If you have nothing better on the schedule today, go ahead and daydream about what you’d do with a brand-spankin’ new Tesla Cybertruck. You can’t buy one just yet, but they’ll let you reserve one for a mere $100. Yay!
The Tesla Cybertruck is projected to be ready for ordering for late 2021 or 2022, depending on the model. That is only for configuring the Cybertruck for your order, it is not taking delivery. And as things always go, that date is likely to move farther away, not sooner. But hey, it is only $100 to put an imaginary one on hold today. Fun. And it is fully refundable.
The Tesla Cybertruck goes 60mph in 6.5 seconds, which is about the speed of a Chevy Silverado. You weren’t looking for a sportscar speed anyway, right? It’s a pickup truck. Sort of.
This is an electric car, so there is a range of how far this vehicle can go on a charge. For this Cybertruck it is 250+ miles on the single motor model. That should be plenty for hauling things around the city. If you plan on going on a tour, you’ll need to make sure there are some Tesla charging options along the way.
There have been many very amazing and mind-bending claims made by Elon Musk and Tesla about how much this little vehicle can tow. That number is 7,500 pounds for the single motor RWD model. That is comparable to the 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500, but about half of what the Silverado 3500 HD can tow, to give you some perspective. However, order the Tri-Motor AWD and now you’re talking 2.5 seconds on the 0-60mph and over 14,000 pounds towing capacity.
But it’s fun to dream the big dream and be on board with the creation of a brand-new vehicle, right? Just a side note: There is a driverless option for only $7,000. Oh, yeah! So, curl up on the couch, shut your eyes and your Cybertruck will be here in only about 2 years.
The most popular vehicles owned in the Silicon Valley are Honda and Toyota models like the Civic, Camry and Corolla. But there is an unusual choice that is up near the top of the popularity chart and that vehicle is the Ford Pickup. Specifically, it is the Ford F-Series Pickup truck. No matter how popular this Ford choice is, it does have its issues. Here are some of the more common problems this vehicle has.
Typical Ford F-Series Truck Problems
Some people prefer the hauling conveniences afforded by driving a pickup truck. But when you don’t need anything big to haul stuff around the San Francisco bay area, you’ll pass on the popular Dodge Ram and Chevy Colorado options. It is the Ford F-Series that the city folk want.
The Ford Pickup truck is always the most popular smaller truck choice, no matter where you live. It has a reputation for being well-made, comfortable and affordable to buy and drive. But it does have its issues.
MyFord Touch feature working improperly
This problem is so common and so problematic that there is a class action lawsuit over it.
Frozen Door Latch
This door latch has been recalled.
It is impossible to shift when this gearshift problem happens. 15,000 trucks have been recalled because of it.
A malfunction of the Electronic Throttle Body causes a “limp mode” problem. Even if the problem goes away, it is not recommended to drive the vehicle after even 1 incident. This truck will suddenly lose momentum.
Where to Get Help
If your F-Series Ford truck has any of these issues and is still under warranty or if it’s a recall, then go to the nearest Ford Dealer to have it repaired. If you’re no longer under warranty, or you want to check out the truck before you buy it, we’re able to assess the situation. Just give us a call for an appointment.
Our mechanics in our Sunnyvale location of A1 Performance Auto Repair are asked a lot if rotating the tires is something that really has to be done or is it just a way to get more people back to the mechanic for another maintenance charge. At A1 Performance we advise you to come in when its necessary and rotating tires is necessary. Here is why.
The Skinny of Rotating Tires
For most cars, tire rotation should be done every 5,000 to 10,000 miles. Your car’s manual will let you know exactly when to rotate them. People usually rotate the tires when they come in for another maintenance service, such as an oil change or other scheduled maintenance. But why do they need to be rotated?
A new set of tires is perfect and you’d think they’d just sort of wear down in tandem, so what’s the deal here? Well, just like your shoes, things cause uneven wear. If you look at the bottom of your shoe there’s probably more wear along one side of the heal than the rest of the sole. Your tires suffer a similar fate.
Many factors affect the condition of your tires and how they wear. Front wheel drive cars are hard on the front tires, but rear wheel drive wears pretty much evenly. Unfortunately, if a tire is out of balance it’ll shimmy when you drive and quickly wear down your tread on that tire. Alignment problems also create odd wear patterns on your tires, wearing them out much faster than a well-aligned car.
There are a lot of problems cars have that cause uneven wear on your tires. Rotating tires allows an evening out of the damage, giving your tires a much longer and useful life. Of course, you should always stay on top of any tire balance or wheel alignment problems. Always make sure everything is running right. We’re here to help at A1 Performance Auto Repair in Sunnyvale.
The Subaru brand has some peculiarities, some of these facts you might already know, but some you won’t. So, let’s start at the beginning.
Strange Subaru Logo
You might have heard about this one before. Subaru is what the Japanese call the Pleiades star cluster. In Greek mythology the 7 brightest stars are called The Seven Sisters and those are the stars you see in the Subaru logo. But wait! There are only 6 stars in the logo, so what’s up with that? Well, one of the sisters is invisible, duh!
And the 6 stars in the logo represent what? Well, the 5 companies that merged to make Subaru! Of course! It’s Ok to give up now, we all have…
Back in 2011, Subaru teamed up with Gainax to create an anime series Hōkago no Pleiades. The original 4-part web series turned into a TV show in 2015. There were lots of magical girls, witches, a green blob from the Pleiades and stuff happened. The lead character was named Subaru.
Few cars are known for being spectacularly unsuccessful, but the Bricklin SV-1 was one of them. Bricklin, the person, was who launched Subaru of America and took it public, the only publicly traded car company. This made him hugely wealthy, so what did he do?
Malcom Bricklin created a sportscar that was safe and economical – the Bricklin SV-1. However, hunkered down in all that safety equipment made it UNeconomical, not sporty and less than reliable. Oh well.
The Subaru Brat was an odd 1970s pickup truck that maybe belonged in that anime they made. In order to avoid a “chicken tax” tariff, they had to make this little pickup truck not a pickup truck. So, they bolted two plastic chairs in the bed of the pickup truck, which was more of a whiplash maker as the backward chairs put the passengers’ heads above the roof of the truck to sort of flop around up there.
There are two types of car buyers. There’s the buyer who loves to go to the dealer to haggle the price on a used car. Then there’s the person who hates going to the dealer so much that they’ll drive that old jalopy for years past its expiration date. For the latter, these tips make the car buying experience just a little easier.
Tricks Dealers Use on Car Buyers
Save yourself some grief by doing your best to follow these tips before stepping foot on the used car lot.
If you’re interested in purchasing a particular make and model of car, then look up the fair price for it on Kelley Blue Book (KBB.com) or Edmunds.com. Don’t go crazy thinking you should pay low wholesale when you’re a retail customer. The dealership needs to make a profit to stay in business, so be fair.
The Monthly Payment
Avoid talking in terms of your monthly payment. Already know what you can afford monthly before you go. Your monthly payment is not a negotiation point. You want a fair price. You can talk to the finance company about monthly payments. The salesman wants to sell you a car for more than it’s worth by talking only about a low monthly payment. Stay on the price topic.
Avoid the dealer’s financing choices. Your credit union or bank will likely have a fair auto loan rate for you. So, get pre-approved before you go to the dealer. Some dealers will pad your loan with a couple of points of interest for themselves when they are loan shopping for you.
The Pay Off
If the salesperson promises to pay off your car no matter how much you owe, then they plan to add all that excess money to your new loan. So, in the end you’ll be far overpaying for this newer car you’re getting. It’s better to take the loss on your current car. Just pay it off and negotiate a fair deal on this newer car.
Get it Checked Out
We’re happy to check out the condition of the car you’re thinking of purchasing. Give us a call and ask about our rates to take a look at your potentially new car. Good luck in your search for the perfect car for you.
Flushing your car’s radiator is a fairly simple procedure, so you might be tempted to do it yourself to save money. But is that such a good idea?
Flushing Your Car’s Radiator
Your car’s radiator should be flushed periodically. Your car’s manual will tell you how often this needs to be done. It’s usually around every 5 years or every 100,000 miles.
Your radiator will stay in great condition if you flush it periodically. Letting it go for a many years without a flush will mean the coolant can no longer prevent corrosion in your radiator. This will lead to rust and it will spring some leaks causing it to overheat. If you plan to keep the car for many years, this is one more maintenance that you’ll need to have done.
Do It Yourself
Flushing your radiator will involve several simple steps.
- Buy a flushing agent.
- Buy 3 gallons of distilled water.
- Buy enough new coolant to fill your radiator.
- Make sure your radiator is completely cooled.
- Raise the front end of the car with a jack and jack stands.
- Put a large drain pan under the radiator’s drain plug.
- Remove radiator cap.
- Then unscrew the radiator plug.
- Let the fluid completely drain into the drain pan.
- Package the fluid so you can return it to a mechanic to recycle it. (It’s poisonous to pets, children and wildlife.)
- Once it is drained, screw the radiator plug back in.
- Fill the radiator with distilled water and flushing agent.
- Put the radiator cap back on.
- Start the car engine.
- Follow the instructions on the flushing agent container. It will tell you how long to let the engine run.
- Keep an eye on the car’s temperature gauge to make sure It doesn’t overheat.
- Turn the engine off.
- Drain the radiator again.
- Refill the radiator with new antifreeze. Check the antifreeze bottle to see if it needs to be diluted. Follow the instructions on the bottle.
- Start the engine again.
- Let it run until it reaches normal operating temperature.
- Turn off the engine.
- Now that the air pockets in the radiator are full add more antifreeze up to the fill line and recap.
- Now you’re done.
This is something that can be done in an afternoon yourself. However, by the time you buy all the supplies and take the fluids in to a mechanic to recycle it, you’ll likely have spent a lot of money. A mechanic could have done it a lot faster, plus checked belts, hoses and the radiator for leaks for the same that you paid or close to it.