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Normal vs severe service, what maintenance schedule do you follow

Normal vs severe service, what maintenance schedule do you follow

Have you ever looked in you owners? Let me be a little more clear, have you ever taken time to look at the manufacture recommend maintenance schedule in your owner manuel? In most owners manuals usually toward the back of the book you will find recommend services for your vehicle. You will actually find two maintenance schedules for each mileage interval. In most manuals you will find Normal maintenance schedule and severe maintenance schedule. You would think you fall into the normal schedule but in most cases this is no so. In California we do a lot of stop and go driving and quick runs to the store or market. This type of driving is the hardest on the vehicle. This type of driving is considered severe service on the vehicle. You should be following the severe guide in your owner’s manual. What the Manufactures consider “Normal driving “ is long periods of consistent speeds. An example of this would be driving on the freeway @ 60 MPH for 45 minutes or longer. If ... read more

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Normal vs severe service, what maintenance schedule do you follow

Normal vs severe service, what maintenance schedule do you follow

Reliable fleet service comes down to a few key items. The first and most important item is keep the fleet up and on the road with as little down time as possible. The second most important fleet items is ease of use. The finally the third most important fleet item is a reasonable price. Let me address each item individually. Keeping your fleet up and running is the key to you making money. Every hour that vehicle is not in service it is money flung out the window. The key in my opinion is regular maintenance, keep up and your oil changes and all manufacture recommend services. At our facility we always do a visual inspection of the vehicle so we catch the items that are failing before they leave you stranded. We don’t what you call us saying the vehicle is being towed in any more than you want to deal with it. Preventative maintenance is the key to a smooth fleet program. Ease of use is important to our customers. We have a variety of ways to keep your f ... read more

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Extended warranty

Extended warranty

Dealerships want you to believe that your extended warranties can only be used at the dealership. In most cases you can use your extended warranties or service contract at the repair facility of your choice. If you like the dealership you get your extended warranties serviced at, that is great. Sometimes the service you get at a dealership can be less than amazing. I know for instance at our shop we work hard to make the customer experience a great one. Like they always say read the fine print, if you’re unhappy with the service you’re receiving look at your contract and see what it says about where you can have your car serviced. If you need some assistance we would be more than happy to look at it for you. What does an extended warranty usually cover? Well that is a loaded question. All warranties are different. Often time when you are sold the warranty you have options on the coverage you are buying. The contract usually will spell out what is cover ... read more

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Summer Vacation

Summer Vacation

It’s that time of the year again for summer vacation. The kids are out of school and want to be driven all around town. Summer is a demanding time for our cars, the summer heat and all the extra running around takes its toll on us and our cars. What do you have planned for a summer vacation? Will in involve driving long distances? Is your car ready for the trip? I can’t help you with the first two, well I guess I could but I know I can help you with the last one. We are experts at vehicle repair and maintenance and are here to help. Pro Tip; Getting your AC checked and repaired before the summer season in cheaper. Why, most facilities run specials on AC parts and repairs on the off season and manufactures tend to reduce the price of components on the off season too, so lower prices all around. Repairs can take longer during summer heat waves because everyone wants their AC repaired at the same time. Pro Tip; Have your cooling system checked before the summer hea ... read more

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Long Beach Auto Repair

Long beach Auto repair made easy. We have been serving Bellflower and surrounding areas like Long Beach since 1949. We have shuttle services to most parts of Long Beach and have one of the best warranties around, 2 years 24,000 mile warranty on most products and services. We have some of the most talented ASE Master Certified Technicians around. Full service auto repair, in easy driving distance of Long Beach. Give us a call today, we would be happy to answer any questions you may have. Pro tip; checking your tire pressure regularly and help increase gas mileage. A properly inflated tire will get better as mileage when driving around Long Beach California. Happy motoring in Long Beach Call today with any questions you may have about car repair or maintenance. You can also leave a comment below and I will respond By Donald He ... read more

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Brake noise

Brake noise

Does a Brake noise mean it’s time for brakes? The short answer is maybe. The long answer is it needs to be checked to make sure. Our business is in Bellflower, CA and we do brake repair and inspections daily. In our facility as a courtesy we do a free brake inspection to let you know if it’s time for brake repair or replacement or it’s just a noise that the brake pad is making when the brakes are applied. Often the noise that is head is just the vibration between the brake pad and the rotor. Brake pads and how the rotors were surfaced on your prior brake job can affect how much noise the brakes make. If the rotor finish is to rough is can cause excessive brake noise. The quality and compound of the brake pads can also have an effect on brake noise and performance. If in doubt have your brakes checked just to make sure you are not putting your family and others at risk. When it comes time for new brakes, a service advisor should be talking with you about ... read more

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Getting my Drivers license

Getting my Drivers license

I wanted to share this speech I gave a while back about getting my drivers license Let me start by asking how many of you have a drivers license? I applied for and took my driver’s test just last year at the tender age of 39. After so many years getting my license was a scary proposition, I wasn’t sure I wanted to actually go through with it. I have worked on cars and engines since I was 8 years old. Why was this such a big deal. In February of last year I was ready to take my driving test, My drivers application was filled out, check Had a car to drive for the test, check I got my physical, check Booked my hotel room, check Assembled a team to help me for the weekend, check After a weekend of testing I finally got my license, I now have a license to drive 200 MPH. (pause) in 7 seconds. I now possessed a license that few people ever have a change to get. My license allowed me to drive open wheel dragsters ... read more

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Brakes

Brakes

Does a Brake noise mean it’s time for brakes? The short answer is maybe. The long answer is it needs to be checked to make sure. Our business is in Bellflower, CA and we do brake repair and inspections daily. In our facility as a courtesy we do a free brake inspection to let you know if it’s time for brake repair or replacement or it’s just a noise that the brake pad is making when the brakes are applied. Often the noise that is head is just the vibration between the brake pad and the rotor. Brake pads and how the rotors were surfaced on your prior brake job can affect how much noise the brakes make. If the rotor finish is to rough is can cause excessive brake noise. The quality and compound of the brake pads can also have an effect on brake noise and performance. If in doubt have your brakes checked just to make sure you are not putting your family and others at risk. When it comes time for new brakes, a service advisor should be talking with you about h ... read more

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Diesel Repair

Diesel Repair

Finding a shop to do Diesel repairs can be difficult, may repair facilities don’t have the experience to fix them correctly. Diesel vehicles require special tool and equipment to get the job done right,the first time. Does your mechanic know the difference between the oil required for gas engines and diesel engines or do they just use the same oil in everything they service? Using the wrong product in a diesel engine can dramatically shorten the useful life of the engine. Do Diesel engines need maintenance other than oil change? Diesel Engines do need maintenance just like any other mechanical machine. Diesel engines need less maintenance than a gas counterpart, but will still leave you stranded if not taken care of properly. Every vehicle manufacture has a recommend basic maintenance schedule to keep your truck in working order. Take a look at your owner manual, usually in the back you will find the recommended services for your diesel engine. Oil ... read more

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Diesel Repair

Diesel Repair

Air conditioning season is coming up quickly. Is your air condition ready for the summer heat? Here in Bellflower, CA Air Conditioning is not a must but is sure nice on a hot day. For the elderly or people with medical problems it could make all the difference in the world. Is your vehicle ready for the summer heat? In our shop we offer preseason Air condition sale to get your Air condition in top notch shape for the long summer to come. We do this simple because it can be very overwhelming for us if everyone needs Air conditioning service at the same time. We want all our customers to enjoy their car during the summer or winter months and not have it in the shop waiting for repairs. Air condition service can be tricky and not easily done for the do it yourselfer. Making sure the system has the right amount of Freon, oil and system pressures is critical to a proper long lasting repair. Leaks are the number one cause of Air condition failer. Rubbe ... read more

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