, and tell your kids and student drivers this too, make the common mistake of pulling hard on the handle.  The handle is not made to withstand the force and the cold may make it even more brittle.  This winter tip has been provided to you by Quality Automotive and Smog located in the SaveMart/Crossroads shopping center off Hwy 89 South and Deerfield Drive.  If it has been useful please comment and share it with your friends.  In Truckee there is only one Quality Automotive and Smog.  Look for the RED CHECK inside the “Q” for “Quality” and know you are at Your Trusted Local Auto Care. For a service appointment call 530-587-1933.  California Smog Checks are available on a walk-in basis along with convenience DMV registration services.   

  • Don't Burn Out The Wiper Motor - Clear Your Windshield of Snow and Ice

    Posted on 29, December, 2016


    Winter has finally arrived and with the recent wet, snowy and icy weather, remember to turn off the wipers when you turn off your vehicle.  Taking care of this simple task could help you avoid damage to your wiper blades and the internal motor that powers them.  Most ofus don’t think about how that blade manages to move across our field of vision.  That’s why one of the most common and preventable repairs for any mountain car, truck or SUV is replacing the wiper blade motor.   Requiring a wiper blade to clear a snowy windshield or unstick itself after a wet, icy storm puts stress on the motor which can cause it turn burn out and fail.    The result may be you driving down the road with your head out the window along with an unwanted repair expense.  Avoid this by always turning off your wiper blades when you stop the vehicle.  If possible, pull the blades away from the windshield to preventsticking.   This simple action will allow your blades to last longer and save the wiper blade motor from unnecessary stress.  With the harsh conditions in Truckee and Lake Tahoe, the need to always have clear vision out the front and rear windows while driving is essential for safety.  We at Quality Automotive and Smog recommend replacing blades twice per year for the best performance.  Until the end of 2016, QAS Red Check Club members receive one free winter blade with the purchase of one.  Call today for your blade replacement, vehicle maintenance, brakes, repair and service at 530-587-1933.  There’s a knowledgeable service writer, backed by an expert technician ready to take care of all your service needs.  We are Your Trusted Local Auto Care, located in the SaveMart/Crossroads Center off Highway 89 South and Deerfield Drive.  Look for the red check inside the Q for Quality. ​

    Tagged: Wiper Blades
  • Change the Cabin Air Filter & Breathe Cleaner Air

    Posted on 19, July, 2016

    New cabin air filter vs old cabin filter  

    • Time to Change Your Cabin Air Filter
    • With the pine pollen season behind us, now is a good time to change out your cabin air filter.  Over time, the cabin air filter becomes less effective when it has done it's job filtering dust, debris, smoke and pollen from entering the cabin of your vehicle.  “With our dusty roads and heavy particles in the air we suggest an annual change of the cabin air filter, “ says Bill Greeno, owner of Quality Automotive and Smog.  Greeno also mentioned that anyone who drives dirt roads or who attends Burning Man should be especially diligent about the annual change. The cabin air filter began appearing in vehicles in 2002.  It prevents dust, pollen, dirt and other pollutants from entering your car through your A/C and heat vents.  With the driving conditions we experience everyday on our mountain roads, a clean cabin air filter will keep you breathing easier.  

    Other Filters on Your Vehicle

    There are two other filters on your vehicle that need to be changed regularly; the air filter and the oil filter. The oil filter should be changed at every oil service.  We recommend a high quality filter in order to keep particles from entering the engine and potentially saving you from costly repairs down the road.  With longer intervals between oil changes, it is especially important to not settle for a lower quality oil filter.  The air filter filters air running through the engine, so it too will become compromised if it is full of debris, dirt and pollen.  Changing the air filter may be an easy way to get better performance from your vehicle as well. 

    Premium Products Are Worth the Price

    Quality Automotive and Smog uses a premium quality products not available at most discount chains, auto parts stores or even dealerships. As a rule of thumb, if you pay a little more for these products, you are getting better protection for your engine and extending the life of your vehicle. 




    Tagged: performance
  • Summer Heats Up, Your Cooling System Cools it Down

    Posted on 12, July, 2016

    The cooling system  of your vehicle will be working hard this summer as temperatures in Truckee and Lake Tahoe heat up.  To be sure your truck, SUV or car can take the heat have a qualified technician at Quality Automotive and Smog run through a checklist of items that will keep you on the road.  Here are some things to consider in maintaining a healthy cooling system and your safety on the road. 

    1. The ratio of coolant in the radiator should be 50:50 with the manufacturer recommended coolant for your engine and distilled water. 
    2. Coolant should be flushed and changed regularly. The professionals  at Your Trusted Local Auto Care suggest it be done annually for Glycol systems and every 100K with modern coolants. This keeps the system fresh and free of containements which will prevent corrosion and assures that the coolant has the proper boiling point and protection. 
    3. If you experience overheating while driving, pull over at the next safe spot.  You can do severe damage to your engine if you keep driving. Call roadside assistance (provided with every service at Quality Automotive and Smog) to help out.  DANGER: Never open the radiator cap while the vehicle is hot!  
    4. It’s a good idea to have a pressure test, a thermostate test, a cooling fan test and a visual inspection for leaks and corrosion, performed annually and especially before any trip. These checks are provided for Quality Automotive and Smog customers with any service. We call it ServicePlus. 
    5. Hoses and drive belts should be checked for cracks, bulges or frayed edges. This simple inspection can relieve you of a lot of headache if it blows driving over Donner Summit. Again this is included in Quality Automotive and Smog's ServicePlus. 
    6. The radiator should be kept clean by periodically using a garden hose and a soft brush to carefully remove bugs, dirt and debris.  With driving conditions in the mountains that includes pollen, road dust and bugs, this is an often overlooked simple maintenance item.