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The Differences Between Automatic and Manual Transmissions

The Differences Between Automatic and Manual Transmissions

Since the automatic transmission was invented many decades ago, it’s been a very popular debate among car enthusiasts. Is it better to have a manual transmission or an automatic transmission in your vehicle? The true answer is that it primarily comes down to your personal preference. The type of vehicle may influence things, as well. People driving high-performance sports cars, 4x4 trucks and other heavy duty vehicles will generally want a manual transmission for precise control and performance. Most daily drivers (especially those dealing with Southern California traffic) will simply want automatic transmission for pure convenience. The Purpose of Your Transmission Ultimately, all transmissions perform the exact same function. They transfer power from the engine to the wheels. Different gears allow the vehicle to run at different speeds and with specific amounts of torque. The main difference between manual and automatic transmissions are how those gear ... read more

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Family-Friendly Service from a Family-Owned Business

Family-Friendly Service from a Family-Owned Business

Nick and Debbie are longtime customers of Bill's Quality Auto Care in Simi Valley. They know they can always count on this local shop to provide quality customer service and excellent automotive services. From repairs to maintenance, Bill's Quality Auto Care is a local, family-owned business committed to providing nothing less than the best for their loyal customers.  "We want to thank everyone at Bill's Quality Auto Care for their great service and the knowhow to repair our family's vehicles," say Nick and Debbie in their recent online review. "Great service, great warranty, follow-ups and no-nonsense fixes." Another reviewer by the name of DJ also echoed this sentiment: "When it comes to mechanics, honesty, courtesy and friendliness are probably the most important things for a customer and these guys have it all ... read more

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5 Signs You Might Have Exhaust System Problems

5 Signs You Might Have Exhaust System Problems

Many people don’t realize just how important the exhaust system is when it comes to the health and performance of their vehicles. It burns off and expels dangerous gasses and exhaust fumes coming from the engine. This not only makes sure the engine is kept free of contaminants. It also keeps potentially deadly carbon monoxide from building up inside the vehicle. The main components of your vehicle’s exhaust system are the catalytic converter, manifold, muffler and exhaust pipes. They all work together to ensure that things are working properly. If there is ever a leak or a failure of any component, the results can be very damaging—to your engine and even to your personal health! Therefore, it’s important to understand the common signs that you are experiencing exhaust system problems. If you notice any of these symptoms, it could be an issue with your exhaust that you’ll want to have looked at by a ... read more

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Bill's Quality Auto Care is an ASE Blue Seal of Excellence Shop

Bill's Quality Auto Care is an ASE Blue Seal of Excellence Shop

The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) is the premier certification organization in the automotive industry. They offer training and specialized ASE Certification for automotive repair technicians. And, in very rare cases they recognize automotive repair shops with the highest of all awards: the Blue Seal of Excellence. The ASE Blue Seal of Excellence is designated for auto repair facilities and employers who are committed to hiring the best service representatives and repair technicians. They insist on having the best equipment and training programs. There are numerous other high standards a shop must meet to earn this prestigious award. Bill's Quality Auto Care is proud to have been honored as an ... read more

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Preventative Maintenance Services at Bill's Quality Auto Care

Preventative Maintenance Services at Bill's Quality Auto Care

Lyle has been coming to Bill's Quality Auto Care in Simi Valley for years. He knows he can always count on the auto shop staff for quality results along with fast and friendly customer service. Kyle recently visited us for a standard service appointment. He was due for some routine maintenance for his truck, and everything went quite smoothly. Kyle was generous enough to share his feedback about his experience at Bill's Quality Auto Care on our Reviews page. "Your service continues to excel," Kyle writes. "I scheduled an appointment and waited for my truck to be serviced. Everything went as planned and I was back on the road in no time at all." At Bill's Quality Auto Care, we have a lot of regular customers like Kyle who come in for regular maintenance serv ... read more

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What is a Timing Belt?

What is a Timing Belt?

Most cars will have multiple belts in the engine compartment that help transfer power between different components and keep the car running properly. It's important to know the differences between these belts, as well as maintenance and replacement procedures when they start to get worn out. These are rubber belts that are put through a lot of strain, so they will wear out eventually and you should be prepared when the time comes. Timing Belt The timing belt is also known as the camshaft drive belt. It connects the upper part of the engine (cylinder head) to the lower part (cylinder block). It moves the internal components at specific, synchronized timing increments. This ensures that the compression and combustion cycles are happening correctly. If the timing belt is loose or worn out, it can slip and throw off the engine's timing. That can lead to bigger problems.  I ... read more

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Inspections and Diagnostics at Bill's Quality Auto Care

Inspections and Diagnostics at Bill's Quality Auto Care

The key to understanding any automotive problem is making sure that the issue is identified correctly. At Bill's Quality Auto Care, we are focused on providing precision repair services and accurate repair estimates. We want you to have all the information and insight you need before any services are authorized. This is why vehicle inspections and diagnostic tests are so important. These processes can help pinpoint specific problems within the vehicle for more accurate results. As a car owner, you should understand the different types of inspections and tests that may need to be performed when you bring your vehicle into the Bill's Quality Auto Care shop. Road Test In many cases, a simple road test can help identify potential problems. An experienced mechanic can feel what's wrong w ... read more

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Customer Knows She Can Always Count on Bill's Quality Auto Care

Customer Knows She Can Always Count on Bill's Quality Auto Care

Rosaria was in a bad situation. Her truck broke down and left her stranded on the side of the road. However, she knew exactly who to trust: Bill's Quality Auto Care in Simi Valley, CA. One of our service advisors, Joe, was able to help her out and arrange for the truck to be brought into the shop for inspection and repairs. "Once again the best service!" says Rosaria. "It just keeps happening with this shop. Every time I have an issue with one of my vehicles, I cannot help but be completely impressed with how professionally and completely they take care of the issue. My truck was stranded on the side of the road on Saturday. I called and Joe walked me through how to get it to the shop." Once the truck was at Bill's Quality Auto Care, our ASE Certified auto repair te ... read more

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Bill's Quality Auto Care Wishes You a Happy Holiday Season!

Bill's Quality Auto Care Wishes You a Happy Holiday Season!

We're just a few days away from Christmas and the New Year is just around the corner. We love the holiday season at Bill's Quality Auto Care. From the entire team at Bill's, we wanted to take the time to say Happy Holidays. Thank You! We also wanted to take this opportunity to thank all the great customers, vendors and service partners of Bill's Quality Auto Care. You have helped make 2017 a wonderful year and we can't wait for what 2018 has in store. We loving serving the automotive repair and maintenance needs of people throughout Simi Valley, Moorpark and the surrounding Ventura County communities. We actually get people from all over Southern California, along with some out-of-town travelers, visiting our shop throughout the year and we welcome all visitors. We're a ... read more

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Make Sure Your Heater and Defrosters Are Working Properly

Make Sure Your Heater and Defrosters Are Working Properly

Even though Southern California winters are generally mild, the temperatures will still drop overnight and it will rain from time to time. We can get some really foggy mornings here in Simi Valley, as well. That means it's important to make sure your car's heater, defrosters and other important components are working well for added comfort and improved visibility during the next few months. Heater The heater is one part of your vehicle's general air conditioning system. It draws heat from the engine compartment to bring warm air into the passenger cabin. On those chilly mornings, it's nice to crank up the heat for a comfortable commute into work. If the air doesn't seem to be blowing properly, you may need to get your vents cleaned. You cabin air filter could also be dirty. You'll want to replace that periodically to make sure the air you br ... read more

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