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Automotive Maintenance, Repair & Services for Ukiah, CA


West Coast Muffler and Auto Repair works on all cars, trucks, & SUV's including:

  • Diesel
  • Off Road Vehicles
  • Four-Wheel Drive
  • Front-Wheel Drive
  • RV's
  • Trailer Hitches and Wiring


West Coast Muffler & Auto Repair | Auto Repair & Service in Ukiah, CA

Preventive Maintenance

The best way to minimize more serious breakdowns and the higher costs associated with automotive repair is by doing routine maintenance.

Preventive vehicle maintenance is simply what the manufacturer of your vehicle suggests getting done to keep your vehicle going. Whether you have a car or truck we provide the maintenance services to keep it running well.



West Coast Muffler & Auto Repair | Auto Repair & Service in Ukiah, CA

Oil Change & Lube Service

As our mission is to provide Ukiah, CA and the surrounding areas with a place that takes care of all their vehicle needs, we provide oil changes for all cars and trucks. We additionally offer a complimentary vehicle inspection with your oil change as we care about your safety.





West Coast Muffler & Auto Repair | Auto Repair & Service in Ukiah, CA

Snap On Versus PRO Diagnostic & Information System

We have a new Snap On Versus PRO, top of the line diagnostic computer to further serve our customers, foreign and domestic.








West Coast Muffler & Auto Repair | Auto Repair & Service in Ukiah, CA

Brake Repair & Service

Brakes wear out over time requiring service. How long your brakes last is based on various things such as driving conditions, how you brake and other factors. For this reason, it is necessary to service your brakes regularly. We are familiar with the driving conditions here in Ukiah and know that your brakes need care. So we provide a complimentary inspection with every service to make sure that any problem is taken up before it becomes a major concern.


West Coast Muffler & Auto Repair | Auto Repair & Service in Ukiah, CA

Transmission Service & Repair

The transmission may well be one of the most complicated and important components of your car or truck. That's why it's important to trust its maintenance and repair to a full-service shop. There are a number of problems that can be resolved simply while others may require a complete transmission overhaul. Our skilled mechanics have the training and expertise to properly diagnose your transmission problem and get you back on the road.


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Emergency Repairs

We are here for any kind of trouble with your car or truck. We know your vehicle breaking down can be frustrating and even worse it can leave you stranded. So we provide the best service we can to make you feel at ease during such a time. If you ever need emergency vehicle service, call us. We provide towing in addition to repairing your vehicle so you can relax and let us take care of it.




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Custom Exhaust and Mufflers

At West Coast Muffler & Auto Repair, exhaust system work is one of our specialties. We provide all the basic repair and maintenance services for your exhaust system but we can also do custom work on your 4x4 or high performance vehicle.



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West Coast Muffler & Auto Repair Maintenance for High Mileage Vehicles
May 6th, 2016

Reports say that the median age for cars on the road is over nine years and that two-thirds have over 75,000 miles or 120,000 kilometers. In recent years those numbers have continued to rise here in Ukiah and across Ca.

Many Ukiah residents are keeping their vehicles longer. The Ca economy has influenced that, but the fact that modern cars and trucks are more durable and reliable means that owning a high mileage vehicle doesn't have to be a painful experience for Ukiah .

Ukiah drivers with over 100,000 miles or 160,000 kilometers on their vehicles often ask us at West Coast Muffler & Auto Repair about what service intervals they should follow. Let's start with the special needs of the older vehicle.

The reality is that time and mileage will take its toll. The engine and transmission will have more sludge. The fuel, steering and brake systems will have gum and varnish built up. There'll be more dirt and contaminants in the fuel tank. Corrosion and deposits in the cooling system. And seals and gaskets will start to dry out.

All of this, plus normal wear and tear, means that the engine might not be as strong as new so it just has to work harder to get the job done.

So Ukiah residents with higher mileage vehicles need to compensate. Consider high-mileage oil formulations for oil changes, transmission service, etc. These special formulations contain additives that condition the seals and gaskets to prevent leaks. They also have more detergents to clean sludge and other deposits. They cost a bit more, but they're worth it. Talk to your friendly and knowledgeable West Coast Muffler & Auto Repair service advisor.

In general, if a service was recommended every, let's say, 15,000 miles or 25,000 kilometers when the car was new, you should continue to get the service done every 15,000 miles or 25,000 kilometers.

Talk with your Ukiah about the condition of your engine. See if he thinks you should adjust your service intervals for oil changes or other maintenance to account for the older engine working harder.

If anything, following recommended intervals is more important in a higher mileage vehicle. Skipping oil changes or other services can lead to s much more quickly than with a newer vehicle.

So, have your West Coast Muffler & Auto Repair help you with an assessment of your older car or truck. If you haven't gotten around to a fuel system cleaning, or replacing power steering or brake fluid, a differential service or transmission service – it's time to start taking care of those things. It'll help keep you on the road in Ukiah for many more happy kilometers.

Give us a call.

West Coast Muffler & Auto Repair
850 S State St
Ukiah, Ca 95482
707-462-6920


West Coast Muffler & Auto Repair | Auto Repair & Service in Ukiah, CA

Simple Answers from West Coast Muffler & Auto Repair for Ukiah: Battery Replacement
Apr 20th, 2016

Question:

When do I need to replace my battery?

West Coast Muffler & Auto Repair Answer:

That's a good question for Ukiah drivers. All batteries wear out and need to be replaced – but some are replaced before their time.

Look, if your battery is dying and you need a jump-start, it could very well be that you have a bad battery. But Ukiah drivers should have West Coast Muffler & Auto Repair test the battery first to see if it's actually bad. The problem could be parasitic drain or a bad alternator that's not properly charging your battery.

And Ukiah drivers in this situation also need to have their service advisor their alternator and have it tested. A surprisingly high percentage of “bad” alternators brought into West Coast Muffler & Auto Repair in Ukiah are actually just fine: the problem is a worn serpentine belt and/or belt tensioner. If the belt is slipping, it's not spinning the alternator properly so it can't fully charge the battery.

Hopefully, Ukiah drivers can see that a dead battery can be the result of a chain of events: a worn serpentine belt, a worn belt tensioner, a bad alternator or a bad battery. If you don't check the belt, tensioner and alternator you can just end up replacing batteries that are still good. Talk to your friendly and knowledgeable pros at West Coast Muffler & Auto Repair.

That brings us back full circle to when batteries do fail. There's a chemical cycle that takes place inside your battery: the battery is discharged when you start the vehicle and is recharged by the alternator when you drive. Short trips around the San Francisco area with frequent stops and starts may mean that your battery is never fully recharged. When a battery isn't fully charged parts of the battery harden and are no longer available to “store” electricity. Over time, your battery just can't hold enough charge for the needs of your vehicle. This is to your alternator as it tries to keep up, causing it to wear out prematurely.

Batteries last longer in colder climates and wear out faster in warmer Ca climates. We want to remind Ukiah drivers that, on average, 70% of batteries fail within four years. Many Ca automotive experts recommend replacing your battery every five years. This will the chances of being stranded on a local with a dead battery as well as prevent undue wear on your alternator.

West Coast Muffler & Auto Repair
850 S State St
Ukiah, Ca 95482
707-462-6920


West Coast Muffler & Auto Repair | Auto Repair & Service in Ukiah, CA

Headlight Restoration
Mar 24th, 2016

Question:

My headlight lenses are all cloudy. I checked with my Ukiah vehicle dealership about replacing them and it is very expensive. What else can I do?

West Coast Muffler & Auto Repair Answer:

You are right - replacing a headlight assembly can cost hundreds of dollars. Luckily there is something Ukiah citizens can do about cloudy headlamps.

First let's talk about why the headlamps are so cloudy. Back in the day, Ukiah vehicles' headlights were glass. These were heavy, could crack, and had practical limits as to their shape so started using plastic headlight lenses. Ca Road grime and UV light take a toll on the plastic surface. Over time the lenses get cloudy and discolored. Just look at the vehicles in any Ukiah parking lot and you'll see a lot of that.

Because a disproportionate amount of traffic accidents happen at night, smart Ukiah citizens make sure they have maximum visibility. Cloudy lenses reduce the amount of light that gets out on the road, which in turn can really hurt the time you have to respond to hazards in the road.

Fortunately, your Ukiah service center (or West Coast Muffler & Auto Repair) can restore your lenses. Using a combination of special cleaners and polishes, the cloudy and discolored layer is removed. This service costs a fraction of replacing the headlight assembly.

How it is will depend on the size of the lens and how badly it is clouded. The can be used on brake lights, turn signals, and tail lights as well. If it's been over a year since you replaced your headlamp bulbs, they may have started to dim. You can ask your friendly and knowledgeable West Coast Muffler & Auto Repair service advisor about options to replace or even upgrade your headlamp bulbs.

Give us a call.

West Coast Muffler & Auto Repair
850 S State St
Ukiah, Ca 95482
707-462-6920


West Coast Muffler & Auto Repair | Auto Repair & Service in Ukiah, CA

Timing Chain
Mar 10th, 2016

As your engine runs, the intake valves need to open up to allow air into the engine. They remain closed while the air and fuel is compressed and ignited, powering the piston. Then the exhaust valves open to release the exhaust. This all has to be timed very precisely. It is the job of the timing belt or timing chain to make sure all of this is synced up properly.

Timing belts are made of a very tough compound that can last for tens of thousands of miles. Timing chains are made of metal and last for a very long time as well. If your vehicle has a timing belt, your vehicle's owner's manual has a schedule for replacing the belt. If your vehicle has a timing chain, there may not be a specified schedule for replacing it, but that doesn't mean that the timing chain system is indestructible and never needs attention.

For example, the chain runs on sprockets on the crankshaft and the camshafts. A broken tooth on a sprocket can cause the chain to slip a little. When timing is off a little your engine will not run as smoothly. When timing is off enough your engine won't run at all and could even be severely damaged. There is also a tensioner that keeps appropriate pressure on the timing chain. This keeps the chain tight while allowing it to absorb pulsations from the engine. The tensioner can wear out. There are also guide rails that keep the chain on the proper path that can become worn.

The bottom line is that at some time, one or more of the timing chain system components will become worn to the point that they are no longer performing within specification. Your West Coast Muffler & Auto Repair service advisor can help you with recommendations for when timing chain components should be replaced on your vehicle and for signs of timing chain system wear.

Since timing chains (and dozens of other parts) are lubricated by engine oil, smart Ukiah residents stay on top of regular oil changes to prolong their life. Always a high quality oil filter and oil of the recommended type and grade.

Give us a call:

West Coast Muffler & Auto Repair
850 S State St
Ukiah, Ca 95482
707-462-6920


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5 Reasons To Keep Your Car Well-Maintained
Feb 14th, 2016

Thanks for visiting the West Coast Muffler & Auto Repair auto care blog. Today's post lists 5 important reasons Ukiah drivers should follow recommended maintenance schedules.

1. Be Safe

A well-maintained car doesn't put you and your passengers at unnecessary risk. Think brakes, headlamps, tires.

2. Get Better Fuel Economy

Regular maintenance is an investment in optimum . Inadequate tire pressure, a dirty fuel system, and a clogged air filter are just a few things that reduce gas mileage.

3. Preserve Resale Value

How many Ukiah used car buyers will pay full blue book for a car with a filthy engine, clogged filters and bald tires?

4. Don't Void Your Warranty

Your warranty claims may be denied if your service history doesn't fulfill the minimum requirements recommended by the .

5. Save Money

Regular maintenance prevents catastrophic, repairs.

Here are some West Coast Muffler & Auto Repair tips to help you remember the main items:

First: Fluids. Oil, transmission fluid, coolant, power steering fluid, brake fluid, differential fluid, etc. We can take care of all of these for you at West Coast Muffler & Auto Repair in Ukiah.

Then think Tires. Air, rotation, balancing, and alignment. And while you're thinking tires, think brakes and shock absorbers.

Air and Fuel. Air filter replacement, fuel filters and West Coast Muffler & Auto Repair fuel system cleaning.

This doesn't cover everything, but West Coast Muffler & Auto Repair will help you with the rest.

Give us a call:

West Coast Muffler & Auto Repair
850 S State St
Ukiah, Ca 95482
707-462-6920


West Coast Muffler & Auto Repair | Auto Repair & Service in Ukiah, CA

Timing Chain
Mar 10th, 2016

As your engine runs, the intake valves need to open up to allow air into the engine. They remain closed while the air and fuel is compressed and ignited, powering the piston. Then the exhaust valves open to release the exhaust. This all has to be timed very precisely. It is the job of the timing belt or timing chain to make sure all of this is synced up properly.

Timing belts are made of a very tough compound that can last for tens of thousands of miles. Timing chains are made of metal and last for a very long time as well. If your vehicle has a timing belt, your vehicle's owner's manual has a schedule for replacing the belt. If your vehicle has a timing chain, there may not be a specified schedule for replacing it, but that doesn't mean that the timing chain system is indestructible and never needs attention.

For example, the chain runs on sprockets on the crankshaft and the camshafts. A broken tooth on a sprocket can cause the chain to slip a little. When timing is off a little your engine will not run as smoothly. When timing is off enough your engine won't run at all and could even be severely damaged. There is also a tensioner that keeps appropriate pressure on the timing chain. This keeps the chain tight while allowing it to absorb pulsations from the engine. The tensioner can wear out. There are also guide rails that keep the chain on the proper path that can become worn.

Since timing chains (and dozens of other parts) are lubricated by engine oil, smart Ukiah residents stay on top of regular oil changes to prolong their life. Always a high quality oil filter and oil of the recommended type and grade.

If you have any cooling system repairs, like a water pump replacement, hose replacement or radiator repair, it is also a good idea to have your hoses replaced at the same time along with the radiator pressure cap. It is very important that the coolant be serviced when you replace a radiator or water pump so that there are plenty of anti-corrosion additives in the coolant to coat and protect the new parts that have been installed. Simply reusing the old coolant can lead to rapid corrosion of the newly installed parts.

Give us a call.

West Coast Muffler & Auto Repair
850 S State St
Ukiah, Ca 95482
707-462-6920

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Radiator Hoses
Feb 9th, 2016

Your radiator hoses carry coolant between your engine and radiator. It’s an important job. If a hose fails, you could lose your engine coolant which might lead to overheating and very expensive engine damage so you want to make sure you always have good hoses.

Radiator hoses are very resilient, but they are subject to very harsh conditions. Think about it, the temperature might be below freezing when you start your engine and the coolant could be up over 100 degrees Fahrenheit within a mile. These extreme internal temperature fluctuations contribute to hose degradation from the inside. Oil splashing on the outside of a hose will cause the hose material to soften over time.

Ozone can also eat away at the hose. The bottom line is that hoses don’t last forever and will need to be replaced.

If you see steam coming from under your hood, you probably have a cooling system leak somewhere. Other signs are puddles of coolant under the vehicle, bulges in the radiator hose, cracks or a spongy feel. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, have your cooling system inspected.

If you have any cooling system repairs, like a water pump replacement, hose replacement or radiator repair, it is also a good idea to have your hoses replaced at the same time along with the radiator pressure cap. It is very important that the coolant be serviced when you replace a radiator or water pump so that there are plenty of anti-corrosion additives in the coolant to coat and protect the new parts that have been installed. Simply reusing the old coolant can lead to rapid corrosion of the newly installed parts.

The most common reason for engine failure is a failed cooling system. Ask your service advisor at West Coast Muffler & Auto Repair if it’s time for a cooling system inspection or service. You can eliminate potentially disastrous damage with proper cooling system maintenance.

West Coast Muffler & Auto Repair
850 S State St
Ukiah, Ca 95482
707-462-6920

At West Coast Muffler & Auto Repair we install quality NAPA replacement parts.


West Coast Muffler & Auto Repair | Auto Repair & Service in Ukiah, CA

Gasoline Direct Injection
Feb 2nd, 2016

Question:

My new car has a “GDI” engine. What does that mean to me and other Ukiah vehicles with this new type of engine?

West Coast Muffler & Auto Repair Answer:

GDI stands for Gasoline Direct Injection. It's a type of fuel injection system that is becoming very popular on modern engines.

Let's talk about the two most common forms of fuel injection. Port Fuel Injection has been common in Ukiah vehicles for the last several decades. With this type, there is a small port just outside the cylinder on the engine.

  • The fuel injector squirts a bit of gas into this area just before the intake valve opens
  • When the valve opens, air enters the port and mixes with the gas and then flows passed the valve and into the engine
  • The gas and air mixture is compressed by the piston
  • The spark plug fires, igniting the gas which pushes against the piston thus powering the engine

With Gasoline Direct Injection the process is a bit different.

  • First, there is no port outside the cylinder
  • When the intake valve opens, air is drawn into the cylinder
  • The air is compressed by the piston
  • At the correct time, the engine management computer signals the fuel injector to spray gasoline directly into the cylinder (hence, Gas Direct Injection)
  • The pressurized gas and air are ignited by the spark plug, powering the engine

So why did move to GDI? Well, by injecting the gas directly into the engine, the management computer is able to time the injection event more precisely. Also the gas sprayed directly into the engine cools the compressed air enough to allow for better combustion. This adds up to more power and better for a given engine size.

Now these two types of fuel delivery systems call for different kinds of fuel injectors. Port fuel injectors squirt their fuel at 40 to 65 pounds per square inch – that's like the pressure in a bicycle tire.

GDI injectors operate at over 2,000 pounds per square inch. Of course it's always important to keep your fuel injectors clean – but it's even more for GDI injectors. When they become contaminated, the performance and .

Speaking of fuel system cleaning, different cleaners and cleaning processes are required for GDI engines. Intake valves get a fair amount of carbon build-up over time. With port injection, some gasoline flows over the valve when it opens to let in the gas and air. This has a cleaning effect – which doesn't occur with GDI. So pouring a bottle of fuel system cleaner in your gas tank will not reach the backside of those intake valves. A professional fuel system cleaning process at West Coast Muffler & Auto Repair in Ukiah will take care of that concern for Ukiah .

So, GDI will continue to be more prevalent in Ca on everything from compact cars to pick-up trucks. Ask your West Coast Muffler & Auto Repair service advisor if your vehicle could benefit from a fuel system cleaning.

Give us a call:

West Coast Muffler & Auto Repair
850 S State St
Ukiah, Ca 95482
707-462-6920