Sparks Auto Repair

Yearly Archives: 2012


The serpentine belt drives many important components under the hood such as the power steering, alternator, and air conditioning on most cars. And while the belt doesn’t typically need adjustments thanks to an automatic tensioner, it does wear out over time. A broken serpentine belt can leave you stranded because it will stop turning the alternator which is the source of power generation for your vehicle. You will also lose power steering because this belt also drives the power steering pump. Bring your vehicle to Scotty’s Transmission & RPM Automotive to have your belt inspected. Inspecting the belt for wear and having a worn one replaced can prevent a break down. You can go to our website to schedule an appointment. or

Winter is here, are you ready?

As I look out the window at the new snow on Mt. Rose I find it hard to keep my excitement in check. I can’t wait t get out my skis and hit the slopes and get out into the back country on my snowmobile. While trying to contain my excitement I suddenly remembered I haven’t checked out my truck for winter conditions. I know many of you don’t enjoy the winter season as much as I do, but you understand you must be prepared for driving in winter conditions. Your preparations should include carrying tire chains, flash light, emergency triangles or flares, blankets, food, water, coats and gloves. Check road condition reports before you travel. If conditions are severe, postpone your travels if possible. Nevada road condition reports are available on line at or by phone at 1-877-NVROADS. California road condition reports are available on line at ... read more

What does that light on my dash mean?

Today’s modern vehicles have many warning devices and lights to inform the driver of problems. Ignoring these warning signs can result in major damage to your vehicle or its passengers. If you are unsure what the warning lights mean you can refer to your Owner’s Manual or call RPM Automotive for information. Lights such as Air Bag Warning or Supplemental Restraint Warning are indicators that there may be a problem with your vehicles crash protection systems. When these lights are illuminated it could be possible your air bags may not deploy or your seat belts may not hold properly during an accident. At RPM Automotive we have all the latest diagnostic tools to test and repair these systems to the manufacturer’s specifications. Don’t risk your safety. These lights should never be ignored! Like us on Facebook or follow us on ... read more

Winter Safety Inspection (with coupon)

Well, here we are. Start of winter and still no signs of snow. I know some of you are as anxious as I am to get out and play in the snow and some are not looking forward to driving in the snow but the snow will be here soon enough. Here are some tips from Scotty’s Transmission and RPM Automotive to prepare for winter driving. Have your vehicles battery tested. Cold weather is hardest on batteries. Inspect your wipers and washers. Be sure you have washer fluid rated to -20 degrees or better. Have your coolant tested for freeze level and PH levels. Inspect your tires for tread depth and be sure tires are rated for mud & snow. Always carry tire chains. Have chains fitted before you need them to insure a proper fit. Be sure to have an ice scraper, blanket, gloves, flashlight, water and snacks in your vehicle. Never leave home without a jacket for all passengers. Thoroughly clean all windows of snow and ice. Last but not least, check road conditions before you travel. A ... read more