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How To Be Prepared For Unexpected Snow & Road Hazards

How To Be Prepared For Unexpected Snow & Road Hazards

Are you ready for unexpected weather and natural disasters? Here in San Diego, we don’t often think of snow, except on TV shows. But earlier this year, in February 2019, we had unexpected snowfall at Lake Elsinore and The Grapevine. And we sure have had our fair share of unexpected fires in California. How do you prepare for these things?   At Family Auto Service, we have several tips to prepare you and your family vehicle for unexpected road conditions. Here is a list of things you should carry in your car, truck, SUV, or van so you can be ready for anything.   Spare tire, a jack, and a lug wrench. If your tire goes flat and you don’t have run-flat tires, be sure to carry an inflated spare tire, a jack that will safely lift your car, and a lug wrench. You get extra credit if you also pack a reflective vest and flares in case you need to be seen at night while on the side of the road.   Snow chains or snow socks. If you like to ski, you probably have ... read more

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Happy Thanksgiving from Family Auto Service!

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us here at Family Auto Service! We hope that you had a wonderful holiday with friends and family. With all the holidays comes lots of travel, so if you are planning a road trip in the near future, we recommend that you check off some important travel measures before you hit the road.  Be sure to have your vehicle inspected by the experts here at Family Auto Service before you hit the road. You never want to be caught in a situation where you are stuck without a working vehicle, so guaranteeing that your vehicle is ready for any road trip will keep your family safe and bring you peace of mind on the road.    Pack ample blankets and coats for the road to keep warm if you’re traveling in the cold this winter.    Have an emergency kit on hand in your trunk to help out in cases of emergencies. Some things to make sure you have with you include a spare tire, jack, wrench, flashlight, flares, cell phone charger, and ... read more

Is Your Family Vehicle Ready For The Holidays?

Is Your Family Vehicle Ready For The Holidays?

This year has flown by, and before you know it, it’ll be time to start planning for holiday road trips and travel. But along with those travel plans can come some trying weather conditions. Here at Family Auto Service we want to help keep you and your family safe by making sure you have reliable auto mechanics at your service. Whether you reside or work in the La Jolla, La Mesa, Santee, or Alpine areas, Family Auto Service can take care of your auto repair and preventive maintenance needs. Keep reading to learn more about how you can keep your family’s vehicle prepped, primed, and ready to take on the holidays! Getting ready to set out on a road trip for the holidays can be a daunting task. Between getting you and your family ready for the trip, making sure you have everything packed, and beating the traffic, you’ve got your work cut out for you. With that in mind, being sure to thoroughly inspect your vehicle well ahead of time can keep you from being caught unaware ... read more

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How to Take Care of Your Tires

Your vehicle’s tires are a particularly vital feature of your vehicle. They're the sole element between your automobile and the road, and work properly to make sure that you're ready to accelerate, stop, and turn with accuracy. Poor tires will cause a variety of various problems, including lower fuel efficiency, tire blowouts, needing new tires more often, and more. Smart tire maintenance will protect you on the road as well as saving you cash on new tires throughout the years.  A regularly unnoticed tire service is correct tire pressure. When your tires measure low in air pressure, excessive tire wear will occur and blow outs can happen. It isn’t safe to drive with low tire pressure and it's a really straightforward fix. Typically, you can test your tire pressure and refill it at home, but if you need assistance, Family Auto Service will be happy to help.  If your tires aren’t aligned or balanced properly, excessive we ... read more

Top Five Reasons To Get Brake Repair Service Sooner Than Later

Top Five Reasons To Get Brake Repair Service Sooner Than Later

It’s October, and this is the perfect time of year to get your brake repair service performed sooner than later.  Family Auto Service deeply cares about you, your family, and your family vehicles. We understand that life gets busy and that it is easy to put off brake repair for later because you don’t have much time in your busy schedule. However, we would like to offer the top five reasons why you should get your brakes serviced and repaired this month.   In preparation for Halloween. As we approach Halloween, there are going to be a lot of petite and adorable little ghosts, goblins, superheroes, and unicorns running around our neighborhoods. Too often, the children are so excited that they forget to look both ways before crossing the road. Additionally, teenagers and adults are often distracted by their cell phones and may not see your car in time. That’s why it’s best to service your brakes in preparation for Halloween so you can avoid any unnece ... read more

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Reasons for Your Car to Pull to the Side

You're driving along the highway and lift a hand off of the wheel for a second to switch on the air. You notice that your car starts to veer to the side - and you find yourself having to jerk the steering wheel a little bit to travel straight again. You'll start noticing it more and more, how your vehicle is pulling to one side on the road. But what is causing it?  Your car pull to one side either while driving or braking is a common car symptoms among drivers. Luckily, the answer for why this is happening is typically an easy one to come upon. The reasoning typically lies within the steering and suspension system or wheel alignment. An inspection at one of our trusted Family Auto Service locations can get to the bottom of the issue.  Reasons for your car to pull to the side:  Bad wheel alignment Low or inconsistent tire pressure Tire conicity problems Steering part issue Worn out suspension parts Uneven brake pads Bad wheel bearings Worn steering  ... read more

All About Spark Plugs

Spark plugs are a vehicle component that many have heard of, but not many understand. You may have had your spark plugs replaced if you've had a tune-up performed on your vehicle - but what are spark plugs and what do they actually do?  The name of the component says it all - spark plugs basically create a little spark of electricity which is needed to start your vehicle. The spark plugs will put ignite the combustion system, which will put the engine's pistons in motion. This will start your vehicle and allow it to run smoothly throughout your drive.  Without working spark plugs, your car won't start. Often times, when spark plugs are getting bad and need to be replaced, you'll notice a lack in over engine performance and fuel efficiency. This is because your vehicle is probably misfiring during acceleration and isn't running at the power it should.  Spark plugs typically need to be replaced every 30,000 miles or so, but the frequency will also de ... read more

Did Your Vehicle Fail Emissions Testing? Here are Some Possible Causes

California is a state that requires emissions testing every other year in order to qualify for vehicle registration. If you own an older vehicle, you may have encountered a situation where your car has failed emissions testing. This can happen often with vehicles that are much older and have a lot of miles. The failed emissions test is basically a way to say that your car doesn't currently match up to California's standards for pollution emissions.  If your vehicle has failed emissions, the experts here at Family Auto Service can help. We can help determine why your vehicle failed and figure out the repairs needed in order for your vehicle to pass during its next test. Here are some of the reasons why a car may fail its emissions test:  Dirty air filters Bad spark plugs Vacuum leaks Defective sensors Valve issues Broken rings Cracked pistons Dirty fuel injectors The reasons listed above are just some examples of what can cause a car to fail an emissions test ... read more

Important Car Maintenance Intervals

Car maintenance can be difficult to keep track of, especially when you aren’t sure of what services are due at what intervals. Although it can be confusing, car maintenance is pretty straightforward once you understand what is needed for your vehicle and when. The experts at our shop can help you stay on top of these services and ensure that your vehicle runs smoothly for years to come.  Below are some of the most important car maintenance items that should never be missed for your vehicle: 1. Oil Change - every 3 months or 3,000 miles to every 6 months or 6,000 miles 2. Tune-up - every 30,000 miles or so 3. Fluid Flushes - every 10,000 miles to every 30,000 miles, depending on the fluid 4. Bumper to Bumper Inspection - at every oil change, or at least twice a year 5. Tire Inspections, Rotation, and Alignment - twice a year or every 6,000 miles These are some of the most important services that will ensure that your vehicle remains reliable. Although these intervals are j ... read more

How To Drive Safely

Being safe on the road is important while driving. If you expect to get to your destination safely and without trouble, driving cautiously and abiding by driving laws and regulations are key. After years of driving, we often forget what we learned when we first started, and being reminded of some of those safety tips can help keep us all safe on the road. Here at 5 tips on how to avoid car accidents: Drive according to the speed limit and with caution. The speed limit on roads is there for a reason - it is the speed that is deemed safe for that area. Driving according to the speed limit will allow you to have proper control of your vehicle and be able to slow down or stop safely when needed. Always signal when changing lanes. Your blinkers are extremely important when it comes to letting others on the road know where your vehicle is planning to go. Not using your blinkers can cause other drivers to have to slam on their brakes or swerve out of the way if they aren’t prepared fo ... read more

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