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Electric Vehicles - Challenges Ahead

Electric Vehicles - Challenges Ahead   Since California Governor Newsome mandated that by 2035 all new cars and passenger trucks sold in California are to be zero-emission vehicles, we are facing a few challenges.    First of all, no vehicle is “zero emissions” – the emissions just happen to occur far away from California towns and cities – in somebody else’s backyard.    Electric vehicles, as the name implies, require electricity. Most of our electric energy is generated by burning fossil fuels. There is about 30% loss (energy value of the fuel vs generated electricity) during generation of electricity in a power plant. Then electricity has to be sent across vast distances from power plants to the end users – according to the Energy Information Administration, that’s additional 9% power loss for California. And most of the electricity comes from fossil fuels ... read more

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Shocks and Struts Repair and Replacement

Why a Shock and Strut Repair Is Important   Your shocks and struts are an invaluable component of your vehicle’s suspension. These parts not only ensure that you have a comfortable ride but are also integral in making sure that you have complete control of your car.   Shocks and struts replacement or repairs are not something that should be put off as a suspension failure can cause loss of vehicle control. What Are Shocks and Struts Shocks and struts are sometimes used interchangeably and while they perform similar tasks, they are their own independent components. Every car can have a combination of shocks and struts or some may just have shocks. It is fairly common have shocks in the front and struts in the rear axle.   Both of these parts will help your vehicle in the following ways:   ● Preventing excessive body and tire movement. ● Provide consistent braking and handling by ensuring the tires are in consta ... read more

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Brake Service and Repair

Brake Repair    It’s hard to overstate the importance of your car’s brakes. Responsible for allowing your car to come to a stop, they are the most important feature in your vehicle when it comes to safety. That’s why it’s important that you keep up with maintaining these systems and not hesitate to have a brake repair done if needed.    While brakes are much simpler than your engine, there are still many parts that contribute to your car's stopping power.   Most Common Brake Services and Repairs Due to how vital the brakes are to your safety, it is always recommended that you have your brakes repaired at your local repair shop. If you have noticed decreased braking power, a grinding noise when braking, or anything else out of the ordinary, do not delay bringing your car into the shop. As there can be many factors responsible for poor braking, here are a few examples of what types of brake repairs can be done at y ... read more

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