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Check Your Brakes for Brake Safety Awareness Month

Check Your Brakes for Brake Safety Awareness Month

At Carlsbad Auto Service, we recognize that August is Brake Safety Awareness Month. We encourage you to have your brakes inspected this month to ensure they’re still delivering optimal stopping power for your safety. With summer coming to a close soon, it is vital to make sure your brakes are fit to handle the fall and winter weather.   When you bring your vehicle to our auto shop, we will look at all your important brake components, including brake fluids, brake pads, brake rotors, brake calipers, and more.   What Are Some Common Signs That Indicate You Need Brake Service? Grinding Sounds - When braking becomes noisy, it is a clear sign that you need brake service immediately. Some brake pads have wear indicators that screech as a “friendly reminder” to have them replaced.  Illuminated ABS Light - This warning light means that your anti-lock brake system is disengaged. In some cases, this light can come on as a result of wiring or other electrica ... read more

Is It Time For a Cabin Air Filter Service?

Is It Time For a Cabin Air Filter Service?

When most people think of vehicle maintenance, they think about changing oil, tires, or even wiper blade replacements. Most drivers tend to neglect a vital piece of your HVAC system, and that is the cabin air filter.   This mighty part is similar to what you have inside your home. The cabin air filter is a component that filters the air flowing into your car. It sifts out the dirt, debris, pollen, allergens, and more. Over time, you need to replace the old and dirty filter with a clean one. Unfortunately, many drivers probably don’t even know that the filter exists and let the contaminants build up excessively.   A poorly maintained or clogged cabin air filter can even affect the overall quality of your drive. Read on to learn more about why you should bring your car to Carlsbad Auto Service for a cabin air filter service.   Improved comfort A dirty air filter can lead to pollution inside your car. The filter stands to be the only piece that divides the air ... read more

4 Things to Check Before Every Road Trip

4 Things to Check Before Every Road Trip

Summer is here, and that means it is also road trip season. If you’re planning to do a road adventure this season, please make sure your vehicle is fit to handle the hot and sunny impacts. Not only does it get hotter in Carlsbad, but your car may be exposed to a substantial amount of dust, dirt, and possible rain. Read on to learn more about how you can better prepare your vehicle for summer road trips. Change Oil & Filter  If your last oil service was ages ago, it’s better safe than sorry to have it done before embarking on your journey. Clean motor oil can properly keep your engine parts lubricated and cooled. Additionally, a clean filter will help catch debris, dirt, and metals from getting into the components. Your engine will thank you later! Test Your Battery The summer heat can accelerate the wear and tear on your car battery. Including oxidation. If you don’t test your battery for a proper charge, it can leave you stranded. At Carlsbad Auto Servic ... read more

Common Radiator Problems

Common Radiator Problems

The radiator is a crucial part of your cooling system that many drivers often neglect… until there’s a problem with it. It plays a part in distributing the coolant to your engine. When your radiator fails, the entire system is in danger. It will cause your engine temperature to rise and run the risk of overheating.    For the above reasons, it is important that we share some of the most common radiator problems, how to avoid them, and how we can fix them at our Carlsbad auto repair shop. Leaks The most common issue with radiators is leaking, often from worn hoses or the radiator itself. The cooling system is very pressurized, which is why your hoses can deteriorate over time. Frequent checks of the cooling system can let us catch worn hoses before they leak. If the fluid lines are the problem, we can the hoses at Carlsbad Auto Services. Rusty Radiator As mentioned earlier, the radiator itself can cause leaks. Since the radiator is a metallic piece that come ... read more

Celebrate Earth Day with These "Green" Tips

Celebrate Earth Day with These "Green" Tips

With Earth Day coming up, you may be considering ways to help preserve the environment. When it comes to eco-friendly driving hacks, the best way to limit vehicle emissions is by keeping up with regular vehicle maintenance and implementing good safety habits. You can also consider switching to a hybrid or electric vehicle if you're ready for a big change. Below are some of our favorite "green" auto tips: Don't ignore the check engine light - Today, vehicle emission systems are much cleaner than they were years ago. Although, a poorly running engine or malfunctioning exhaust system can cause your vehicle to pollute the air. Therefore, you should get help when you see the check engine warning light. Keep tires properly inflated - Having properly inflated tires will make your engine work less and save you money on gas. You should regularly check your tire pressure and adjust the psi according to your automaker's recommen ... read more

What Is a Headlight Restoration Service?

What Is a Headlight Restoration Service?

Lighting is critical for a safe and comfortable drive, especially at night or during a bad storm. If you feel like your headlights worsen your drives' quality rather than helping, they may be oxidized. It is pretty standard for headlights to become grimy and yellow as your car ages, so know that you aren't the only driver facing this obstacle. Fortunately, a headlight restoration from Carlsbad Auto Service can cure your problem.   Most headlights on vehicles today are made of polycarbonate, a heavy-duty plastic, instead of glass. Though the material may be stronger and shatter-resistant, its drawback is that the plastic is prone to oxidation, discoloration/yellowing, scuffing, scratches from debris, and other general wear and tear. As a result, you may require a headlight restoration to have your headlamps looking shiny, clean, and polished again.   At Carlsbad Auto Service, our trained technicians will start the service off by sanding or buffing the lens covering ... read more

What Does a STAR Station Mean?

What Does a STAR Station Mean?

The state of California requires many of its motorists and their vehicles to undergo a smog test to become registered vehicles on the road. While you can find various smog centers at every corner, you should pick Star Certified Smog Check Test Centers or Star Test and Repair Centers like Carlsbad Auto Service.   Why Get a Smog Check at a Star Station The difference between a Star Center smog check and a regular smog test is that STAR stations have been approved by the California State Bureau of Automotive Repair (BAR) with particular distinctions. The following is more information regarding smog stations: Standard smog test stations can carry out the test and certify your vehicle if it passes. On the other hand, smog repair stations can only do the necessary repairs to help your car pass the emissions test. STAR stations can be a test only or both test and repair shops. However, STAR stations are licensed smog check stations that meet higher performance standards to ensure th ... read more

How Often Does My Toyota Need To Be Serviced?

How Often Does My Toyota Need To Be Serviced?

All cars need to be serviced, even the most reliable ones, making Toyota no exception. In most circumstances, Toyota recommends that Toyota owners schedule a service every six months or 5000 miles. The maintenance during each visit also varies by your vehicle model and year, driving conditions, and other factors that our certified mechanics can evaluate. It will often involve essential maintenance items such as tire rotations, oil changes, and an overall inspection of your fluids, brakes, tires, and wiper blades. The Carlsbad Auto Service team will do whatever is needed as outlined in your factory maintenance schedule.   More specifically, a Toyota Camry maintenance service often includes a tire rotation and tire pressure reset. The oil service portion of the appointment will consist of an oil change and oil filter replacement. Some Toyota owners prefer synthetic oil, which doesn't require frequent oil changes. Your professional Toyota service technician at Carlsbad Auto Ser ... read more

What Does the TPMS Warning Light Indicate?

What Does the TPMS Warning Light Indicate?

It has happened to all of us. You're driving along, unbothered, jamming out to your music when the dreaded event occurs: a light pops up on your dashboard that wasn't there before. It's important to stay calm, take a deep breath, and check your vehicle's manual to see what exactly has happened. In the case of a TPMS warning light popping up (tire pressure monitoring system), we are here to help you with the next steps!   What is a TPMS Warning Light? The TPMS warning light on your dashboard typically will have a sort of horseshoe-looking symbol with an exclamation point inside. This warning light is there to alert you when your tire pressure is too low, thus jeopardizing the safety of you and others on the road. If this light appears on your dashboard, it means that your tires aren't inflated as they should be which could lead to serious problems such as tire blowouts, excess tire wear, and others.   What Do You Do Next ... read more

How to Survive Black Friday Traffic

How to Survive Black Friday Traffic

Black Friday is a crazy time to be out and about; the roads and parking lots will be packed with impatient and short-tempered shoppers this year. According to Progressive Insurance, there are 34% more vehicle accidents on Black Friday than usual. And about a third of those collisions happen in a parking lot. If you plan on going out to get a deal on your holiday shopping, you may want to brush up on your parking skills beforehand. We've put together this guide to make sure you get through the day safely! Be Alert - As a pedestrian and a driver, please stay alert in crowded areas. Even if you think you have the right of way, other drivers may get distracted or be impatient. Reverse Out of Your Parking Spot Carefully - Leaving your parking spot could be the most critical part of your shopping day, especially if many cars are searching for vacant spots. With a limited field of view, many things can go wrong. To be more cautious, triple-check the path behind you and then back up extr ... read more

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