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Thanksgiving Road Trip Safety Guide

Thanksgiving Road Trip Safety Guide

  Going on a road trip this Thanksgiving? Between dropping temperatures and surging Covid-19 numbers the last thing you want to happen is for your car to break down while you're on the road in the middle of a pandemic. With Thanksgiving being one of the most popular times to travel it's a good idea to go through this checklist to help ensure vehicle safety and reliability in order to avoid any unscheduled stops. Doing a holiday pre-trip inspection can reduce the chance of unexpected, costly repairs and help to ensure a stress-free road trip.  Check all fluids (engine oil, power steering and brake and transmission, as well as windshield washer solvent and antifreeze/coolant)  Check hoses and belts (look for any that are cracked, brittle, frayed, loose or show signs of excessive wear)  Check the tires, including tire pressure and tread Make sure all lights are working (interior and exterior) Check wipers. Wiper blades should be replaced every six mo ... read more

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Tips to Help Extend Your Car's Life

Tips to Help Extend Your Car's Life

  TIPS TO HELP EXTEND YOUR CAR’S LIFE   The average price to purchase a new car is estimated at $38,000 in the U.S. and with yearly rising prices for ownership that does not even include maintenance, there's a reason most vehicle owners tend to keep the same car for at least 11 years. The modern vehicle is already engineered to last long as long as it is maintained properly.  Components of your vehicle can be serviced to prevent major repairs which is the name of the game. At a minimum, you should follow the factory scheduled maintenance. According to Consumer Reports, the average lifespan of today’s cars is about eight years or 150,000 miles. As a professional in vehicle maintenance, we often wonder why manufacturers make claims that transmission fluid is a lifetime fluid and boast this fact, while the factory warranty ends anywhere from 36k to 60k miles? How can you claim the guarantee at a lifetime and only cover you to 60k miles? We ... read more

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Winter Holiday Travel Road Safety Tips

Winter Holiday Travel Road Safety Tips

Winter Holiday Travel Road Safety Tips It's the time of year where your mind starts to wander off into good times relaxing, present shopping and getaways, and if you're planning a road trip getaway this Christmas, even if you're in Southern California these are things you need to mindful of, especially if you plan on heading to colder climates or even the snow, so in the spirit of the holidays, here are Shige's "Winter Holiday Travel Road Safety Tips" CHECK LIST! ENGINE OIL Check your owners manual for winter oil viscosity recommendations. In the winter oil viscosity is going to be thinner as cold temperatures cause the oil to thicken, it could get so thick the engine will not run properly. Getting stuck in the snow is never ideal! BATTERY In colder temperatures the engine is harder to turn which can shorten your battery's life. Get your battery tested or better yet get it teste ... 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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