Yearly Archives: 2020

New Year: New Plans for Car Care

New Year: New Plans for Car Care

With the new year fast approaching, it's time for new projects and fresh starts. People are different, making new year's resolutions to better their lives. And as they do this, they often neglect their vehicles' care. As you come up with your resolutions, do not forget that of your car too. Here are a few things to consider: Check and change your oil Part of maintaining a healthy car is ensuring it's well lubricated. Therefore, you should consider getting routine oil changes or even changing it yourself and checking your vehicle's oil levels from time to time. Changing your oil regularly is essential, and without doing so, you risk your car from getting damaged permanently. Make 2021 the year you make a habit of frequently checking your oil levels, at least once a month. Do not neglect car maintenance. If you were reluctant about making regular car maintenance appointments in 2020, then your first new year's plan should be to visit your mechanic. Keeping up ... read more

It’s Time to Prepare Your European Vehicle for the Winter

It’s Time to Prepare Your European Vehicle for the Winter

The weather has finally started to cool in San Jose, making it an optimal time to give your vehicle a little extra love for the winter. Summer heat is harsh on your car, but winter also places a few additional demands on your fragile engine parts. If you're planning on end-of-the-year road trips or want top vehicle performance going into 2021, maintenance should be the main priority. Winter car care is your opportunity to improve fuel efficiency, boost safety, and improve drivability. Below we have listed a few essential car components to check to prepare your European vehicle for the winter. Check the lights: During the winter, the sun sets earlier, and you may find yourself doing more at night. Take time to check that your headlights and brake lights are working and fully functional. This can increase safety when it's dark and prevent any unexpected fix-it tickets.  Check the battery: Extreme temperatures during t ... read more

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How to Check Your Tire Pressure

How to Check Your Tire Pressure

Maintaining adequate tire pressure is typically a quick and straightforward task. Proper tire inflation is essential for good tire performance while driving your vehicle. Properly inflated tires have a longer lifespan and offer faster steering wheel response time. It also limits how much fuel your car guzzles, providing better fuel efficiency. No matter if your tires are under-inflated or over-inflated, both can cause premature tread wear and tire failure. To get the most out of your tires, check the tire pressure monthly. Below is a list of tips to help you efficiently maintain your vehicle’s tire inflation. Confirm the manufacturers recommended PSI. You can find the recommended tire pressure for your vehicle on the door jam on the driver’s side. The vehicle’s owner’s manual will also have tire PSI for your front and rear tires. Keep this number noted. Check your tire pressure before driving. If possible, check the tire pre ... read more

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A Guide to Dashboard Lights

A Guide to Dashboard Lights

A vehicle’s dashboard has an array of helpful information placed right in front of the driver. In the present time, the average new car has several computer modules and sensors working together. The dashboard sensors illuminate specific lights to give information regarding the health of the vehicle. Some symbols are more obvious than others, but it’s important to be familiar with them all in case of an emergency. Below is a guide with information on common dashboard lights and what they mean.  ABS Light If the ABS light is on, this can indicate a problem with the anti-lock braking system. This sensor can be triggered by a voltage loss or even a dirt wheel sensor.  Brake Light If the brake light is on, make sure the parking brake is down. If it is, the brake light could be indicating a variety of issues from low brake fluid and worn brake pads to a hydraulic pressure issue. While it’s tempting to just top-off the brake fluid and keep driving, low brake flui ... read more

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What Happens if My Coolant Levels are Low?

What Happens if My Coolant Levels are Low?

Antifreeze keeps your vehicle operating at an optimal temperature. It’s usually green and sweet-smelling, with a sticky consistency. And it keeps your engine temperature cool. While your oil and brake fluid are essential, your coolant is just as important. It’s critical to stay aware of how often it should be topped off to avoid any issues. If you drive with low coolant, your engine will get too hot, which can mean dangerous drive and significant damage. Here’s what can happen if you drive with low coolant levels: The engine will overheat. Without enough coolant, your vehicle will struggle to pull heat away from the engine. This is something you should prioritize because it could cause permanent damage, such as your pistons becoming so hot that they weld the cylinders.  Your check engine light will come on.  This can indicate that your vehicle has detected an issue, likely caused by the lack of coolant.  The ... read more