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Ways to Freshen up Your Car for Spring

Ways to Freshen up Your Car for Spring

During winter, cars often take a beat down with culprits including; snow, salt, sand, dirt, and gravel. As spring approaches, it's paramount to get your automobile ready for the warmer weather. Here are vehicle maintenance tips to prep your vehicle for spring. Cleaning the Vehicle's Interior A high-pressure hose can clean the rubber floor mats, and a vacuum cleaner can refresh the cloth mats underneath the rubber mats. Also, clean the underside of the cloth mat where corrosion and rust-causing gravel, dirt, debris, and salt accumulate during winter. It's also crucial to wash under the seats where dirt and food might find their way. And if your vehicle has fabric upholstery, cleaning the car seats with hot water and a warm wet cloth eliminates dirt that easily sticks. Washing and Waxing the Car's Exterior After cleaning the interior, it's time to focus on the exterior. Wash the entire outer surface to clean off all the winter dirt before waxing. The wax seals th ... read more

What Is the Point of An Emissions Test?

What Is the Point of An Emissions Test?

According to San Diego, CA laws, you may be required to have an emission test performed on your vehicle periodically. This typically happens every two years, depending on the type of car you drive and the vehicle's age. Newer automobiles, diesel-powered vehicles, electric/hybrid vehicles, motorcycles, and trailers are exempt.    Why Is Emissions Testing Important? Standard gas-powered vehicles have engines that emit fumes and gasses that can harm you and the environment. An emissions test makes sure that the cars in San Diego have proper working exhaust systems so that our vehicle's emissions are not as intense. During an emissions test, a technician will quantify the number of gasses that your car releases. And we'll closely inspect your exhaust parts. Below are some reasons why your vehicle may fail the test: The O2 sensor is broken You have a clogged or failing catalytic converter The fuel/air mixture is unevenly distributed You have clogged fuel inject ... read more

​​Why Does My Car Make Noises During Turns?

​​Why Does My Car Make Noises During Turns?

A good rule of thumb is that you should never ignore unusual noises that your car makes. As your vehicle ages, your vehicle will work harder and emit odd sounds, and they sometimes spell trouble. Depending on the nature of the sound, such as when it occurs, can tell what the issue could be. The question we are addressing today is, "Why does my car make noises during turns?"   When your ride is in good working order, you shouldn't hear any noises as you travel. If you are experiencing loud turns, read on to learn what could be the culprit. Explanations for Noisy Steering Wheel Turns Suspension Joints: Creaking and clunking are typical sounds that worn suspension parts will make during turns at low speeds. Struts and Shocks: Often controlling your vehicle over bumps and patches in the road, your shocks and struts can make noises once they're no longer effective. Power Steering Pump: Another common problem behind loud turns is a failing power steering pump. It ... read more

4 Common Automotive Electrical Problems

4 Common Automotive Electrical Problems

The electrical system within your vehicle is one of the many parts that have advanced significantly over the years. Your car consists of labyrinths of wires, relays, circuits, and fuse boxes. If any of them malfunctions, it can impact the overall performance of your car. Therefore, it is vital to keep an eye out for weak electrical signs to avoid major inconveniences. Below are 4 of the most common electrical system problems in cars. Dead Battery A battery that can't hold a charge is one of the most widespread problems across all vehicles. Dealing with a car that won't start can be very frustrating. Such a problem may result from a leak in the battery, end of battery life, or any other damage to the battery. Malfunctioning Alternator Like the battery, an alternator plays an integral role in the electrical system. It is responsible that your battery gets charged as you drive. If it is malfunctioning, you may notice a slow loss in power output. You might lose speed or see fli ... read more

The Importance of Driving Visibility This Time of Year

The Importance of Driving Visibility This Time of Year

Weather conditions such as fog, mist, and rain can make their way to the San Diego, CA area this time of year. Let's not forget that it has gotten darker way earlier, with daylight savings ending in November. In these several months, your visibility as a driver becomes even more critical than ever. Not only do you need to see where you are going, but you want other California drivers to see you too. Let's go over why some automotive maintenance items are needed this time of year to improve your visibility! Heater and Front Defroster Your defroster is part of your vehicle's HVAC system, and it comes in handy this time of year. If your glass surfaces aren't clearing up your windows properly, it is worth getting the system inspected by a professional repair technician. There may be something problematic with your heater/air conditioner, vents, the cabin air filter, or something else. Headlights, Tail Lights, and Fog Lights Next, you will need plenty of lights to keep y ... read more