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PREPARING YOUR VEHICLE FOR THE WINTER WEATHER

PREPARING YOUR VEHICLE FOR THE WINTER WEATHER

It is that time of year again when we're starting to see some weather changes. That's when we get lucky enough to see some precipitation here in Los Angeles, which also means snow will be falling in our local mountains too! Winter paired with the holidays is a magical time of the year to celebrate the years successes while looking forward to new beginnings. It is also a time to share winter adventures with family and friends in the mountains. Most of you are already probably making plans to head up to Mammoth, Tahoe and even Big Bear, CA. This means driving conditions will be significantly different from your typical Southern California commuting. So, we at Shige's Premier Car Service would like to help you get a head start on how to prepare for your winter excursions before winter really hits in December. There is nothing like being unprepared because of the number of challenges one might face in ... read more

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MAZDA RE-CALLS THEIR RX-8 SPORTS CAR MODEL YEARS 2004-2008

MAZDA RE-CALLS THEIR RX-8 SPORTS CAR MODEL YEARS 2004-2008

DO YOU HAVE A MAZDA RX-8? Mazda announced today that they will need to be re-calling 70,000 plus RX-8's here in the United States. Mazda has found that there are issues with the fuel pump sealing rings. They claim that there is a possibility that the fuel pump sealing rings could possibly leak and then catch fire. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration made a statement on their website saying, "The affected vehicles have fuel pump sealing rings that may deteriorate due to exposure of heat from the engine or exhaust pipe." In addition to this they added, "The deteriorated seals may leak fuel, which in the presence of an ignition source can increase the risk of fire. Mazda has not disclosed or made any mention of any reported injuries or incidents that may have occurred. They did say they will begin to notify owners as soon as possible so that they can replace the sealing rings to avoid ... read more

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AUTOMOBILITY AND THE LOS ANGELES AUTO SHOW 2016

AUTOMOBILITY AND THE LOS ANGELES AUTO SHOW 2016

Automobile enthusiasts are heading towards the LA Convention center this week for Automobility 2016! What is Automobility? The Los Angeles Auto Show has been happening every year since 1907. It has been one of the most influential auto shows by uniting everyone who is anyone in the automobile industry. This auto show is truly an unveiling of the future of cars by major innovators and decision making leaders in the industry from over 50 different countries. In 2012, due to the huge success of this event for so many years, the show added the Advanced Tech Showcase. By 2013, it evolved into the Connected Car Expo and it's purpose was to begin addressing changes in the industry. The CCE grew significantly throughout the years. Those attending the CCE wanted to attend both the expo, as well as the LA Auto Show. So it just seemed like the next best step to merge the two shows into one big show. And, now we have Automobility! The Automobility kick-off party was on Novem ... read more

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GETTING A JUMP START ON BATTERY CARE

GETTING A JUMP START ON BATTERY CARE

SO WHAT THIS BLUE STUFF ANYWAY? Corrosion on your battery cables is a nuisance and can cause problems for your vehicle. It can damage quite a bit more than just your battery cables. Unfortunately, it can affect your electrical wiring, air conditioner lines and more. But, where does this stuff come from and why is it blue? The white substance you see on the picture on the left is lead sulfate or anhydrous copper sulfate. The blue coloring comes about when the anhydrous copper is exposed to moisture. It is typically experienced with copper connectors. The corrosion is generated by hydrogen gas that is released from the sulfuric acid inside the battery. A corrosive environment is then created as the gasses react to the atmosphere. Moisture and salts accelerate this process, which means those of us living in the South Bay need to be more mindful of our car battery connectors. Typically you will find the corrosion on t ... read more

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LET'S TALK ABOUT CAR BATTERIES

LET'S TALK ABOUT CAR BATTERIES

LONG LIVE THE CAR BATTERY!! We all love our cars when they start, right? It fills us with such joy to hear the engine turn over, so we can pull out of our driveways and be on our merry way. We do not often think about our car battery and the electrical load demand that our vehicle will put the battery through. Battery life is highly dependent on where you live and how well you take care of it. In a perfect world, there would be no high temperatures or excessive humidity to disturb your battery life. If you lived in that part of the world, your battery would probably last six years, maybe. But, let's be realistic! Living in Southern California near the beach, we experience a good amount of heat and humidity. So, we are lucky if our batteries last about two to five years. Now if you are lucky enough to own a hybrid or electric car, you will see a long as fifteen to eight long years out of your battery! And, s ... read more

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