Sparks Auto Repair


Do I have to take my vehicle to the dealer for maintenance to keep the warranty in effect?

It is one of the most common misconceptions in the automotive industry: To maintain your new car’s warranty you have to have is serviced at the dealership. THIS SIMPLY IS NOT TRUE! A law was passed in the1970’s that allows you, the vehicle owner the freedom to choose where and by whom you have your vehicle serviced. The law is called the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act. Among the many things it does is empower the Federal Trade Commission to prohibit car manufactures from voiding a vehicle’s warranty because service was done by a non-dealer. In the end, the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act gives owners of cars and trucks the freedom to choose where their vehicle will be serviced without having to worry about voiding their new car warranty. (article courtesy of VehicleMD) Scotty’s Transmission & RPM Automotive has access to all of the vehicle manufactures recommended maintenance schedules. Call us or visit us on the web at www.scottystransmiss ... read more

Your AC and the coming warm days….

Well, we have had a couple of nice warm days as Spring arrives. I’m sure you have used your vehicles air conditioner in the last couple of weeks. Did you notice a funky smell coming from the vents or maybe not blowing as hard or cold as it should? That funky smell is mold and mildew in your ventilation system that is sure to bother your allergies. Are you aware most newer vehicles have a cabin air filter that should be replaced at factory recommended intervals to prevent mold and mildew. We also have a ventilation system deodorizer that will kill the funk and leave your air conditioning smelling as fresh as a Spring day. Stop by Scotty’s Transmissions & RPM Automotive and we will get rid of that funk for you

When should I change my oil?

I’m often asked, WHEN SHOULD I change my oil? occasionally I hear people say something like, “My oil maintenance reminder says I have 30% life remaining, but the sticker says I’m due for an oil change. why is that?” Sometimes that occurs because the oil maintenance reminder in your vehicle operates on a predetermined amount of time set by the VEHICLE manufacturer. This time is calculated by engineers based on normal operating conditions. But here in Northern Nevada we often drive in other than normal conditions, such as weather extremes, extended warm up time, SHORT drive cycles, dust in the air and other factors. with our conditions, manufacturers recommend replacing your oil more frequently than the maintenance reminder indicates. and we all know that regular oil changes are critical in keeping your engine running smoothly and avoiding potential costly repairs. You can always count on locally owned and operated RPM Automotive & Scotty’s Transmission forfa ... read more

Three Out of Four Cars Need Service

If you own a vehicle, chances are it needs some work, according to the Car Care Council. Now is the ideal time to give your car some extra attention. The results of vehicle inspections reveal that 77 percent of vehicles need service or parts. An annual analysis of vehicle inspection forms found the top three problem areas posting the highest failure rates to be engine oil (22 percent), engine cooling systems (20 percent) and brake service (18 percent). Eight percent of the vehicles inspected had the “check engine” light on and new air filters were needed in 19 percent of the vehicles. At least one belt was reported as unsatisfactory in 14 percent of the vehicles inspected, and 10 percent required at least one new hose. Battery cables, clamps and terminals needed maintenance in 11 percent of the vehicles inspected, while 10 percent of the batteries were not properly held down. When checking lubricants and fluids, the three top failure rates were: low or dirty motor oil at 22 per ... read more

Is it your battery? or not?

Have you ever noticed your vehicle cranks slow when it is cold outside? This is a sign your battery may be getting weak. Your battery is one of the most critical components of your vehicle. The battery is not only used to start your vehicle but also helps run the onboard computers which control your vehicles many electrical systems. A weak battery can also cause these systems to fail. Bring your vehicle to Scotty’s Transmission & RPM Automotive for a FREE (with coupon) starting and charging systems test. This test will only take a few minutes to provide you with a piece of mind and could prevent you from being stranded. See our website at or visit our FaceBook page for your coupon