Sparks Auto Repair

Yearly Archives: 2011

RPM Automotive Receives 2011 Best of Sparks Award

U.S. Commerce Association’s Award Plaque Honors the Achievement NEW YORK, NY, September 27, 2011 –RPM Automotive has been selected for the 2011 Best of Sparks Award in the Automotive Transmission Repair Shops category by the U.S. Commerce Association (USCA). The USCA “Best of Local Business” Award Program recognizes outstanding local businesses throughout the country. Each year, the USCA identifies companies that they believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and community. Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2011 USCA Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the USCA and data provided b ... read more

When is my vehicle due for service?

I am often asked, when should I change my oil. My oil maintenance reminder says I have 30% life remaining but the sticker says I’m due for an oil change. Well, the answer is this: the oil maintenance reminder in your vehicle is a predetermined amount of time set by the manufacture. The clock runs only when your vehicle is operating. This time is calculated by engineers for normal operating conditions. If you drive your vehicles like most of us inNorthern Nevadayou are operating in other than normal conditions. These conditions include, weather extremes, warm up time, the distance per drive cycle, the amount of dust in the air and many other conditions. The manufacturer recommends if you don’t drive in optimal conditions you should replace your oil sooner than the maintenance reminder suggests. 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 ... read more

Spring Cleaning

Finally, the days are getting longer, the snow is melting and the grass is beginning to grow. All signs winter has subsided and we are anxious to begin traveling. Unfortunately just as we begin planning our trips the gas prices begin to rise. I’m sure you know proper maintenance of your vehicle can save you up to 10% or more in fuel cost. Services performed by Scotty’s Transmissions & RPM Automotive such as changing your oil, replacing your air filter, checking your tire pressures, performing a tune up and fuel injection cleaning when required by the manufacturer can ensure your vehicle is running it’s best and get you every last mile from your tank of fuel. You will also rest assured your vehicle is in safe condition because at Scotty’s Transmissions & RPM Automotive during any repair or service, no matter how small, we will perform a thorough safety inspection at no additional charge. See our website or call to schedule an appointment for your Spring Cleaning ... read more

Do you want it done quick? or do you want it done right?

At Scotty’s Transmission & RPM Automotive it’s not about car count, it is about quality. We know those get you in, get you out lube shops say they can have you on the road in 10 minutes but we believe proper service takes more than 10 minutes. We don’t rush your vehicle service! We take the time necessary to perform proper preventative maintenance and perform a thorough safety inspection. The more thorough we are with your vehicle, the less chance of a breakdown. If we do find any problems with your vehicle we can take care of those repairs as well. So make RPM Automotive & Scotty’s Transmission your one stop shop for lube service and auto repair. Check out our website at or

To 4 wheel drive or to not 4 wheel drive

Now that most of us have had a chance to drive in the snow this winter, a concern has come to my attention. We have had a few customers that needed to bring their vehicles to RPM Automotive due to improper use of 4 Wheel Drive. I must caution all drivers of 4WD or AWD vehicles, it is NEVER recommended to use 4LOW for town or freeway driving. 4LOW is only intended for extreme off road use. Using 4LOW in town or freeway driving can cause serious damage to your vehicle. On a similar note, at Scotty’s Transmission we have found AWD or 4WD vehicles with mismatched tires. On these vehicles it is critical that all 4 tires are the same circumference. Even though the tire size on the tires may match, there could be a small difference in circumference from one manufacturer to another. Also, should you have a blowout on one tire and replace it with a new one, there will be a difference between the worn tires and the new tire. Anytime an AWD or 4WD is operated with different size tires there i ... read more