Air Conditioning Repair
A properly maintained air conditioning system can help keep you comfortable on hot summer days. Did you know that a properly functioning A/C system is also instrumental in helping to defrost your windshield on those cold, damp winter days as well? A properly functioning A/C system helps to dehumidify the air passing through the defrosting system enabling your windows to quickly clear and stay fog-free. If your car's air conditioning system does not seem to be operating as efficiently as it once did, let us perform a full system performance check for you. We can test the system, find the leaks, and recharge the system so you get the proper operation you deserve. Let Zuccato's Auto Care inspect your vehicle's air conditioning today.
Your car or light truck’s air filter is critical in keeping unwanted, engine damaging dirt and debris out of your engine. What you may not know, is that a dirty, plugged air filter can cause big problems with power and fuel efficiency. Your air filter should be checked at least every 12 months or 12,000 miles (19,000 kilometers). At Zuccato's Auto Care, we check it at every oil change and recommend it when replacement is necessary.
Most people know that it is the battery that allows your vehicle to be started when it is not running. Many people are not aware that once your car is running, it is your alternator that takes care of running all of the systems on your car that require electricity. This includes your headlights, heating/air conditioning system, and your car audio just to name a few. The alternator is responsible for keeping the battery charged, so it is always ready to start the vehicle after it has been shut off. If your alternator fails, the battery’s reserve power will quickly be depleted causing your car to die or fail to start after it has been turned off. Items such as a broken pulley, a loose belt, or broken and corroded wiring can also cause the charging system not to function properly. If you suspect a problem with your starting or charging system, have Zuccato's Auto Care test and replace it today.
Your battery supplies the electrical service to start your car when it is not running. It also serves as a reserve capacitor to protect sensitive electronics on your car from voltage spikes originating from the alternator. A bad battery will usually cause your car not to start, but in extreme failures, it can cause your car to die on the road. Extreme weather conditions such as heat or freezing cold temperatures can cause a weak battery to fail. Have your battery tested to check its performance? If the results indicate your battery is in need of replacement, Zuccato's Auto Care can quickly provide a suitable replacement.
Belts & Hoses
Your vehicle’s belts and hoses play a critical role in the proper operation of your cooling system, air conditioning system, charging system and more. Old hoses can become cracked and dry rotted, causing them to squeal or break. Radiator and heater hoses will deteriorate with age and can get hard and crack or become soft and porous leading to system leakage and severe engine problems like overheating. A broken belt can lead to loss of power steering, failure to charge, or engine overheating, leaving you stranded on the road. It's important to have these components checked at least annually and replaced when needed. The typical life span of a belt or hose is seldom over 5 years. Your friends at Zuccato's Auto Care can inspect your belts and hoses and tell you if they are in need of replacement.
Your brake system transmits the force you apply to the brake pedal, down hydraulic lines to the pistons in the brake calipers and wheel cylinders at your wheels. This force creates friction between the brake pads or shoes and the brake rotors or drums. This friction creates the stopping force needed to quickly and safely stop your car. If you're experiencing brake symptoms such as a squealing or grinding noise, a pulsating brake pedal, an abnormal amount of brake pedal travel, or a red brake light indicator, it is time to have your brakes checked as soon as possible. At Zuccato's Auto Care, we can quickly and professionally solve your problem and get you back on the road safely.
Cooling System Repair
Your car’s cooling system is designed to bring your vehicle up to operating temperature quickly while preventing it from running too hot. Your vehicle uses antifreeze to absorb heat from the engine and move it to the radiator where it can be cooled. Your water pump is tasked with creating the pressure to circulate the coolant through the hoses from the engine to the radiator. The thermostat is used to regulate the flow of the coolant from the engine to the radiator to maintain a proper operating temperature of around 190 degrees. If any of these components are not operating correctly, your car may run too cool causing poor performance and fuel economy while polluting the air around it. It may also cause the engine to run too hot and overheat causing possible severe engine damage. If you have concerns about the proper operation of your cooling system, have it inspected and serviced today at Zuccato's Auto Care.
Diesel Engine Service & Repair
Many trucks and cars today use engines that run on diesel fuel. While these engines are generally more fuel-efficient and reliable than their gas counterparts, they do require specialized maintenance to keep them running smoothly. Efficient operation of things like glow plugs, fuel pumps, fuel injectors, and turbochargers are necessary for proper operation. Regular maintenance to the engine oil and filter, fuel filter, and water separator are critical in keeping your diesel operating as smoothly as the day it was built. Zuccato's Auto Care has the tools, equipment, and expertise necessary to keep your diesel car or light truck running its best.
Zuccato's Auto Care proudly serves the Diesel Engine Repair needs of customers in Cupertino, Santa Clara, Palo Alto, Mountain View, Sunnyvale, CA
Engine Repair and Diagnostics
The check engine lamp can signal a variety of issues. The lights you should pay close attention to are check oil/oil level low, oil pressure low, and check engine. However, if any dash lights continue to stay on after you start the engine it is time for you to contact us for an engine diagnostics service. Typically when light switches stay on in the dash it is the first sign of engine problems. Zuccato's Auto Care can run a complete engine diagnostics test and take care of your engine repairs.
At Zuccato's Auto Care, we know how inconvenient a flat tire can be. Tires can lose air for many reasons including a punctured tire, a corroded rim, a leaky valve stem, or a cracked wheel. If you do experience a flat or low tire, come to a stop in a safe place as quickly as possible. If you are stranded on the roadside, turn on your flashers and raise your hood. Once you are safely situated, you can change to your spare or call for roadside assistance. Remember, driving for even a very short distance on a deflated tire will damage the tire beyond repair. Trust your friends at Zuccato's Auto Care to fix or replace a tire and get you back on the road quickly.
In order to keep your vehicle running smoothly, it is important to check your fluid levels regularly. It is important to check fluids such as coolant, engine oil, brake fluid, transmission fluid, power steering fluid, and windshield washer fluid. Your car is a big investment. Checking the fluid levels and condition regularly helps safeguard against breakdown, mechanical damage, and even possible accidents. Let Zuccato's Auto Care examine and change your fluid levels today.
Four Wheel Drive System
Many of today’s cars and light trucks employ the use of all-wheel drive or four-wheel drive. While each manufacturer may have a different system for providing power to all four wheels, they all use some sort of differential or transfer case to get the power from front to rear and left to right. Some common symptoms of four-wheel-drive failure include: illuminated dash indicators, failure to lock the front and rear together, shaking and vibration or ominous sounding noises when engaged. If you think you have a problem with your four-wheel or all-wheel-drive system, trust the experts at Zuccato's Auto Care to quickly and accurately diagnose and repair the problem.
Lifting your truck, sport utility vehicle, jeep, etc. a few inches can really help in certain situations like off-road trails and can add a unique and appealing look to your vehicle. Giving your truck a small lift can help improve performance and power. Lifting your vehicle will allow you more flexibility in what you do with your vehicle. Not only can you drive on the highway like every other vehicle, a lift kit can help your vehicle perform better when driving through mud, sand and water. A suspension lift kit can raise the clearance allowing for steeper ascent or descent off road. Lift kits also allow for larger tire fitments. Come see the lift kit experts at Zuccato's Auto Care today!
Your oil removes heat from the engine and lubricates its moving parts. Changing your vehicle’s oil routinely is one of the most important things you can do to promote long term vehicle performance. As you drive, the oil pump circulates oil into your oil filter and throughout your engine. The oil filter cleans dirt and deposits out of the oil, keeping your engine clean and protected. As time passes, the oil filter will begin to get clogged with this debris and will no longer be able to keep the oil clean for the engine. Most manufacturers recommend changing the oil between 3,000 and 5,000 miles (5,000 and 8,000 kilometers) to ensure long life and maximum performance. At Zuccato's Auto Care, we understand the importance of an oil change.
Many parts on your vehicle (including fluids, spark plugs, brake pads and rotors) have a limited service life and need to be serviced at pre-determined intervals. Regular preventive maintenance is likely the single most important thing you can do to keep your car running safely and efficiently. Routine services like oil changes, tire pressure checks, and scheduled inspections are a great way to keep your car running properly and catch problems before they become serious. Check your owner’s manual for detailed information on how often to inspect or replace things such as oil and filter, transmission fluid, brake fluid, coolant, power steering fluid, fuel, air and cabin filters, drive or timing belts, and more. At Zuccato's Auto Care, we have the tools and expertise to properly service your vehicle on a regular basis.
Steering and Suspension Repair
Your vehicle’s steering and suspension are designed to create maximum traction between your tires and the road. This provides steering stability, proper handling, and good comfort. These components are ground zero at connecting your vehicle to the harsh roads and are thus prone to wearing out or even breaking, possibly leaving you stranded. Steering and suspension systems are key safety components and should be inspected annually or if you are experiencing problems such as uneven tire wear, excessive noise vibration or bouncing, loss of contact with the road, or have symptoms of the vehicle not wanting to track straight down the road. If you need your suspension checked, let the qualified technicians at Zuccato's Auto Care quickly identify any problems you may have.
Today’s transmissions are both better and more complex than ever before. They are electronically shifted and computerized to produce better fuel economy, smoother shifting, and more reliability. They are so sophisticated that they have become fully integrated into the engine performance system. These advancements in technology have made properly diagnosing and servicing transmissions more important and complex than ever. While maintenance schedules for transmission fluids have been greatly extended, failure to follow them can be a very costly mistake. Many driving symptoms today are caused by problems that are not easy to identify. Proper analysis of the entire powertrain system is necessary to make sure the proper component is isolated and repaired. At Zuccato's Auto Care in Cupertino, Santa Clara, Palo Alto, Mountain View, Sunnyvale, CA, we have the OEM quality diagnostic tools, along with properly trained, experienced technicians, that are qualified to get the job done right. If you are having a problem with the way your car or light truck shifts or performs, let us get you back on the road quickly and affordably.
As recently as the early 1990’s, a car’s engine required consistent maintenance on a few basic components. Things like spark plugs, distributor points and condensers, valve adjustments, timing adjustments, and carburetor adjustments were needed on an annual basis. It was this qualified need that prompted the industry to coin the phrase “tune up”. Today a tune up refers to just about any combination of events that cause a car to run poorly. Items such as distributorless ignition, computerized engine controls, and fuel injection have completely changed the needs of the modern car. Things like advances in spark plug technology, and the improved efficiency of the combustion system, have increased the time between basic engine maintenance services drastically. What used to be annually has now increased to 60,000 or even 90,000 mile increments. While things like spark plugs, filters and fluids still need to be replaced at regular intervals to keep your car running problem free, most other components are now likely to last the life of the car. If your car is running poorly or has a warning indicator on the dash, trust the pros at Zuccato's Auto Care in Cupertino, Santa Clara, Palo Alto, Mountain View, Sunnyvale, CA to pinpoint the problem. We have the tools, equipment and trained experienced technicians to solve the problem quickly and efficiently.
It may not be evident to you that your car is developing a costly problem, until it is too late. Annual maintenance and visual inspections are your first line of defense in finding problems early. Regular vehicle inspections have the potential to save you hundreds, or even thousands, on costly repairs in the future. If you are concerned about the safety and road worthiness of your car or light truck, schedule a maintenance inspection today at Zuccato's Auto Care.
Windshield Wiper Blades
Your wiper blades are critical in helping to remove rain, snow, and debris from your windshield. Over time, the tiny rubber wiping edges will harden and crack, or rip and tear, causing them to perform poorly at the most crucial times. In cold winter climates, most wiper blades will need to be replaced at least yearly to maintain proper wiper operation. Stop by today for quality, budget-friendly wiper blade replacement at Zuccato's Auto Care.