Monthly Archives: November 2021

Winter is Coming - Do You Have a Roadside Emergency Kit?

Winter is just around the corner. Can you believe it? Downey is relatively mild compared to some other places, but you still want to always be ready for winter driving conditions. That’s especially true if you plan on taking any long road trips. You never know what kinds of conditions you might run into out on those highways.   No one ever wants to get stuck on the side of road, or in the middle of nowhere, in harsh weather conditions. However, this happens to numerous people every year. No matter how much you prepare to avoid these situations, things aren’t always in your control. The fact is, sometimes, bad things just happen and there’s nothing anyone can do to prevent them. That’s why you should always be prepared for anything when you head out for a drive, especially a long road trip.   What to Include in Your Roadside Emergency Kit?   One of the best ways to be prepared for “anything,” including all of thos ... read more

How Safe Is Your Vehicle – Downey Auto Repair

No matter when or where you drive, there are always possible hazards on the road. Fortunately, most of the time, you don’t have to worry about whether your vehicle is safe. Most vehicles on the road are generally safe, but of course, not all. Additionally, just because a car is considered “safe” it’s not always as safe as it could be. So, what about your car, truck, crossover, or SUV? Is it really as safe as it could be? Here are some things to keep in mind as you consider that question.   1.Crash Test Rating – the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tests every vehicle make and model. They also give each vehicle a crash test rating. To learn more about their test and their rating standards, as well as how your vehicle scores, just visit their website. If your vehicle doesn’t meet your expectations, then it might be time to search for a different vehicle. Or it could be time for some ... read more


Auto Repair

When Was the Last Time You Checked Your Belts and Hoses?

Your vehicle has a lot of working parts. So when it comes to auto repair in Downey, there are a lot of different possible repairs. All the obvious ones come to mind first, but even the smaller, less obvious parts are important, including your belts and hoses. When was the last time you had them checked?   If you don’t know, then now might be a good time to look. Like every other part, your belts and hoses play a big part in your vehicle’s operation. And most vehicles have numerous belts and hoses? So, what kinds of things should you be paying attention to? Here are a few things to keep your eye on.   Timing Belt – your timing belt is the most important belt for your vehicle’s performance. If it goes bad while you’re driving, it could be very costly. Your timing belt is responsible for turning the crankshaft and camshaft. Without it, your engine won&rsq ... read more


Auto Repair

Make Sure Your Anti-Lock Brake System Is Working Right

Most newer vehicles these days feature anti-lock brake systems (ABS). The ABS helps you avoid skidding uncontrollably when you brake, and it provides more steering ability while you drive. ABS first came onto the scene in the mid 1980s, but only recently did it become standard on most vehicles. Fortunately, now that ABS is a common feature that means safer driving conditions for everyone.   What an Anti-lock Brake System Does The great thing about ABS is that it allows you to steer your vehicle even when your brakes are engaged. That makes avoiding accidents easier in some instances. So, how does it work? ABS sensors monitor wheel speed to determine if your wheels lock up during braking. When a wheel does attempt to lock, using a series of hydraulic valves your ABS reduces how much brake force is applied. This allows you to continue controlling your steering wheel and avoid skidding. In the ... read more

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