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Top 5 Labor Day Getaways Within Driving Distance of Carlsbad

Top 5 Labor Day Getaways Within Driving Distance of Carlsbad

We can't believe that Labor Day is almost here. Time is flying by. The team at Carlsbad Auto Service wants you to have a fun and family-friendly holiday this year. We have compiled a list of Labor Day getaways all within driving distance of Carlsbad. In the wake of COVID-19, we would like to remind you that certain destinations may be offering different hours and venue options. We recommend planning your Labor Day getaway ahead of time and checking all possible destinations for their hours and protocols.  Here are the top 5 Labor Day getaways all within driving distance of Carlsbad:  La Jolla: For nature lovers, La Jolla is an excellent option. La Jolla is home to many beautiful beaches, including some of the best surfing and diving spots in California as well as the La Jolla Ecological Reserve. For hiking, you can head over to the Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve.  Julian: Located an hour east of San Diego in the Cuyamaca Mounta ... read more

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Let’s Get Your Vehicle Ready For Back-to-School Season

Let’s Get Your Vehicle Ready For Back-to-School Season

Back-to-school season can be hectic for both parents and students alike. We all seem to have a mile-long to-do list. Even in the wake of COVID-19, and schools being different this year, we have to ensure we stay up on vehicle maintenance. The technicians at Carlsbad Auto Service recommend making sure vehicle maintenance is on your to-do list.  Keeping up with preventative maintenance can prevent potentially costly and dangerous repairs down the road. We don’t want you to have to deal with significant auto repairs during the busy school season. Here is how we plan on getting your vehicle ready for the back-to-school season:  Fluids Our technicians will examine your vehicle’s fluid levels, including your motor oil, coolant, transmission fluid, power steering fluid, and brake fluid. We will also look for any leaks.  Battery We will take a look at your vehicle’s battery to ensure all connections are correctly tightened ... read more

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The Importance of Keeping Your Vehicle Hydrated this Summer

The Importance of Keeping Your Vehicle Hydrated this Summer

We all know that winter takes a toll on your vehicle, but what about summer? The summer months can also wreak havoc on your vehicle. The warm weather, hot pavement, long road trips, and dry air can be detrimental to your vehicle’s overall condition. Just like how you must stay hydrated to combat this season, your vehicle must too.  Known as “antifreeze” during the winter and “coolant” during the summer, this fluid plays a crucial role in keeping your vehicle hydrated during the summer. Low coolant levels can lead to potentially dangerous and costly situations. Worn hoses or a damaged radiator can lead to coolant fluid leaks, causing your vehicle’s temperature to increase. When your vehicle’s temperature increases, you run the risk of overheating. Engines can overheat for many different reasons, but there is usually an issue with your car’s cooling system. The heat is trapped within your vehicle’s engine and unable to escape, w ... read more

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There is an App for that! 5 Most Useful Automotive Apps

There is an App for that! 5 Most Useful Automotive Apps

There seems to be an app for everything! The App Store is inundated with apps, and it can be challenging to find the best automotive apps -- it’s like finding a needle in the haystack. Fortunately, the team at Carlsbad Auto Service is here to help. We have compiled a list of the most useful and helpful automotive apps out there.  Carcorder: Dashcams are becoming more and more popular. These are especially helpful in matters of security, as they capture even the smallest details. If you are in an accident, a dashcam can be a source of invaluable information. If you are looking for an alternative to a dashcam, Carcorder is the app for you. This app will transform your phone into a dashcam, while even tracking your location and letting you know if you are driving over the speed limit. Carcorder is for iPhones.  AutoMate: This app is specific to Androids, and it allows you to turn your phone into a hands-free command center. You can easily use Google Maps, send messages ... read more

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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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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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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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How To Avoid Hot Weather Blues

How To Avoid Hot Weather Blues

The temperatures are rising, and the sun is shining, which means summer is officially here. It is easy for us to prepare for summertime -- bring out the bathing suits, sunscreen, and keep hydrated -- but we can’t forget about our vehicles. They are working overtime in the summer, and the summer heat does take a toll on them, just like it does to us. The team at Carlsbad Auto Service has a few tips and tricks designed to keep your car hydrated and cool during hot weather.  Here is how to avoid the hot weather blues:  At the beginning of summer, have a qualified technician examine your radiator and hoses for leaks and cracks. Our team will make sure there is no bulging, swelling, splitting.  Don't forget to have your coolant level checked periodically by a qualified technician. Low coolant level is one of the most common causes of overheating breakdowns. It's important to remember that when your vehicle's engine overheats, the automatic transmission is ... read more

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