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Top Tips for End-of-Summer Car Care

It seems like summer just started, but time flies and fall is almost here. Your kids are heading back to school and the summer road trips are done. Of course, in the Downey area, the nice weather will continue for a while longer. However, now is a good time to start thinking about car care again. You might have seen our summer car care tips post a couple of months ago. But now that summer is almost over, let’s talk about some car care tips for the end-of summer.   Auto Maintenance to Do List Here’s what you should do for your vehicle when summer winds down.   Begin with a Good Inspection – the first thing to do is give your car, truck, crossover, or SUV a detailed inspection. Your bets bet to get this done right is to take your ... read more

Are You Following the 30-60-90 Maintenance Plan – Downey Auto Repair

Do you stick to your vehicle’s “factory schedule maintenance plan?” If you answered yes, then nice job! Even though these service schedules are designed to help keep your vehicle in top condition, many people ignore them. However, by sticking to your regularly scheduled maintenance plan, or the “30-60-90 maintenance schedule” you can save yourself a lot of headaches.   The reason it’s called the 30-60-90-maintenance plan is that most manufacturers recommend this maintenance service every 30,000 miles. So why is it so important?   Stick to the 30-60-90 Maintenance Plan   Many drivers simply ignore this maintenance plan, but the truth is factory scheduled maintenance is very valuable. And in fact, vehicle manufacturers will often hold you to it. Dealerships have a rep ... read more

How to Choose the Right Downey CA Auto Repair Shop

Choosing the right auto repair shop in Downey CA can be hard. There are so many options. But if you have car problems, you can’t wait around to find the right repair shop. You count on your car to get you where you need to be so it’s important to know how to choose a good auto repair shop you can trust. So, how do you find the right Downey CA auto repair shop? These are some things to look for.   1. Be Prepared Ahead of Time – it’s always smart to have a shop in mind before your car breaks down. If you do your research beforehand, you can find the right shop in your area and be prepared before something bad happens. You can learn a lot by going online and checking reviews and social media pages. 2. Check with Family and Friends – family and friends are always a good place to look for references. They can share any good or bad experiences they’ve had and ... read more

What Does it Mean When My Check Engine Light Comes on?

Nothing strikes fear in a driver quite like seeing that check engine light suddenly showing up on the dashboard. The check engine light can come on for many reasons. And even though it can cause a little panic, most of the time, the check engine light is not a sign of anything serious However, that doesn’t mean you should ignore it. The light doesn’t just turn off by itself. So, your best move is to bring your vehicle into our Downey auto repair shop to find out why it came on.   Determine the Problem The check engine light can turn on for several reasons. We’ll use our advance diagnostic tools to pinpoint the exact problem. Just remember, although it’s possible your vehicle has a serious problem, most likely it’s something simple. So don’t panic. These are the usual reasons your check engine light comes on.   1. Oxygen sensor – your ... read more

Signs Your Cooling System May Be in Trouble – Downey Auto Repair

It’s summer and that means taking car of your vehicle right now is really important. It might sound like a broken record, but you have to take care of your car if you want it to take care of you, especially during the heat. If you’ve made it through June and July, congratulations, but we still have August and September to go. Any conversation about car care in the summer begins with your cooling system.   Your Engine Relies on Your Cooling System Giving your cooling system extra attention is one of the most important things you can do for the health of your engine. Obviously, if your engine overheats, you end up on the side of the road, and in some cases, you might blow your engine. That is a major repair that no one wants to pay for. So, it goes without saying that you need to keep your cooling system running right.   Get Your Cooling System Checked Out Typically ... read more

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