• Automotive Tips from Over 20 Years Experience: When to Replace a Damaged Tire

    Tuesday 20 June 2017

    Repair or Replace? That’s a question Los Angeles drivers ask when they have tire damage. Some punctures cannot be repaired because of their size or location. Punctures larger than a quarter of an inch (6.4 mm) are considered too large to be safely repaired. Punctures in the sidewall or near the shoulders may not be able to be repaired. And sometimes there is internal damage revealed on inspection that indicates the tire should not be repaired. Run flat tires should no... read more

  • Over 20 Years Experience Advice: Don't Overlook These 10 Automotive Services

    Tuesday 13 June 2017

    Organization is the key to managing a busy life in California . So setting up an annual calendar for vehicle care can keep Los Angeles residents on top of preventive maintenance. But you can't just write “oil change” every few months on the calendar. Modern vehicles have many systems that are vital to the safe operation of a vehicle, and they all need to be inspected. Los Angeles residents can't afford to overlook any of them.The following is a list of preventive maintenanc... read more

  • Change Your Engine Air Filter at Over 20 Years Experience

    Tuesday 06 June 2017

    Many Los Angeles car owners have probably wondered: "What's the harm in putting off replacing an engine air filter? The answer is that not replacing it could cause your Mass Air Flow (MAF) sensor to fail. This expensive sensor is situated between your engine air filter and your engine. Dirty air filters are a leading cause of mass air flow sensor failure – and these babies can cost several hundred dollars to replace in Los... read more

  • Serpentine Belt Service at Over 20 Years Experience in Los Angeles

    Thursday 01 June 2017

    If you've ever heard a squealing sound under your vehicle hood, chances are it was your serpentine belt. More importantly, the belt powers the alternator. The alternator creates electricity that's used by your vehicle's electrical systems and also charges the battery. Without the alternator, the battery will go dead after a short distance.The serpentine belt may also run the pumps for both the power steering (some are electric) and power brakes (some use vacuum boost).And, on most vehi... read more

  • Have You Checked Your Headlights?

    Tuesday 23 May 2017

    Like everything in the California automotive market, there have been great strides in headlight technology in recent years. California drivers can be safer at night because of it. Good headlights improve visibility on Los Angeles roads, enabling you to see farther. They also improve your peripheral vision, helping you to see the sides more clearly. The more you can see, the more quickly you can react to road conditions. This is because nearly half of traffic fatalities ta... read more

  • The Over 20 Years Experience Guide to Tire Specs

    Monday 15 May 2017

    You know you need newtires, but you're not sure what type. You look at a tire to get the size: 225, 50, R, 16, 92, H. All the way to the Los Angeles service center you keep repeating it over and over. You even say it over in your mind while waiting in line. Then you get to the counter and the manager asks what size you need. Then your mind goes blank.Tire size can be confusing for many Los Angeles drivers. There's so much on the side of the tire, and it's h... read more

  • Over 20 Years Experience Automotive Tips: Diagnostic Service

    Monday 08 May 2017

    Imagine waking up one morning with a stomach ache. You pick up the phone, call the doctor’s office and say, “I’ve got a really bad tummy ache. How much will it cost to make me feel better?” Of course you wouldn’t do that. You know that there could be a lot of reasons for your symptoms and that the doctor will have to examine you, ask some questions and probably run some tests before she can tell you what’s wrong and give you treatment options. This same scenar... read more

  • Serpentine Belt Service at Over 20 Years Experience

    Tuesday 02 May 2017

    Most Los Angeles folks occasionally have days when they've got a bunch of errands to run. Yesterday was my day off and I needed to fill the gas tank, pick up some groceries at my Los Angeles market, swing by the ATM and get the kids from school. I could have made four trips . . . but that would have been totally inefficient. Instead I got unusually organized and planned my stops. I hit the ATM first and got gas next. Then I went to the supermarket and picked up the kids on the way home. I was pr... read more

  • Automotive Tips from Over 20 Years Experience: Causes of Wheel Misalignment

    Sunday 23 April 2017

    When properly aligned, all of your wheels are pointed in the same direction. Your vehicle will track true and handle the way it is designed. Los Angeles drivers often associate our wheels being “knocked” out of alignment with an event like a major crash, hitting a pothole, curb or some other object. While these can certainly take your wheels out of alignment, the bumps and bounces of everyday Los Angeles driving take their toll on wheel alignment as well. Your car can lose... read more

  • Over 20 Years Experience Advice on What to Pour into Your Vehicle

    Tuesday 18 April 2017

    Changes in vehicle design and manufacture have resulted in changed fluid requirements for our vehicles. With the sophistication of engines, transmissions, differentials, etc., it's best for Los Angeles residents to always use the proper type of fluid for their vehicle. Using incorrect fluids can actually damage your engine.As engines have become more sophisticated, new weights (or grades) of engine oil have been introduced. Today, there is a much wider range of weights for engine oil as well as... read more

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