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  • 714-997-1955
    714-747-8975 After Hours

  • 1439 W Collins Ave
    Orange, CA 92867

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Working Hours
  • Mon 8:00AM - 5:00PM
    Tue 8:00AM - 5:00PM
  • Wed 8:00AM - 5:00PM
    Thu 8:00AM - 5:00PM
  • Fri 8:00AM - 5:00PM
    Sat Appointment Only
  • Sun Closed

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Are You Ready For The Road?

An average of 13,000 Americans are killed between Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day, some as a result of unperformed vehicle maintenance, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Each year, neglected maintenance leads to more than 2,600 deaths, nearly 100,000 disabling injuries and more than $2 billion in lost wages, medical expenses and property damage.

Most mechanical failures can be traced to neglected maintenance. For example, the U. S. Department of Transportation reports the leading cause of mechanical breakdown on our nation's highways is overheating, a condition that is easily avoidable. Other deficiencies that are simple to detect include low antifreeze/coolant, worn or loose drive belts and defective cooling system hoses.

Checking tire pressure and inflating a tire costs nothing, yet an average of 21 percent of trucks inspected in check lanes during National Truck Care Month have under inflated tires. This can lead to a blowout and a serious accident.

Fuel Saving Tips

Condition Effect MPG Penalty up to
Under inflated tires Increase rolling resistance 1-2mpg
Dirty air filter Causes excessively rich fuel/air mixture 2.0mpg
Worn spark plugs Cause inefficient combustion, wasted fuel 2.0mpg
Worn O2 sensor Unable to detect and adjust air/fuel mixture 3mpg
Dirty or substandard engine oil Increases internal engine friction 0.4mpg
Loose gas cap Allows fuel to evaporate 2.0mpg
Potential loss in fuel economy if all of the above were neglected
11.4mpg

The Truck Care Council offers these fuel-saving tips:

  1. Vehicle gas caps -- About 17 percent of the vehicles on the roads have gas caps that are either damaged, loose or are missing altogether, causing 147 million gallons of gas to vaporize every year.
  2. Under inflated tires -- When tires aren't inflated properly it's like driving with the parking brake on and can cost a mile or two per gallon.
  3. Worn spark plugs -- A vehicle can have either four, six or eight spark plugs, which fire as many as 3 million times every 1,000 miles, resulting in a lot of heat and electrical and chemical erosion. A dirty spark plug causes misfiring, which wastes fuel. Spark plugs need to be replaced as recommended by the manufacturer.
  4. Dirty air filters -- An air filter that is clogged with dirt, dust and bugs chokes off the air and creates a "rich" mixture -- too much gas being burned for the amount of air, which wastes gas and causes the engine to lose power. Replacing a clogged air filter can improve gas mileage by as much as 10 percent, saving about 20 cents a gallon.

Fuel-saving driving tips include:

  • Don't be an aggressive driver -- Aggressive driving can lower gas mileage by as much as 33 percent on the highway and 5 percent on city streets, which results in 10 to 66 cents per gallon.
  • Avoid excessive idling -- Sitting idle gets zero miles per gallon. Letting the vehicle warm up for one to two minutes is sufficient.
  • Observe the speed limit -- Gas mileage decreases rapidly at speeds above 60 mph. Each mpg driven over 60 will result in an additional 10 cents per gallon. To maintain a constant speed on the highway, cruise control is recommended.

WIPERS - In the 2001National Truck Care Month vehicle check lanes, 21percent of participants had wipers that smeared, streaked or chattered across their windshields. Although climates vary, wipers generally need replacing every six months. An easy reminder is to change wiper blades in the spring and fall when you change your clock. Be sure the windshield washers are working properly, too, and keep the reservoir filled with solvent.

LIGHTING - Another important pre-trip check should be exterior and interior lighting. Vehicle check lanes revealed an overall failure rate of over 25 percent in the lighting category. The Truck Care Council reminds motorists to check their lights monthly. Other suggestions from the Council include turning on headlights both day and night. This helps define your truck's position on the road, and its distance from other drivers. When your vehicle's lighting is defective, other motorists may not get the message that you intend to stop or turn. The end result could be disastrous.

10 Minute Pre-Trip Checkup Can Pay Off

Truck Care Council offers three suggestions for a traveler's 10-minute pre-trip checklist:

  • Check all fluids. There are several fluids, in addition to antifreeze, that require attention, including engine oil, power steering, brake and transmission fluids and windshield washer solvent and antifreeze/coolant.
  • Check hoses and belts. A belt that fails can affect the electrical system, air conditioning and power steering, as well as the cooling system. Cooling system hoses may be deteriorating from within, so old hoses and clamps in marginal condition might need to be replaced.
  • Check the tires. Check tire inflation and inspect the tread for uneven wear, indicating the need for wheel alignment. Also look for bulges and bald spots.

"While a last minute checkup is better than no checkup, motorists should plan ahead to allow time to perform necessary maintenance themselves or at the local service facility. A properly maintained vehicle is safer and more dependable and will even save a few dollars at the gas pumps," said the Truck Care Council's Executive Director, Rich White.

Not only can a pre-trip inspection help reduce chances of costly and possibly dangerous road trouble, it also provides an opportunity to have repairs made at home, with one's own technician who knows the vehicle. Especially important, it provides peace of mind. While no inspection can guarantee a Truck's performance, it's comforting to know proper precautions were taken.



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What People Say About Us


  • -Robert B.

    I have had ABCO Diesel service my Cummins work truck for 4 years now. I sell tools to mechanics so I see many shops and these are the guys that I trust. They have always been up front about service and I will keep taking all of my vehicles to them. They have gone out of their way to to service my vehicles and I highly recommend them. GREAT GUYS THAT DO GREAT WORK. THEY HAVE REPLACED MY TURBO, INJECTORS TRANSMISSION TO NAME A FEW THEY USE GOOD PARTS AND STAND BEHIND THERE WORK!


  • -G. Tors

    I work in the automotive industry and I happen to know about shops. I have always heard good thing s about Abco Fleet and Diesel so I decided to try them out. I had problems with my Chevy Duramax diesel truck. They diagnosed my diesel truck fast and accurate and gave me a fair estimate. When I picked up my truck it was clean and fixed right. They replaced my egr cooler and replace my injectors. I also had them change the fuel filter and my oil. Their shop is a clean and professional. They have factory scan tools and have lots of huge Snap-on tool boxes filled with Snap-on tools. When I was there I saw Del Worsham (The NHRA drag racing champion) they were dropping his vehicle off for service. I am very satisfied with Abco and I will only bring my diesels here from now on.


  • -Sandra U.

    Very informative and knowledgeable about all things diesel! Took the time to explain everything to me.


  • -MaryAnn B.

    I went here to get our daughter's brakes done on her car. They did a great job for a reasonable price. Donny, the owner is very knowledgeable about cars, and friends have told me he has fixed problems with their cars that other shops could not figure out.


  • -Brenda V.

    Thank you Donny for all the work you did on my car! I just got a smog test, and the guy told me that my emissions are so great that my 10 year old car runs like a brand new one! Wow!!!


  • -Thomas W.

    This place is great. Very friendly and willing to help. Ask for John; great person to work with. I will be getting my car serviced here and tires coming up soon!


  • -Missy S.

    Great customer service, very friendly, and went above & beyond. My husband & I were renting a uhaul trailer & the running lights weren't working. The owner popped the hood, figured out it was a fuse & that was it.


  • -Mike M.

    Great diesel service provider. Always solve any diagnosis problem with my Cummins, Duramax and Ford diesels. Ask for Donnie or Jon, and you will be well taken care of.


  • -Fritz H.

    ABCO aka "Old Town Orange Automotive" has worked on all 4 of my vehicles, and I have been very satisfied. They work hard on getting your car back on time. A mechanic you can trust is hard to find these days. These guys have earned my trust. If you are looking for a reliable shop in Orange where you won't get the run-a-round give them a try. P.S. They are a little hard to find as they are behind the industrial buildings on the N.W. side of Collins and Main St.


  • -Ken W.

    I don't know of a better place to go with your diesel and get full and knowledgeable answers to your questions along with an explanation of what needs to be done. It didn't matter what was needed, the resources were there. Will be returning with all my vehicles both gas and diesel.


  • -iceb

    Great service...Donnie can get whatever you need done. I bring my entire fleet here and get in and out with no problems.


  • -Shelby T.

    Best diesel fleet service I've ever encountered. Every repair done has been the best quality possible and done in a timely manner. I take my whole fleet of trucks here, never had a problem. I wouldn't take my diesel anywhere else.


  • -Julie M.

    Good honest service. I'm a mom of 5 and I'm always worried about getting ripped off. I was very comfortable with the customer service here, and they explained every step of the way.


  • -Mike L.

    Donny & the crew are great! Awesome service and quality care. They solved a smog related issue on my '98 Chevy Suburban. Runs smoother now.


  • -CCV - ORANGE

    Got one of my NPR Diesel trucks Turbo fixed in just a few hours, took great care to make sure both my truck and I were taken care of and back on the road for work with little to no down time. Thank guys. I'll be back with other trucks from my fleet for servicing and tires.


  • -Shirley N.

    Stuck in the rain with my car misfiring and burping. Saw the Yelp reviews and pulled in. I was immediately attended to and my car fixed for a very reasonable price. As I'm walking out, they assured me there was a two year warranty on work. If I lived here, these would be my go to mechanics. Really appreciate them helping me out of a bind.


  • -Thomas W.

    This place is great. Very friendly and willing to help. Ask for John great person to work with. I will be getting my car serviced here and tires coming up soon!


  • -Chris G.

    I was helped by John he provided great customer service as well as fast service !! He is also very kind and helpful. I highly recommend this place it is in a nice area in Orange very clean it is the back corner of the business center . Looks like they do a lot of classic cars as well if you need that . I will definitely be back all the staff here is great !!


  • -Allan L.

    Donny is an awesome dude ... good people great service


  • -Don G.

    Had a chance to meet Donny @ vets car swapmeet,,solid man,his shop truck was super clean, if he takes pride in that truck imagine how customers' rides look!


  • -Ken W.

    Best place to have your car, truck, motorhome or diesel truck repaired or serviced.


  • -Robert B.

    I have had ABCO Diesel service my Cummins work truck for 4 years now. I sell tools to mechanics so I see many shops and these are the guys that I trust. They have always been up front about service and I will keep taking all of my vehicles to them. They have gone out of their way to to service my vehicles and I highly recommend them. GREAT GUYS THAT DO GREAT WORK. THEY HAVE REPLACED MY TURBO, INJECTORS TRANSMISSION TO NAME A FEW THEY USE GOOD PARTS AND STAND BEHIND THERE WORK!

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