• Considering an Alternative Fuel Vehicle in San Diego?

    Sunday 18 March 2018

    There is a clear and vocal demand in San Diego and nationally for a reduction in air pollution and our dependence on fossil fuels. This is what is driving the CA market for alternative fuel vehicles. There are a number of these vehicles on San Diego area roads today, and many more being developed. Yet each of these vehicles has its own advantages and disadvantages. San Diego auto owners should learn what these advantages and disadvantages are befo... read more

  • John's Automotive Care Automotive Tips: Diagnostic Service

    Tuesday 13 March 2018

    Imagine waking up one morning with a stomach ache. You pick up the phone, call the doctor’s office and say, “I’ve got a really bad tummy ache. How much will it cost to make me feel better?” Of course you wouldn’t do that. You know that there could be a lot of reasons for your symptoms and that the doctor will have to examine you, ask some questions and probably run some tests before she can tell you what’s wrong and give you treatment options. This same scenar... read more

  • Fuel System Cleaning at John's Automotive Care for Better Performance

    Sunday 04 March 2018

    Hi San Diego residents. Let's talk fuel injectors. A fuel injector is a valve that delivers fuel to a vehicle's engine. It has to deliver the precise amount of fuel to precisely the right place, precisely when the engine needs it. The fuel also has to be mixed with air before it can burn in the engine.Fuel injectors are engineered to spray fuel in a specific pattern into the engine. (The pattern varies by engine type and design.) In order to achieve these spray patterns, the fue... read more

  • Automotive Tips from John's Automotive Care: Serpentine Belt System Wear

    Sunday 25 February 2018

    The primary job of the serpentine belt for San Diego drivers is to provide important traction to spin the accessories. As the belt wears it loses some of its grip and the accessories may not spin at optimal speeds. For example, if your alternator doesn’t spin fast enough, the battery will not completely recharge while you’re driving and you could end up stranded around San Diego with a dead battery. In short, a worn serpentine belt will stress all of the accessories it powe... read more

  • Charge It in San Diego for Extended Battery Life

    Sunday 18 February 2018

    Here's an interesting statistic for our in San Diego, CA, drivers: Only 30 percent of car batteries make it to 48 months. And the life expectancy varies by where you live. It ranges from 51 months in extremely cold areas to just 30 months in extremely hot climates.Why is that? It turns out that it's our modern cars with all their electric accessories that are to blame. Things like, GPS, DVDs and entertainment computers are keeping vehicle batteries from maintaining a full cha... read more

  • Busted: The Maintenance-Free Myth in San Diego

    Monday 12 February 2018

    There's a segment of the San Diego area population that's not committed to proper vehicle maintenance. Now, the ignition system in your vehicle is electronic and controlled by the engine management computer. Spark plugs rarely get fouled and will last for as much as 100,000 miles (160,000 kilometers). So tune-ups used to force you in to John's Automotive Care for service, and while you were there you just took care of whatever else was on the list.Also, in recent year... read more

  • Maintenance on My Mind

    Sunday 04 February 2018

    Ask any San Diego man or woman if they've taken their vehicle in for preventive maintenance lately, and the answer may well be “no.” Surveys indicate that over 80% of vehicles on the road today are in need of some kind of repair or maintenance. Now, ask that same person why he hasn't taken his car in for care. The answer will probably be that he forgot or that he just didn't think about it. Most San Diego residents seem to have a hard time remembering about scheduled... read more

  • Fuel Injection Basics for San Diego

    Tuesday 30 January 2018

    All modern San Diego vehicles come with fuel injection systems, so it's a topic San Diego drivers need to know something about. The mighty fuel injector is a valve that delivers the gas or diesel fuel to the right place, in the right amount at the right timeto be mixed with air and burned in the engine.So how many fuel injectors does your vehicle have? There's one for each cylinder. So four, six or eight for most folks in San Diego, CA. Some vehicles have 10 or 12 cy... read more

  • On Board Diagnostics for Your Engine

    Tuesday 23 January 2018

    Starting in 1996, John's Automotive Care service technicians have been able to use a standardized diagnostic system to help determine what is wrong with a vehicle. This diagnostic system works in tandem with the Engine Control Modules for each vehicle's engine. The Engine Control Module is a computer that monitors and controls many engine functions.Sensors throughout a vehicle send readings to the Engine Control Module. These readings help... read more

  • What to Do in Case of an Accident in San Diego

    Monday 15 January 2018

    Screeching tires, crunching metal – it's an accident! If you've ever been in a car accident in San Diego, even a minor one, you know how upsetting it can be. It's hard to think straight and know what to do.Let's review what San Diego drivers should do in case of an accident:When an accident occurs, you should always stop. Leaving the scene of an accident in San Diego is considered a crime - even if it's not your fault. And hit and run penalties are fairly severe, poss... read more

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