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How To Drive Safely

Being safe on the road is important while driving. If you expect to get to your destination safely and without trouble, driving cautiously and abiding by driving laws and regulations are key. After years of driving, we often forget what we learned when we first started, and being reminded of some of those safety tips can help keep us all safe on the road. Here at 5 tips on how to avoid car accidents: Drive according to the speed limit and with caution. The speed limit on roads is there for a reason - it is the speed that is deemed safe for that area. Driving according to the speed limit will allow you to have proper control of your vehicle and be able to slow down or stop safely when needed. Always signal when changing lanes. Your blinkers are extremely important when it comes to letting others on the road know where your vehicle is planning to go. Not using your blinkers can cause other drivers to have to slam on their brakes or swerve out of the way if they aren’t prepared fo ... read more

Tips to Extend the Life of your Vehicle

With the constant traffic associated with commuting and driving to our destinations in populated cities, the daily driving tends to take a toll on our vehicles. You may not realize it, but driving in traffic actually causes more wear and tear on our vehicles than a normal drive. If you’re one of those who drives on the daily, here are some tips on how to extend the life of your vehicle and increase your vehicle’s fuel efficiency.  Drive Safely Giving yourself plenty of time to slow down or stop behind the vehicle in front of you actually protects your vehicle. When you drive the speed limit, you’ll increase your vehicle’s fuel efficiency and you’ll be much safer on the road.  Stay on Top of Regular Maintenance Making sure your vehicle is always properly maintained is a great way to extend the life of your vehicle. When you have regular inspections or service, you avoid major repairs and unwanted breakdowns that can happen when a car is poorly ... read more

Springtime Car Maintenance

Spring is a great time to take control of your vehicle’s maintenance. Driving in the winter weather can take a toll on our vehicles, causing wear and tear that can affect overall performance and fuel efficiency. Before your spring and summer road trip plans, be sure to come by our shop for a spring vehicle inspection. Here are the top spring maintenance items to keep your vehicle running smoothly into the summer! Read your vehicle’s owner’s manual and see if any recommended services are due Make sure you are current with your vehicle’s oil and filter change Have coolant levels, condition, and concentration checked Inspect belts & hoses for any wear and tear Test air conditioning and verify if it is working properly Check your tires - look at the overall condition, tread, and check tire pressure  Look at all lights, interior and exterior, to make sure they work properly including headlights, tail lights, and brake lights Change your windshield wi ... read more

Signs Your Vehicle Needs a Wheel Alignment

Proper wheel alignment is important for many reasons - it makes sure that you have proper control of your vehicle, keeps the wheels and brakes working properly, and avoids excessive tire wear. A wheel alignment consists of adjusting the angles of your vehicle’s tires to manufacturer specifications.  Vehicle manufacturers have various recommendations for how often your car needs a wheel alignment. However, once a year to every two years, depending on the amount of driving you do, is usually recommended. A wheel alignment sets the caster, camber and toe for the front wheels on your car. Although the service is usually done on a recommended basis, sometimes an alignment is needed sooner if your car’s tires are forced out of alignment, which can happen from hitting potholes, speed bumps, debris, and more.  Signs your vehicle needs a wheel alignment include: Car veers to one side Uneven tire wear Vibrating while driving Steering wheel isn’t straight Diffic ... read more

My Car Battery is Dead - What do I do?

We understand that dreaded feeling of getting into your car in the morning and trying to start it with no avail. You may hear that “click-click-click” noise of your ignition attempting to start your car, or hear nothing at all. The good news is - a car battery is typically an easy fix. It just depends on the problem at hand.  If your car won’t start, the first thing to do is attempt to jump start your vehicle with jumper cables. You will need a friend, family member, or neighbor to help you by using their working car to connect jumper cables to. If jump starting your car works - great! That is always a good sign. However, it doesn’t mean that your car battery is good to go. If you are successful at jump starting your car, you should drive your vehicle into your local trusted auto repair shop for a quick check. We will use a tool to check your battery and see how much life it has left. It will also help us determine if the issue was caused by the battery it ... read more

Happy New Year from Family Auto Service!

It’s that time again, where we think about the goals that we want to make for the new year. While you may be thinking the usual, such as being on time more often, visiting family, or going to the gym more often, you may not have considered making a resolution or two for your vehicle. Here are some resolution ideas that you can make for your car to keep you safe on the road into 2019!   Clean Out your Car   Cleaning out the inside of your vehicle will help you to feel more organized and give your car that new car feeling! A clutter car can make it difficult to feel comfortable while driving, especially for passengers.   Schedule your Vehicle Maintenance Deadlines in your Planner   The most important part of owning a vehicle is staying current with your vehicle’s recommended maintenance and services. If you have a planner or calendar, jotting down dates of your upcoming services will help you keep track of when it’s time to bring your vehicle i ... read more

Happy Holidays from Family Auto Service!

Happy Holidays from everyone here at Family Auto Service in La Jolla, Alpine, La Mesa, and Santee. Here at our family owned and operated auto repair shop, we want to make sure that you and your family are safe on the road this holiday season. We invite you to visit one of our local convenience shops for an inspection before any road trip to make sure that your vehicle will stay reliable for you and your family.   If you are planning on taking a trip in your vehicle to visit friends or family for holidays, we recommend that your vehicle is well-maintained and prepared to take the trek. Here in California this winter season, we will be expecting quite of bit of rain, and driving in cold and rainy weather conditions is always a little more difficult than our usual sunny weather driving. An inspection of your vehicle before any holiday road trip or shopping plans will catch any issues while they are small and allow our experts to check vital components for driving in the rain, suc ... read more

October is Fall Car Care Month

October is the start of Fall Car Care Month, a time of year dedicated to reminding car drivers to get their vehicles ready for the winter months and to practice good vehicle maintenance. As we approach the winter months, it is important to inspect vital components of our vehicle’s that are important for the colder weather.  Regular car care is key to keeping your vehicle running healthy and to avoiding costly repairs down the road. A properly maintained vehicle will also ensure your safety on the road.  The Car Care Council recommends 10 Fall maintenance items that will help make sure that your vehicle is ready for winter: Check fluids - This includes engine oil, power steering fluid, brake fluid, transmission fluid, windshield wiper solvent, and coolant. Clean and topped off fluids will help make sure that all systems are running smoothly.    Check hoses and belts - All hoses should be checked for corrosion and belts sho ... read more

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Leaking Fluid - What Does It Mean and What Do I Do?

Leaking fluid underneath your vehicle can be a cause for concern - and leave you with more questions than answers. Leaks can actually stem from a number of different components, with some leaks being much more damaging than others.  If you see a leak underneath your vehicle, the first thing to do is determine the color of the leak. The color can usually give you an idea of the source of the leak.  Red - A red fluid leak is usually from the transmission or power steering system. This can be caused by a broken transmission seal or a hole in the power steering lines.  Orange - An orange leak can be caused by a couple of different components. The usual culprit is leaking antifreeze. It can also be condensation from a rusty radiator, or could be transmission fluid if the fluid is old and dirty.  Yellow - Yellow fluid indicates a radiator coolant leak. This leak can be caused by a loose hose clamp or a damaged o-ring ... read more

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