To keep your vehicle running properly at all times, we offer a number of services at Fred’s Wrenchouse in Alameda, CA that are carried out by our certified, expert auto service and repair technicians who have years of experience performing all types of repair.
Our goal is to be the best provider for your auto repair needs, we are a PSC for AC Delco, and the parts we use are original equipment parts or equivalent. We are always available to explain the required work needed to keep your vehicle in Safe and trouble-free condition.
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Smog and Emissions:
Whether you are simply in need of a smog certification or an exhaust-related repair, we have you covered. Fred's Wrenchouse is a certified test and repair station for the state of California. In California, vehicles must undergo a biennial smog inspection in order to renew your registration. New residents to California will be required to have an initial inspection to register, even if you have a current certificate from your previous state. Testing can be completed Fred's Wrenchouse. Safety inspections are not generally required for registration or renewal.
Brakes are pretty much the most important safety device in your car. If you’ve ever partially lost your brakes in the past, you’ll agree that it’s not something you want to experience again. Additionally, it will also help save you money by catching any damage before it becomes too costly.
The brake fluid itself can become dirty or contaminated as it draws rust-causing moisture and picks up other debris, or it can break down from excess heat. Clean brake fluid is either clear or slightly yellow, while dirty brake fluid may be brown or even black. Old and dirty brake fluid can damage ABS brake systems internally.
The brake lines connect to the master cylinder through a combination valve, which combines a metering and proportioning valve. It regulates the pressure on the front and rear wheels to make sure both sets of brakes are applied simultaneously. A malfunctioning combination valve may cause the wheels to lock up.
Brake pads and shoes can be made of ceramic, metal, or organic materials, while the disc rotors and drums they press against are made of metal. Because the pads and shoes create friction to stop the car, they gradually wear down over time and may wear away completely, letting the metal of the pads grind against the rotors and drums and damage them. (Some pads have a metal strip attached that sounds like a warning squeal when the pad becomes too worn, but this strip sounds only when the car is in motion and the brakes are not applied.
Belts & Hoses:
A fan belt, also known as a drive belt, is a belt connecting your car's engine to the front-mounted accessories. The fan belt rotates the water pump and engine fan, which keeps the engine cool. Hoses transfer coolant and antifreeze throughout the engine's cooling system (including the radiator). Sooner or later, your vehicle's fan belts and hoses will dry out and crack. When you are ready for a replacement, you can count on Fred's Wrenchouse for all your vehicle's repair needs. You not only have to get the belts and hoses replaced with quality ones, but you should have the work done by experts. To have the belts and hoses replaced by auto cooling and heating experts – and get your car driving right – visit us today.
Radiators are heat exchangers for cooling your car's internal combustion engine. A radiator cools the engine by circulating an engine coolant through the engine block – it then loses the heat to the atmosphere through radiation. A radiator has a set of tubes through which the engine coolant flows. Fins surround these tubes. When the radiator fails, the excess heat produced by the engine could damage the engine components. To prevent this from happening, have your radiator serviced regularly. To have your radiator needs to be handled by experts, visit our shop today.
Changing The Oil:
Engine oil is what lubricates a car’s engine, allowing it to run smoothly and last longer. Car owners must maintain a car’s engine by changing the oil and using the oil appropriate for their car's make and model. We recommend changing your oil and oil filter at least once per year or between 3,000-5,000 miles, depending on your driving habits. Manufacturers may recommend changing your oil at long intervals, like 7,500 or above. They may recommend this because the manufacturers' goal is for the vehicle to last as long as the warranty, whereas our goal is for your vehicle to last at least 250,000 miles.
Repairing or replacing your transmission can be one of the most expensive repairs you may have to make on your vehicle. Maintaining your transmission according to your vehicle manufacturer’s recommendations, not only prolongs its life but it can prevent a costly repair or breakdown in the future.