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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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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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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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