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Smart Tips for Driving With Your Dog

Smart Tips for Driving With Your Dog

  A lot of us wished we loved anything as much as a dog loves a car ride. Whether they're headed to a beautiful beach or to the vet, the magical adventure in the car is heaven. So if you're going on a road trip, chances are your pooch would be thrilled to accompany you. It's wonderful to bring your furry family along just make sure to prepare and be sure their time in the car is safe and comfortable.   Perhaps your dog is no stranger to car rides. Yet keep in mind that long road trips can be taxing on people and animals. Before a long trip, take your dog on car rides that get longer in duration so they are ready and prepared. Also, have your dog's papers that indicate that he/she has had their rabies shots. Not often, but sometimes you will be asked for proof before crossing state lines.   Have a crate or carrier that will keep your canine comfortable and with room to turn around, sit, lie, lay, and stand. Be sure to have it strapped in safe and secu ... read more

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Valentines Gifts for Car Enthusiasts

Valentines Gifts for Car Enthusiasts

  It's that time of year again where love is in the air. If your sweetheart happens to be a car enthusiast, there are several car-related gifts that you should consider. Car people tend to like car things so we thought we would share a few suggestions that would make driving safer and more enjoyable for your sweetie:   Music Subscription Drivers have more music selections than ever since Smartphones can connect to the stereos. Spotify and Pandora provide even more of an array of options than satellite radio and is a compelling alternative. Pandora Plus removes advertisements from its streaming radio service and their premium packages let you search for a single song on an album and allows you to create your own playlist.   Cordless Tire Inflator A cordless inflator is a super convenient and practical gift. Save your sweetheart the hassle of using a large compressor or handling those huge hoses at the gas station. Not only can a cordless tire inflator inflate t ... read more

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Resolve to Not Let Your Vehicle’s Maintenance Go Overdue

Resolve to Not Let Your Vehicle’s Maintenance Go Overdue

  2018 is finally here, and many of us have come up with personal New Year’s resolutions. Why not have resolutions for your car too? After all, our vehicles are an extension of us and taking care of them is helpful for our peace of mind. Here are some things you and your car can be mindful of in the new year:   1. Get your automobile's body into shape People tend to want to get their bodies into shape when the new year arrives. Why not have that same goal for your car? A basic automobile maintenance regime -- including checking for leaks once a month, taking your vehicle in for regular oil changes, measuring your tire pressure, and reading the owner's manual will help you save money and fuel. Bonus that it’s also good for the environment!   2. Be a fuel-efficient driver Fuel consumption increases by as much as 35 percent when you speed and drive aggressively. Slow down, relax, and give yourself more time. By doing this, you’ll end up low ... read more

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Top Holiday Displays Around Carlsbad & San Diego

With all holiday festivities happening, people who live near and around San Diego have so many options of how they choose to see and enjoy all the lights and displays. Just be careful that you’re not driving down the street and get distracted by all this holiday beauty! The team at Carlsbad Auto Service wants you to enjoy some of the special displays around our beautiful area. Here are some suggestions:   Balboa Park December Nights On December 1st-2nd 2017, enjoy the celebration and festivities at Balboa Park December Nights. Food, entertainment, and fun are what this 2-day event is all about at Balboa Park, America’s biggest urban cultural park. The sounds, smells, and sights of the Christmas season fill the cultur ... read more

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Preparing Your Vehicle for a Holiday Road Trip

Is your family vehicle prepared to drive over the river and through the woods to Grandma’s house? If your vehicle needs attention, we invite you to Carlsbad Auto Service. You’ll be glad you did.   Living in Carlsbad, we don’t have to worry too much about harsh winters. However, it’s still smart to winterize your vehicle, just in case you need to drive into the mountains, travel across multiple states, or navigate hazardous road conditions. Lucky for you, Carlsbad Auto Service is offering a Winterizing Special during the month of November!   What does it mean to winterize your vehicle? Simply put, it’s preparing your vehicle for extreme weather. With all the crazy weather we’re having, it’s hard to know if we’re going to have a super-warm winter’s day, or if temperatures will plummet. Extreme temperatures can affect the safety and optimal performance of a vehicle that is not regularly serviced or maintained.   Wh ... read more

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Carlsbad Auto Service Suggests Getting Your Car Ready For Fall!

At Carlsbad Auto Service we believe basic auto care goes a long way toward improving the safety and dependability of a vehicle. The vacations are over, the kids are back in school and cooler evenings have begun. Take advantage of the lull to prepare your vehicle for the winter ahead. Carlsbad Auto Service knows that breakdowns are never convenient, and can be dangerous in cooler weather periods. It won’t be long before the weather turns and San Diego could be headed for another stormy Fall/Winter. Driving safely during the fall months requires more than just cautious driver behavior, your car also needs some attention. Cold weather will make existing problems worse. Here are a few services and suggestions our Carlsbad Auto Service Technician Team (CASTT) have for you: Replace dirty filters, air, fuel, PCV, etc. At Carlsbad Auto Service we provide a full inspection under the hood of your vehicle which will allow us to identify any obvious ... read more

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Communication with our Service Consultants is the Key to Great Auto Repair Service at Carlsbad Auto Service

Communication with our Service Consultants is the Key to Great Auto Repair Service at Carlsbad Auto Service How well is your communication with your Carlsbad Auto Service “auto repair” Consultant? Carlsbad Auto Service suggests that you always keep detailed records of your vehicle’s repairs. In this article you can learn about the importance of clear communication with the Service Consultant at Carlsbad Auto Service. If your car has a problem, you may hold the key to unlocking the solution. After all, you know your car better than anyone, and will be first to notice if its performance changes. The more information you can share with the service consultant and technician about what you are experiencing, the better prepared they will be to identify the problem in a timely and cost effective manner. To prevent forgetting anything, it can be helpful to put your observations in writing before you head to the shop. Once there, be honest and pr ... read more

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Carlsbad Auto Service helps get your vehicle ready for Summer!

Carlsbad Auto Service helps get your vehicle ready for Summer!

Carlsbad Auto Service helps get your vehicle ready for Summer! Summertime calls most of us out on the roads, and with summer’s heat, dust, and stop-and-go traffic, it will take their toll on your vehicle. Before you find yourself traveling and vacationing out and about and enjoying the season, think about your vehicle and some seasonal maintenance. There are a number of things you can do to prepare your car for a safe and steadfast summer of driving. Beat the Heat Your car’s cooling system is critical to your summer driving, with the primary job of keeping your engine cool. Your cooling system strives for a constant 200 degrees Fahrenheit to protect your engine against corrosion, provide more efficient fuel combustion, and maintain proper oil viscosity. However, in hot weather, your coolant could reach as high as 250 degrees, and your car could overheat. At Carlsbad Auto Service we know your cooling system needs extra attentio ... read more

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Smog Inspection Service

Carlsbad Auto Service is a full-service repair shop that includes smog check, smog failure repairs, and drive-ability problems. We are a Star Certified Test and Repair station. State law requires that a percentage of vehicles have their Smog Check Inspections performed at a STAR station. If your DMV renewal notice states your vehicle requires a Smog Check at a STAR station, you must take your vehicle to a STAR station for an inspection. STAR stations must meet specified performance standards established by the Bureau of Automotive Repair. Some STAR stations are licensed to perform only tests, while others are licensed to perform both tests and repairs. The station is required to post a sign on the services it performs. Carlsbad Auto Service provides a Smog Check Service that is an important part of California’s efforts to improve the air we breathe. Our Smog Check inspections are designed to identify vehicles with excess emissions so they can be ... read more

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Fuel Injection and Induction Service

Fuel Injection and Induction Service

What You Need to Know About “Fuel Injection/Induction Service” Fuel injection is the spraying of fuel under pressure into the engine’s airstream or cylinders. It differs from carburetion in that carburetors keep the fuel supply at basically very low pressure and rely on the pressure drop in the venturi (carburetor) to draw the fuel in, as opposed to injection which sprays it in under various pressures. Your induction system is basically the airflow system into the cylinders that includes the control element of your throttle plate along with entryways for exhaust gas from the EGR system and vapors from the crankcase via the PCV system. What Carlsbad Auto Service Can Do For You! An injection and induction system cleaning at Carlsbad Auto Service consists of a cleaning of the fuel injectors and of the carbon deposit build up on the engine valves and throttle plate area. This ensures your engine will receive improved fuel flow into the comb ... read more

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