Yearly Archives: 2020

Get Your Car Ready for Summer

Get Your Car Ready for Summer

Here in Encinitas, we are no stranger to the heat during the summer months. We are nearing the start of our official summer season, and you may be thinking about taking a road trip some time during the next couple months as our shelter in place orders begin to lift.  The hot summer weather definitely does take a toll on our vehicles, and doing what you can to prepare your car for summer will help you avoid summer car trouble. Here are some ways in which you can get your car ready for summer:  Test and clean your vehicle's battery; replace if it's nearing the end of its life (the heat can accelerate battery wear) Inspect all important fluids such as transmission fluid, brake fluid, power steering and more. Fluids tend to evaporate faster in very hot climates.  Test your vehicle's A/C system and have it repaired or recharged if needed.   Check tires for correct tire pressure and excessive wear.  Having a cooling system inspection performed ... read more

What Can I Do to Prevent a Flat Tire?

What Can I Do to Prevent a Flat Tire?

Getting a flat tire while driving can be a scary occurrence, one which all of us want to avoid. A flat tire can happen because of a number of reasons, some which can be controlled and others which cannot, like driving over a nail. Luckily, there are some ways in which you can help prevent a flat tire from occurring. Correct Tire Pressure Ensuring that your vehicle's tires always have the proper tire pressure is vital to the safety of your vehicle. Driving with under inflated or overinflated tires puts you at risk for a tire blowout. Plus, driving with the wrong tire pressure decreases your overall fuel efficiency and can significantly wear down your tires. Most vehicles are equipped with a TPMS, or tire pressure monitoring system, which will alert you when your tire pressure is lower than 25%. However, we recommend a tire pressure check at least once a month.  Rotate Your Tires Proper tire rotation is another way to keep your tires in exce ... read more

We Remain Open During COVID-19 "Shelter in Place" Order

The Governor of California has announced a mandate for all Californians to shelter in place and remain at home unless traveling to work or traveling to an essential store or establishment. Here at Complete Car Care Encinitas, we are still open during the COVID-19 outbreak. Auto repair is considered an essential business here in California, because auto care is needed for those who are still driving to get supplies or go to work.  While we understand that leaving your house and visiting a public place can be scary, we want you to have confidence that we are taking extra measures to ensure that our shop is clean and sanitized. We can service you by providing you your paper work outside in our parking lot, and take your keys from you without entering our lobby. Our new tentative operating hours are: Monday- Saturday From 08:00 AM to 03:00 PM Give us a all today to schedule your next service! It is our top priority to ensure that we are helping to prevent th ... read more

What is a Cooling System Flush?

The cooling system in your vehicle is a very important group of working components. The job of this system is to essential keep your engine cool and working at an optimum temperature to protect your engine parts and ensure a smooth ride. In order to do this, the cooling system will circulate coolant throughout the engine to lubricate parts and act as a heat barrier to control the engine's temperature. If you've ever opened up your car's hood and stuck your hand in there, you've probably noticed just how dirty it is in there. You can imagine how much dirt and grime liquid flowing through the engine would pick up daily, and this is why a cooling system flush is an important service.  Over time, the coolant will become dirty which will affect its overall efficiency for both cleaning and lubricating parts. The engine can be costly repair, so protecting this major car part at all costs is vital to your safety and, lets face it, your wallet. A cooling system flush will ... read more

How Far Can You Drive Your Vehicle on Empty?

We've all been there - driving to a destination when you look down to your dashboard and see that your gas is on empty. You're faced with a dilemma, do you find a gas station immediately, or do you think you can make it to your destination? In turn comes the age old question, how far can you drive your vehicle while it is on an empty tank of gas? Many newer cars will actually let know you how many miles you have left. This is helpful, but not always 100% accurate. If your gas light is on, we recommend filling your tank as soon as you can. You never want to get stranded with no gas, especially when driving.  Driving with low fuel can actually cause damage to your vehicle. It can damage the fuel pump and cause problems with the catalytic converter. While driving with the gas tank light on once in a while is fine, doing this regularly can cause damage over time.  When the low fuel warning light is triggered, the amount of mileage your vehicle has until it completely s ... read more

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