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Are You in Need of Airbag Repair?

When it comes to modern vehicles, airbags are extremely sensitive pieces of equipment. They are designed to be. When an impact is detected, they are made to quickly and automatically inflate in order to provide a safe cushion for the driver and any passengers. They could go off unintentionally, but that is very unlikely to happen. The airbag and sensor systems in modern cars are so sophisticated. Unfortunately, like any automotive component, issues can arise. The bigger worry is not if they will go off by accident, but if they will go off properly when there actually is an accident. Any flaw in the system or a faulty airbag can cause problems that may prevent the airbag from working when it is supposed to.  Warning Sensors Your vehicle will have sensors and dashboard warning lights that will illuminate if an issue is detected within any of the air ... read more

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San Francisco Automotive Solution Owner Personally Helps Provide Support for Longtime Customer

Miriam is the definition of a loyal customer and we are so grateful to have earned her business at San Francisco Automotive Solutions. We're always happy to work on her car, whether it's routine maintenance or any other auto repair services she needs. Miriam recently took the time to post a detailed review of her feelings about San Francisco Automotive Solutions on Google, and we wanted to share her comments here. "I have been brining my car to Pat and his team for about 17 years and would not dream of going anywhere else," Miriam writes. "Even now that I moved out of SF, I still drive in to have them work on my car. They are extremely honest, which we all know can be hard to find. They also take the time to explain how things work and why what is happening is happening (if you care to know). More importantly, they go above and beyond." This is just the fir ... read more

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The Differences Between Automatic and Manual Transmissions

Most average vehicles these days will have an automatic transmission. However, some trucks, large vehicles and sports cars will still have manual transmissions for more specific performance traits. We’re not here to argue which is better. It really depends on the vehicle and the driver’s preference. However, there are some key differences between automatic and manual transmissions that it helps to understand when it comes to maintenance and repairs. In a basic sense, both automatic and manual transmissions perform the exact same function of shifting gears and converting power from the engine into to the vehicle’s drivetrain system and its wheels. How this function is performed, however, is a bit different between the two. Mechanical Components As you might expect, automatic transmissions are definitely more complex than manual. The simpler it is for the driver, the more com ... read more

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The Differences Between a Fluid Change and a Fluid Flush

Your car has many different fluids running through it. They keep vital parts lubricated and running smoothly. If the fluid is old, corroded or losing viscosity, it can lead to major damage within the vehicle. It's always important to make sure your fluids are at the proper levels and that the fluid itself is fresh. Here are the most important fluids in your vehicle:       • Engine Oil      • Transmission Fluid      • Brake Fluid      • Radiator Coolant (Antifreeze)      • Power Steering Fluid Of course, there's also windshield washer fluid and air conditioning coolant (Freon) that you'll want to keep at proper levels, but those really aren't performing any vital ... read more

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Longtime Customer Knows He'll Receive Honest Service at San Francisco Automotive Solutions

It was three years ago when Mihir had his first encounter at San Francisco Automotive Solutions (then known as All American Automotive), located in the heart of the city's SoMa District. He has been a regular customer of the shop ever since. "Three years ago, I had the misfortune of having my clutch give out on Polk, and the mechanic told me about this place," Mihir writes in his recent Yelp review. "I have not been disappointed since." Since his first visit to San Francisco Automotive Solutions, Mihir has been back multiple times over the years. In most cases, it's just routine preventative maintenance services he needs. In other cases, he's looking for more extensive repairs and parts replacements. However, when it comes to auto repair, this customer is not al ... read more

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Bad Car Battery? Should it Be Recharged or Replaced?

It should go without saying that your car battery is important. If it is weak or failing, you will not be able to turn on the vehicle or drive anywhere. The good news is that it's a relatively simple component to work with on standard gas- and diesel-powered vehicles. Batteries are a much trickier issue when it comes to hybrid and electric vehicles, though, but we'll get into that as well. Signs of a Failing Car Battery It's not hard to know when your car battery is losing power. Some of the common signs include dimming interior lights, dimming headlights and tail lights or the vehicle is just not starting easily. Of course, most modern vehicles will have a battery warning light (just like your check engine light) on the dashboard that will let you know there is a battery issue worth looking at.  Recharge or Replace? So what should you do when your battery is ge ... read more

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The Importance of Visibility During Winter Months

We had a very wet winter last year. It's hard to say what this year will look like, but we're no strangers to fog, mist and rain in the Bay Area. In the upcoming months, your visibility as a driver becomes increasingly important. Not only do you need to see where you are going, but you want other drivers on the road to see you. Let's look at some automotive maintenance needs that will improve your visibility this winter. Heater and Front Defroster Your front defroster is part of your vehicles AC/heating system and it is very useful when cold outside. It's true some defrosters just work better than others. However, if yours isn't clearing up your windows properly, it is worth getting checked out by an auto repair technician. There may be something wrong with your heater/air conditioner, vents ... read more

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Customer Praises "Awesome" Service at San Francisco Automotive Solutions

Lynn came into San Francisco Automotive Solutions earlier this year and was impressed by the service she received. She was nice enough to share a review on Yelp prior to her next maintenance appointment. "This auto shop is awesome!" Lynn writes. "The mechanics are really smart and professional. The shop is nice and clean and open. The owner is super nice and will work on your car care needs with you." The owner Lynn speaks of is Patrick Banta, who opened San Francisco Automotive Solutions (originally All American Automotive) back in 1991. Since then, the shop has gained notoriety throughout the city for exceptional auto repair, maintenance and custom upgrade services. Patrick and h ... read more

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Wishing You a Happy Holiday Season!

From everyone on the team at San Francisco Automotive Solutions, we want to wish you and yours a very happy holiday season. Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and Happy New Year! 2017 has been a memorable year at San Francisco Automotive Solutions. We have helped many Bay Area residents with their automotive repair, vehicle maintenance and performance upgrade needs. We truly value our customers, and nothing keeps our team more motivated than the opportunity to help others. We just want to take this opportunity to say "thank you" to everyone who has visited the shop this year. We look forward to seeing you all again in 2018. Hopefully you have been following the San Francisco Automotive Solutions Blog throughout the year and you've noticed we are making s ... read more

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What Are the 10 Most Common Automotive Repairs?

Automotive repairs are just part of life. Unless you are the luckiest person around, you will encounter car problems at some point. That means you’ll need repairs from an auto shop or the dealership, and it’s important to know what to expect. Here are the 10 most common auto repairs performed at San Francisco Automotive Solutions: 1. Fuel Pump Repair/Replacement This is a vital component that literally pumps the gasoline into your engine. If it is clogged or damaged, you will not be able to drive your car. 2. Worn Brakes/Rotors Just like your brake pads will wear out over time with regular use, so will the brake rotors. They may need to be remachined or replaced. 3. Power Steering Problems Sometimes you just need fresh power steering fluid, but you co ... read more

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