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Yearly Archives: 2021

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

Debunking the Top 3 Tire Myths

Debunking the Top 3 Tire Myths

Your tires are an essential safety feature on your car, which is why it is so critical to have maintenance on them. Unfortunately, they are often neglected. From tire pressure, tread wear to rotations, it seems like no one cares as much as they should. We're here to set the record straight and deflate the top three tire myths to make sure you stay knowledgeable about your wheels.   Myth #1: The Recommended Tire Pressure Is Listed On The Side of Your Tires. Studies show that about half of all drivers think this is where you look to find the factory-recommended tire inflation pressure number. However, the numbers on your tire indicate what size and kind of tire you have. They might also indicate the maximum cold inflation PSI the tire is rated for—not the recommended pressure for your car. Instead, look for a label inside the vehicle's driver-side door or inside the owner's manual for the ideal pressure number.   Myth #2: If Your Vehicle Has a Tire-Pressu ... read more

Why Are My Turn Signals Not Working?

Why Are My Turn Signals Not Working?

Your blinkers' main function is to communicate to other people on the road that you are turning or changing lanes. Malfunctioning blinkers is a serious hazard that can increase your risk of getting in an accident, especially in a big city like Los Angeles. In fact, a study constructed by the Society of Automotive Engineers found that failure to use turn signals accounts for more than 2M vehicle accidents every year. If you find out that your vehicle has turn signal issues, find a mechanic to diagnose the issue and fix the problem immediately.    Common Causes of Turn Signal Problems Sadly, many different things can provoke a turn signal to malfunction. So, if you want to identify the cause, then One Stop Auto Care can do the troubleshooting. Here are the five most popular sources of a turn signal problem:   Dead Light Bulb The first thing that should be checked is the life of the light bulb. A dead bulb is one of the more common problems that will cause your bl ... read more

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