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Car Care: Auto Maintenance Services

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At Protrans Automotive & Transmission Specialists, we recognize that the most effective way to maintain your car or truck is to adhere to the service intervals recommended by your vehicle's manufacturer. Catering to all brands, models, imports, and fuel systems in Riverside, we possess the tools and expertise required to ensure that your vehicle operates precisely as its manufacturer intended.

For inquiries, please reach out to us at 951-367-7400, or you can send us an email, and our proficient experts will be delighted to address your queries and assess the necessary actions.




Our basic auto maintenance services include:

30/60/90K Mileage Maintenance
Consistent maintenance helps keep your vehicle operating at peak condition while also prolonging its life. Most automakers recommend car maintenance at 30,000-mile intervals, adhering to the 30/60/90K mile schedule provided to car owners. Our team of experts can keep you on track, preserving your vehicle's condition, optimizing its performance, and enhancing its resale value. The 30/60/90K service covers:

  • Fluid replacements
  • Oil and Filter changes
  • Tire rotation, spin balance, and pressure adjustments
  • Inspection of parts and systems - gears, tires, brake pads, belts, hoses, etc.
  • With higher mileage: spark plugs, belts, timing belts when applicable

Belts
A fan belt, also known as a drive belt, is a belt connecting your car's engine to the front mounted accessories. The fan belt rotates the water pump and engine fan, which maintains a cool environment for the engine and its components. Sooner or later, your vehicle's fan belts will dry out and crack. When you are ready for a replacement you can count on Protrans Automotive & Transmission Specialists for all your vehicle's repair needs.

You not only have to get the belts replaced with quality ones but you should have the work done by experts. To have the belts replaced by auto cooling and heating experts - and get your car driving right - visit Protrans Automotive & Transmission Specialists today. The mechanics at Protrans Automotive & Transmission Specialists will thoroughly inspect your car's belts; replace all worn belts; and adjust the installed belts.

Check Engine Light
No one likes to see their car's "Check Engine" light come on. The light could mean a costly problem, like a bad catalytic converter, or it could be something minor, like a loose gas cap. At Protrans Automotive & Transmission Specialists, we can pull the code and diagnose the problem for you. Give us a call at 951-367-7400 or stop by the shop for our expert assistance.

Factory Recommended Service/Maintenance
Automotive and auto parts are accompanied by a factory-recommended service and maintenance schedule. The manufacturer specifies how often to service or replace an auto part. Keep in mind, we work on all American and imported vehicles (either diesel or gas engines). Our highly skilled auto mechanics possess the extensive knowledge and experience necessary to provide this service.

Headlight and Bulb Replacement
To maintain optimal visibility and ensure your safety, it is essential to keep your vehicle's headlight bulbs in good working order. Although replacing faulty headlight bulbs is a straightforward and rapid process, it is highly recommended that you trust this task to experienced auto mechanics. This way, you will have high-quality bulbs installed by experts, ensuring your safety. Remember that this is a vital aspect of your car's maintenance.

Hoses
Hoses play a critical role in transferring coolant and antifreeze throughout the engine's cooling system, including the radiator. Sooner or later, your vehicle's hoses will become dry and develop cracks. Not only should you replace the hoses with top-quality replacements, but you should also entrust this work to experts. Our mechanics will perform a comprehensive inspection of your car's hoses, replace any worn hoses, and fine-tune the newly installed ones.

Oil, Lube, and Filter
To maintain smooth operation, your vehicle heavily relies on oil, lube, and oil filters. Oil serves to lubricate, cool, and cleanse the internal engine components. Over time, motor oil becomes contaminated. Your vehicle requires an oil, lube, and filter change on a regular basis, which will vary based on a number of factors. When the time comes for a lube, oil, or filter change, entrust your vehicle to Protrans Automotive & Transmission Specialists in Riverside, CA.

Wiper Blade Replacement
Visibility plays a pivotal role in safe driving. Properly functioning wipers enhance your safety on the road. If your car's wipers are not performing optimally, leaving streaks or lines, it is imperative to replace them immediately. To have high-quality wiper blades installed on your vehicle, call us at 951-367-7400 today. We will equip your car with effective and top-quality wiper blades.



Motor Oil FAQs



What are the steps for performing an oil change?
  1. Remove the plug and drain the old engine oil.
  2. Remove the old oil filter.
  3. Replace it with a new oil filter.
  4. Replace the plug and fill with new oil.
  5. Check to ensure that oil levels are correct.
What are the 4 types of engine motor oil?
There are four basic classes of engine oil used in car maintenance today. Your owner's manual will explain which type of motor oil your vehicle needs. It is important to always use the correct type of motor oil. The four types of motor oil are:

  • Conventional petroleum-based motor oil - This is the most common type of motor oil used in vehicles.
  • Synthetic motor oil - a lubricant made up of artificial chemical compounds derived by breaking down and rebuilding petroleum molecules.
  • Synthetic blend motor oil - a combination of common petroleum motor oil and synthetic motor oil.
  • High mileage oil - This type of motor oil is most commonly used in commercial vehicles and contains additives and seal enhancers that reduce leaks.

Oil Filter FAQs



How often should oil filters be changed?
Consult your owner's manual to determine the maintenance interval for your vehicle's oil filter. Some manufacturers recommend that the oil filter be replaced every time you get your oil changed while others recommend every other time.

What are the three types of oil filters?
  • Cellulose media filter - This is the most common type of disposable oil filter found in cars today.
  • Synthetic media filter - Made from high quality synthetic fibers, also catch and remove the smallest particulates and withstand complex chemical reactions better.
  • Micro glass media filters - High-end oil filters that include an extremely fine metal media or micro glass material.

Leaking Fluid FAQs



What should I do if my car creates a small oil leak on my driveway?
If the spill is still wet, cover the stain with clay cat litter, sand, cornmeal, cornstarch or baking soda. This will help absorb the oil before it soaks into the cement. Once the spill has dried, sweep up the absorbent material. Then, wash away the remaining stain with water and soap. A small oil leak on your driveway is an indication that something is wrong with your car. Bring your car to Protrans Automotive & Transmission Specialists to get the problem diagnosed. Do not ignore an oil leak as it can seriously affect your car's engine.

Why is water leaking on my foot on the driver's side?
The most common cause is a blocked air conditioning drain hose. This is a simple repair at Protrans Automotive & Transmission Specialists. There are other possible causes of water dripping on your foot on the driver's side of the car including a broken door seal or leaking heat exchanger.

Why is my car leaking a sweet-smelling fluid?
If there is a sweet-smelling fluid leaking from your car, the most likely culprit is leaking coolant or antifreeze. A coolant leak can become a serious problem. If your vehicle gets too low on coolant or antifreeze, it will overheat and may cause engine damage.

Windshield Wipers FAQs



How much does it cost to replace windshield wipers?
The average cost for a windshield wiper blade replacement is between $40 and $80 including parts and labor. Come by Protrans Automotive & Transmission Specialists in Riverside and we can replace your windshield wipers quickly and affordably.

Why are my windshield wipers not working?
If your windshield wiper won't turn on the most common reason is a blown fuse. Come by Protrans Automotive & Transmission Specialists and we can replace the fuse quickly and affordably. Other reasons windshield wipers may fail are electrical faults in the control arm, or wiper motor. If your windshield wipers are failing to wipe away water the most likely cause is torn or worn-out wiper blades. Wiper blades are made of rubber and need to be replaced frequently.

Can I replace both windshield wiper blades or just one?
If one windshield wiper blade is worn out and failing the other is like to fail soon too. Windshield wiper blades are usually sold as a pair. It is usually more cost effective to replace both at the same time. If you have front and rear wiper blades on your vehicle, replace them at the same time as well.

FAQs About Automobile Squeaks, Squeals and Rattles



Why are my wheels making a chirping sound when I accelerate?
The most common reason why your car's wheels make a chirping or squealing sound, especially during acceleration is a bad wheel bearing. If you notice a grinding or grating noise coming from your wheel this can also be the sound of a wheel bearing beginning to fail. If you are in Riverside, Canyon Crest, Moreno Valley, Orange Crest or the surrounding area, come by Protrans Automotive & Transmission Specialists and we can diagnose the problem quickly.

Why does my car squeal when I start it in the morning?
A worn out cambelt (also known as a timing belt) will create a loud noise when you start your car's engine. The noise could range from squealing to hissing or rumbling. This is the sound of a cambelt that is about to break. If a cambelt breaks it can ruin your car's engine. Come to Protrans Automotive & Transmission Specialists and get it replaced right away.

Why does my car make a noise when I turn the steering wheel?
If your car makes strange sounds or clicks when you turn the steering wheel the most common cause is a low steering fluid. Over time the steering fluid decreases and air enters the steering mechanism causing unwanted noises. Come to Protrans Automotive & Transmission Specialists to top off your fluid reservoir with power steering fluid. The noises should start to go away immediately. If the sound returns quickly your car could be leaking steering fluid. Our professionals in Riverside can help you diagnose and repair leaks quickly and affordably.

Can engine rattling be fixed?
Yes. Many engine rattles can be fixed quickly and affordably. The most common reason for engine rattling is a collapsed valve lifter. This needs to be repaired quickly or it can cause misfires. Other common causes that need immediate attention are a failing tensioner belt, drive belt or low oil pressure. If the rattle is intermittent, it may be a poor connection between the rod and the crankshaft. If the noise is loud, it may be a cracked flex plate or rusted heat shield. Higher mileage vehicles may have an engine rattle resulting from an engine hotspot ping, piston slap or degrading sound dampening features such as engine insulation. Sometime what sounds like an engine rattle is not the engine at all but a cracked catalytic converter.

Why is my car making a squealing noise?
It may be a slipping fan belt. Listen for a few warning signs such as a squeaking or chirping noise. Those noises are usually caused by misalignment of the belt and the pulley. If you come by Protrans Automotive & Transmission Specialists in Riverside our professional auto repair technicians can realign it to stop the noise and fix it before your fan belt completely breaks.

Why do my brakes squeak?
The most common reason brakes squeak is that they are worn out. The squeak is the sound of the metal wear indicator on the brake pad coming in contact with the metal rotor. Your brakes are the top safety feature on your vehicle, so come by Protrans Automotive & Transmission Specialists and get them replaced right away. If you hear a squeaking only when you press the brake pedal the first 2-3 times when you first start driving in the morning it is the result of overnight moisture build up and likely nothing to worry about.

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12/22/2022

Dropped off my 01 Honda civic for multiple repairs. After buying a used 01 civic I was not sure where to go for trusted repairs, everyone was friendly and very smart. All my repairs were done in a timely manner my car feels like a new 2022 this will be my go to mechanic for all my vehicles. Thank you very much ! Shout out to Jeff and all the service department you guys are awesome!



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This is the BEST auto repair I have ever found! Total integrity and honesty! I totally recommend them for any and all auto repair needs! Thank to everyone at Protrans!!!


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Mike and his team are The BEST in Riverside! They give a fair price and stand behind the work. I have an old pickup truck, and together we are restoring it. I feel Mike welcomes you into his family gives you rides when your car is in the shop. Has late night drop off and will stay late for you to pick up your car after work. He help's get to know your situation, what you absolutely need, and what you can put off. Mike's shop has played a considerable role in getting my Dad's old truck running.


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what our customers say

Protrans much cheaper than initial quote. Brought in my ford focus to replace Radiator. And a free ride home. Micheal, did not sell me for anything I didn't need, awesome n friendly guy. Definitely will return for future mechanic needs.
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, 06/19/2024

These folks are awesome!!! I brought my prized, restored classic Mustang in for a new starter and flywheel replacement, which at first was a bit of a challenge because it's difficult to find mechanics willing and, moreover, knowledgeable of these older cars. They did not hesitate to accept the challenge and went ahead and did the repair. Unfortunately, five months later, both the flywheel and starter failed just a mile from the shop. Since the car was still operational (after a push start), I brought it by and was immediately met with assurance that the entire job, parts and labor, were covered under their warranty for a year, and in my case, being a AAA member, for two years. The gal at the front counter (Luz), who is super nice, said they would get it in the shop right away and see what had happened. A couple of days later, I met with Michael (the owner), who calmly reassured me that they always stand behind their work and would get the repair done, no matter what. In the end, they identified a couple of possible issues that may have caused the failure, and to make sure that it didn't happen again, they put together a higher-quality setup with better parts, and now the car operates better than ever. I highly recommend calling them first!
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, 06/07/2024

Luz and the mechanics are amazing and very informative. I took my car in and the mechanism knew exactly what was wrong with my car.
J
, 05/31/2024

The prices were reasonable. And the staff were friendly.
V
, 05/30/2024

Bruce was amazing! Got my 2008 honda accord fixed up and on road in great time at very reasonable price. Thank you
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, 05/23/2024

The wonderful team at ProTrans helped me out IMMENSELY when I called with an emergency. I had a kitten under my hood that I could not get out! After towing my car there, they helped out immediately and removed the little furball so I could return him to his home. Thanks again to this amazing group. I?ll definitely be bringing my car here for future tune ups. Great guys & great service.
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, 05/09/2024

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