Downey CA Subaru Timing Belt Repair and Maintenance

Has your Subaru been running smoothly lately? Have you had any preventative maintenance done in the last few months? How many miles does it have? Subarus are dependable and reliable. However, if your Subaru is getting along in years and has a lot of miles, then it could be time for some repairs or preventative maintenance, including a new timing belt. Replacing a timing belt is a big job, but if your vehicle has one, then at some point it will need to be replaced. The problem with timing belts is that you don’t really know how long they are going to last. The smartest thing to do is follow your manufacturer’s scheduled maintenance plan. Typically, your timing belt should last for as long as the manufacturer states, and it can often go longer. But it can also need to be replaced sooner. The hard thing is, you can never tell for sure when it might snap. That’s why driving with an old timing belt ca ... read more

Why Is My Check Engine Light On – It Could Be the EGR Valve

Do you know that feeling of driving along and suddenly losing power in your vehicle? It still drives, but it just doesn’t have any umph. It’s kind of a sinking feeling, especially if you’re out somewhere far from home. Sometimes, this loss of power will trigger your check engine light. There are several issues that can trigger the check engine light, and a variety of issues that can cause you to lose full power. One of those reasons is a bad EGR valve. Signs Your EGR Valve Has Gone Bad Your exhaust gas recirculation valve (or EGR Valve) helps reduce emissions from your car, truck, crossover, or SUV. This valve reroutes some of engine exhaust gases back into the combustion chambers in the engine. So, here’s what to look for if your EGR valve has gone bad: The check engine light comes on Car stalls or idles roughly Engine puts of a fuel smell Burn through fuel more quickly Pinging, knocking, or tapping noises Failing your emissions test ... read more

Four Tips to Preserve Your Engine – Downey Auto Repair

Every part of your vehicle is important. In fact, you need every part to work just right to get the best possible performance out of your car, truck, crossover, or SUV. Sometimes, if just one small part breaks down or wears out, it can affect your vehicle’s entire performance. Every part has a job, and they all work together to bring you the best results. However, no other part plays as big a role in your vehicle’s performance as your engine. It’s the most expensive part and the one that does the most work. If it breaks down, then obviously, you aren’t going anywhere. And if you have to replace an engine, then you will be dealing with a major expense. So, it goes without saying that taking good care of your engine is vital. And that’s where preventative maintenance comes into play. How to Preserve Your Engine It’s always a good idea to have ... read more

How Preventative Maintenance Helps Protect Your Brakes

The summer driving season is in full swing in the Downey area, which means if you’re like most people then you have some good road trips on your calendar in the near future. But whether you’re driving across the country or just around your local neighborhoods, you have to have reliable brakes. Obviously, without dependable brakes, you could end up in a serious accident. So, if it’s been a while since you’ve had your brakes inspected, then now is a good time to have them checked out at our Downey CA auto repair shop. No matter how well you take care of your vehicle, your brakes will wear down over time. That’s just what brakes do. However, you can make then last longer and keep yourself safer on the road, by having preventative maintenance done regularly. After all, a little maintenance here and there, is better than replacing your entire brake system. And even more importantly, properly functioning brakes will keep you and your family safe on the road wh ... read more

Has Your Air Conditioning Been Serviced Lately?

The summer heat has arrived in the Downey area, and that means your AC units are in full swing, both in your home and your vehicle. There’s not much worse than driving in the heat without a properly working AC unit. It also takes just a few minutes for your vehicle to get scorching hot if you have to park it out in the full sun. Having a fully functional AC in your vehicle is not an option. It’s a must-have feature for summer driving in Downey, CA. The last thing you want to do is get caught somewhere on a hot day without your AC blowing ice cold air. Of course, you could always role down your windows, but that’s a temporary fix, especially when the temperature really starts to rise in July and August. And if you have to stop, the air outside isn’t going to help keep you cool. To that end, do you know the last time your vehicle’s air conditioning was serviced? If it’s been a while, then now is a good time to get it done. AC System Maintenan ... read more

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