• The Edible Engine

    Monday 15 January 2018

    You may have had a friend whose vehicle was the victim of hungry rodents.  After all, mice, rats and squirrels—even rabbits—have been known to gnaw on wires in engine compartments, causing vehicle electrical systems to go haywire.  They can disable a vehicle completely and be very expensive to fix. In 2017, some drivers noticed their vehicle's wiring was being chewed and found out the automaker was using a relatively new material for covering their wires: soy.  Many of... read more

  • To Fix or Not To Fix: That Is the Question.

    Sunday 07 January 2018

    No matter what vehicle you drive, when certain things break, you have to make a decision.  Should I get it fixed now, later or never?  Air conditioning is one of those things.  You can certainly live without air conditioning, but it sure is nice to have on a sweltering day. Let's say your air conditioning breaks in the fall and you live in a climate where it gets quite cold in the winter.  Should you get it fixed now, wait until spring since it won't get warm until then or ma... read more

  • Lease or Buy?

    Wednesday 03 January 2018

    Lease? Or buy? These are the options for Los Angeles drivers. It's always a tough question for auto owners, but here is some info that'll help you make an informed decision.If you buy, you'll pay the full cost of the vehicle, maybe an initial down payment, monthly payments on the balance that pays down the loan principal, and the finance charge.Los Angeles drivers who lease finance the portion of the cost of the vehicle that's used up during the term of the... read more

  • Tire Rotation and Balancing at Over 20 Years Experience in Los Angeles

    Monday 18 December 2017

    Tires do a lot of work for Los Angeles drivers. They transfer engine power and braking forces to the road; they handle steering control; and they cushion all those bumps and jolts while driving around Los Angeles. They also support the entire weight of the vehicle, including you and your passengers. With such important work to do, you want your tires to do their job well. And since replacing tires is fairly pricey, you want them to last as long as possible. There are thr... read more

  • Fuel System Cleaning the Professional Way at Over 20 Years Experience

    Sunday 10 December 2017

    Your fuel system needs to be clean to do its job properly. When it gets dirty, the results are lower engine performance, reduced fuel economy and impaired safety. It can even lead to costly repair bills for Los Angeles drivers. So keep your fuel system clean as part of your routine preventive maintenance.Fuel injectors have replaced carburetors in most of today's vehicles. These injectors deliver better fuel economy than a carburetor, but they can be compromised by rust, dirt an... read more

  • Fall and Spring Inspection at Over 20 Years Experience

    Wednesday 06 December 2017

    Good vehicle care for us Los Angeles residents has always meant taking our vehicles in every spring and fall for a check-up. Vehicles needed routine maintenance to prepare them for the changes in weather. Today's vehicles aren't quite as sensitive to seasonal changes. Older vehicles required different weights of oil for summer and winter. But today's engines can run on the same oil all year. Both the engines and the oils have been improved.Antifreeze—or coolant a... read more

  • Upgrade Shocks for Better Handling in Los Angeles

    Sunday 26 November 2017

    Many Los Angeles drivers probably don't think of their shock absorbers as an important safety system; but that's just what shocks and struts are. They're all about ride control – keeping your vehicle tires in contact with the road and managing body motion.Every time you hit a bump or pothole on a Los Angeles road, your tire wants to bounce up. The bigger the bump, the higher the bounce. Your shocks or struts push down on the tire to maintain the traction you need to start... read more

  • Los Angeles Car Owners Ask: Why Do I Need to Change My Serpentine Belt?

    Tuesday 21 November 2017

    Any Los Angeles driver who understands preventive maintenance knows that “if it ain't broke, don't fix it” is bad auto advice. Replacing a part before it breaks is much less costly for Los Angeles residents than repairing the engine damage that comes after a part breaks or fails. A good example of this is the serpentine belt.The serpentine belt gets its name because of its circuitous path around the engine. The serpentine belt is driven by the engine and powers a number of systems, a... read more

  • Should Los Angeles Soccer Moms Follow the Severe Service Schedule?

    Tuesday 14 November 2017

    So you take your vehicle in for maintenance and the pro at Over 20 Years Experience tells you that you ought to change your oil more often. What? You followed the maintenance schedule – but you take a second look at that “severe service” schedule and see some of the following: 1. Most of your trips around Los Angeles are less than four miles/six and a half kilometers.2. Most of your trips are less than 10 miles/16 km when outside California temperatu... read more

  • How Does Over 20 Years Experience Know What to Recommend?

    Sunday 05 November 2017

    When you drop your vehicle off at Over 20 Years Experience in Los Angeles, they don't just poke around under your hood looking for stuff to do. Over 20 Years Experience professionals have lists and procedures they follow for different types of service. First of all, your Los Angeles service center will note the mileage on your vehicle. They'll then check to see what inspections and services the vehicle manufacturer recommends for a vehicle of your make, model and mileage. I... read more

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