Yearly Archives: 2022

How Often Should I Replace My Oil Filter?

How Often Should I Replace My Oil Filter?

Oil filters are responsible for keeping harmful contaminants away from the engine and improving oil flow. In other words, it helps motor oil flow freely and cleanly throughout the engine to keep the components lubricated. Understanding how the oil filter works will help you understand why you should never skip this step during your oil change.  What Do Oil Filters Do? Oil filters collect all kinds of dirt, sand, debris, and metal fragments that are floating in the engine. After some time, these particles can increase wear and tear on your engine parts, leading to premature damage. The oil filter collects these contaminants and limits them from getting in the way of your engine performance.  When Should You Replace the Oil Filter? You should change the oil filter at every oil service. When they are done together, it makes things easier to remember. It also makes sense since the two maintenance services go together. Please refer to your owner’s manual for specific oil ... read more

What is the Importance of 30/60/90k Maintenance?

What is the Importance of 30/60/90k Maintenance?

30/60/90k maintenance simply refers to factory maintenance or factory scheduled maintenance. This is the regular maintenance schedule which is scheduled by the manufacturer of your vehicle. This maintenance schedule is very important for your vehicle's overall health and it will help you avoid any major costs of repair later on. What is the Importance of 30/60/90k Maintenance? There are many reasons as to why you should follow this factory maintenance schedule. Some of these are that: Not following your factory maintenance could lead to your vehicle warranty being voided. Following the schedule could help you curb bigger problems in future. A tiny problem when not attended to get later become a major problem. It can link than the life span of your vehicle. Having a mechanic check your vehicle at the schedule time could help him come across any problems before they have become major issues of concern. This will then help ... read more

When Should I Replace My Car Battery?

When Should I Replace My Car Battery?

Car batteries have a limited life span, which prompts the question of when they should be replaced. The answer varies between batteries and their uses. However, there are some factors you can keep in mind. Time All batteries degrade over time. Manufacturers usually recommend replacing them after three to five years. Once you hit three years, start testing the battery regularly such as when you have the oil changed. Use The way you use your vehicle affects the battery. If you exclusively drive short distances, the alternator might not have enough time to fully recharge the battery. Vehicles that aren't driven for a while discharge the battery until it's drained. Anytime the battery needs to be recharged, it cuts into its life span. Temperature Extreme temperatures damage the inner structure of car batteries. Carmakers put measures in place to help with heat protection, such as heat shields. Make sure those stay in good shape as your vehicle ages. Your local climate matters ... read more

What Are The Most Common Car A/C Problems?

What Are The Most Common Car A/C Problems?

With cars running better than ever nowadays, it can be easy to take the vehicle’s air conditioning systems for granted. Once the A/C stops working, you’ll be forced to sit in the blasted heat. Fortunately, we make air conditioning repairs easy at Complete Car Care Encinitas. We can recharge your A/C system with refrigerant, seal the leak, or replace any component necessary so that you can be on your way to a more comfortable ride. Read on to learn about the top 3 common auto air conditioning people experience. A/C Has Weak or No Air Flow You might notice subtle coolness in your A/C, but it is nowhere near being enough to cool you and your passengers down. In some cases, the A/C may not cut on at all. The common issues behind this symptom is loose hoses, bad fans, electrical problems, and leaky seals.  A/C Has a Bad Smell  If you have a lingering odor coming from your vehicle’s A/C, it can be annoying to deal with. Let’s face it – the air fres ... read more

What Is a Transmission Rebuild?

What Is a Transmission Rebuild?

When the ravages of time catch up with your car when you skip numerous maintenance processes, you will learn what transmission rebuild means from your mechanic when explaining the cost of repairs. A qualified mechanical professional explains your options of repairs or replacement of the transmission after finding it is the root of your vehicle troubles after identifying the transmission as the culprit. Notably, it's wise to know what transmission rebuild entails to have a glimpse of the process your vehicle will undergo. Let's begin by describing a transmission system. What is a Transmission? A transmission is a vital mechanical system in your vehicle, consisting of numerous parts not limited to pumps, gears, bands, and rotors. It is responsible for powering your wheels to ensure they run smoothly on the road without possible failures. The transmission can be manual or automatic, depending on your type of car. When one part of the transmission unit fails ... read more

5 Car Noises That Require Immediate Attention

5 Car Noises That Require Immediate Attention

Your car shouldn't produce noises it's not designed to. That's why awkward sounds occurring without an apparent reason could imply that you have your vehicle checked by a professional. Noises that should prompt you to seek assistance from a car repair expert include squealing, knocking, rumbling or rattling, hissing, and clicking. Your car may also have a problem if it's producing a rhythmic banging sound. Read on to discover why these sounds can threaten your driving safety. Squealing A squealing sound may be due to your vehicle's brakes having inadequate padding, especially if you observe the noise inside the car. You should seek professional assistance promptly since the problem could lead to brake failure in the future if left unresolved. Squealing noises may also indicate a loose belt within the engine compartment. You should seek solutions promptly as the issue may impact your vehicle's performance. Knocking You may need to visit your nearest auto rep ... read more

A Properly Functioning Cooling System Can Help With Avoiding Breakdowns

A Properly Functioning Cooling System Can Help With Avoiding Breakdowns

A car's cooling system is vital to the engine's stability. It helps prevent excessive heat build-up that may affect other engine components and the general vehicle operation. A faulty system may lead to an overheated engine or the vehicle failing to start! You can avoid that eventuality by understanding your vehicle's cooling mechanism. How Does a Cooling System Operate? The internal combustion engine runs courtesy of burning fuel and various moving parts. That's because burning fuel and the friction from the moving parts generate large amounts of heat to propel it. That heat may build up and lead to an overheated engine that won't start. A vehicle's cooling system channels the excess heat from the engine to the surrounding atmosphere. However, a malfunctioning system won't facilitate heat dissipation, leading to engine failure. Common Reasons Why Cars Overheat Your car may overheat due to various factors: A Damaged Radiator Hose A crack in the radia ... read more

Types of Car Fluid Leaks

Types of Car Fluid Leaks

There are many different types of fluids that your car may emit occasionally. Luckily, most shouldn't worry you, but some may need you to act promptly for your safety and the durability of your vehicle. Below are some common types of car fluid leaks and a few pointers to help you know what they are before going to your local auto repair technician. Oil Leaks A black puddle under your vehicle is often a sign of an oil leak. Oil leaks typically occur in gaskets and the oil pan inside the engine. If you notice an oil leak, it may be due to broken gaskets, which your nearest auto repair professional can fix upon request. Coolant Leaks If you notice a pink, orange, or bright-green fluid coming out of your vehicle, it's a sign that it may have a coolant leak. The coolant, commonly known as antifreeze, is used in the car's radiator to prevent it from freezing over during cold weather. While leaking antifreeze may be acceptable in older cars, modern vehicles have features to ... read more

What is a car emissions test?

What is a car emissions test?

Depending on your local driving laws, you may be required to have an emission test performed on your vehicle periodically. In some areas, this is needed annually or every two years. Whether or not you need this performed can also depend upon the age and make and model of your vehicle. So, why are car emissions tests important? Standard gas vehicles have engines that emit harmful gasses. The catalytic converter helps to convert those gasses as they are processed through the exhaust system. An emissions test makes sure that your vehicle's exhaust system is working properly so that your vehicle's emissions are not as harmful to the environment. In order for your vehicle to pass an emissions test, it needs to meet the standards put in place when it comes to the number of harmful gasses that are released. Typically, if your vehicle has a check engine light on, your car will not pass emissions. Here are a few other reasons why your car may not pass an emissions test: The oxygen se ... read more

Why Is My Vehicle Pulling Whenever I Brake?

Why Is My Vehicle Pulling Whenever I Brake?

There is nothing more important than securing your safety on the road by having regular brake checks and maintenance. Without brake maintenance, you risk brake fade and brake failure. One issue that is commonly found during brake inspections are sticky calipers, which often lead to vehicle pulling when the brakes are engaged. Read on to learn more about the dangers of malfunctioning calipers.   Most cars have 2-4 calipers in their primary brake system. They can become sticky if the piston starts to malfunction. The piston sits inside the caliper to push hydraulic fluid into the brake system, which is necessary to engage the brake pads and rotors. Without this chain of events, your car will struggle to come to a full stop. Sticky calipers are usually caused by a leak of brake fluid from the hoses or cushion that protects the piston. As a result, you will be unable to attain effective braking and experience vehicle pulling.     Other Symptoms of Sticky Calipers T ... read more

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