Yearly Archives: 2022

Why Is My Car Smoking?

Why Is My Car Smoking?

When you start seeing smoke or hear sounds from your vehicle, it is a clear sign that you should immediately stop driving. Several things could be causing this issue, and it's best to have them professionally diagnosed at a trustworthy auto repair shop like Carlsbad Auto Service. In this blog post, we will discuss why your car may be smoking from under the hood or out of its tailpipe. Additionally, we will go over some tips to best handle the situation. Oil Leak A popular vehicle problem that can cause car smoke is an engine oil leak. Sometimes, leaky oil can drip into the engine and get burned along with gasoline. Whenever this happens, your engine may be at risk of overheating. Therefore, if you notice dark smoke, please have a mechanic check your vehicle’s oil levels immediately. Coolant Leak A coolant leak is also another common problem motorists face that is coupled with excess smoke. You might notice a vibrant fluid trickling under your car. In some cases, you may ... read more

What is a Catalytic Converter?

What is a Catalytic Converter?

Air purity and quality have become major causes of concern, with the government coming down quite hard on the automotive industry. Generally, vehicle exhaust systems release a wide range of emissions (gases and fumes) when running, contributing to air pollution. Consequently, most governments hold vehicles to specific emission standards to control these pollutants. Since 1975, it was declared mandatory for all road-legal cars in the US to have a catalytic converter regulated by the Clean Air Act. So, What is a Catalytic Converter? A catalytic converter looks like a big metal box located between the muffler and the engine on the underside of your vehicle. It is a part of the car's exhaust system and plays a crucial role in cleaning up the harmful gases such as hydrocarbons, nitrogen oxides, and carbon monoxide that are produced when your vehicle runs. The harmful emissions are transformed into harmless gases such as water vapor and CO2 before they are emitted into ... read more

What Are Shock Absorbers?

What Are Shock Absorbers?

What Are Shocks? Shocks are a key component in the vehicle's suspension system intended to absorb the impact and rebound of the springs. They are grease-filled cylinders. Shock absorbers control unwanted motions so that your car rides can feel comfortable and smooth. They do the hard work whenever you drive over divots and bumps in the road. Additionally, they promote even wear on your tires by ensuring proper traction.    Most shock absorbers are twin-tube or mono-tube, with slight variations to support different needs. Shock absorbers can last between 4 to 5 years depending on the road conditions you frequently drive on. If the vehicle that drives on smooth and/or paved roads, your suspension can last up to 10 years. Likewise, your shocks may need replacing more often if you frequently operate on bumpy roads.   You can also determine when to replace your shocks by examining how your shocks act. Below are the warning signs for worn shocks: Longer stopping time ... read more

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

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