Most Important Things to Do Before Your Next Road Trip

We hope you are enjoying your summer so far. After all, summer is one of the best times of the year. If you’re like most people, then your summer plans probably include at least one long road trip. Road trips can be a lot of fun, but before you go, you hit the road, there are some important things to remember.   Planning and packing for your trip come first, but one of the most important things to do before a road trip is make sure your car is ready for the drive. Unfortunately, people don’t always remember this important step. But if your vehicle isn’t ready to go, then your summer plans could end up getting derailed. So, here’s what you need to do to avoid that fate.   Give Your Car a Detailed Checkup   Safety is always the top priority when you take a road trip. If your car isn’t running at peak performance, you might not make it to your destination. But even worse, your safety could be at risk. So, here are some of ... read more


Auto Repair

Top Signs Your Vehicle Needs a Tune-Up

No one enjoys spending their hard-earned money on auto repairs. But unfortunately, when you own a vehicle, auto repair comes with the territory. Unless you trade in your car every 2-3 years for a new one, you are going to have to get your vehicle serviced regularly to keep it in top shape. The good news is when you do take care of your vehicle, you can extend its life, durability, and value. The biggest problem many car owners have is waiting too long to get the necessary service and maintenance done. When you don’t stay on top of your auto service, it can end up leading to major repairs.   Save Money with Regular Tune-Ups in Downey In fact, when you take care of your vehicle, most of the time you don’t ever end up needing any major repairs, especially if you get regular tune-ups. Getting regular tune-ups might seem li ... read more

Is it Safe to Drive with a Cracked Windshield? – Downey Mechanic

Can you think of anything more annoying when you’re driving? You’re cruising down the road when out of nowhere a rock comes flying at your vehicle, and crack! You’re left with a busted windshield and there is nothing you could’ve done to prevent it. It’s bad luck that’s completely out of your control.   It just doesn’t get much more frustrating than that. Some people are luckier than others, and they escape with just a small chip. But others aren’t so lucky, and they end up with a crack across their entire windshield. That’s how life goes sometimes.   Get Your Windshield Fixed   So, now what? Do you need to get your windshield repaired or replaced? While some windshields completely crack, in other cases, the chip or crack might not impair your vision. You might think it’s not a big deal to drive with a cracked windshield. If the chip is small, you’re probably right.   But that ... read more

Top Tips to Maintain Your Tires – Downey Auto Repair

Summer is in full swing, and things are opening up after COVID. That means you’ve probably been spending more time in your car lately, going to do things you haven’t been able to do in a while. That also means your tires are getting more use and more wear and tear. In addition to more miles, drivers also face many everyday hazards on Downey roads. That’s why it’s so important for your tires to be in good shape. After all, proper tire maintenance plays a huge role in keeping you safe on the road, no matter what type of vehicle or make you drive. The following tips will help you get the most out of your tires.   Maintaining Your Tires Properly1. Rotate Your Tires Often – One of the best ways to care for your tires is to rotate them regularly. Some say every 7,000 miles is okay, but in most cases, every 5,000 miles is recommended. Either way, having your tires ... read more

Why Are My Brake Lights Not Working – Downey Auto Mechanics

What’s the most important part of your vehicle? That’s a trick question, because they’re all important and they all work together to keep your car running smoothy and keep you safe. One of the most important safety features on your vehicle is your lights. When it gets dark, you can’t see without them. You also depend on your lights to be seen by other vehicles on the road. Headlights and taillights are both important for obvious reasons, but don’t overlook your brake lights. You use them no matter what time of day you drive to let others know you’re stopping or slowing down. Obviously, driving without functioning brake lights is very dangerous. Not to mention, it’s against the law and you will likely get a ticket if a law enforcement officer notices your brake lights are out.   Common Causes of Bad Brake Lights These days, most cars taillights and brake light share the same bulb. So, it would make sense if one light do ... read more

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