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Do I need to change my hybrid battery pack

Do I need to change my hybrid battery pack

Do I need to change my hybrid battery pack? Let's explore the options on changing a Hybrid battery pack ​We were recently working on a Toyota Prius at our shop, A+ Japanese Auto Repair,  and it needed a hybrid battery pack replacement. We thought this would be a good time to share a few photos and tell you a little bit more about hybrid battery packs. A hybrid battery pack is made up of several batteries connected by a series of connections. The voltage at each cell can range from 9 volts and higher. The hybrid computer monitors two cells at a time and compares the voltages to all of the other paired cells. If there are a pair of batteries that are too far away from one another in the voltage category then the computer will set a trouble code in the hybrid battery computer. There are some companies that will remove the battery pack from the car and only replace the battery cells which  ... read more

How To Change A Flat Tire

How To Change A Flat Tire

How To Change A Flat Tire   Each car has a different approach to change a spare tire. This is a general procedure to change a flat tire on most cars or trucks.   1.   Get your vehicle to a flat safe spot Find a location away from danger and fast moving traffic. It is okay to drive the vehicle for a short distance on a flat tire. Turn your hazard lights on, drive slow, and avoid sudden acceleration, turns, or braking.   2.   Find the location of the tools you need to change the spare hydraulic jack (to lift the vehicle) tools to remove the spare tire (if needed) tire wrench (to remove and tighten the lug nuts on the tire) 3.    Find the location of your spare tire and remove it Usually located in the trunk, under the rear of the vehicle, or in some mini vans the spare tire is located under the middle row seat.     4.    Set the parking brake and put the vehicle in park If possible, you will a ... read more

How Long Can I Drive On A Flat Tire

How Long Can I Drive On A Flat Tire

How long can I drive on a flat tire? The short answer for how long you can drive on a flat tire is... at a speed above 35mph, you could cause irreversible damage in under one mile of driving.    To properly answer the question "how long can I drive on a flat tire" depends two things: How flat is the tire (the psi) and what type of tire is on your car.   If you need to know how to change a spare tire, click here.   What is considered a flat tire?   A flat tire is considered anything under 20 psi (pressure per square inch). When you are running your tire under 20 psi, the sidewalls of the tire will get very hot, the rubber will breakdown, the tire could come off the rim on a sharp turn, and this will ultimately lead to a tire blowout.   ... read more

Meet Alex Troche of A+ Japanese Auto Repair

Meet Alex Troche of A+ Japanese Auto Repair

Meet Alex Troche of A+ Japanese Auto Repair If you had a super power, what would it be? Actually, teleportation because it would make my job easier and cut down on commute times! What ‘s your job at A+ Japanese Auto Repair I am the shop dispatcher. Work comes to me from the office and I make sure the right job goes to the right technician. We have 8 technicians so it’s quite the juggling act! What are some of your favorite cars and why? 55 Buick Century – Because the Chrome J There are just too many to list…. I could do this all day. Why did you choose to with an independent repair shop? I guess the family style environment. The fact that everyone has a large part of themselves invested in the success of the shop.  It’s a lot easier to take pride in what you do here than it would be in a large corporation. Would you recommend someone to bring their car to A+ Japanese ... read more

Celebrating 500 reviews with Yelp - The most Yelp reviews of any auto repair shop in the nation.

Celebrating 500 reviews with Yelp - The most Yelp reviews of any auto repair shop in the nation.

CELEBRATING 500 REVIEWS WITH YELP - THE MOST Auto Repair YELP REVIEWS IN THE NATION!   Thank you so much to our clients for your continued support, this is because of you! We work each day for each and everyone of our clients and we can't tell you how much we appreciate your support with our automotive repair shop. Yelp Auto Repair San Carlos - A+ Japanese Auto Repair Message from the staff:     We work every day to uphold our core values. Integrity, quality, commitment, and creating lifelong clients relationships.     We strive to provide each client with personal service from our office staff, photos of trouble areas on their vehicle, estimates for all work before doing any work, and a itemized list of services with what should be done im ... read more

Can I drive with the check engine light on

Can I drive with the check engine light on

Let’s be honest, it’s never great when the check engine is on but we want to help you understand if you can drive the car, how long, and what happens if you do drive with the check engine light on. Let’s start with why the check engine light comes on. Your car or truck has many dash warning lights and they all stand for something different.  You can determine if your check engine light on because it could be a symbol of an engine, the words “service engine soon”, the words “check engine”, or a combination of all three.    The main job of a check engine light is to alerts the driver of an issue with one of the car sensors or that the car is not running properly. The engine light can come on solid or it can flash. As a small side note, the check engine light should always come on when you start the vehicle but should turn off within 6 seconds. Is your check engine light flashing or on solid? ... read more

The Burlingame Hyundai Dealer Closed - Where do I take my Hyundai for Service?

The Burlingame Hyundai Dealer Closed - Where do I take my Hyundai for Service?

The Burlingame Hyundai Dealer Closed - Where do I take my Hyundai for Service? Burlingame Hyundai Auto Service and Repair Department is Closed.  Call 650-595-2277 for Hyundai Service & Repair.  Aug 31st 2015 employees and customers showed up to the doors for the Burlingame Hyundai dealership only to find that it had closed down. It came as a surprise even to the neighboring shops, "We had no news, no idea, and then we showed up to work on Monday morning and their lot was empty!" (local mechanic David K. at a neighboring auto repair shop.) So the next question is where can Hyundai customers take their vehicle for service and repair? A+ Japanese Auto Repair in San Carlos has been the Hyundai Dealer alternative for over 10 years. They have seen the evolution of Hyundai from a car struggling with quality and market share to a thriving automotive company who competes against the likes of Honda and Nissan. Contact ... read more

Meet A+ Japanese Auto Repair Assistant - Beatrice B.

Meet A+ Japanese Auto Repair Assistant - Beatrice B.

Meet A+ Japanese Auto Repair Assistant - Beatrice B.   One of our newest team members at A+ Japanese Auto Repair, Inc. in San Carlos - Beatrice B.  Why did you choose your profession in auto repair? My dad was a mechanic and a machinist who would build go carts, work on older model Porsche, and had a bunch of motor cycles. I always around cars while growing up. As a matter of fact when I lived Monterey I went to Laguna Seca several weekends a year and always wanted to be a professional race car driver.   If you could have one super power what would it be and how would you use it? Talk to animals - I used to be a dog trainers and I felt like I could understand the dogs really well but I never knew for sure. I would love to know what they were really thinking.   What do you enjoy most about being an employee at A+ Japanese Auto Repair? The people, it defiantly feels more like a family th ... read more

San Carlos Auto Repair Shop 5 Star Yelp Rating

San Carlos Auto Repair Shop 5 Star Yelp Rating

San Carlos Auto Repair Shop 5 Star Yelp Rating We are fortunate to be rated one of the top auto repair shop in San Carlos but more than that, we are so lucky to have great clients trust us with the auto repair on their cars.  Recently there was an opportunity to help John C. with auto repair on his Jeep. Now it's not the most common vehicle that we repair but we are very comfortable doing the repairs. John's car has been in the shop three times over the last few years. We have performed repairs including routine maintenance, a check engine light repair, suspension work, and brake repair.  Justin is the service advisor who had helped John make the decisions about the Jeep. They discussed which items were a priority and what could wait, sent out photos of the trouble areas, went over all the options, and ultimately got the Jeep back on the road! After a few visits to the repair shop, John really appreciated the level ... read more

A+ Japanese Auto Repair - Labor Day Hours 2015

A+ Japanese Auto Repair - Labor Day Hours 2015

A+ Japanese Auto Repair - Labor Day Hours 2015 ** This week's holiday hour schedule. Closed Sept. 5th-7th, 2015 (Saturday, Sunday, Monday.) We re-open on Tuesday at 7:30am! Book an auto repair appointment for your car service soon. https://aplusjapaneseautorepair.com/Appointments/ or 65