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Pesky Critters Can Cause Damage to Your Car!!!

Pesky Critters Can Cause Damage to Your Car!!!

With cooler temperatures and wet weather right around the corner small critters are looking for warm places to sleep at night. One favorite is under the hood of your car. Yup in your engine compartment it can stay warm for several hours. I’m sure some of you may have heard of cats sleeping under the hood to keep warm or about mice making their nests next to your vehicle’s engine. Well we see quite a bit of this and it seems to be getting worse. Keeping our cars away from rodents is not always so easy considering where some of us live. Next to open fields, wooded areas, green belts here in Orangevale can make it difficult to control rodents getting into our cars; even cars parked in a garage are suspect to those small pesky critters. Here is just some basic damage to the vehicle speed sensors, this is a costly repair and will cause your “Check Engine” light to illuminate but won’t cause an accident. This is the wiring harness for his trailer, these wires connect the lights and ... read more

About the "Dealer"

About the "Dealer"

Federal Law Prohibits car dealers from implying or denying warranty service because routine scheduled maintenance was performed at an independent repair facility

Try Before You Buy!

Try Before You Buy!

You wouldn’t buy a computer off Craigs list or from a Pawn shop without making sure it turned on right? Well, the same thing goes with a used car. Make sure you have a trained professional test drive and do a full inspection of the vehicle you are interested in purchasing. Japan Auto Care offers Pre-purchase inspections during regular business hours and will address any specific concerns you have about your possible new purchase. You have to remember that there is no way to predict the future life of the vehicle so it is always important to get a detailed list of repairs and services performed from the previous owner. Also you can get a Carfax report to tell you of any insurance claimed accidents this vehicle was involved in

Check Engine Light

Check Engine Light

Why do I see this symbol on my dash? Maybe you have seen this image on your dash before, the dreaded “Check Engine Light”. Let me give you a little in-sight on this light and the importance of having your vehicle diagnosed by a trained professional. This light is triggered by a failed or malfunctioning component within your vehicle that is causing your car to run incorrectly. Sometimes your car may seem like everything is fine where other times a noticeable noise, sensation, smell or other warning indicator will occur. On a Nissan or Infinity the light will look quite different “Service Engine Soon” has the same meaning, these lights never mean your brakes are low, you’re due for an oil change or you haven’t performed your 60k service. What's wrong with my car and who should I take it to? First thing you need to do is have a trained mechanic pull the “Trouble codes” from your computer system to see whether a specific failing component is named in the ... read more

More Than Just An Oil Change!

More Than Just An Oil Change!

Lube Oil & Filter Service You have probably already heard the latest information regarding, oil changes, and that services can be extended from 3000 to 5000 and on some vehicles as mush as 7,500 miles. Well here are some thoughts and some facts on why this is and isn’t a good idea for some people including the environmental impacts of changing the oil on your car, truck, van or SUV. In newer vehicles oil is not used or burned as much, and should never leak out. In any car it is not consumed like fuel. On older vehicles it is true that some oil will burn because the engine is older but not burned as a fuel, it is burned because of older worn parts (rings, valve stem seals etc) that cause the oil to be burned during combustion. Oil is a lubricant for your engine and without it your cars engine will seize up causing major engine damage. On vehicles 5 years old or newer that have no oil leaks going 5000 to 7,500 miles between oil changes will probably be ok. Cars today have better ... read more