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Automotive Repair FAQ -- Important Questions We Will Answer

Automotive Repair FAQ -- Important Questions We Will Answer

Auto repair can be confusing. There are so many nuts and bolts, no pun intended, and you might find yourself feeling a little lost when you try to think of the difference between a timing belt and a transmission. Fortunately, the team at Carlsbad Auto Service is here to help. You have enough going on, and the last thing you should stress about is auto repair. We will properly service and repair your vehicle while easing your worries each step of the way. All your questions will be answered, honestly, and accurately.  This automotive repair FAQ is just a starting point -- here are important questions we will answer about your vehicle and auto repair in general:  Q: What exactly is preventative maintenance, and why is it important?  When it comes to the service and repair of your vehicle, it is better to take a proactive approach. Depending on your vehicle’s make and model, it will require certain services at different intervals. These services are ... read more

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April Showers Mean May Flowers: How to Deal with Spring Rainstorms

April Showers Mean May Flowers: How to Deal with Spring Rainstorms

Spring is officially here, and we are starting to see the telltale signs of this season: clocks have already sprung forward, the sun is beginning to peek out from behind the clouds, and blooming flowers are beginning to sprinkle along the roadside. Yet, spring also means spring showers! We all know the saying: April showers mean May flowers! The team at Carlsbad Auto Service wants you to stay safe out there. Here is how to deal with spring rainstorms:  Make sure to slow down on those wet and slippery roads! Rain is the deadliest weather-related driving hazard. Spring showers result in slick roads because water is mixing with oil in the pavement. The first 10 minutes of light rain is the most dangerous for hydroplaning, especially if you are driving at speeds above 35 mph. This means you need to slow down during those spring rainstorms.  Sometimes, we see those large puddles on the pavement, and we can’t resist the urge to drive through and see the splash! However, thi ... read more

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5 Most Preventable Auto Repairs

5 Most Preventable Auto Repairs

We all know that your vehicle’s manufacturer has a recommended service schedule for preventative maintenance. At certain intervals, specific services are recommended, including oil changes, fluid level checks, and tire rotation, to name a few. It is easy to forget about these services, especially as life gets busy, and we think “Well, it’s probably fine.”  Unfortunately, it’s not probably fine, as many of these services are designed to prevent potentially expensive and dangerous auto repairs from happening. Here are the five most preventable auto repairs:  Transmission replacement: Transmission fluid needs to be checked or replaced on a routine basis. If you don’t have your transmission fluid checked, you run the risk of needing a transmission replacement -- an expensive and time consuming repair.  Blown head gasket: The head gasket can fail if your engine overheats. To avoid this repair, make sure to have a qualified technician che ... read more

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Most Romantic Road Trips and Destinations in Southern California

Most Romantic Road Trips and Destinations in Southern California

It seems like just yesterday that we were opening gifts for Christmas and ringing in the New Year with our loved ones. Before you know it, Valentine’s Day will be here, and you will be racing to the florist to purchase a dozen roses. The team at Carlsbad Auto Service is here to help make sure Valentine's Day doesn't surprise you this year and has put together a list of the most romantic road trips in California. Ojai: The scenic route between L.A. and Ojai usually takes about two hours. There are cool places to stop at along the way, such as a tour of Mission San Buenaventura, also known as “Mission By the Sea.”  Ojai is the perfect destination if you are looking for a break from city life. This is a charming, picturesque town, complete with yummy restaurants, hiking, and even horseback riding.  Palm Springs: The road trip to Palm Springs isn’t the most beautiful drive, but there are fun and popular places to ... read more

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Ring in the New Decade with a Preventative Maintenance Plan

Ring in the New Decade with a Preventative Maintenance Plan

Happy New Year from the team at Carlsbad Auto Service! We wish both you and your vehicle a happy and healthy New Year! The key to keeping your vehicle performing in tip-top shape throughout the year and even decade is preventative maintenance. This year one of your New Year’s resolutions should be to develop a preventative maintenance plan.  If you own a vehicle, it is very tempting to ignore any maintenance and play the waiting game until something goes wrong. However, as you can imagine, this is a bad idea. Most expensive and potentially dangerous auto repairs are easily preventable with a preventative maintenance plan.  You can think of preventative maintenance as a doctor’s trip for your vehicle. Just like how you go to the doctor for a check-up, your vehicle needs to see the technicians at Carlsbad Auto Service for a check-in. Our team will check your oil, tire pressure, and other routine maintenance designed to prolong the longevity of your vehicle. Our te ... read more

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Holiday Soundtracks To Brighten your December

Holiday Soundtracks To Brighten your December

December is here, which means we are getting closer and closer to the most festive time of year. Just as quickly as the holidays get here, they seem to leave just as fast. It is important to take some time to cherish them because before we know it, New Years’ Day will be passing us by, and it will be January 2020.  Here are some holiday soundtracks to brighten your December and remind you why this time of year is so special:    'The Christmas Song': Nat King Cole (1961) 'Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas': Judy Garland (1944) 'Happy Xmas (War Is Over)': John Lennon (1971) 'Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree': Brenda Lee (1958) 'Santa Claus Is Coming to Town': Bruce Springsteen and Bon Jovi (2003) 'All I Want for Christmas Is You': Mariah Carey (1994) 'Christmas Time Is Here': Vince Guaraldi (1965) 'Santa Tell Me': Ariana Grande (2014) 'Jingle Bell Rock': Daryl Hall and John O ... read more

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Easy Recipes We Love When Family Visits for the Holidays

 Easy Recipes We Love When Family Visits for the Holidays

It is almost that time of year again: the holy trinity of holidays -- Thanksgiving, Chanukah, Christmas, and New Years. For many of us, this time of year means spending ample time with our families, whether they are traveling here to visit us, or we are traveling to them. If your family is visiting you for one of these holidays, you may be in search of some easy recipes. Here are some easy recipes we love when the family visits for the holidays:    Pork Chops with Parmesan Sauce Apple-topped Ham SteakBeef and Mushrooms with Smashed Potatoes Creamy Salmon Linguine ... read more

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Rad Car Costumes

Rad Car Costumes

The countdown for Halloween starts now, as we have officially 31 days until the big event. Your little ones might already be planning their costume, and from Disney princesses to power rangers, the options are practically limitless. You might have forgotten about your vehicle, and with Halloween fast-approaching, it is the perfect time to think about decorating your trusty sidekick.  Decorating your vehicle for Halloween is a fun and festive way to up your Halloween game. You can dress up your car in a costume, park it outside your home, and watch the trick-or-treaters gather around. Here are a few ideas for cool car costumes:  This idea looks easy to complete, but still does the trick!  Now you can have your very own batmobile with this idea!  What a glamorous Honda! This is certainly creative. Maybe your little one could dress up as a princess, and then we would have princess and the frog for the complete collection.  If you are going for a traditional Hallo ... read more

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Staying Safe while driving at night

Staying Safe while driving at night

It’s not just a myth; driving at night is proven to be more dangerous than driving during the day. Fatal accidents are three times more likely to occur in darkness rather than daylight. Why? The answer is straightforward -- you see less on the road, so your reaction time is diminished. The next time you are planning a nighttime ride, we encourage you to check out these tips. Here is how to stay safe while driving at night:  Drive a bit more defensively than you usually would. Nighttime can be full of terrors, as the saying goes. Fatal accidents involving alcohol are four times more likely to occur at night, compared to during the day.  If you’re tired, pull over, have a cup of coffee, and get some rest. If you are feeling drowsy, don’t risk it, and pull over.  Try to avoid two-lane highways. Often, two-lane highways are a recipe for nighttime glare due to the bright headlights on oncoming vehicles. Also, typically, two-lane roads are more narrow and ... read more

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Prepping Young Drivers for the School Year

Prepping Young Drivers for the School Year

Is your little one not so little anymore? Are they getting ready to go behind the wheel and drive themselves to school? If your answer to both questions is yes, then you might find yourself a little nervous about the school year starting. The team at Carlsbad Auto Service is here to ease all your concerns. Here are some helpful tips for young drivers:  This may go without saying but always follow all traffic laws. You may be late to school and want to hurry through that red light, but remind yourself, safety always comes first.  Slow down! Speeding is the leading cause of fatal accidents for teen drivers.  Put that seat belt on, and don’t take it off until your car is turned off. In fatal accidents, more than 56% were found not to have their seatbelts on.  Avoid distractions. Out of sight, out of mind. We recommend putting your phone away, so you aren’t tempted to check that text message while driving.  Adjust your accessories before driving aw ... read more

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