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San Francisco Automotive Solutions Repairs Wiring Harness for Customer's Cadillac

Steve's 1999 Cadillac was regularly stalling out while he was driving around town. He knew enough about his car to know that was not a common problem with fuel-injected vehicles. Steve realized he needed an expert's opinion, so he brought his beloved Caddy in to San Francisco Automotive Solutions (formerly known as All American Automotive). "Haven't written a review in a long time, but the service I received from this place forced me to log in an let everyone know," Steve says in his online review. "They spent much more than the hour they quoted (and charged) me to figure out what was wrong. Thank God they did because what they found really scared me." It turns out that a wiring harness behind the engine of Steve's Cadillac had come loose. It was actually touching the ... read more

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San Francisco Automotive Solutions is a Hybrid Vehicle Specialist

Hybrid, plug-in hybrid and fully electric vehicles continue to get more and more popular, and it's not a trend that will change. In fact, vehicle manufactures continue to innovate ways to reduce emissions, increase gas mileage and implement more environmentally friendly ideas that consumers love—especially here in San Francisco. Hybrid and electric vehicles are driven by a large percentage of people in this progressive city. That's why San Francisco Automotive Solutions (formerly All American Automotive) takes pride in being a hybrid/electric vehicle specialist. Not all automotive shops can claim this level of expertise because these are far from your average cars. The computer systems are much more complicated, the battery set-ups are very complex and everything ab ... read more

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6 Summer Car Care Tips

Summertime is almost here. For many people, that means road trips and family vacations. In San Francisco, it also means a lot more tourists and traffic throughout town, which adds to the "stop and go" strain that's already amplified by our hilly city streets.  If you preparing for a long road trip (which may mean towing a trailer, carrying extra cargo and a full passenger load) or just want to make sure your car stays in good shape throughout the summer months, San Francisco Automotive Solutions has prepared these helpful summer car care tips: 1. Get Your Oil Changed This should be something you are doing every 3,000-5,000 miles anyway, but you definitely want to make sure your oil and oil filter are fresh before taking any long road trips. 2. Check Your Fluids There are a lot of ... read more

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San Francisco Automotive Solutions Helps Customer with High-Performance Vehicle Repairs

Eric quickly went from elation to disappointment after having some aftermarket performance upgrades made on his Audi A3. "Unfortunately, right after getting some extensive aftermarket work done at a different, highly priced race shop, I broke down," he says. "A tow from AAA brought me to San Francisco Automotive Solutions and I was impressed!" We work on high-performance cars all the time at San Francisco Automotive Solutions. Our state-of-the-art repair facility is equipped with the latest technology, and our expert technicians excel at dealing with these types of vehicles. Whether we're making the aftermarket performance modifications ourselves or we're repairing work done by others, we know what to look for and how to g ... read more

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How Technology is Changing Automotive Repair

Our auto shop on Harrison Street is surrounded by some of the world's leading technology companies. They continue to reshape the way the world works. Information is being communicated faster than ever, and things only continue to evolve as we head into the future. It truly is an exciting time. At San Francisco Automotive Solutions (formerly All American Automotive), we embrace the future. We utilize cutting-edge technology every day in our large, state-of-the-art automotive repair facility. From our diagnostics equipment to a large variety of powerful tools and machines to even our vehicle lifts themselves, we take advantage of the latest technology. It enables us to provide better automotive services to our valued customers.  Technology enables our technicians to identify probl ... read more

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Do You Know the Difference Between Your Car's Fluids?

Just as your body has blood and other vital fluids running through it to keep you alive, so does your car. Beyond the gasoline you put in, there are several different types of fluids that you'll find in any vehicle. It's important to know what each does and how to identify them in case of leaks. Some fluids and fluid levels are easy for you to check yourself. Others are a bit more tricky and may require the expertise of a professional like San Francisco Automotive Solutions. Here are some of the common fluids in your car: 1. Motor Oil Obviously, oil is the most important fluid in your vehicle. It keeps engine parts lubricated. It is easy to check the oil level and consistency with the dipstick. It is typically light brown in color. If you check the dipstick and the oil is very dark brown/black or unusually thick in texture, it is definitely time for an ... read more

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San Francisco Automotive Solutions Performs Diagnostic Review on Happy Customer's Hybrid Car

Nancy was concerned about her Toyota Prius. She was unsure if there was a problem or not, so she wanted to seek the help of a specialist. Nancy reached out to San Francisco Automotive Solutions (formerly All American Automotive). After she did some research, she found that we are a hybrid vehicle specialist. It takes unique knowledge and experience to deal with hybrid cars like her Prius, so she brought hers into our shop for a full diagnostic check-up. "Yes, there are honest, generous mechanics in San Francisco!" Nancy says in her online review. "My Prius stalled at the end of the Duboce offramp. After the tow to San Francisco Automotive Solutions, Patrick had his Toyota specialist do a thorough diagnostic of the car." At San Francisco Automotive Solutions, we have o ... read more

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Explaining the Importance of Vehicle Diagnostics

Typically, whenever a customer brings their car into San Francisco Automotive Solutions (formerly All American Automotive), multiple steps are taken to diagnose the problem(s) and determine what repairs need to be recommended.  There are physical inspections that will happen. Depending on the problem at hand, our technicians will thoroughly inspect the area of concern. We'll find out if parts are damaged, if fluid leaks are occurring or if components are getting worn out. However, a key part of the inspection process—especially when it comes to internal vehicle concerns such as the engine, transmission and electrical system—is running vehicle diagnostics. That is what we are going to focus on in this article. There are many reasons why your ... read more

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Is it Time to Replace Your Brake Pads?

When it comes to driver safety, few things are more important on your car than the brakes. Whether you need to come to a quick stop while driving fast on the freeway, or you are just dealing with normal stop-and-go traffic throughout the city, you always want to make sure your brakes are in good shape.  All brake pads and brake rotors will eventually wear out with enough use. They need to be replaced periodically. Likewise, it is important to get your brake fluid inspected from time to time. When to Replace Your Brake Pads or Rotors The frequency with which you need to replace brake pads and brake rotors may depend somewhat on how you drive. San Francisco naturally puts more strain on brakes because of its steep hills, many stoplights, heavy traffic and tight turns. If you drive down Lombard Street every day, you will be requiring brake service often! Otherwise, drivers have different tendencies ... read more

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San Francisco Automotive Solutions Helps Customer with Truck Battery Issues

David had over 120,000 miles on his Ford Explorer and was experiencing battery problems. He knew there was a corrosion issue on the terminals. When he asked a friend for advice, the friend suggested that he take his truck to Patrick Banta and San Francisco Automotive Solutions (formerly All American Automotive). "I got the truck towed in early one weekday morning. I drove home by the end of the day," David remarks. "Pat was incredibly friendly and thorough in his explanation of the problem." The team at San Francisco Automotive Solutions was able to resolve the battery corrosion issues. We tested and retested the battery to make sure it was working at full power. Then, we were able to get David back on the road in his Ford Explorer without further delays ... read more

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