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Drive Train – What You Need to Know In Camarillo

One Camarillo automotive service issue that doesn't get much attention is driveline service. Drivelines don't get talked about very much around Camarillo, but they're very important. First let's define what the driveline is: Taking a small step back, the power plant is comprised of the engine and transmission. The driveline starts there and includes all of the components that transfer power from the transmission to the wheels. That's not really a lot of components, but they handle the full force of the engine. Without the driveline you're not moving. So we need to take good care of it. The driveline components differ depending on whether your vehicle has front wheel drive, rear wheel drive, all wheel drive or four wheel drive. For purposes of our discussion, we're going to have to over simplify a bit. Let's start with front wheel drive. The point where the transmission stops and the driveline begins is a little blurred with front wh ... read more

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Drive Train

Ethics of Automotive Repair in Camarillo

We're going to be talking about the ethics of automotive repair. It seems like news outlets really like hit-and-run reporting; they hit everyone from groceries stores to retail to physicians. And the Camarillo automotive service and repair industry hasn't been given a pass either. Unfortunately, every profession in Camarillo has some bad actors that hurt the reputation of everyone else. On the automotive side, industry associations and professional licensing organizations are very committed to high ethical standards. Yet some people remain uncomfortable with Camarillo automotive service and repair. It may start with the fact that our vehicles are a big investment and we rely on them for so much in our lives. That alone guarantees our attention. And how well we understand the recommendations really impacts our comfort level. If we understand what's recommended and the benefits of taking care of the work and the ... read more

Are There Blind Spots In Camarillo CA?

Everyone in Camarillo CA has blind spots and no, I'm not talking about the fact that you really don't sing like Jessica Simpson. I mean the areas of the road that you can't see when you're driving around Camarillo. First let's talk about our own blinds spots, and then we can talk about others To begin, we can greatly reduce our blind spots by properly adjusting our mirrors to give the widest coverage possible. Make the adjustments in your SUV before you start to drive. First, adjust your rear view mirror to give the best possible view directly to the rear of your car. You don't need it to get a better view of either side of the car, the kids in the back seat or your dazzling smile. The rear view mirror should look to the rear. Next, lean your head until it almost touches the driver's side window. Adjust your side mirror so that you can just barely see the side of your car. Now, lean your head to the middle of the car and adjust the o ... read more

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Camarillo Customer Detective Work

One might say the most challenging part of being an automotive service technician at Camarillo Car Care Center in Camarillo CA is diagnosing a problem before it can be fixed. Cars are made up of a bunch of complex systems. There usually could be a number of reasons for any given symptom. So it's challenging to track down the actual cause of the problem. And it can be frustrating for the vehicle owner because it can take time and money to get to the bottom of a problem. If it's not something obvious, it's easy for the customer to focus on the fixing and not the diagnosing. Let us introduce you to something we'll call Customer Detective Work that is helping your Camarillo CA technician find clues to what's wrong. We start with the detective basics: What, Where and When. Play along with me. You come in to Camarillo Car Care Center and your car is making a funny sound. Do you see where we're going? You're gather ... read more

Camarillo Drivers Severe Service Maintenance Schedules

Your vehicle manufacturer publishes two auto maintenance schedules. The regular schedule and the severe service schedule. It'd be wrong for us to tell you that everyone in Thousand Oaks always needs to follow the severe service schedule but its wishful thinking to say that the regular schedule is always good enough for your SUV. At Camarillo Car Care Center we'll give you the definitions and explain the issues, and you can be the judge. Most manufactures list the following as severe conditions: Most of your trips are less than four miles. Most of your trips are less than 10 miles and outside temperatures are below freezing. The engine is at low speed most of the time not on the highway. You operate your vehicle in dusty areas. You regularly tow a trailer or carry heavy loads. Driving in very hot or very cold weather. So think about your typical week. Do you live a block from a CA freeway on-ramp and enjoy a non ... read more

The Fallacy of Cheap Tires

Do you ever shop for shoes in one of our Thousand Oaks area shoe stores? When buying a running shoe, is quality important? Does durability matter as long as the shoes look fabulous? Would you rather have one pair of long lasting shoes or two pair of lower quality shoes at the same price? Is the warranty important when buying tires? When you choose new tires in Camarillo, what's the most important factor for you? You know, buying tires in Camarillo is a big deal. It's a big ticket item so you know you'll be spending a lot. You're not only concerned about the price, but you want to know that it'll be a long time before you need to buy new tires again. And of course there's the safety aspect as well. The tires do a lot of work they carry the weight of the vehicle and you and your passengers. They need to be up to the task. You want to be sure they hold the road and provide good traction. If you carry heavy loads or tow a trailer ... read more

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Tires and Wheels

When Are Your Tires Worn Out?

Hey Thousand Oaks, are your tires worn out? What is the standard for our CA streets? How can you tell on your SUV? While there may be legal requirements for the Thousand Oaks area, there are safety concerns that go beyond meeting minimum replacement mandates. 2/32 is the depth of the tire tread wear indicator bars that US law has required to be molded across all tires since August 1, 1968. When tires are worn so that this bar is visible, there's just 2/32 of an inch 1.6 millimeters of tread left. It's that level of wear that's been called into question recently. We're referring to the Consumer Reports call to consider replacing tires when tread reaches 4/32 of an inch, or 3.2 millimeters. And the recommendation is backed by some very compelling studies. The issue is braking on wet surfaces in and around Thousand Oaks. Most of us think of our br ... read more

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Tires and Wheels

How Your Check Engine Light Works

Have you ever had an experience like this in Camarillo CA? You drive through the one of those automatic car washes. When you get to the end, where the dryer is blowing, your check engine light started flashing! You fear the worst, but within a block or two, the light stopped flashing, but stayed on. By the next day, the light was off. You wonder; “What was going on?” Well, it's actually a good lesson in how the Check Engine light works. Your air intake system has a sensor that measures how much air is coming through it. When you went under the high-speed dryer, all that air was blasting past the sensor. Your engine computer was saying, there shouldn't be that much air when the engine is just idling. Something's wrong. Whatever's wrong could cause some serious engine damage. Warning, warning! It flashes the check engine light, to alert you to take immediate action. It stopped flashing because once you we ... read more

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Camarillo Car Care Center On Your Serpentine Belt

Today we're going to be talking about serpentine belts for our Camarillo CA customers. Let's start by talking about the accessories that are driven by the serpentine belt. First is the alternator. That's the device that makes electricity to power the vehicle and recharge the battery. Then there's the air conditioning compressor that makes cool air for you while you're driving around Camarillo CA in the summer. The power steering and power brake pumps are driven by the serpentine belt in most vehicles. Those pumps make the pressure that assists your steering and braking. In many vehicles, the water pump is driven by the serpentine belt. The water pump is what circulates the coolant that protects your engine. In some cars around Camarillo CA, the water pump is driven by the timing belt. The radiator cooling fans on some vehicles are also driven by the serpentine belt. Some have separate electric motors. That's really ... read more

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Maintenance

Smooth Shifting in Camarillo CA: Transmission Service

So you have some exciting plans for the CA weekend. You're going to take some of your Camarillo, CA friends out on the boat for some water skiing. Of course, you've gotten the boat all ready. And you haven't forgotten about your tow vehicle. You've gassed it up and even vacuumed it out. But you want to make sure that your SUV maintenance is up to date. Think about it heavy traffic on the way out of Camarillo. There's hilly terrain as you get to the lake. Some dirt roads and its going to be pretty hot in Camarillo this weekend. And all the time you'll be towing around several thousand extra pounds. That all adds up a lot of severe strain on your engine, brakes and transmission. Let's just consider the transmission. It's going to be working overtime, spending more time in lower gears. The internal transmission temperature is going to be much higher than normal. What's a fun little blast to the local CA lake for you is really severe duty for your transmission ... read more

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Transmission
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