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My Car Battery is Dead - What do I do?

We understand that dreaded feeling of getting into your car in the morning and trying to start it with no avail. You may hear that “click-click-click” noise of your ignition attempting to start your car, or hear nothing at all. The good news is - a car battery is typically an easy fix. It just depends on the problem at hand.  If your car won’t start, the first thing to do is attempt to jump start your vehicle with jumper cables. You will need a friend, family member, or neighbor to help you by using their working car to connect jumper cables to. If jump starting your car works - great! That is always a good sign. However, it doesn’t mean that your car battery is good to go. If you are successful at jump starting your car, you should drive your vehicle into your local trusted auto repair shop for a quick check. We will use a tool to check your battery and see how much life it has left. It will also help us determine if the issue was caused by the battery it ... read more

Happy New Year from Family Auto Service!

It’s that time again, where we think about the goals that we want to make for the new year. While you may be thinking the usual, such as being on time more often, visiting family, or going to the gym more often, you may not have considered making a resolution or two for your vehicle. Here are some resolution ideas that you can make for your car to keep you safe on the road into 2019!   Clean Out your Car   Cleaning out the inside of your vehicle will help you to feel more organized and give your car that new car feeling! A clutter car can make it difficult to feel comfortable while driving, especially for passengers.   Schedule your Vehicle Maintenance Deadlines in your Planner   The most important part of owning a vehicle is staying current with your vehicle’s recommended maintenance and services. If you have a planner or calendar, jotting down dates of your upcoming services will help you keep track of when it’s time to bring your vehicle i ... read more

Happy Holidays from Family Auto Service!

Happy Holidays from everyone here at Family Auto Service in La Jolla, Alpine, La Mesa, and Santee. Here at our family owned and operated auto repair shop, we want to make sure that you and your family are safe on the road this holiday season. We invite you to visit one of our local convenience shops for an inspection before any road trip to make sure that your vehicle will stay reliable for you and your family.   If you are planning on taking a trip in your vehicle to visit friends or family for holidays, we recommend that your vehicle is well-maintained and prepared to take the trek. Here in California this winter season, we will be expecting quite of bit of rain, and driving in cold and rainy weather conditions is always a little more difficult than our usual sunny weather driving. An inspection of your vehicle before any holiday road trip or shopping plans will catch any issues while they are small and allow our experts to check vital components for driving in the rain, suc ... read more

October is Fall Car Care Month

October is the start of Fall Car Care Month, a time of year dedicated to reminding car drivers to get their vehicles ready for the winter months and to practice good vehicle maintenance. As we approach the winter months, it is important to inspect vital components of our vehicle’s that are important for the colder weather.  Regular car care is key to keeping your vehicle running healthy and to avoiding costly repairs down the road. A properly maintained vehicle will also ensure your safety on the road.  The Car Care Council recommends 10 Fall maintenance items that will help make sure that your vehicle is ready for winter: Check fluids - This includes engine oil, power steering fluid, brake fluid, transmission fluid, windshield wiper solvent, and coolant. Clean and topped off fluids will help make sure that all systems are running smoothly.    Check hoses and belts - All hoses should be checked for corrosion and belts sho ... read more

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Leaking Fluid - What Does It Mean and What Do I Do?

Leaking fluid underneath your vehicle can be a cause for concern - and leave you with more questions than answers. Leaks can actually stem from a number of different components, with some leaks being much more damaging than others.  If you see a leak underneath your vehicle, the first thing to do is determine the color of the leak. The color can usually give you an idea of the source of the leak.  Red - A red fluid leak is usually from the transmission or power steering system. This can be caused by a broken transmission seal or a hole in the power steering lines.  Orange - An orange leak can be caused by a couple of different components. The usual culprit is leaking antifreeze. It can also be condensation from a rusty radiator, or could be transmission fluid if the fluid is old and dirty.  Yellow - Yellow fluid indicates a radiator coolant leak. This leak can be caused by a loose hose clamp or a damaged o-ring ... read more

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