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5 Things That Can Hurt Your Car's Transmission

5 Things That Can Hurt Your Car's Transmission

It doesn't take a car expert to know that transmission issues are timely and expensive and can significantly worsen in a short amount of time if gone unnoticed. In other words, if you suspect you have a transmission problem, please bring your vehicle to One Stop Auto Care as soon as possible. You can take preventative measures to prevent transmission problems from ever arising. Many of them start with poor driving habits and negligence.  Not entirely stopping before shifting gears If you have an automatic transmission, you need to come to a complete stop before switching from a forward gear to reverse and vice versa. Shifting gears too quickly when your vehicle is still in motion can cause damage; there is a spinning coupling mechanism that can prematurely fail from those harsh changes. Never using the parking brake When you don't engage your parking brake (also known as the emergency brake or e-brake), you can put additional stress on your transmission as it tries to ... read more

What Every Driver Should Know About Their Airbag and SRS

What Every Driver Should Know About Their Airbag and SRS

Today's vehicles are safer and better designed than they've ever been. There are various techniques and designs provided to protect both drivers and passengers in a vehicle accident. Your airbags are a part of a rather complex system of sensors and computers called the Supplemental Restraint System, also known as SRS. These detectors are all over your vehicle. They calculate various things like where passengers are seated, how much they weigh, and the speed and direction of an impact of a crash.   The SRS computer considers all this information and determines if and when an airbag needs to be deployed. An airbag has to be inflated very promptly to offer maximum protection. However, the effects of it can be very damaging if deployed at the wrong time. That's why the SRS computer will do its best to trigger the airbag in only life-threatening circumstances. Severe, direct, side, and front collisions and vehicle rollovers are more likely to expand your airbags. There a ... read more

An Ultimate Guide to a Fun & Safe Tailgate

An Ultimate Guide to a Fun & Safe Tailgate

Whether you are a Rams or Chargers fan, tailgating is a fall staple. It's a great time to gather friends, families, and others with the same game spirit for hours before your favorite sports team plays. Following a few words of advice can go a long way toward keeping your celebration fun and free of any dangers.    Safe Driving Tips - When arriving at the stadium, you'll notice the stadiums' surroundings crowded with fans firing up their grills, eating, and drinking from the back of their cars, vans, trucks, or RVs. We advise that you take special care when driving around and through the tailgate crowds that often spill over into driving lanes.  Please reduce your speed and watch for children and adults.  Always stop for pedestrians. Have a designated driver or plan for after the game Pay attention to any glass or other sharp objects when moving about the tailgate area. You don't want a flat tire on the way home. Food Safety Tips - It's not ... read more

How to Diagnose Mechanical Vehicle Issues From Sounds

How to Diagnose Mechanical Vehicle Issues From Sounds

When you make as big of an investment as purchasing a car, you want to make sure you uphold that vehicle's value as long as possible. Keeping it in pristine condition means ensuring you take it in for its regular car service at One Stop Auto Care. However, problems are inevitable as your car grows older, even if you do all the right things for your vehicle.   Automobiles are complicated machines, and it isn't uncommon for their parts to malfunction naturally. Luckily, you can diagnose most mechanical problems by just using your five senses. Today we are going over any noises your car may make that may signal a need for repairs.   Sound 1: Squealing or Screeching from below This is a pretty popular noise that we sometimes hear in other vehicles around us. If you notice that your car is screeching or squeaking whenever you apply pressure on the brake pedal, it may mean that your brake pads have completely worn down. The noise is produced by the brake pad indicator ... read more

What Are the Different Types of Engine Oil

What Are the Different Types of Engine Oil

Oil changes are the number one most important (and most frequent) maintenance service that every vehicle owner needs. This lubricant is in charge of keeping your engine lubricated and absorbing excess heat to prevent overheating. Though most motor oil serves the same purpose, there are several kinds—the three types of oil are synthetic, semi-synthetic, or conventional oil. At One Stop Auto Care, our trained technicians can give you a consultation and suggest which type is most suitable for your vehicle.    Synthetic  Synthetic oil is chemically created in a science lab to be more consistent in formula and high-performing. It is incredibly effective at reducing friction and withstanding scorching temperatures. Its chemical composites benefit your vehicle by enhancing fuel economy and, in some cases, increasing horsepower. Synthetic oil is usually prescribed for cars that demand peak-level performance. The biggest advantage of using synthetic oil is its long-lasti ... read more