• Hey San Diego Drivers, How Many Miles Are on Your Car?

    Monday 17 July 2017

    Nowadays, San Diego drivers are paying more at CA gas pumps. For some families it adds up to several hundred dollars every month. That's got to come out of the budget somewhere. This is one of the reasons many CA drivers are putting off buying a new car. They plan on keeping their old vehicle for a year or two longer than before.Even now, 2/3 of the personal vehicles on our local San Diego, CA, roads have over 75,000 miles (120,000 kilometers) on them. The average age of vehicles is over nine ye... read more

  • Have You Checked Your Headlights?

    Tuesday 11 July 2017

    Like everything in the CA automotive market, there have been great strides in headlight technology in recent years. CA drivers can be safer at night because of it. Good headlights improve visibility on San Diego roads, enabling you to see farther. They also improve your peripheral vision, helping you to see the sides more clearly. The more you can see, the more quickly you can react to road conditions. This is because nearly half of traffic fatalities take place at night. A... read more

  • Good Timing: Proper Timing Belt Replacement Saves Money for San Diego Drivers

    Sunday 02 July 2017

    Knowing how their engine works can help San Diego drivers make informed decisions about auto care and prevent repairs to their vehicles. This is especially true when it comes to timing belts.An engine's power is generated in the cylinders. Inside the cylinder is a piston that moves up and down while the engine is running. Power is generated in a cycle that includes four strokes of the piston. First, the piston drops and a valve at the top of the cylinder opens to let in fue... read more

  • I Can See Clearly Now: Wiper Blade Replacement in San Diego

    Tuesday 27 June 2017

    About 90% of our driving decisions in the San Diego area are based solely on what we see. So having a good pair of windshield wipers is extremely important.Most San Diego drivers have experienced the frustration and fear of not being able to see clearly during a storm, or when our vehicle windshield is just dirty. In fact, it's estimated that 46,000,000 drivers across the nation are driving with wipers that can't adequately clear their windshield in a storm.It seems like our... read more

  • The Straight and Narrow: Power Steering Service at John's Automotive Care

    Monday 19 June 2017

    Service to a vehicle's power steering system is part of preventive maintenance for  San Diego auto owners. This system provides power to the steering wheel so you can turn it with ease. Without power steering, all of the power to turn your vehicle's wheels would have to come from you.The central element of most power steering systems is a pump. The pump pressurizes the power steering fluid, and it is this pressure that provides auxiliary steering power. A belt connecte... read more

  • Wheel Balancing at John's Automotive Care

    Sunday 11 June 2017

    So you love your job, and your family life is great. Congratulations! You have achieved balance. But can you say the same for your wheels? San Diego drivers can tell if their tires are out of balance by vibrations at higher speeds on CA roads. If one of the front tires is out, you feel the vibration in the steering wheel. If it's a back tire, you'll feel the vibration in your seat.Tires and wheels are pretty heavy. When a tire is mounted on a wheel at John's Automotive Care, it is usually n... read more

  • The John's Automotive Care Guide to Tire Specs

    Tuesday 06 June 2017

    You know you need newtires, but you're not sure what type. You look at a tire to get the size: 225, 50, R, 16, 92, H. All the way to the San Diego service center you keep repeating it over and over. You even say it over in your mind while waiting in line. Then you get to the counter and the manager asks what size you need. Then your mind goes blank.Tire size can be confusing for many San Diego drivers. There's so much on the side of the tire, and it's hard... read more

  • Check Your Shocks and Struts at John's Automotive Care

    Wednesday 31 May 2017

      Today we're talking to San Diego drivers about shocks and struts. They're so easy for CA folks to forget about because they last so long and wear out so slowly. But your shocks are really responsible for keeping your tires on the road – so they're very important.Without shocks, your wheels would be bouncing over bumps and lifting on corners. The shocks push the tire down to the road to maximize traction. Good shocks equal good ride quality and safe handling for San Di... read more

  • The Importance of San Diego Drivers Following Service Intervals

    Tuesday 23 May 2017

    Today in our John's Automotive Care blog, we're going to talk about following recommended service intervals. Your vehicle isn't the only aspect of your life in San Diego with recommended intervals: Let's start with twice yearly dental check-ups and regular physical exams. How about laundry, watering the lawn and paying the bills?Now, what would happen if you didn't follow these intervals? Well, you'd get more cavities. You may not discover health... read more

  • San Diego, CA Winter Prep Service for Your Auto

    Monday 15 May 2017

    When winter approaches in CA, San Diego residents break out the sweaters, coats, boots and mittens. We want to be ready for CA winter conditions. Your vehicle needs to be ready for winter as well. The last thing San Diego residents want is to get stranded out in the cold. You need your vehicle to be safe and reliable. It's a good idea to get caught up on any neglected maintenance items anytime - but the stakes are higher in cold CA winters.There are some specific things San Diego drivers need to... read more

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