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Toyota Sienna Safety Recall

Toyota Sienna Safety Recall for Sliding Doors 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 limited about of vehicles are typically effected, not all vehicles. It's always best to check the manufacture website with your VIN# to see if your vehicle is one that is under the recall notice. Typically, the manufacture (Toyota in this case) will know which vehicles have the effected part and can just recall that specific vehicle with the faulty part. You can read further information and check to see if your vehicle is effected by this Toyota Sienna Safety Recall For Sliding Doors&nb ... read more

How To Install Snow Chains

How To Install Snow Chains

How To Install Snow Chains 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 traffic. Don't drive the vehicle over the recommended miles per hour on the chains or by the vehicle manufacture. We recommend to install the chains on the wheels that drive the vehicle (i.e. front wheel drive would call for the chains to be installed on the front wheels of the vehicle.) Don't allow any sharp components to be facing the rubber tire. Never install chains that are missing components or have any visual damage. When it comes to the installation of the chains, if you are unsure about any of the procedure, make sure to get professional help.  Click to watch the ... read more

How do I jump my car battery?

How do I jump my car battery?

Learn How To Properly Jump Start A Dead Battery 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 similar process but with the battery jumper cables you will need an extra car in order to jump the dead battery. 1. Turn the ignition key off before making any connections. (if you are using battery jumper cables, leave one car running and remove the key from the dead car. Then make sure none of the jumper battery cable ends touch each other or any painted area of the car.) 2. Clamp the positive (red +) clamp onto the vehicle (red +) battery post. If you can't find the battery there will probably be a connection point under the hood some where marked with a "+" symbol. (if you are using batter ... read more

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5 Things You Must Check Before A Road Trip

5 Things You Must Check Before A Road Trip

5 Things You Must Check Before You Take A Road Trip (Includes Photos) Before embarking on a road trip in your car, there are 5 things you must check on your car. The items below won’t take more than 10 minutes and it could save you from a breakdown and a ruined trip! Check Lights, Fluids, and Tire Pressures - I am a mechanic by trade at A+ Japanese Auto Repair in San Carlos, CA https://aplusjapaneseautorepair.com/ and more often than not, I find cars that have issues with their lights, fluids, or tire pressures. Below I will walk you through the steps of checking your lights, fluids, and tire pressures. Lights - When checking your vehicle’s lights, I am referring to the exterior lights. Start by have someone sit in the car and start it. One at a time have them push the brake pedal (check the brake lights), turn on the blinkers (check in front an ... read more

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What does the battery light mean?

What does the battery light mean?

What does the battery light mean on my dash ? If the battery light comes on your dash which you are driving, that means there is a problem with the car's charging system. About 90% of the time, the alternator is under or over charging the battery. You probably have less than 15 minutes before the car will stop running. Can you drive with the battery light on? You can drive the car with the battery light on but you will only have on average 15 minutes. After roughly 15 minutes, your car will run out of electrical power and the car will stall.  What can you do when the battery light comes on while driving? Since the vehicle is only running on the power that is remaining in your car's battery, you will want to turn off all electrical components that allow you to still safely operate the car. Depending on the battery condition and the electrical loads on your system, you probably have about 10-20 minutes of driving until your vehicle ... read more

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Poor headlight performance in SUVs

Learn if your small SUV headlights properly illuminate the road A recent study by the by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has concluded that many SUV do a poor job of illuminating the road. Among the 21 small SUVs that were tested, there were over 41 different available lighting options. They included halogen, HID, LED, Adaptive Headlights and a few other options manufacture options. The Insurance Institute used a headlight rating system which included acceptable, marginal, and poor. The Institutes rating system is different from the government agency which regulates headlight standards. In the government agency, they rate headlights in the lab for output and angle. In this study, they headlights are studied for illumination in real world situations. “Acceptable” ratings were given to the Ford Escape, Honda CR-V, Hyundai Tucson, and the Mazda CX-3. Each of these vehicles had been tested with the highest lighting package available.  A few ... read more

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How Long Should My Car Battery Last

How long should my car battery last? Car batteries last anywhere from 3-6 years based on the size, quality, location, and the type of battery.  Flooded Lead Acid Car Battery Most car batteries are still using lead acid flooded batteries. The battery consists of lead plates, an acid solution in which the plates are flooded, positive/negative terminals, and a plastic housing which holds it all together. Lead is known as a toxic agent and it will effect ones health but the battery companies still use lead. It’s a great material for maintaining a batteries’ charge, accepting a new charge, and the more lead a battery uses, usually the more energy it’s capable to hold. Size Of The Battery, Bigger is Usually Better The size of a car battery is rated to the amount of the Cold Cranking Amps that a car requires to start. A larger battery will typically last longer than a smaller battery but it certainly depends ... read more

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Our mechanic knows Toyota and Lexus

Our mechanic knows Toyota and Lexus

Paul knows Toyota & Lexus Paul is our head Toyota and Lexus technician.     For over 11 years, Paul has been a Master technician with A+ Japanese Auto Repair in San Carlos focusing on Toyota and Lexus products. Many of the cars he works with daily includes Toyota Sienna Mini Vans, Toyota Corolla, Toyota Highlanders as well as the other vehicles on the Toyota line. Most of the Toyota vehicles that he repairs require not much more than service items. Those items might be brakes, timing belts, major and minor services, electrical diagnostic, air conditioning, and check engine light work. With amount of experience & training that he has on these vehicles, he is one of the top technicians in the San Francisco Bay Area. And of course Lexus. Lexus is actually owned by the Toyota corporation. Lexus is the higher end line for Toyota but they really share quite a few parts and posses the ... read more

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Do you bring your car to Jiffy Lube? You should read this.

If you bring your car to Jiffy Lube for service, you should follow this article. After a 3 year investigation, the California Bureau of Auto Repair has found several violations against a northern CA family owned chain of Jiffy Lube stations.  The investigation is on going but we want all customers to be aware of what's out there. Brought to you by: San Francisco (KGO) State undercover agents say they've found a pattern of fraud at dozens of Bay Area Jiffy Lubes -- all operated by a family franchise. In a story exclusive to ABC7 News, state investigators claim those locations have been selling services customers don't need. (KGO-TV) http://abc7news.com/news/state-undercover-agents-allege-pattern ... read more

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Are counterfeit parts being installed on my car?

Are counterfeit parts being installed on my car?      At A+ Japanese Auto Repair, we take pride in installing the best parts on your car and was deeply disturbed by this recent article regarding counterfeit parts.       There was a recent seizure by Australian authorities of counterfeit Toyota parts. This issue seems to be showing up more and more in the world of products, not just automotive parts. The parts that we seized ranged from oil filters to air bags.        The issue that we see with this, besides the obvious moral issues, is the lack in quality control. People count on parts everyday for reliability as well as their safety.  Read more about this issue below... http://www.caradvice.com.au/448539/counterfeit-toyota-parts-destined-for-australia-seized-in-chinese-raid ... read more

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