Yearly Archives: 2022

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

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