Monthly Archives: February 2023

Honda Timing Belt Replacement in Walnut Creek, CA

Most late model vehicles come with timing chains, and Honda is no exception. But thanks to Honda legendary reliability, there are still plenty of Hondas that were built years ago and come with a timing belt. Typically Honda timing belt needs replacement every 90,000 - 105,000 miles, depending on the model of your vehicle – your Owner’s Manual should spell out the timing belt replacement interval. We highly recommend following Honda recommendations for the timing belt replacement – because timing belt failure can lead to serious engine problems. During the timing belt replacement, we will inspect related components, and may also replace pulleys and tensioner. We also check the water pump for any signs of problems – that’s because water pump replacement is relatively inexpensive when combined with the timing belt replacement – most of the labor necessary to get to the water pump has already been performed in order to replace the timing belt. Natural ... read more

Cost of Operating Electric Vehicles Is Going Up

For the Q4 2022, as reported by Anderson Economic Group, drivers of a typical mid-priced electric vehicle paid between 31 cents to 3 dollars more for electricity to drive 100 miles than drivers of a typical mid-priced internal combustion engine vehicle paid for fuel to drive the same distance.  Electric car owners who charged their vehicles at home paid 31 cents more, while those charging at the commercial stations paid up to $3 more to drive 100 miles. These are national averages, so chances are if you own an electric vehicle in Walnut Creek, you are paying less than owners of gasoline powered cars. But that’s not because you costs are lower – we all see our electric bills – but rather because gasoline is much more expensive in California than in other parts of the country. It is somewhat disconcerting, though, to see cost of operating electric vehicles going up. Inflation takes a bit out of everyone. What concerns us even more is that as electric vehicles bec ... read more

Audi Coolant Leak Repair in Walnut Creek, CA

Diablo Auto Specialists in Walnut Creek offers full range of Audi repairs, including coolant leak repairs – we can discover the source of the leak and have it fixed, often the same day. When you start your Audi, the engine generates tremendous amount of heat. Without properly functioning cooling system, the engine would overheat, sustaining serious damage. Unfortunately, sometimes the cooling system fails, especially if it develops a coolant leak. Signs your Audi has a coolant leak We recommend a thorough cooling system inspection every 20,000 miles or so, though sometimes your vehicle may give warning signs that there’s a problem, like a coolant leak. Here are the top signs to look out for. Puddle under your Audi Puddle of any kind under your Audi should be a source of concern as it’s rarely good news. If the fluid is not colorless, contact Diablo Auto Specialists.   Engine overheats The purpose of the coo ... read more