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Auto Care Steps for a Stress Free Road Trip

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Auto Care Steps for a Stress Free Road Trip

Summer road trip season is here. Taking proactive steps to make sure your vehicle is operating properly will help avoid the hassle and unexpected cost of a breakdown away from home, says the non-profit Car Care Council.

This summer, AAA expects to receive calls from over seven million stranded motorists experiencing car trouble. The majority of issues the travel group anticipates will cause car problems, such as dead batteries and flat tires, can be prevented with a pre-trip vehicle inspection.

"Summer heat can take a toll on a vehicle, especially if it hasn't been properly maintained," said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. "Whether you do it yourself or visit a trusted professional technician, a pre-trip vehicle check will give you peace of mind and provide the opportunity to make any necessary repairs before you hit the highway."

AAA also reports that four out of 10 drivers are unprepared for vehicle breakdowns. So you and your vehicle are ready for the road, the Car Care Council recommends taking the following auto care steps before you leave home.

  • Check the battery and replace if necessary. Be sure the electrical system is charging at the correct rate; overcharging can damage a battery as quickly as undercharging. Excessive heat and overcharging shortens the life of a battery.
  • Check the tires, including tire pressure and tread. Uneven wear indicates a need for wheel alignment. Tires should also be checked for bulges and bald spots.
  • Check the HVAC (heating, ventilating and air conditioning) system as proper cooling performance is critical for interior comfort.
  • Check all fluids, including engine oil, power steering, brake and transmission as well as windshield washer solvent and antifreeze/coolant.
  • Check the wipers and lighting so that you can see and be seen. Check that all interior and exterior lighting is working properly and replace worn wiper blades so you can see clearly when driving during precipitation.
  • Check the emergency kit and restock, if necessary. Be sure to fully charge cell phones before leaving home.

The Car Care Council also recommends inspecting the brake system and performing a tune-up to help the engine deliver the best balance of power and fuel economy.

Source: Car Care Council

What People Say About Us

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    , 09/26/2019

    Great service. Fair prices Rob is great. I have been taking my cars here for over 15 years. I have always been satisfied.

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    , 08/18/2019

    Good honest work, charged fairly and did what was described.

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    , 04/02/2019

    One word: honest. It is hard to find a good honest mechanic in this area that will good your car for a decent rate and not try to rip you off. They aren't the cheapest but they are very reasonable with their pricing. The manager is also very helpful and straight forward with what he recommends.

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    , 03/21/2019

    These guys are a class act. My son, who's off in college, was driving through Brea when his car overheated. Because of him being out of town I did a yelp search of close businesses. I saw these guys had a 5 star review. I called them. They had 15 min until closing time, but they dropped everything to help him. Not only did they help him they wouldn't take money from him even though they had significant time and some parts involved. If I lived anywhere near them I'd never use anyone else. This story speaks to nothing but integrity and care for other humans. Great job guy!

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    , 02/05/2019

    Trustworthy, family owned, legitimate repair shop that won't try to stab you for the "ups and extras". REAL mechanics doing REAL diagnostics, not just plugging in a computer and working from a list of protocols. I don't send family or friends anywhere else.

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    , 10/16/2018

    Friendly staff, knowledgeable and honest.

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