Your Family Owned Auto Mechanic in Alameda, CA
Since 1987, we have been in business and over 25 years later we're still making our customers proud of the work we do for them. Our friendly staff and seasoned mechanics strive for excellence through superior customer service, education, and satisfaction.
We provide complete auto repair services for foreign and domestic automobiles at competitive pricing. We can perform all maintenance services to maintain your factory warranties. We do all services from oil service to smog inspection and repair, electronic diagnostics to brake repair, and major engine repair to transmission and differential overhaul. Whatever your car care needs are, Fred's Wrenchouse will gladly take care of your car and get it back on the road again. Call us now for assistance at (510) 521-7215!
Air Conditioning & Heating Repair
Emissions Testing & Repair
Factory Scheduled Maintenance
Front End Repair
Oil Change & Lube Services
Car Tips For The Everyday Driver
Please, never drive your vehicle when you know or suspect that your engine is overheating. This is a very expensive decision. If your temperature gauge is 3/4 or over, pull over and turn off the engine. Do not try to fix it yourself – just raising your hood at the wrong time can cause serious injury. The safest decision is usually to call a tow truck. Just a minimum amount of overheating can actually ruin your engine and cost you a bundle on a replacement. Constantly observing all the gauges on your car while driving should be as regular as looking into your mirrors. It's that important.
NEVER drive with an oil light on or flashing, quickly pull over and turn off the engine. Checking the oil level will quickly tell you whether you have a low oil situation or an internal oil pressure problem. If the level is low, like not even on the dipstick, that may be why you have a light on. Correct the level and then restart the engine – if the light still appears, call a tow truck. If the light stays out, you may drive home or to the nearest full-service facility and find out why the oil level was low. Each time that light is on at that moment, you have no oil pressure, which means that your high-revving engine is running with no lubrication going to all the moving parts. End result - serious engine damage.
Never ignore strange noises. If you drive the car most of the time, and you hear a noise that was not there the last time you drove the car, and it does not sound like it is going away anytime soon, you should have someone check it out for you. It's always better to be safe than sorry.
We recommend that the oil in your vehicle be changed every 3,000 to 5,000 miles depending on your driving habits. We utilize the optimal oil for your engine based on what's recommended for the make, model, and mileage of your vehicle.
For years, many people have argued about the maintenance schedule auto manufacturers put into the owner's manuals. They claim that these services are expensive and unnecessary. All that we can share with you is our experience. I believe in following the maintenance schedule whether you own a Honda or a Ford; they are important and they do pay off. Do not underestimate the importance of scheduled maintenance.
YOUR OWNER'S MANUAL:
I am still amazed to this day by the number of people who will invest $5000 to $35,000 in a vehicle they depend on every day and never open the owner's manual! Reading your manual, and understanding everything in it, is one of the most important things you can do for your car.
We are happy to tell you more car tips in person when you swing by Fred's Wrenchouse in Alameda, CA