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What Does a Maintenance Required Light Mean?

Tuesday
17
April
2018

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…


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,…


How Long Should My Car Battery Last

Monday
11
July
2016

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…


Can I Drive With the Check Engine Light On?

Thursday
22
October
2015

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…


July 4th 2015 – The Busiest Travel Week of the Year

Sunday
28
June
2015

As July 4th 2015 travel week nears, we are predicting it to be the busiest travel week of the year. The economy is allowing more people to hit the roads, rails, and airports.  Last year over 41 million spent part of their holiday week traveling. About 90% of those traveling did so in their automobile. Before you head out…


What should the tire pressure be on my car?

Thursday
31
July
2014

Question posted by Janet W. regarding her Lexus RX350. We are headed to tahoe for summer break and want to make sure our tires are properly inflated.  Can you tell us the easiest way to find out what is the recommended tire pressure is on our vehicle? Often times we get the question, what is…


How do I get the fog off my headlights?

Saturday
26
July
2014

Question posted by Barry G. regarding his Acura MDX “How do I get the fog off my headlights? The headlights on my MDX are getting foggier by the day. I am concerned that it could cause a safety issue with my night time driving.” Why are my headlights cloudy? Why are my headlights yellow, hazed,…


Why does my air conditioner have a musty smell?

Thursday
24
July
2014

Question posted by Jeremy W. regarding his Toyota Land Cruiser. “I am writing into your repair mechanics to find out what is causing my air conditioner odor? My air conditioner has a musty smell that is typically noticeable for the first 60 seconds or A/C operation. After that duration it dissipates.” Why does my air…


Why does my steering wheel shake when braking?

Tuesday
01
July
2014

If you feel your steering wheel shake when braking, you most likely have warped front brake rotors. If you are not applying the brake pedal and the steering wheel still shakes, you may have another issue that should get checked out immediately.  Either way, you should have your vehicle inspected to verify what is causing the…