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What Does a Maintenance Required Light Mean?

Tuesday
17
April
2018
Maintenance required light on the dash

Unlike a “check engine” light, a maintenance required light is based strictly on a car’s mileage and when the light was previously reset. A qualified service technician can diagnose the car’s maintenance needs and provide the necessary services, including an engine oil and oil filter change, tire rotation, or a general vehicle inspection. Since the…


4 Things You Need To Know If Your Car Overheats

Friday
07
July
2017

A long summer road trip, climbing up a grade, 100 degrees outside, car loaded up with luggage… this is a recipe for an overheating car! There are a few things you can do to stop your car from overheating. We are going to share four of them with you. 1. Be Aware Of Your Car’s…


3 Wet Weather Driving Tips You Need To Know

Monday
16
January
2017

1. Slow your vehicle speed: There was an old saying, “speed kills”. Not to be over dramatic but lowering your speed is the number one thing that you can do to keep safe. When water on the roads is kicked up on your windshield, your visibility is drastically decreased. This lack of visibility impairs your reaction time to maneuver…


Toyota Sienna Safety Recall for Sliding Doors

Wednesday
30
November
2016

On Nov. 22, 2016, Toyota issued a safety recall for about 744,000 model year 2011 – 2016 Toyota Sienna Mini-Vans.  In certain vehicles, under certain conditions, it’s possible that the sliding door locking mechanism could allow the door to slide open while vehicle is in motion.  The way these safety recalls work is that a…


How To Install Snow Chains

Sunday
27
November
2016

In this blog post, we have made a video guide on how to install snow chains. Please be sure to follow the chain and vehicle manufacture instructions, only use this information as a guide. There are a few things to remember when installing snow chains. Get your vehicle to a safe, flat, spot away from…


How To Properly Jump Start A Dead Battery

Friday
28
October
2016

A dead battery will probably leave you stranded at least once in your life so it is important to learn how to properly jump start a dead battery. There are two common methods to jumpstart a dead battery. You can use the traditional battery jumper cables or a newer battery jumper pack. Each requires a…


What does the battery light mean on my dash ?

Sunday
21
August
2016

The battery light on your dash means the alternator is no longer charging the battery and the car will soon leave you stranded. It’s a simple as that. But let’s take a moment to unfold what that means. We get that phone call a few times a month at our auto repair facility in San Carlos,…


Auto Repair Shop in San Carlos, CA – Certified as a Green Business

Friday
19
August
2016

A+ Japanese Auto Repair in San Carlos CA has once again been certified as a green business. http://greenbusinessca.org/directory/search/?primary_category=&city=San+Carlos&county=&zipcode=94070&company_name= Back in 2010, A+ Japanese Auto Repair was the first auto repair shop in San Mateo County to be certified as a California Green Business. There are several procedures that A+ Japanese Auto Repair had to abide by to…


Introducing Ricardo Garcia our newest service advisor

Wednesday
27
July
2016

We wanted to introduce Ricardo Garcia, our newest addition to the shop! After being fortunate to have Rob Lucas for over 11 years, we have found another gem. Ricardo comes to us from a humble background of being a porter at a local dealership. As a porter, he would check in vehicles, greet customers, park…