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Welcome to the Family Auto Service blog! Not only does the team at Family Auto Service want to provide you with next-level auto repair, but we want to be a source of information for your family’s auto needs in the San Diego County area. Let us teach you how to care for the machine you’ve invested your family’s time and money in! To do so, each month on our blog you’ll find helpful informational posts from our experienced auto mechanics as well as ideas for your next family road trip, and much more. Make sure to take a look at Family Auto Service’s monthly blog posts for auto repair information you can trust in the San Diego County area.

Yearly Archives: 2020

Ten Things We Are Thankful For At Family Auto Service

Ten Things We Are Thankful For At Family Auto Service

It’s November… As we come into autumn in San Diego, we are at the end of the harvest, and time to see out the year with the holidays ahead of us. Soon Christmas will be all around us, but first, we have Thanksgiving. But how do we say a graceful thank you to a year that gave us COVID19? This year has been brutal to too many, even in beautiful San Diego. There has been so much conflict and anger and grief and disconnection with people, which is the very antithesis of what San Diego and our surrounding communities have come to understand about itself.  It’s times like these, though, when life pushes back the hardest, that you know why you are thankful to sit down with the people you love the most for a meal once a year and be glad to still be around… which is in part how Thanksgiving began. November 9th is the 400th anniversary of the day the Mayflower spotted the coast of Cape Cod. A pilgrim led a reading of Psalm 100 to thank God for the mercy in getti ... read more

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Reasons Behind A Car That Won't Start

Reasons Behind A Car That Won't Start

We understand how frustrating it is to get into your vehicle, try to crank it up, and find that your car won't start. Plus, it always tends to happen at the worst possible times, like when you have somewhere that you need to be. Most drivers will right away think that the issue is with our car battery and desperately try to find those jumper cables and a friend to help. However, a car not starting doesn't always point to the battery. Let's look at some of the potential causes for why a car won't start:Dead battery - yes, often times the case is due to a dead battery. You may have left a light on all night or you haven't replaced your battery in years. This can easily be determined by testing the battery for charge.   Battery corrosion - corrosion on the outside of the battery terminal can prevent your engine from getting the correct charge in order to start up. A good battery cleaning (make sure to do it saf ... read more

Best Places In San Diego County To Show Out-Of-Town Visitors

Best Places In San Diego County To Show Out-Of-Town Visitors

The San Diego area has a lot of beauty to show off. With relatives soon to be coming from out of state for family gatherings once the wildfires are contained, Family Auto Service wanted to point out some of the beautiful tourist spots to take relatives to, still open in the midst of COVID19, that can delight first-time visitors and old friends alike. La Mesa The abundance of Californian beauty is on display in La Mesa, "the Jewel of the Hills." With its many parks, such as Briercrest Park, La Mesita Park, Harry Griffen Park, and Mission Trails Regional Park, there’s plenty of natural views to see. And there’s the Pacific Southwest Railway Museum for those ferroequinologists (railfans) you may know. La Jolla  In addition to visiting the posh boutiques and waterfront restaurants in La Jolla Village, Camino De La Costa offers a scenic coastal road with sandy dune beachfronts. For inland people, it’s definitely somethin ... read more

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How Often Do Windshield Wipers Need to Be Changed?

How Often Do Windshield Wipers Need to Be Changed?

Now that it is officially fall, it's time to start thinking about your vehicle's fall maintenance. One important service item that is important for the changing weather is your windshield wipers. Your vehicle's windshield wipers are critical when it comes to driving in the rain that will more than likely start falling in the coming months. They help clear your windshield so that you can see clearly through the rain. Getting stuck driving in the rain without working wipers can be very dangerous and put you at risk for accidents on the road.  So, how often do windshield wipers need to be replaced? Because they are constantly exposed and the rubber on them is thin, they tend to need to be replaced every 6 months or so, but at least every year. It depends on how often you use your wipers and whether or not you constantly park in direct sunlight. The summer does tend to wear down wipers faster than usual and can cause the rubber to dry out or fray. If your windshield wipe ... read more

How To Maintain A Hybrid vs. a Diesel vs. a Gasoline-Powered Vehicle vs. an Electric Vehicle.

How To Maintain A Hybrid vs. a Diesel vs. a Gasoline-Powered Vehicle vs. an Electric Vehicle.

At Family Auto Service in San Diego County, we love maintaining vehicles because it is what’s best for our customers and their cars. If you are looking at the difference in maintenance for hybrid versus diesel versus gas-engine versus electric vehicles, you are going to enjoy this month’s blog.  There is a lot of talk about “Which one is better?” The answer lies in your needs. Hybrids are very affordable and have terrific fuel efficiency. Diesels are extremely reliable and last a long time. Gas-powered engines are most common. Electric vehicles are the trendy option, but their battery-recharge networks are not found everywhere yet.  But if you look at maintenance alone, we are happy to share our professional opinion about these four options. Spoiler alert: Each of these options require maintenance. None of them are going to last a long time if you neglect them. They all just have different nuances as far as the amount of maintenance the factory recom ... read more

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How to Maintain your Vehicle's Tires

How to Maintain your Vehicle's Tires

When you think about vehicle maintenance, do your tires come to mind? The truth is, tires can be expensive to repair and do need to be serviced regularly to last their full lifetime. Good tire maintenance will save you hundreds on tires throughout the years and will also ensure your safety on the road.  When you drive with bad or worn-out tires, your safety is at stake. Think about the job of the tires - they are the only thing sitting between your vehicle and the road, and the traction they create with the terrain allows you to control your vehicle accurately. When your tires are worn, they don't create the proper traction and this is when your vehicle may not be controlled accurately. Plus, you put yourself at risk for a tire blowout. Ever seen those tires on the highway that look like they exploded? That is a tire a blowout. It is very dangerous when it happens on a freeway, and can severely damage your wheels, rims, and suspension system.  So, what are some of the w ... read more

Is Your College Kid’s Car Ready To Go Back To School?

Is Your College Kid’s Car Ready To Go Back To School?

We can’t believe how fast summer is flying by. Soon enough, our kids will be beginning school again, whether their classes are online or on-campus. Back-to-school season is an exciting time for many --for parents, sending their kids off to college for the first time, and college students, taking that first step into adulthood. For parents, we also recognize that you can’t help but worry about your first-time college kids. Soon enough, we know that their days will be consumed with endless studying, and they will most likely have very little time, and brainpower left for caring for their vehicles.  The team at Family Auto Service is here to help. Regardless of whether your college kid is attending school online or in-person, they probably won’t have too much spare time for routine preventative maintenance and auto repair. Before your son or daughter begins college, it might be wise to schedule a Family Auto Service visit for preventative maintenance. This way, our ... read more

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Tips for Road Tripping Out of State

Tips for Road Tripping Out of State

The summer months are the perfect time for road trips, especially when the kids are out of school and the weather is warm. If you’re planning a road trip that travels out of state, we recommend doing research before you embark to ensure that you’re ready for your travels.  Some things to bring along include: First aid kit Extra blankets and pillows for the road Plenty of water and snacks Phone charge Emergency kit Spare tire and tire changing tools Map/GPS When traveling out of state for a road trip, be sure to research the state or states that you will be traveling to or through. A good thing to be familiar with is state traffic laws, which can greatly differ between states. This will ensure that you’re able to drive safely and obey the law on your journey.  It is also a good idea to research the weather and climate of your destination. This will allow you to be more prepared for certain weather conditions, such as rain. You’ll be able to pac ... read more

Five Day Trip Ideas In San Diego County

If you want to get away for a day trip, Family Auto Service has five day trip ideas for you that are within San Diego County.   First, let us mention how much we love San Diego County. We really don’t have to travel far to enjoy some beautiful scenery. For example, Sunset Cliffs is one of our favorite beaches. We’ve been coming to this beach since childhood and we all took turns jumping off the cliffs into the water below. You can stay here all day, if you wish, and soak in the sunshine. Be sure to bring sunscreen! For directions, click here.   Second, you can’t miss out on Balboa Park and all that is has to offer. Yes, it is in our backyard, and yes, it isn’t fully open, but when was the last time you spent quality time with the family walking ar ... read more

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Why Vehicles Fail Emissions Testing

Why Vehicles Fail Emissions Testing

Here in California, biennial smog or emissions testing is required in order to renew registration. Biennial means that you need to have this testing done every two years. The reason behind smog testing is to ensure that every registered vehicle meets certain basic requirements when it comes to vehicle emissions. This is in an effort to protect our environment and reduce the volume of greenhouse gases that we release into our atmosphere.  Failing an emissions test can definitely be a shock, especially if you thought your vehicle was running fine. There are certain reasons why your vehicle may have failed emissions, and all will more than likely require a repair to fix. Let's look at some of the most common reasons why vehicles failed emissions testing:  Your check engine light is on - no car will pass emissions with a check engine light on. Depending on the reason for why the check engine light is on in the first place, you'll need to have the u ... read more

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