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Ten Ways To Show Love For Your Loved Ones

Ten Ways To Show Love For Your Loved Ones

  Ten Ways To Show Love For Your Loved One   It is the perfect time of year to think of ways to show our love. We here at Family Auto Service want to share with you this top 10 list of ideas we have come up with to show love to your loved ones.   Their Choice. Choosing what they prefer is a simple way to show your sweetie that they are a priority and essential to you. Simple things like picking up their favorite toothpaste or running through their favorite fast food joint. Do they prefer a date night in? Light some candles and surprise them by making their favorite meal, or if you don't cook, order take out on their busiest day of the week. It is such a nice feeling to come home after a long day to find your sweetie has taken care of the evening meal, and, that it is one of your favorites! And remember to reach for their hand and perhaps give an unexpected kiss giving them the butterflies. Tackle Some Chores. Taking care of some weekly chores, they don't lo ... read more

What are the Signs of a Dirty Air Filter?

Your car's air filter has the job of cleaning air as it enters the engine. The filter helps to keep debris, dirt, and bugs out of the engine as that air is brought in which can damage or affect the engine's performance. When the air filter becomes extremely dirty or clogged, the proper amount of air will not reach your engine and therefore will begin to reduce your engine's performance.  When do air filters need to be replaced?  Most vehicles require an air filter replacement every 10,000 miles or so. The best place to look for your specific vehicle's recommendations is your owner's manual. This will outline how often you need to have your air filter replaced. Also, keep in mind the climate that you drive in every day. Dusty or dirty roads driven every day may cause you to need to replace this filter more often than what is recommended, so keeping an eye on the filter's condition is helpful.  Signs that your air filter will need to be replaced ... read more

Is It Cheaper To Keep Your Old Car? A Look at Preventive Maintenance vs. Buying New.

Is It Cheaper To Keep Your Old Car? A Look at Preventive Maintenance vs. Buying New.

Do you ever wonder how your grandparents always seemed to have the same cars for decades, while those with newer vehicles often wind up trading them in or buying new cars to replace them in a few years? Going into the new year, we often find ourselves looking for a fresh start, out with the old and in with the new. But that can add up! Take a page out of grandpa’s book, and keep your car running like new for years to come by investing in your vehicle’s longevity through preventive maintenance. The investment is minimal compared  to the thousands you’ll save on a new vehicle! To put things in perspective, let’s look at some numbers. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics lists that in 2018, the average American household earned $63,179. That same family spent 1.9% of its annual income on preventive maintenance and repairs, 3.1% on gasoline and oil, and 2.2% on auto insurance. With a little math, those figures show that family spent $1,200 on preventive mainten ... read more

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Top Reasons Why Your Car Can Breakdown this Winter

We know that winter driving can be stressful, especially when you try to stay off the roads in times of winter storms and snow. The best thing you can do to be as prepared as possible when hitting the road in the winter is by ensuring that your vehicle is ready to handle the cold weather.  An inspection at our shop can help guarantee that your vehicle is in the best condition to stay reliable through the winter weather, and if not, we can help make the repairs necessary to get your vehicle where it needs to be.  Here are some of the top causes of winter vehicle breakdowns:  Engine overheating - Motor oil runs thicker in cold temperatures, making it harder for it to circulate and keep your car running smoothly—and prevent it from overheating. A dead battery - It’s harder for car batteries to produce a charge in winter — meaning it might not be able to produce enough energy to start your car when you turn the key. Radiator failure - You left your veh ... read more

How To Be Prepared For Unexpected Snow & Road Hazards

How To Be Prepared For Unexpected Snow & Road Hazards

Are you ready for unexpected weather and natural disasters? Here in San Diego, we don’t often think of snow, except on TV shows. But earlier this year, in February 2019, we had unexpected snowfall at Lake Elsinore and The Grapevine. And we sure have had our fair share of unexpected fires in California. How do you prepare for these things?   At Family Auto Service, we have several tips to prepare you and your family vehicle for unexpected road conditions. Here is a list of things you should carry in your car, truck, SUV, or van so you can be ready for anything.   Spare tire, a jack, and a lug wrench. If your tire goes flat and you don’t have run-flat tires, be sure to carry an inflated spare tire, a jack that will safely lift your car, and a lug wrench. You get extra credit if you also pack a reflective vest and flares in case you need to be seen at night while on the side of the road.   Snow chains or snow socks. If you like to ski, you probably have ... read more

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Happy Thanksgiving from Family Auto Service!

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us here at Family Auto Service! We hope that you had a wonderful holiday with friends and family. With all the holidays comes lots of travel, so if you are planning a road trip in the near future, we recommend that you check off some important travel measures before you hit the road.  Be sure to have your vehicle inspected by the experts here at Family Auto Service before you hit the road. You never want to be caught in a situation where you are stuck without a working vehicle, so guaranteeing that your vehicle is ready for any road trip will keep your family safe and bring you peace of mind on the road.    Pack ample blankets and coats for the road to keep warm if you’re traveling in the cold this winter.    Have an emergency kit on hand in your trunk to help out in cases of emergencies. Some things to make sure you have with you include a spare tire, jack, wrench, flashlight, flares, cell phone charger, and ... read more

Is Your Family Vehicle Ready For The Holidays?

Is Your Family Vehicle Ready For The Holidays?

This year has flown by, and before you know it, it’ll be time to start planning for holiday road trips and travel. But along with those travel plans can come some trying weather conditions. Here at Family Auto Service we want to help keep you and your family safe by making sure you have reliable auto mechanics at your service. Whether you reside or work in the La Jolla, La Mesa, Santee, or Alpine areas, Family Auto Service can take care of your auto repair and preventive maintenance needs. Keep reading to learn more about how you can keep your family’s vehicle prepped, primed, and ready to take on the holidays! Getting ready to set out on a road trip for the holidays can be a daunting task. Between getting you and your family ready for the trip, making sure you have everything packed, and beating the traffic, you’ve got your work cut out for you. With that in mind, being sure to thoroughly inspect your vehicle well ahead of time can keep you from being caught unaware ... read more

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How to Take Care of Your Tires

Your vehicle’s tires are a particularly vital feature of your vehicle. They're the sole element between your automobile and the road, and work properly to make sure that you're ready to accelerate, stop, and turn with accuracy. Poor tires will cause a variety of various problems, including lower fuel efficiency, tire blowouts, needing new tires more often, and more. Smart tire maintenance will protect you on the road as well as saving you cash on new tires throughout the years.  A regularly unnoticed tire service is correct tire pressure. When your tires measure low in air pressure, excessive tire wear will occur and blow outs can happen. It isn’t safe to drive with low tire pressure and it's a really straightforward fix. Typically, you can test your tire pressure and refill it at home, but if you need assistance, Family Auto Service will be happy to help.  If your tires aren’t aligned or balanced properly, excessive we ... read more

Top Five Reasons To Get Brake Repair Service Sooner Than Later

Top Five Reasons To Get Brake Repair Service Sooner Than Later

It’s October, and this is the perfect time of year to get your brake repair service performed sooner than later.  Family Auto Service deeply cares about you, your family, and your family vehicles. We understand that life gets busy and that it is easy to put off brake repair for later because you don’t have much time in your busy schedule. However, we would like to offer the top five reasons why you should get your brakes serviced and repaired this month.   In preparation for Halloween. As we approach Halloween, there are going to be a lot of petite and adorable little ghosts, goblins, superheroes, and unicorns running around our neighborhoods. Too often, the children are so excited that they forget to look both ways before crossing the road. Additionally, teenagers and adults are often distracted by their cell phones and may not see your car in time. That’s why it’s best to service your brakes in preparation for Halloween so you can avoid any unnece ... read more

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Reasons for Your Car to Pull to the Side

You're driving along the highway and lift a hand off of the wheel for a second to switch on the air. You notice that your car starts to veer to the side - and you find yourself having to jerk the steering wheel a little bit to travel straight again. You'll start noticing it more and more, how your vehicle is pulling to one side on the road. But what is causing it?  Your car pull to one side either while driving or braking is a common car symptoms among drivers. Luckily, the answer for why this is happening is typically an easy one to come upon. The reasoning typically lies within the steering and suspension system or wheel alignment. An inspection at one of our trusted Family Auto Service locations can get to the bottom of the issue.  Reasons for your car to pull to the side:  Bad wheel alignment Low or inconsistent tire pressure Tire conicity problems Steering part issue Worn out suspension parts Uneven brake pads Bad wheel bearings Worn steering  ... read more

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