Engines

  • Avoid Retiring Your Fleet With These Engine Options

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    If you own or operate a fleet or commercial truck, there’s a lot that factors into having a major repair done on one of your vehicles. At Zylstra Automotive & Diesel in Visalia, CA, we’re here to help you make the right choice.

  • Bad engine mounts, why is it a problem for you?

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    Failed engine mounts are an irritating issue to live with causing your car or truck to vibrate and you don't know why. At Zylstra Automotive & Diesel in Visalia, CA, we can help, no matter what type of car, truck, or SUV you drive and it is an easy issue to detect on a test drive.

    There are a few indicators your engine mounts need to be replaced. For one, you can do a visual inspection, if they’re accessible enough - if they looked cracked, smashed, or dry-rotted, it’s probably time for new ones.  If the engine visibly shakes while it’s running, engine mounts are also likely the culprit.  However, if you are like most drivers you simply get in and drive on down the road until something is different or a light comes on!   Then you call our shop for help!

  • Check Engine Light Staring You in the Eye? Here's Why You Should Pay Attention

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    There’s a huge percentage of vehicle on the road, right now, with the check engine light illuminated. Many of them have had it on for years, even. Frequently, a check engine light will illuminate, but pose no immediate problems, so people just get used to it and learn to live with it being on. However, Zylstra Automotive & Diesel in Visalia, CA would like you to know that it’s worth having it looked into. Typically, the problem can be diagnosed by simply plugging your car into our computer; the vehicle gives us a code, and we know what the problem is immediately.

  • Coolant: When to Check It and When to Change It

    Coolant in a vehicle

    Coolant is vital to your engine. Without the right type, amount, and proper circulation of coolant, your engine won’t last long. How do you know when it’s time to check it or replace it? Zylstra Automotive & Diesel in Visalia, CA has the answers.

  • Dash Warning Lights to Watch For!

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    It doesn't matter if you are driving a car or truck, jeep or SUV, a diesel 4x4 or a classic when those dash warning lights go off the first thing you do is think "how bad is it?" and "how much will it cost me?" followed quickly by "when was my last service visit?"!!  Driving your vehicle longer safely is all about getting it serviced based on what your vehicle manual recommends and these warning lights are alerting you to a situation that requires your attention. 

    While not all warning lights are a sign that disaster is imminent, no warning indicator light should ever be ignored!

  • Diesel engines: the essentials

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    When you think about diesel engines, you probably think about large trucks and machinery, and maybe a few oddball cars over the years.  But how long has diesel really been around, and why is it used the way it is today? Zylstra Automotive & Diesel in Visalia, CA has the answers you need to become more in-tune with your diesel truck and engine. 

  • Diesel Fuel Systems - What Could go Wrong?

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    Diesel engines are known for their reliability - that’s probably at least partially why you bought one. However, like all things, diesels and their components wear out eventually. Fortunately, the technicians at Zylstra Automotive & Diesel in Visalia, CA have you covered. Here are some fuel system issues to watch out for.

  • Engine Options for Your Diesel

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    The engine in your Chevrolet, Dodge, or Ford diesel pickup is the heart and soul of your truck. At Zylstra Automotive & Diesel in Visalia, CA, we repair, rebuild, and replace engines with quality parts and builds, keeping your truck on the road for years to come.

  • Engine ticking and knocking sounds - what they mean, and what to do about them

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    Is your engine knocking or ticking? Here’s some information on engine noises, what they mean, and what to do about it, from Zylstra Automotive & Diesel in Visalia, CA.

    Whenever your engine starts making a noise it shouldn’t be making, it’s always a cause for concern. If you’re hearing a rhythmic ticking or knocking sound, definitely have it checked into immediately. Here are some causes of engine ticks and knocks, and what to do about them.

  • Has Your Engine Left You Stranded?

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    If your car, truck or SUV is experiencing engine issues and you are concerned about having to purchase a new vehicle, our technicians at Zylstra Automotive & Diesel in Visalia have an answer that will save you money and help you maintain the value of your vehicle. Today's vehicles cost more than they ever did and you typically have a loan for a much longer time period - yet the warranty it seems stays relatively short!

    Here, we believe in treating your vehicle as if it were ours and if your engine is not reliable we can replace it with a JASPER replacement engine with a nationwide parts and labor warranty! It is what we would do with our car, truck or SUV instead of trading it for a higher payment or a vehicle we didn't like as much as what we had!

  • How Do I Know Whether To Replace My Engine?

    engine of vehicle

    If your car, truck or SUV is experiencing major engine issues, the technicians at Zylstra Automotive & Diesel in Visalia, CA have you covered. You hear the engine knocking when it decides to start? Is there smoke pouring from your truck’s exhaust pipe? Whether you’re burning oil, your engine is on it’s last leg or has simply given up altogether, we can help. And if you’re not sure what you need, we can help with that too.

  • How Do You Maintain Your Turbocharger?

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    The turbo on your diesel pickup truck is a precision-engineered component. As a result, proper maintenance is essential to keep it going strong, and Zylstra Automotive & Diesel in Visalia, CA is the place to do that. At tens or even hundreds of thousands of RPM, keeping everything in good shape is absolutely necessary. Fortunately, turbos don't really require any special maintenance - they just make the maintenance you do all the more important.

  • If you see steam, pull over!

    Woman checking out under the hood where steam is coming from

    Something will go wrong with your car, truck, or SUV eventually. The important thing is knowing what to do, and how to deal with it. Just knowing what to do in a situation often means the difference between a quick repair and thousands of dollars worth of work. If you see steam coming from under the hood, it’s important to deal with it appropriately and quickly. Here’s what’s going on, and what to do, from Zylstra Automotive & Diesel in Visalia, CA.

  • Is it time to replace your engine?

    At Zylstra Automotive & Diesel in Visalia, CA, we know it isn’t always easy deciding what to do next when it comes to major engine repairs. Fortunately, that’s what we’re here for - to help you make the best decision for your situation.

  • Is It Time To Replace Your Engine?

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    At Zylstra Automotive & Diesel in Visalia, CA, we know replacing an entire engine can be a tough call to make - that’s why we’re here to help you make an expert decision on the matter.

  • Is your vehicle heater blowing cold?

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    The climate control system in your car works hard to keep you at a comfortable temperature. If you’re having heater issues, trust the performance car specialists with us at Zylstra Automotive & Diesel in Visalia, CA to get you comfortably back on the road.

  • JASPER Releases New Ford Engine Options

    Ford 6.2L Engine

    At Zylstra Automotive & Diesel in Visalia, we are always looking for ways to provide our drivers with the highest quality of service and products. That’s why we are proud to partner with the nation’s leader in remanufactured drivetrain products. Jasper Engines and Transmissions is consistently looking for ways to improve products. They recently announced that the Ford 6.2L engine would be available for the 2010-2014 Ford F150/Raptor, 2011-2019 Ford F250/F350, 2017-2020 Ford E350/E450, and the 2015-2020 Indmar Marine (Raptor Engine).

  • Leaking Oil?

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    Are you leaking oil? Zylstra Automotive & Diesel in Visalia, CA can help. Oil leaks mess up your driveway and make a mess under the hood. It can also get pricey constantly having to fill the engine, not to mention inconvenient.

  • Let Us Be Your Engine Specialists

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    At Zylstra Automotive & Diesel in Visalia, CA, we specialize in engine maintenance, service, customization, and repair. All of our technicians are equipped with the best equipment and training in the industry to ensure they know exactly what your specific engine needs are, no matter what type of car, truck, or SUV you drive.

  • Looks Like A Problem? YES!

    Lady with car hood up - steam rising

    Sometimes it is EASY to see if your car or truck needs to come into our shop for professional repairs! 
    1.  You see steam rising from the engine!
    2.  The Check Engine Light is on!
    3.  The engine starts, but there is an odor that is not right.
    4.  You hear grinding or thumping noises.

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