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Camarillo Car Care Center Helps You Decipher The Menu Board: Part 2

Camarillo service centers have a menu board that lists the services they provide. Some Camarillo drivers may not be familiar with all of the items on the board so here is a quick description of some of the typical services that might be listed. Camarillo Car Care Center fuel system cleaning: Over time, the SUV fuel system gets gum and varnish built up. A fuel system cleaning gets rid of that and cleans out the fuel injectors. Saves gas, by the way. Camarillo Car Care Center headlamp replacement: Halogen and standard headlamps gradually fade. It’s usually good to change them every year or so. Camarillo Car Care Center inspections: Camarillo drivers get inspections for many reasons. Maybe they’re going on a trip or just want to make sure their vehicle’s ready for CA summer or winter. Maybe they just bought a used SUV and want to give it the once over. An inspection may reveal some things that are broken or ... read more

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The Importance Of Camarillo Drivers Following Service Intervals

The Importance Of Camarillo Drivers Following Service Intervals

Today in our Camarillo Car Care Center blog, we’re going to talk about following recommended service intervals. Your SUV isn’t the only aspect of your life in Camarillo with recommended intervals: Let’s start with twice yearly dental cleaning. And physical exams. How about laundry, mowing the lawn and paying the bills? Now, what would happen if you didn’t follow these intervals? Well, you’d get more cavities. You’d probably not become aware of health issues that benefit from early detection and treatment. And you’d have to wear dirty clothes, be embarrassed by your overgrown lawn and have your utilities shut off. We all realize there are some things in life that we have to take care of regularly. If we don’t, there are negative consequences. Our quality of life takes a hit and it inevitably costs more money. So why is it so hard to remember to follow regular preventive maintenance on our SUVs? Probably a ... read more

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Camarillo Car Care Center: Why Replace Your Engine Air Filter?

Camarillo Car Care Center: Why Replace Your Engine Air Filter?

Your SUV engine really needs clean air to operate efficiently. Let’s go egghead for a minute. For every gallon of gas we burn driving around Camarillo , twenty pounds of carbon dioxide comes out the tailpipe. Question: how can a gallon of gas that weighs a little over six pounds produce twenty pounds of carbon dioxide? The answer is that the carbon comes from the gasoline, but the oxygen comes from the air. You see, it takes about twelve thousand gallons of air to burn a gallon of gas in your engine. Clearly, your SUV needs a lot of air to keep going in Camarillo . A lot of clean air is better. You’ve seen the pictures of the crowds in Asia wearing face masks. They want some kind of filter to keep unwanted pollution and germs out of their lungs. Well, your SUV also works better when its internals are clean. When your SUV air filter’s dirty, it simply can’t trap any more dirt, so the dirt ... read more

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Busted: The Maintenance-Free Myth In Camarillo

Busted: The Maintenance-Free Myth In Camarillo

There’s a segment of the Camarillo population that’s not committed to proper vehicle maintenance. Mistaken perceptions have crept into the CA area over time. Many Camarillo motorists think the root lies in the fact that modern cars are so reliable. Reliability has improved dramatically in recent years. Quality surveys report fewer problems with new cars than ever before. Back when cars spent more time in the repair shop, Camarillo drivers were more mindful of routine service. Now, it’s much easier to put it off. Take tune-ups for example. In the days of mechanical ignition systems, an engine needed to be tuned-up every couple of years. The ignition points had to be replaced, spark plugs and coils replaced and the timing adjusted. If your engine was out of tune, you knew it. It ran poorly and got bad fuel economy. Now, the ignition system in your SUV is electronic and co ... read more

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Another Couple of Years: Making Your Vehicle Last At Camarillo Car Care Center

Another Couple of Years: Making Your Vehicle Last At Camarillo Car Care Center

A while back, the Cash for Clunkers program was all over the news. Camarillo people could trade in their old vehicle for a new one that got better fuel economy and receive a government rebate. A lot of Camarillo motorists had so-called clunkers that they wanted to keep. They’re good commuters, grocery getters or toy haulers. They enjoy that fact that they’re paid off, or soon will be. They would gladly like to keep their SUVs for 200,000 miles or more - as long as it’s economical to do so. There are plenty of Camarillo drivers whose vehicles are running after 150,000 or 200,000 miles. We can learn from what they’re doing to keep our own SUVs on the road in CA. Camarillo drivers of high-mileage cars often report a common denominator of never skipping an oil change.That may sound a bit unsophisticated, but it’s really not. First off, oil is ... read more

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Serpentine Belt Service At Camarillo Car Care Center In Camarillo

Serpentine Belt Service At Camarillo Car Care Center In Camarillo

If you’ve ever heard a squealing sound under your hood, chances are it was your serpentine belt. Your serpentine belt is a long belt that’s driven by your engine. It winds around several accessories that power important automotive systems in your SUV. Let’s go over them. First, the serpentine belt drives your air conditioning system. It spins the compressor that makes the cool air that takes the edge off the summer heat in Camarillo.Next, the belt powers the alternator. The alternator creates electricity that’s used by your SUV’s electrical systems and also charges your car battery. Without the alternator, the battery will go dead in a few miles. The serpentine belt may also run the pumps for both the power steering (some are electric) and power brakes (some use vacuum boost). And, on most SUVs, the serpentine belt powers the water ... read more

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Gas Savings In Camarillo: Sharpen Your Pencil

Gas Savings In Camarillo: Sharpen Your Pencil

High gas prices in Camarillo have hit most of our budgets. You’ve probably budgeted a certain amount for vehicle related stuff. Increased fuel costs are now consuming a bigger portion of that budget and you may be tempted to skimp in some other areas - like scheduled maintenance. According to news reports and industry studies, you’re not alone. Nine out of ten personal vehicles on the road have at least one maintenance or repair item that hasn’t been done. Some of these items are serious safety concerns. Others are just more likely to affect the cost of operating your vehicle. In this area, we can take a lesson from professional Camarillo vehicle owners. I’m talking about fleet owners and operators. You know, Camarillo folks like the trucking companies and delivery services. Because their livelihood depends on it, they have gotten scheduled maintenance down to a science. And the last thing they skimp on i ... read more

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Camarillo Car Care Center And The Maintenance Mindset

Camarillo Car Care Center And The Maintenance Mindset

When it comes to their vehicles, some Thousand Oaks people don’t have a maintenance mindset. They know they need to take care of their cars, but it just seems really hard to get them to remember to do it. Thousand Oaks drivers generally accept that many things in life require regular maintenance, but just may have not applied it to their SUVs. For example: the lawn. You water it and mow it every week. And weed the flower beds and rake the leaves. There are other things that Thousand Oaks people are good about maintaining. Going to the dentist twice a year. Clothes to the dry cleaner. Flu shots. Taking the kids to your Thousand Oaks doctor for a checkup before school starts. So Thousand Oaks people really are maintenance minded. They just have to learn to apply that mindset to cars. I mean, if you never brush your teeth or go to the dentist, you’ll become painfully aware of your neglect when you g ... read more

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Camarillo Car Care Center Maintenance Tips: The Belt Goes On

Camarillo Car Care Center Maintenance Tips: The Belt Goes On

Today's Camarillo Car Care Center auto maintenance article focuses on your serpentine belt. Your serpentine belt is a long belt that’s driven by your engine. It winds around several accessories that power important automotive systems. Let’s go over them. First, the serpentine belt drives your SUV air conditioning system. It spins the compressor that makes the cool air that takes the edge off the summer heat in Thousand Oaks. Next, the belt powers the alternator. The alternator creates electricity that’s used by your SUV’s electrical systems and also charges your car battery. All Thousand Oaks drivers know that without the alternator, the battery will go dead in a few miles. The serpentine belt may also run the pumps for both the power steering and power brakes. And, on many SUVs, the serpentine belt powe ... read more

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Busting Automotive Myths In Camarillo CA

Myths passed around our Camarillo CA community start with a grain of evidence and are then built up with a lot of imagination and very elastic logic. And the internet is a breeding ground for automotive myths. Some bloggers recall the SUVs of yesteryear and declare their modern decedents to be virtually maintenance free and that anyone who says otherwise is out to rip you off. Let's examine a couple of the more popular rants and look at the truth behind them. The first one is that the chassis no longer needs lubrication for suspension, steering and the driveline. They declare that anyone who has charged you for lubrication is a charlatan. The truth on which this myth is based is that many new cars come from the factory with sealed joints and cannot be greased. However, there are still some grease points on many cars around Camarillo. A grease fitting may have been installed in conjunction with a repair. And most trucks a ... read more

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