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Understanding Lexus Repair Codes

Understanding Lexus Repair Codes

Photo by Steven Binotto on Unsplash   If you own a Lexus, then you know that it is important to keep up with the required maintenance. Not only will this help your car run smoothly, but it will also help maintain its value. When your Lexus presents a check engine light, the team at A+ Japanese Auto Repair is here to investigate your service codes and maintain and repair your Lexus.    Nowadays, many car enthusiasts purchase diagnostic tools for their home garage, as a means of understanding where their car is in crisis. As diagnostic tools become cheaper, we are beginning to encounter more Lexus owners who have already performed the computer diagnostic, but have the instincts to still bring their Lexus in to A+ Japanese f ... read more

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Lexus Service

How Our Service Advisors and Technicians Make the Difference to Your Honda

How Our Service Advisors and Technicians Make the Difference to Your Honda

    Bringing your Honda in for service is decidedly not the same at every repair shop. An individual shop has its unique method and focus. At A+ Japanese, our focus is strong on customer service.   A Honda dealership, for instance, has its way of handling your needs. You may characterize that experience as a friendly counter person relaying, over the phone or in the lobby, what they’ve discovered about your car as they reach each discovery.     At a small independent shop with smaller resources, you might find a mechanic who will take you to your Honda and, over the open engine, try to bring you up to speed with what’s troubling your Honda. In a calm tone, they will convey to you what they will need to put your vehicle right, explaining the situation as best as possible and pointing out issues to you.   At A+ Japanese Auto, we provide the best of both of these things— and more. Our service advisor Seamus Connors will ask all t ... read more

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Honda Service

What are the Honda Services Codes?

What are the Honda Services Codes?

  Honda is big at A+ Japanese Auto Repair We deal in ten different Japanese brands at A+ Japanese Auto Repair. One of the most loved brands is Honda! We find them to be very reliable cars if you keep up with the proper maintenance, which is why we recommend them to first-time Japanese car buyers.       What do the Honda Service Codes mean? Honda’s manufacturer-suggested maintenance is for every 5,000 miles. There are plenty of engine codes to learn surrounding the engine messages of a Honda. Here’s what the service recommendations mean:   Service A is the simple act of replacing the engine oil. Just draining and refilling, nothing more.   Service B is all the little things that can cause trouble when left unchecked: replacing the oil filter, a brake inspection, and anything else your owner’s manual deems to be significant at 5,000 miles.    Service 1 means rotating the tires and verifying the tire pressure and the con ... read more

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Car Spotlight

Let’s talk Toyotas!

Let’s talk Toyotas!

Photo by vishal bonthapally on Unsplash   A+ Japanese knows, services, and loves Japanese cars. Most people will know by our name alone that A+ Japanese Auto Repair can service your Toyota. But did you know that we also specialize in the Toyota brand?    Our shop has long earned a reputation in San Carlos for Toyota service. Many times, San Carlos has voted our shop the #1 Independent Toyota auto repair and service facility. We have ASE-Certified technicians that specialize in Toyota and know it exceptionally well. We happen to love to work on Toyotas, and it’s a treat for us when we can work on something a little unusual to the domestic ones we see.   Our brand new client Jon recently brought in his JDM ... read more

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10 Car Repairs You Shouldn’t Put Off Before School Starts

10 Car Repairs You Shouldn’t Put Off Before School Starts

Photo by A+ Japanese Auto Repair   As we get closer to school being back in session, some of us will see first-time drivers emerging from our own homes. High school seniors will be driving to school for the first time, and some of us will be sending our kids out of the nest and off to a university or a college.    Our kids are young. Some are inexperienced drivers who will be going back to school while our even younger children may be walking or bicycling to school-- sometimes on the same roads. It’s crucial that we send our kids out in safe and reliable cars.   Here are the ten car repairs you shouldn’t put off before school starts:   Check the Brakes - Brakes are number one for a reason. Kids will dart in and out of the road on their way to and from school. Drivers, young and old, need all the reaction time they can get.     Check the Battery - People often forget that batteries have water or a gel solution in them. After a ... read more

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How to Care For Your Car During the Summer

How to Care For Your Car During the Summer

Your car is, in some ways, is a member of your family! However, just like any member of your family, your car can be vulnerable, especially during the summer! This article will go through some basic steps you can take and habits you can adopt to help your vehicle survive through the deadliest season for vehicles -- the scorching summer!    First, you have to make sure that you always park in shady areas. Frequent high temperatures and sun rays can burn your car paint and make your vehicle look like a (literally) hot mess! Just because you are having a good time in your car during a summer day doesn’t mean that your vehicle is not getting damaged! Damaged car paint is one of the most painful experiences a driver can get. It takes so much time and resources to fix a damaged paint that it’s not worth it!    A great habit to implement if you want to keep your car in shape is to check the tires regularly. A good rule of thumb is to start with the tire treads ... read more

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Car Maintenance

Why Wheel Alignment Matters

Your tires are your first point of contact with the road. As you can imagine, it is essential to take care of your tires and wheels as they play a crucial role in your overall safety and security. An essential component of tire maintenance is wheel alignment -- alignment doesn't' just involve your vehicle's wheels and tires, but actually your vehicle's entire suspension system.    Your vehicle's suspension system comprises various components, including your tires, air pressure, springs, shock absorbers, and steering linkages. Each of these parts needs to be performing in tip-top shape, or your tires might not connect with the road safely and correctly. If your wheels are out of alignment, you most likely won't be able to steer straight, your drive won't be as comfortable, and your fuel economy won't be as effective.    Poorly conditioned roads, potholes, curbs, and so on all wreak havoc on your vehicle's suspension system and ali ... read more

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Car Maintenance

What to Expect When Bringing Your Vehicle To A+ Japanese Auto Repair

What to Expect When Bringing Your Vehicle To A+ Japanese Auto Repair

The story of A+ Japanese Auto Repair began in 1997 but continued to unfold in 2001 when Adam and Eric took over the facility from their parents. Our family-owned and operated shop provides quality auto repair, quality parts, and courteous service to customers in San Carlos, Belmont, Redwood City, Foster City, Woodside, and San Mateo. We are committed to ensuring you receive the best automotive repair for your Honda, Acura, Toyota, Lexus, Nissan, Infiniti, Subaru, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Kia, Scion, Hyundai, Isuzu, and hybrid vehicles.  Here is precisely what you can expect when you bring your vehicle to A+ Japanese Auto Repair:  We stand by our core values of integrity, quality, and commitment. We aim to become your lifelong auto repair shop. Together, we can enter a partnership to keep your Japanese vehicle performing in tip-top shape.  Our service advisors and technicians are ASE-Certified, and we continue to receive training to stay on top of the automotive industry.&nb ... read more

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Car Maintenance

Difference Between Cabin Air Filters and Engine Air Filters

Difference Between Cabin Air Filters and Engine Air Filters

Modern vehicles are built with two air filters -- engine air filter and cabin air filter. Even though these filters have similar designs and construction, they each perform distinctly separate tasks. The team at A+ Japanese Auto Repair is here to help you understand how your cabin air filters and engine air filters function and why these components essential for both your health and your vehicle’s health.  Your vehicle has a complex intake system that pulls in the air for your engine’s internal combustion process. Your engine air filter is responsible for filtering out any dust and debris from your engine. This process ensures only clean air reaches your engine. When you bring your vehicle to our shop, we will look at your engine air filter for any signs of excessive dirt, grime, or debris. If needed, we will suggest a replacement. Without a pristine engine air filter, your vehicle’s overall performance might be diminished, as debris and dirt can obstruct combus ... read more

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Spring is Here! Is Your Car Ready?

Spring is Here! Is Your Car Ready?

Congratulations! You just got through another winter! Since Spring is almost here, it is the perfect time for some spring cleaning. The team at A+ Japanese Auto Repair is here to remind you not to forget about your vehicle. Your vehicle, most likely, needs a little extra TLC after going through the winter weather.  With Spring quickly approaching, here are 4 items to check to get your vehicle ready for Spring:  Let's start with your windshield wiper blades. During the winter, your windshield wipers are working overdrive. Cold temperatures take a toll on your vehicle's rubber components, including your windshield wipers. Early Spring is the perfect time to examine and replace your windshield wipers, especially since we have all heard of the saying: "April showers bring May flowers."  Take time to inspect your tires! Rain on the roads can lead to slipping and sliding.  Be sure that your tires have the proper ... read more

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Car Maintenance
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