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Summer's End Is The Perfect Time For Car Care

Summer's End Is The Perfect Time For Car Care

Summer's End Is The Perfect Time For Car Care Summer's end is a perfect time for car care to assure you and your family of worry-free driving this fall and winter. The vacations are over and the kids are going back to school. The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) suggests you take advantage of this lull to prepare your vehicle for the seasons ahead.  Breakdowns are never convenient and the following tips from ASE should give parents and students a preventative maintenance road map: Recommended Service Schedules We suggest you follow the manufacturer’s recommended service schedules which can be found in your owner's manual.  Or contact one of DRIVE AutoCare's Service Managers who have complete access to this information. Engine Performance Have engine problems (hard starts, rough idling, stalling, diminished power, etc.) corrected soon as colder weather w ... read more

Check Engine Light Rancho Santa Fe Solana Beach Del Mar Encinitas

Check Engine Light Rancho Santa Fe Solana Beach Del Mar Encinitas

Check Engine Light Rancho Santa Fe Solana Beach Del Mar Encinitas The Check Engine Light Rancho Santa Fe Solana Beach Del Mar Encinitas, according to Consumer Reports, is the most misunderstood indicator on your dashboard. This warning light means many different things, from a loose gas cap to a seriously misfiring engine. While you don't have to pull the car over immediately, you should get the car checked out as soon as possible. By ignoring the warning you might seriously damage expensive components. Additionally, this light is a sign that your car is getting poor mileage and emitting higher pollutant levels. The check engine light is part of your car's on-board diagnostics (OBD) system. When there's a problem that the system can't correct, the computer illuminates a yellow warning indicator and simultaneously stores a "trouble ... read more

Summer Road Trip Checklist

Summer Road Trip Checklist

Summer Road Trip Checklist Summer Road Trip Checklist: AAA reports that 4 of 10 drivers are unprepared for vehicle breakdowns which can take the joy out of your trip.  The Car Care Council recommends taking the following steps before you leave home: Check the battery:  Be sure the electrical system is charging at the correct rate; overcharging can damage a battery as quickly as undercharging.  Excessive heat and overcharging shortens the life of a battery.  Replacing an old battery is an inexpensive insurance policy. Check the tires:  Be sure to check the tire pressure and tread including the spare. Uneven wear indicates a need for wheel alignment. Tires should also be checked for bulges and bald spots. Check the air conditioning:  Proper cooling performance is critical for interior comfort. Check all fluids ... read more

Auto Repair Headlights Solana Beach Del Mar Rancho Santa Fe

Auto Repair Headlights Solana Beach Del Mar Rancho Santa Fe

Auto Repair Headlights Solana Beach Del Mar Rancho Santa Fe Auto Repair Headlights Solana Beach Del Mar Rancho Santa Fe, we recommend replacing headlights in pairs and restoring your lenses as needed. Replacing just one failed bulb can result in an unbalanced or unpredictable headlight beam which is a potential safety risk. For the driver, unbalanced headlights means the road ahead will not be properly lit. For the oncoming driver, it will be harder to see and more difficult to position on the road; he may also be confused with a single headlight vehicle such as a motorcycle. Many drivers will only replace a bulb that has completely failed, but for maximum driving safety, an aging bulb should replaced before it burns out. As the filament of a halogen headlight bulb ages, the bulb’s light ... read more

Rancho Santa Fe Mobil Gas Station and Automotive Repair

Rancho Santa Fe Mobil Gas Station and Automotive Repair

Rancho Santa Fe Mobil Gas Station and Automotive Repair Rancho Santa Fe Mobil Gas Station and Automotive Repair will be replaced by the newly approved Gateway project in the Rancho Santa Fe village, a 2-story, 27,017-square- foot mixed-use building. Residents of Rancho Santa Fe and Fairbanks Ranch should be aware that DRIVE AutoCare offers complimentary Concierge Service.  We will pickup your vehicle, make the necessary repairs, and return the vehicle to your home or office -- all at no additional cost.  DRIVE AutoCare enhances automotive value, comfort & safety.  Forevermore, we will be obsessive in our quest to exceed the expectations of our community with trustworthy advice and legendary service. The Gateway project will not have a gas station or an auto repair facility.  It will have a 5,000-square-foot market, more village parking with a three-level, 138-spac ... read more

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Check Engine Rancho Santa Fe and Del Mar

Check Engine Rancho Santa Fe and Del Mar

Check Engine Rancho Santa and Fe Del Mar One of the most vital signals of an improperly functioning vehicle is the Check Engine Rancho Santa Fe and Del Mar which alerts drivers of existing potential problems. Studies show that the check engine light is on in nearly one out of ten vehicles, according to the Car Care Council. “When the check engine light comes on, it means that a vehicle system, such as the ignition, fuel injection or emission control, is not operating properly, even if the vehicle appears to be running normally,” said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. “A glowing check engine light doesn't mean you have to immediately pull the car to the side of the road, but it does mean you should get the car checked out as soon as possible. Ignoring the warning light could result in costly repairs. At the very least, the light could alert you to an engine problem ... read more

Rancho Santa Fe Automotive Repair

Rancho Santa Fe Automotive Repair

Rancho Santa Fe Automotive Repair Think you can can save money by passing on non-critical Rancho Santa Fe Automotive Repair?  Nothing could be further from the truth.  Making sure your car is well maintained and immediately fixing the small things can mean HUGE savings in the future.  Regular preventative maintenance may prevent a future repair or replacement, which can be very costly. Here are a few simple maintenance items that can help keep that money in your pocket: Become familiar with the owner’s manual. That is the go-to place to find the information you need to know about appropriate maintenance procedures and intervals. This will also give you information such as the correct fuel octane, the proper tire inflation, etc. Oil is the life blood of your vehicle so keep it clean and full.  Some places say that a car can go 5,000 to 7,000 miles be ... read more

Del Mar Car Care and Automotive Repair

Del Mar Car Care and Automotive Repair

Del Mar Car Care and Automotive Repair Think you can can save money by passing on non-critical Del Mar Car Care and Automotive Repair?  Nothing could be further from the truth.  Making sure your car is well maintained and immediately fixing the small things can mean HUGE savings in the future.  Regular preventative maintenance may prevent a future repair or replacement, which can be very costly. Here are a few simple maintenance items that can help keep that money in your pocket: Become familiar with the owner’s manual. That is the go-to place to find the information you need to know about appropriate maintenance procedures and intervals. This will also give you information such as the correct fuel octane, the proper tire inflation, etc. Oil is the life blood of your vehicle so keep it clean and full.  Some places say that a car can go 5,000 to ... read more

Prepare Your Car For Summer in Del Mar Rancho Santa Fe Solana Beach

Prepare Your Car For Summer in Del Mar Rancho Santa Fe Solana Beach

Prepare Your Car For Summer in Del Mar Rancho Santa Fe Solana Beach Prepare Your Car For Summer in Del Mar Rancho Santa Fe Solana Beach because warmer temperatures can be hard on a vehicle.  With the right precautions, though, you can minimize the toll that heat and sun take on your car. Here are five tips to prepare your car for summer: 1. Check air pressure in your tires: It's critical to have properly inflated tires to assure the best possible contact between the tires and the road. An improperly inflated tire can overheat, potentially leading to a blowout on the highway.  Check your owner's manual or the driver side door jamb to find the correct tire pressure. Check the pressure in the morning when the tires are cold. Properly inflated tires will also last longer and improve gas mileage. 2. Check the A/C system:  Now that it's warmer, run ... read more

Automotive Extended Warranties

Automotive Extended Warranties

Automotive Extended Warranties Automotive Extended Warranties are repair coverages that commence after the manufacturer's warranty expire. These warranties cover most major breakdowns and can stabilize the cost of repairs.  In most cases you can purchase this warranty any time before the manufacturer warranty expires.  Some warranty companies will allow you to purchase an extended warranty after the manufacturer warranty expires, although the price will be much higher. Here are some questions to consider when purchasing an automotive extended warranty: 1. Who stands behind the warranty? Dealerships offer third-party warranties from various companies.  Make sure the warranty is backed by the automaker, not just the dealership or some other company. If you purchase a manufacturer-backed extended warranty, you can use it at any dealership across the country however s ... read more

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