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Yearly Archives: 2015

3 Easy Ways to Safely Remove Ice Off Your Car Window

3 Easy Ways to Safely Remove Ice Off Your Car Window

With the cold days upon us, we wanted to share 4 easy and safe ways to remove ice off your window. Before you begin any of the below steps, do this: If your vehicle is parked in a well ventilated area, start the car, roll down your driver's side window (so you don't get locked out of the car), and turn the heater on to the defrost setting. Then turn the rear window defrost to the on position.  1. The Makeshift Ice Scraper Save an old credit card or gift card in your wallet. Place the longer edge against your glass starting from the top of the window and scrape the ice down. After you are done with the whole window, lift the wiper blades up and scrape the ice slush off the car. All done! 2. Water makes (Almost) everything Better With this method, be careful of two things... the outside temperature and the temperature of the water. If the outside temperature is too cold (32* F or below), you will build up more ice. If the water is too hot (anything o ... read more

2015 Thanksgiving Holiday Hours for A+ Japanese Auto Repair

2015 Thanksgiving Holiday Hours for A+ Japanese Auto Repair

A+ Japanese Auto Repair, Inc. - Holiday Hours Happy Thanksgiving from our family to yours!     We will be open to perform auto repair for our clients in San Carlos, Belmont, Redwood City, Redwood Shores, and the other local cities on Monday - Wednesday of the 2015 Thanksgiving week.      If you need any help during the long holiday weekend, please email us at [email protected] We will be responding to emails over the holiday weekend. If you have an emergency and please only an emergency, you can contact our head technician Eric 650-703-0973      Our Thanksgiving Holiday hours for 2015 are listed below:  Open | Nov 23rd - 25th | Mon - Wed 7:30am - 5:00pm Closed | Nov 26th - Nov 29th | Thursday - Sunday  

2015 Mazda Miata Touring - A+ Japanese Auto Repair's client

2015 Mazda Miata Touring - A+ Japanese Auto Repair's client

2015 Mazda Miata Touring - A+ Japanese Auto Repair's client A+ Japanese Auto Repair’s client Bob C. stopped by to show off his new ride. Have you seen the newest Mazda Miata Touring? It's sweet.   We have been serving Bob’s four cars for over 10 years. We have seen many cars on the day they were purchased but never a rare 2015 Mazda Miata Touring! Enjoy the beautiful new Miata and we look forward servicing the 5th car in your fleet!  

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

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