Top Tips for Choosing the Right Tires for Your Car – Downey Auto Repair

Are you in the market for new tires? If so, then you already know your choices are endless. But it’s important to select the right tires for your particular vehicle. After all, your tires keep your vehicle glued to the road, right where it should be. Obviously, your tires play a huge role in your overall safety, so you need the right kind. In other words, choose your tires wisely. With so many choices, how do you know which ones are right for you? When to Replace Your Tires Before we get to that, lets first discuss the timing of tire replacement. Most tires come with an expected tread life. For example, a tire with 50,000-mile tread life should last for 50,000 miles. Of course, it doesn’t always work out that way, but it’s a good baseline for the life expectancy of your tires. Some tires do wear out before they reach their expected tread life. Your driving conditions can determine how long your tires last, and so can tire rotations. If you neglect ... read more

When Is a Good Time to Change My Transmission Fluid?

When Is a Good Time to Change My Transmission Fluid? It takes a lot of fluids for your vehicle to operate correctly. The first two that come to mind are probably gas and oil. But there are several other auto fluids that are just as important for your car, including brake fluid, radiator fluid (antifreeze/coolant), and power steering fluid. One of the most important fluids is your transmission fluid. Just like every other fluid in your vehicle, transmission fluid needs to be changed in a timely manner. How often you should change it varies on several factors. Most automakers recommend getting a transmission fluid flush at 100,000 miles. However, other automakers, including Ford, recommend getting a flush at 150,000. On the other hand, there are mechanics that recommend flushing your transmission at 50,000-mile intervals. Furthermore, vehicles with manual transmissions usually stick to a different ma ... read more

Why Is My Car Getting Bad Gas Mileage - Downey Auto Repair

One of the questions we get the most at Glenn’s Auto Service is, “how can I get better gas mileage?” or “Why has my car’s gas mileage gone down?” And with gas prices so high, it’s no surprise most drivers care so much about their fuel economy. When your car gets older, it’s not unusual for your gas mileage to suffer. However, when you take good care of your vehicle, including getting regular preventative maintenance, your fuel economy should stay consistent. Top Causes of Bad Fuel Economy Of course, many car owners do see decreased fuel economy. But why? Why does your car start to get bad gas mileage? Here are some of the most common causes and what you can do about them. Tire Pressure Is Off – it might not be the first place you check, but low tire pressure can affect your fuel economy. Thankfully, this is an easy fix. Just properly inflate your tires, based on the correct amount of pressure lis ... read more

Downey Auto Repair - Why is One of My lights Not Working?

Remember what headlights used to be like? They were pretty basic, and they almost never drew anyone’s attention. They sat in the front grill, and they didn’t look fancy, or do anything special. You could say the same thing for taillights, brake lights, and blinkers. Their job was to make it possible for you to see and for others to see you. New Wave of Lights Well, that was then, and this is now. And times have definitely changed when it comes to the lights on your vehicle. Now they light up in several different ways, and lights have become a huge part of the overall car design. They come in dozens of shapes and sizes and manufacturers use them to make cars look more sophisticated. Lighting on this current generation of vehicles has way more to offer compared to lights in the past. But with all the fancy bells and whistles, they’re also a lot more complicated to replace or fix. Don’t Wait to Fix it However, if a light quits ... read more

How to Tell if You have a Blown Fuse- Downey Auto Repair

You know what it’s like to blow a fuse, right? Everyone has done that at their house at some point. Maybe you plug one too many things into the same circuit and it’s just too much juice at once. It’s very common for a hair dryer to make this happen. But whatever the cause, when a fuse gets tripped or blown, normally you just have to reset the breaker, and everything works again. So, while it is inconvenient, tripping a fuse is not the end of the world. If you blow the fuse completely, then you will have to replace it. And the same is true with your vehicle. Most of the time the tiny little fuses that power the electrical components of your car are hidden away in hard-to-reach places, but they are extremely important. The fuses in your vehicle even help protect it from overloading or short-circuiting. So, what happens if a fuse blows in your car and how do you fix it? How Come Fuses Blow? Fuses usually blow for one of two reasons. The first is when ... read more

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