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Welcome to the Family Auto Service blog! Not only does the team at Family Auto Service want to provide you with next-level auto repair, but we want to be a source of information for your family’s auto needs in the San Diego County area. Let us teach you how to care for the machine you’ve invested your family’s time and money in! To do so, each month on our blog you’ll find helpful informational posts from our experienced auto mechanics as well as ideas for your next family road trip, and much more. Make sure to take a look at Family Auto Service’s monthly blog posts for auto repair information you can trust in the San Diego County area.

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Preparing Your Car for Allergy Season

 Preparing Your Car for Allergy Season

Welcome to Spring 2021! There is so much to appreciate here in San Diego County. The sun is shining. We live in a beautiful place. Flowers and plants are blooming with lush, green leaves and lovely flowers. And though many are still wearing masks due to the pandemic, a lot of us are suffering through allergy season.  Have you prepared your family vehicle for allergy season? Getting ready for allergy season in your car means doing a few things to help you and your passengers travel comfortably, regardless of how much pollen is floating through the air. Here are three ways you can prepare your vehicle for allergy season: Change the cabin air filters to reduce the amount of pollen getting inside your vehicle’s climate control system. We invite you to Family Auto Service at any of our five locations in Alpine, Santee, Miramar, La Jolla, and La Mesa so we can change your vehicle’s air filters. Stock the car with oral antihistamine medications, bottled water, hand sanitiz ... read more

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Reasons Behind A Faulty Car Heater

Reasons Behind A Faulty Car Heater

A car heater failure, especially in winter, can be an exasperating and stressful experience. There is no fun when your car heater fails after you already left home in colder temperatures. This is why it is important to know the signs and causes of a failing car heater for timely action. Symptoms of A Failing Car Heater A Pungent Rotten Egg Smell: If there is an odd smell leaning towards pungency, this may be a sign that your heater is about to fail. Your car's heater core may be damaged, and it may be time for a repair. The odd smell indicates that your radiator's fluid is leaking. Reduced Heat: The purpose of your car's heat is to emanate heat. If the heat exuded is low or there is no heat at all, your car's heater is about to fail. Watch Out for Foggy Windows: When your car's heater is about to break down, its defroster will have a reduced capacity to warm the air to eliminate ice or fog. If you ... read more

Falling in Love Again

 Falling in Love Again

Love can be a funny thing. You may have found yourself sitting next to a total stranger, over time, and wonder (like the Talking Heads song), how did I get here?   We are growing and constantly changing in our lives until the first taste of our mortality sets us in place for the last significant change. Loving someone at 20 is not the same as loving them at 30, 40, or 50. Everyone changes. The people in our lives sometimes let us down or leave us feeling lonely.   In a good marriage, you find common ground that binds you together and allows it all to come back. We can sometimes grow with each other, loving each other to the very end of the line. And sometimes, along the way, we grow apart irreparably and must forge a new path on our own.   This situation can also apply to our car. It’s no wonder that a shiny 2021 model can turn our heads. New models have improved features and contemporary comforts. Even a good, faithful car can become too familiar over time ... read more

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What are the Signs of Worn Shocks and Struts?

What are the Signs of Worn Shocks and Struts?

Most drivers depend on their senses to recognize when it is time for service. However, some vehicle components do not display physical warnings that they require service. Some of these components include worn shocks and struts. Synonymous with increasing the stopping distance, shocks and struts gradually wear out, making it hard to notice the wear and tear. Worn shocks and struts are also a safety hazard to you and your loved ones. What are shocks and struts? Shocks and struts dampen the movement of the spring and stop oscillation and bounce. These parts stabilize a vehicle's movement and enhance control when braking, turning or accelerating. Even though these parts play a joint role in a vehicle, they are entirely independent components. Shocks are an integral part of the vehicle suspension system, while struts are crucial for a vehicle's alignment and steering system. Signs of worn shocks and struts · Veering or sliding off the road You may begin to experience ins ... read more

Turning Over a New Leaf: Becoming a More Thoughtful Driver in 2021

Turning Over a New Leaf: Becoming a More Thoughtful Driver in 2021

Happy New Year, San Diego! As we say goodbye to 2020, and usher in 2021, those New Year’s Resolutions will be out in force. People will swear off their vices in order to get healthier, live longer, and be prouder of themselves, and the positivity and determination of that kind of commitment is something we love.   When we plan for improving ourselves, one area we may wish to look into is our driving. There is a kind of dog-eat-dog mentality in driving, where people think they are in a race, just because they have an appointment and they’re running late. We forgot the importance of maintaining the construct of law as a society, and choose our own, human needs over the safety and well-being of others. We cut each other off, we get angry and we curse and make obscene gestures, we refuse to let each other in, working some balance sheet of fairness in our heads that the other driver won’t know or understand.    One of the biggest keys to becoming a more ... read more

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Does my car need a radiator flush?

Does my car need a radiator flush?

As our cars get older, things start to erode and age. This is where periodic oil changes and tune-ups preventing erosion and breakdowns of engines and other operational needs. Another maintenance task is a radiator flush that can also provide some worthy protection, helping your car last longer. What is a Radiator Flush? A radiator flush is replacing your old coolant with new coolant, to get rid of any contaminants, rust, or other harmful particles in your cooling system. The radiator's job is to maintain the temperature in your car, preventing your engine from freezing or overheating. The flush is done by removing the cap from the bottom of the radiator releasing the old coolant, filling the radiator with a flushing agent, removing the agent, and then adding the new coolant. How Often Do You Need It? It is best to look at your car owner's manual to see how often you need a flush. Your owner's manual can tell you wha ... read more

Now Is The Time To Reflect On A Remarkable Year

Now Is The Time To Reflect On A Remarkable Year

December is a time of endings. There are so many faiths present in San Diego. And most of the religious observances  around this time of year are about renewal, in some way.    For Islam, it’s Mawlid el-Nabi, the birth of the Prophet, which ranges from small and sacred, to carnival-like processions, celebrating one who lead the way. Judaism has Hanukkah, which is a festival of lights to celebrate the triumph of faith in a very dark hour. Christianity has Christmas, which celebrates the coming of a messiah to redeem the world. And many of the Christmas rites we know come from the Winter’s Solstice, the darkest night of the year, which is a Wiccan (Pagan) tradition, celebrated with a spiced log on the fire to ward away the evils.   This past year, our community in San Diego has endured a lot. Fires destroyed a lot of homes and turned San Diego’s air difficult to breathe. Internet communication has polarized us instead of uniting us. There’s ... read more

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What is the TPMS Warning Light?

What is the TPMS Warning Light?

You're driving your car on the road when you suddenly get an alert - a light illuminates on your vehicle's dashboard that looks like the symbol above, or says "TPMS". Not many drivers understand what exactly this warning signal means, so let's take a deeper look at what exactly the TPMS light indicates what you should do next.  TPMS stands for tire pressure monitoring system, which is what your vehicle uses to monitor your tire pressure. Tire pressure is super important when it comes to your safety on the road. Driving with under or over-inflated tires can not only cause your tires to wear down quicker and unevenly, but it can also put you at risk for a tire blowout the road. Tire blowouts can be scary, plus they cause damage to other components when they happen such as the wheels or rims. This is why it is super important to monitor tire pressure and get them filled properly.  When the TPMS light turns on, chances are one of your tires has fallen belo ... read more

Ten Things We Are Thankful For At Family Auto Service

Ten Things We Are Thankful For At Family Auto Service

It’s November… As we come into autumn in San Diego, we are at the end of the harvest, and time to see out the year with the holidays ahead of us. Soon Christmas will be all around us, but first, we have Thanksgiving. But how do we say a graceful thank you to a year that gave us COVID19? This year has been brutal to too many, even in beautiful San Diego. There has been so much conflict and anger and grief and disconnection with people, which is the very antithesis of what San Diego and our surrounding communities have come to understand about itself.  It’s times like these, though, when life pushes back the hardest, that you know why you are thankful to sit down with the people you love the most for a meal once a year and be glad to still be around… which is in part how Thanksgiving began. November 9th is the 400th anniversary of the day the Mayflower spotted the coast of Cape Cod. A pilgrim led a reading of Psalm 100 to thank God for the mercy in getti ... read more

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Reasons Behind A Car That Won't Start

Reasons Behind A Car That Won't Start

We understand how frustrating it is to get into your vehicle, try to crank it up, and find that your car won't start. Plus, it always tends to happen at the worst possible times, like when you have somewhere that you need to be. Most drivers will right away think that the issue is with our car battery and desperately try to find those jumper cables and a friend to help. However, a car not starting doesn't always point to the battery. Let's look at some of the potential causes for why a car won't start:Dead battery - yes, often times the case is due to a dead battery. You may have left a light on all night or you haven't replaced your battery in years. This can easily be determined by testing the battery for charge.   Battery corrosion - corrosion on the outside of the battery terminal can prevent your engine from getting the correct charge in order to start up. A good battery cleaning (make sure to do it saf ... read more

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