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Fun Family-Friendly Road Trip Ideas For Spring Break

Fun Family-Friendly Road Trip Ideas For Spring Break

With so many family-friendly places to go, how do you choose? Well, here are a few of our favorite trips to take with our families around California that are sure to leave you with many good memories for years to come. So many of us decide to jump on a plane to go on an adventure. However, our backyard is a playground filled with many amazing places to explore together. Palm Springs is a dreamy place to take your family for spring break; you can spend your time with family outdoors and not feel too chilled or hot from the desert heat this time of year. If your family wants to take a dip, they have plenty of pools to choose from. There are fantastic golf courses, and of course, a great day trip is to the Joshua Tree National Park. Surrounding towns such as Rancho Mirage, Indian Springs, and Palm Desert are great little towns to explore if you run out of ideas. However, you won't want to miss the living desert museum while you are there, so be sure to bring a sun hat and plenty of w ... read more

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A Message About COVID-19 From Family Auto Service

A Message About COVID-19 From Family Auto Service

We understand the growing concern surrounding COVID-19 and we want to ensure you that the health and safety of our guests and team members are always our top priority. Here's what we're doing to ensure your health & safety while you visit us: Our technicians will continue to be vigilant about washing hands before entering your vehicle. When work is completed and vehicle is ready for pickup, the technician will also wipe down contacted surfaces, ex: steering wheel, shifter, door handles, keys.   All team members are taking extra care to wash their hands frequently with soap and hot water and use a hand sanitizer after contact with each customer.   We have disinfectant cleaning supplies that we use to wipe down and clean contact surfaces in our waiting area twice a day. Hand sanitizer and antibacterial soap are available to all guests who are waiting in our waiting room.   How can you help? If you are concerned abo ... read more

Why Are Fluid Exchanges So Important?

Why Are Fluid Exchanges So Important?

We all want to get the most out of our investments, and a car is a pretty significant investment. Believe it or not, the fluids in our vehicles are designed to protect the engine and components; they play a significant role in extending the life of our car. Over time, these fluids, be they synthetic or petroleum, break down over time. Because of this, flushing and exchanging these fluids preserve and extend the life of your car. Is your goal to keep driving your car for as long as possible? If so, it might be time to schedule a flush for your vehicle. It is a simple fact of life that, over time, things break down or wear out. Oils, synthetics, and other liquids all fall victim to this same misfortune. The side effects are not pretty when we don't properly care for ourselves or our vehicles. Your car has engine oil, transmission fluid, steering fluid, brake fluid, and coolant all running through its veins. Each one of these fluids plays an essential role in keeping your car in top ... read more

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What Does the Battery Warning Light Indicate?

What Does the Battery Warning Light Indicate?

Your vehicle's battery is extremely important to the overall operation of your vehicle. It helps to power your vehicle's electrical system and keeps your car running on the road. The battery itself is a component of the entire starting and charging system which all works together to start your vehicle and maintain a charge. When you see the battery warning light turn on, it can be an indication of a problem with a number of different parts.  Some of the common causes for a battery warning light to turn on include:  Faulty alternator, which can prevent energy from being recycled while your car is running, which is necessary to charge the battery Bad voltage regulator, which can cause problems with the voltage that the alternator outputs  Worn serpentine belt, which is needed to run the alternator Corroded battery cables or terminals Dead battery As soon as you see this battery light appear, it's important to have your vehicle inspected by an expert at on ... read more

Ten Ways To Show Love For Your Loved Ones

Ten Ways To Show Love For Your Loved Ones

  Ten Ways To Show Love For Your Loved One   It is the perfect time of year to think of ways to show our love. We here at Family Auto Service want to share with you this top 10 list of ideas we have come up with to show love to your loved ones.   Their Choice. Choosing what they prefer is a simple way to show your sweetie that they are a priority and essential to you. Simple things like picking up their favorite toothpaste or running through their favorite fast food joint. Do they prefer a date night in? Light some candles and surprise them by making their favorite meal, or if you don't cook, order take out on their busiest day of the week. It is such a nice feeling to come home after a long day to find your sweetie has taken care of the evening meal, and, that it is one of your favorites! And remember to reach for their hand and perhaps give an unexpected kiss giving them the butterflies. Tackle Some Chores. Taking care of some weekly chores, they don't lo ... read more

What are the Signs of a Dirty Air Filter?

Your car's air filter has the job of cleaning air as it enters the engine. The filter helps to keep debris, dirt, and bugs out of the engine as that air is brought in which can damage or affect the engine's performance. When the air filter becomes extremely dirty or clogged, the proper amount of air will not reach your engine and therefore will begin to reduce your engine's performance.  When do air filters need to be replaced?  Most vehicles require an air filter replacement every 10,000 miles or so. The best place to look for your specific vehicle's recommendations is your owner's manual. This will outline how often you need to have your air filter replaced. Also, keep in mind the climate that you drive in every day. Dusty or dirty roads driven every day may cause you to need to replace this filter more often than what is recommended, so keeping an eye on the filter's condition is helpful.  Signs that your air filter will need to be replaced ... read more

Is It Cheaper To Keep Your Old Car? A Look at Preventive Maintenance vs. Buying New.

Is It Cheaper To Keep Your Old Car? A Look at Preventive Maintenance vs. Buying New.

Do you ever wonder how your grandparents always seemed to have the same cars for decades, while those with newer vehicles often wind up trading them in or buying new cars to replace them in a few years? Going into the new year, we often find ourselves looking for a fresh start, out with the old and in with the new. But that can add up! Take a page out of grandpa’s book, and keep your car running like new for years to come by investing in your vehicle’s longevity through preventive maintenance. The investment is minimal compared  to the thousands you’ll save on a new vehicle! To put things in perspective, let’s look at some numbers. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics lists that in 2018, the average American household earned $63,179. That same family spent 1.9% of its annual income on preventive maintenance and repairs, 3.1% on gasoline and oil, and 2.2% on auto insurance. With a little math, those figures show that family spent $1,200 on preventive mainten ... read more

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Top Reasons Why Your Car Can Breakdown this Winter

We know that winter driving can be stressful, especially when you try to stay off the roads in times of winter storms and snow. The best thing you can do to be as prepared as possible when hitting the road in the winter is by ensuring that your vehicle is ready to handle the cold weather.  An inspection at our shop can help guarantee that your vehicle is in the best condition to stay reliable through the winter weather, and if not, we can help make the repairs necessary to get your vehicle where it needs to be.  Here are some of the top causes of winter vehicle breakdowns:  Engine overheating - Motor oil runs thicker in cold temperatures, making it harder for it to circulate and keep your car running smoothly—and prevent it from overheating. A dead battery - It’s harder for car batteries to produce a charge in winter — meaning it might not be able to produce enough energy to start your car when you turn the key. Radiator failure - You left your veh ... read more

How To Be Prepared For Unexpected Snow & Road Hazards

How To Be Prepared For Unexpected Snow & Road Hazards

Are you ready for unexpected weather and natural disasters? Here in San Diego, we don’t often think of snow, except on TV shows. But earlier this year, in February 2019, we had unexpected snowfall at Lake Elsinore and The Grapevine. And we sure have had our fair share of unexpected fires in California. How do you prepare for these things?   At Family Auto Service, we have several tips to prepare you and your family vehicle for unexpected road conditions. Here is a list of things you should carry in your car, truck, SUV, or van so you can be ready for anything.   Spare tire, a jack, and a lug wrench. If your tire goes flat and you don’t have run-flat tires, be sure to carry an inflated spare tire, a jack that will safely lift your car, and a lug wrench. You get extra credit if you also pack a reflective vest and flares in case you need to be seen at night while on the side of the road.   Snow chains or snow socks. If you like to ski, you probably have ... read more

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Happy Thanksgiving from Family Auto Service!

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us here at Family Auto Service! We hope that you had a wonderful holiday with friends and family. With all the holidays comes lots of travel, so if you are planning a road trip in the near future, we recommend that you check off some important travel measures before you hit the road.  Be sure to have your vehicle inspected by the experts here at Family Auto Service before you hit the road. You never want to be caught in a situation where you are stuck without a working vehicle, so guaranteeing that your vehicle is ready for any road trip will keep your family safe and bring you peace of mind on the road.    Pack ample blankets and coats for the road to keep warm if you’re traveling in the cold this winter.    Have an emergency kit on hand in your trunk to help out in cases of emergencies. Some things to make sure you have with you include a spare tire, jack, wrench, flashlight, flares, cell phone charger, and ... read more

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