Tip & Articles

  • Earth Day: Beyond the Blue Bag

    Posted on 18, April, 2018


    One of the biggest things you can do this Earth Day is pay a little attention to your vehicle.  By changing a few habits and paying attention to maintenance, you can do your part in helping the environment.  Here’s the Quality Automotive and Smog short list of things you can do to be a “Green Vehicle Owner”.  Save gas, save on landfill material, save the planet.  

    1. Keep the engine running at peak performance. A misfiring spark plug can reduce fuel efficiency as much as 30 percent. Replace filters and fluids as recommended in the owner’s manual or by your Quality Automotive and Smog service technician.

    2. Don’t ignore that ‘Service Engine’ light. Today’s vehicles have much cleaner tailpipe emissions that they did 30 years ago, but a poorly running engine or faulty exhaust system will pollute much more than it would otherwise.  

    3. Keep tires properly inflated and aligned. Not only will you reduce the engine’s effort and, thus, gasoline consumption, your tires will last longer too, saving you money and easing the burden at recycling centers.  

    4. Have your vehicle’s air conditioner serviced only by a technician certified to handle and recycle refrigerants. Older air conditioners contain ozone-depleting chemicals, which could be released into the atmosphere through improper service.

    5. Avoid speeding and sudden accelerations. Both of these habits guzzle gas. When waiting for friends or family, shut off the engine. Consolidate daily errands to one trip to eliminate unnecessary driving.  

    6. Remove excess items from the vehicle. Less weight equals better gas mileage. Remove that roof-top luggage carrier after vacations to reduce air drag, too.  

    7. Removing rooftop boxes and racks when not needed.  Roof top boxes and racks eat up your gas mileage.  Remove then when not in use or when on a road trip where they are not needed. 

    8. If you do your own repairs, properly dispose of engine fluids and batteries. Some repair facilities accept these items from consumer. You can also contact local government for hazardous material drop-off/recycling stations. Remember too that improperly disposed fluids such as antifreeze can harm pets and wildlife.

    9. Use Synthetic Oil.  Synthetic oil needs to be changed less often, so there is less travel for changes and less oil waste.    




  • 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