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Santa Clarita Auto Repair...Finally, An Auto Shop You Can Trust

Santa Clarita’s #1 Auto Repair Shop Where You Can Find:

  • Fast, Friendly Service
  • Complimentary Consultation
  • Free Check Engine Light Scan Test
  • 2 Year/ 24,000-Mile Warranty on Automotive Repair Services
  • Up to $50 Free Towing on Repairs Over $250
  • Local Shuttle Available

    

Power Automotive

Thank you for visiting Power Automotive, Santa Clarita's leading automotive repair center. Since 1998, we have proudly served Santa Clarita patrons with various automotive services and repairs. We take great pride in our work which is why we were voted the #1 auto repair shop in the Santa Clarita Valley for the last eight years.

We do all transmissions, repairs and services for all makes and models

At Power Automotive, we are a full-service auto repair center and make every effort to give you the best possible service.

Our rebuilt transmissions have a 3 year/36,000 mile warranty available and our automotive repair services include a 2 year/ 24,000-mile warranty. For those who need to leave their vehicles with us, we offer a free shuttle service to get you back home.

We can fix or repair everything - come see why we are the #1 auto service and repair center in Santa Clarita. Plus, we offer free shuttle rides to all of our customers.

Proudly serving the community of Santa Clarita including Canyon Country, Newhall, Saugus, Valencia, and Castaic.

Call to schedule a free consultation, or with any questions you might have. 

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About the Owner

Donald R. Wachter


18932 ½ Soledad Canyon Road ● Canyon Country, California 91351● (661) 714-0771 ● [email protected]

SUMMARY OF SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS: 
I have over 39 years of extensive knowledge as an automotive mechanic and being the owner of two automotive repair shops where I acquired skills in the following areas: automotive repair, including engine mechanical repair and maintenance, transmissions, engine system testing and fault diagnostics, automotive electrical systems, computerized engine control systems, brake systems and steering systems. I am able to repair automotive components and systems and have excellent knowledge of the industry and business strategies. 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: 
President/Owner – December 1998 to Present 
Power Automotive & A to Z Transmission and Automotive – Canyon Country, California 
I am directly responsible for overseeing all aspects of automotive and transmission repair and/or maintenance performed by my automotive mechanic employees, as follows: 

Inspection of clutch assemblies, transmissions, drive shafts, drive chains, and rear-axle assembly using pressure gauge and stethoscope and computer diagnostics. Inspect and test automatic transmission components such as bands, clutch, sun gears, planetary, oil pump, valve body, electric solenoid, bearings, modulator valve, kick down cables, shift linkage, seals, fluid levels, filters, torque converter, governor, speedometer drive, and springs using pressure gauge multimeter, micrometer, feeler gauge, air pressure, spring tester dynamometer, and stall test in order to ensure proper function of the transmission. Inspect drive shaft for time/phasing, damage, bends, "U" joint play, tightness, center support bearing, slip yoke play, proper balance, and proper alignment using dial indicator, protractor, straight edge, and pry bar in order to determine improper wear and vibration. Removal and replacement of transmissions, as well as, rebuilding rear ends. All engine diagnostics, engine rebuilding, tune-ups, brakes, electrical, air conditioning, clutches, transmission service, struts, and shocks. Tune up and adjust engines by replacing or repairing defective diesel and gasoline fuel system components, ignition system components, and emission system components using timing light, tach and dwell meter, vacuum gauge, infrared analyzer, pressure gauge, oscilloscope, diagnostic center, volume container, hand vacuum pump, feeler gauge and basic hand tools in order to eliminate possible failure on the road and keep the vehicle under a preventative maintenance schedule. Inspect and test mechanical, hydraulic, antilock brake systems (ABS) and air brake systems including shoes, brake chambers, springs, rotors, drums, valves, wheel and master cylinders, linkage, compressors, governors, vacuum booster, hydraulic and air lines using micrometers, dial indicators, pressure, vacuum, feeler gauges, ultra-sonic leak detector, and basic hand tools.

I also maintain all automotive repair records, such as, parts used, repairs done, time expended, cost, and problem write ups, create safety programs for my employees, greet customers, complete service orders, job quotes, and maintain inventory. My responsibilities also include, coordinating hazmat safety meetings with the Fire Department, as well as, control the material safety data sheets. I handle all required permits and forms for the Fire Department and Hazardous Waste Division and comply with CAL OSHA safety regulations. 

President/Owner – January 1984 to November 1998 
Mr. Transmission – Van Nuys, California 
I was directly responsible for performing, as well as, overseeing all aspects of automotive and transmission repair conducted by my automotive mechanic employees, such as follows: Inspection of clutch assemblies, transmissions, drive shafts, drive chains, and rear-axle assembly using pressure gauge and stethoscope and computer diagnostics. Inspected and tested automatic transmission components such as bands, clutch, sun gears, planetary, oil pump, valve body, electric solenoid, bearings, modulator valve, kick down cables, shift linkage, seals, fluid levels, filters, torque converter, governor, speedometer drive, and springs using pressure gauge multimeter, micrometer, feeler gauge, air pressure, spring tester dynamometer, and stall test in order to ensure proper function of the transmission. Inspected drive shaft for time/phasing, damage, bends, "U" joint play, tightness, center support bearing, slip yoke play, proper balance, and proper alignment using dial indicator, protractor, straight edge, and pry bar in order to determine improper wear and vibration. Removal and replacement of transmissions, as well as, rebuilding rear ends. 

I also maintained all automotive repair records, such as, parts used, repairs done, time expended, cost, and problem write ups, created safety programs for my employees, greeted customers, completed service orders, job quotes, and maintained inventory. My responsibilities also included, coordinating hazmat safety meetings with the Fire Department, as well as, controlling the material safety data sheets. I handled all required permits and forms for the Fire Department and Hazardous Waste Division and complied with CAL OSHA safety regulations. 

Transmission Mechanic – February 1982 – December 1983 
Leon’s Transmission – Reseda, California 
Inspection of clutch assemblies, transmissions, drive shafts, drive chains, and rear-axle assembly using pressure gauge and stethoscope and computer diagnostics. Inspected and tested automatic transmission components such as bands, clutch, sun gears, planetary, oil pump, valve body, electric solenoid, bearings, modulator valve, kick down cables, shift linkage, seals, fluid levels, filters, torque converter, governor, speedometer drive, and springs using pressure gauge multimeter, micrometer, feeler gauge, air pressure, spring tester dynamometer, and stall test in order to ensure proper function of the transmission. Inspected drive shaft for time/phasing, damage, bends, "U" joint play, tightness, center support bearing, slip yoke play, proper balance, and proper alignment using dial indicator, protractor, straight edge, and pry bar in order to determine improper wear and vibration. Removal and replacement of transmissions, as well as, rebuilding rear ends. 

Transmission Mechanic –December 1977 – January 1982 
Dr. Transmission – North Hollywood, California 
Inspection of clutch assemblies, transmissions, drive shafts, drive chains, and rear-axle assembly using pressure gauge and stethoscope and computer diagnostics. Inspected and tested automatic transmission components such as bands, clutch, sun gears, planetary, oil pump, valve body, electric solenoid, bearings, modulator valve, kick down cables, shift linkage, seals, fluid levels, filters, torque converter, governor, speedometer drive, and springs using pressure gauge multimeter, micrometer, feeler gauge, air pressure, spring tester dynamometer, and stall test in order to ensure proper function of the transmission. Inspected drive shaft for time/phasing, damage, bends, "U" joint play, tightness, center support bearing, slip yoke play, proper balance, and proper alignment using dial indicator, protractor, straight edge, and pry bar in order to determine improper wear and vibration. Removal and replacement of transmissions, as well as, rebuilding rear ends. 

EDUCATION AND TECHNICAL SKILLS: 
High School Diploma, Burmingham High School, Class of 1977 

Major: Automotive Qualifications, Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certifications and achieved Masters in the following areas: engine repair and performance, brakes, suspension, manual transmissions and air conditioning and heating. 

Specialties: The challenge of diagnostics are a favorite although all other aspects of automotive are extremely satisfying to me. 

SAFETY: Practice shop and field safety procedures such as maintaining hand tools and equipment clear from grease, dirt and other substances; keep work spaces and floors clean from greases, harmful solvents and chemicals; and ensure shop equipment is in safe operating condition; using CAL OSHA regulations and departmental procedures in order to ensure a safe and secure working environment. 
Inspect emergency equipment such as road hazardous vehicle signs, emergency flasher, fire extinguishing bottle, and flares, using checklist in order to ensure vehicle meets legal requirements.

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