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Camarillo Car Care Center Tire Safety: Washington vs. Lincoln

Camarillo Car Care Center Tire Safety: Washington vs. Lincoln

Welcome to the Camarillo Car Care Center blog. Today, let’s talk about the effect of tire tread depth on braking. When talking about stopping power, most of us Ventura County drivers tend to focus on our brakes. But our tires are where the rubber meets the road. So having good brakes isn’t enough. Safe Ventura County drivers need to have tires with enough traction to translate braking power into stopping power.Let’s focus on stopping in wet Ventura County conditions. In order for a tire to have good contact with the road, it has to move the water out of the way. If it can’t move the water, the tire will actually ride on top of a thin film of water. That’s called hydroplaning. If it’s really bad, Ventura County drivers can actually spin out of control. At best, you won’t stop as fast. So how does a tire move water? It has channels for water to flo ... read more

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Tires and Wheels

Thousand Oaks Safety Systems: Tire Pressure Monitoring System

Thousand Oaks Safety Systems: Tire Pressure Monitoring System

Flats, blow outs, skids and longer stopping distances can all be the result of Thousand Oaks folks driving around on under-inflated tires. Now, it’s hard to tell when a radial tire is under-inflated. If your manufacturer recommends 35 pounds of pressure, your SUV tire’s considered significantly under inflated at 26 pounds. The tire may not look low until it gets below 20 pounds. New laws required manufacturers to include a Tire Pressure Monitoring System - or TPMS system - in all cars and light trucks by the 2008 model year. The system has a dashboard mounted warning light that goes off if one or more of the tires falls 25% below manufacturer’s pressure recommendations. This technology has been used by Thousand Oaks race car drivers for years. They are able to head off problems from under inflation by closely monitoring tire pressure on the track. It’s up to your car’s manufacturer to determine which of m ... read more

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Tires and Wheels

On Board Diagnostics For Camarillo Motorists

On Board Diagnostics For Camarillo Motorists

Some Camarillo motorists are confused by Camarillo Car Care Center charges for diagnostic services for a vehicle repair. Many services at Camarillo Car Care Center and other Camarillo automotive repair shops include diagnostic fees. When you take your laptop into a Thousand Oaks computer repair shop for a problem you’ll likely have to leave a deposit for diagnostics. When we visit our Camarillo doctor for a medical problem, we’re paying him to diagnose our ailment and of course for the tests that go along with it. So receiving a diagnostic charge at Camarillo Car Care Center for a tricky automotive problem shouldn’t be a surprise. In the Thousand Oaks area, automotive diagnostics can cover quite a range. If you hear a noise in your SUV brakes when you slow down in rush-hour traffic on a busy CA expressway, you pull off the next off-ramp and take a quick visual check. That is usually enough to k ... read more

Tire Replacement: What Somis Drivers Need to Know

Tire Replacement: What Somis Drivers Need to Know

Looking at getting some new tires? The choices at Somis tire stores can be a little overwhelming. Suppose you have an SUV and are trying to decide between all season tires or some that are also rated for off-highway. Do you get off the payment on the outskirts of Somis more than most? If so, some additional off-road traction would be nice. Maybe the real reason for wanting those off-highway tires is that they look cool. Well there’s nothing wrong with that. If you make sure that you’ve got your functional needs covered with your selection, then you can have some fun with where you go from there. Let’s suppose you zip around Somis in a sporty car. You may like to run a high-performance summer tire when the weather’s good. When CA weather turns cold, you can put on high-performance winter tires. For the kind of driving you like to do, you want full-on performance tires. All-season tires are naturally a compromise that works ... read more

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Tires and Wheels

Fall and Spring Checkup In Camarillo

When I was a kid in Camarillo, my dad always made sure he took the cars in for Spring and Fall checkups. I was telling a friend that it's about time to get into Camarillo Car Care Center for my checkup and he said that he read on the internet that modern cars don't need seasonal service. My friend is (technically) right about some things, but from a practical standpoint, a seasonal check up still makes sense. Back when my dad was teaching me about how to take care of the family SUV, most cars used a different weight of oil in the winter and in the summer. But most of today's modern engines run the same oil year round. High-tech engines and high-tech motor oils are better able to handle the seasonal changes. Your owner's manual or Camarillo service advisor at Camarillo Car Care Center can tell you the right oil to use. Of course, you're concerned about the coolant or antifr ... read more

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Maintenance

Defensive Driving In Camarillo CA

There was a man in Thousand Oaks who learned that most car accidents occur within a mile of home - so he moved. (Just Kidding!) When we think of defensive driving, we often focus on our local CA highway situations. The fact of the matter is we need to be just as careful close to home in Camarillo, because that's where we do most of our driving. We can't let our familiar surroundings keep us from driving defensively. Defensive driving begins with the proper attitude. Have in mind that you won't let anyone take your safety away from you. You'll be aware of your surroundings, road conditions, other vehicles and hazards. And the first person to be concerned with is you: start with your own environment. Don't leave without securing all occupants including children and pets. Watch for loose items that can become projectiles during evasive maneuvers. Driving too fast or too slow increases the chance of an accident ... read more

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Steering

Fuel Saving Tip: Tire Pressure Saves Fuel In Camarillo

Under-inflated tires waste gas for lots of folks in the Camarillo area. Think how hard it is to walk in sand - you just have to work harder because of the resistance. When your tires don't have enough air in them, their rolling resistance is dramatically increased and it simply takes more gas to get from Camarillo to Camarillo . Always check your tire pressure when you gas up at one of our local Camarillo service stations. If they're low - even just a little bit - bring them up to proper pressure. There's a sticker on the inside of your driver's door that gives the manufacturer's recommended tire pressure. And don't rely on your tire pressure monitoring system to alert you to when you need more air. The TPMS system is set to warn you when pressure drops twenty percent below recommendations. That's severely under inflated and you needed more air a long time ago. And if you have a slow leak - get it fixed right away at ... read more

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Tires and Wheels

Can Car Scent Keep You Safe On CA Roads?

Here's a travel tip that'll I'll bet you didn't know, and, it might keep you safer… The average American commuter in CA spends two and a half hours daily in their car. The government says a hundred thousand auto accidents yearly are caused by drivers who fall asleep at the wheel. (Aggressive driving is the number one traffic safety concern.) So what does this have to do with how your car smells while you're driving around CA? Well, which scent did you think makes drivers more alert?It's C. Drivers are more alert and have less fatigue with pine scent in the car, according to AroMetrics. And, drivers were less angry with overall improved driving performance with strawberry and pine scents. And you thought they just smelled nice

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Automotive News

Why People In Camarillo Hesitate to Get their Vehicle Serviced

A recent report stated that over 80 percent of the vehicles on our Camarillo CA roads have one or more service or repair that's needed, but hasn't been taken care of. Now that's a lot of undone service. That translates into something over 160 million vehicles in the U.S. alone. Some of the neglected items are minor. Others are serious safety concerns. There are several reasons why we hesitate to take care of recommended services; especially services that our Camarillo CA automotive advisor recommends when we're in for something else, like an oil change. The first issue boils down to comfort with car care. We don't always feel we know enough to make good decisions. Some of that can be attributed to the fact that vehicles are so reliable these days. They almost become an appliance. Of course you love your SUV, but if you don't have to worry about it breaking down all the time, you're not forced to think as much abo ... read more

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Inspection

Fuel Saving Tip: Car Weight And Your CA Driving

Weight is the enemy of fuel economy. Everyone from here to Ventura County knows this makes sense. Some of us in the Ventura County area carry a bunch of unnecessary weight, and I'm not talkin' what you see in the mirror. Guys; sports equipment and tools. Ladies; well, just take a look around the passenger compartment and trunk. I think my car has about forty-five pounds of French fries on the floor. All that extra weight wastes gas as you drive between here and Ventura County, and everywhere else. Lose the junk and save some money. …And you really only need one of those spare tires

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Fuel System
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