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Brake Fluid Changes: What You Need to Know

Brake Fluid Changes: What You Need to Know

When thinking about brake maintenance, most people think of the mechanical parts of the brakes, like the discs and brake pads. While these are very important, an often overlooked aspect of brake upkeep is the brake fluid. Brake fluid changes are needed from time to time (though not all the time); changing the brake fluid could prevent failures and accidents. Did you know that when you hear of “unexplained brake failure” as the cause of the accident, chances are it could be related to a brake fluid problem? Here are some important tips and factors regarding brake fluid changes. Why Brake Fluid Changes Are Necessary Brake fluid works with your car’s hydraulic braking systems to transfer force into usable pressure, thereby amplifying the car’s braking force. If brake fluids are deficient, or if there is something wrong with the fluid itself, it could sacrifice the car’s ability to stop when needed. Thus, a brake fluid change can help prevent a loss of braki ... read more

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5 of the Most Iconic Beach Cars of All Time

5 of the Most Iconic Beach Cars of All Time

For the last week of summer, we’d like to pay ode to some of the most iconic beach cars that have given us all good times over the years. Here in San Diego, beach culture is very important to us, and a large part of that culture revolves around the surf cars. Throughout the years and decades, these cars have never lost their shine, both because of their functionality as well as their sheer beauty. Here are 5 of the most iconic beach cars to have ever graced the roads: 1971 VW Bus: King of the Beach Cars The Volkswagen Bus takes us straight back to the ‘60s and ‘70s for those beach barbecues and clambake parties. It’s perfect for transporting surfboards, and storing all kinds of beach gear. You can also pack it full of friends and family, and the 23-window versions make for an awesome and super-fun ride. As far as looks go, these VW’s have seen everything from super clean two-tone patterns to more “far-out” hippie designs. Lately, some VW Bus m ... read more

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Tips for Safe, Fun Desert Driving in Southern California

Tips for Safe, Fun Desert Driving in Southern California

As summer winds down, most of San Diego begins to cool off for some crisp and enjoyable fall evenings. However, the inland and desert areas can still remain quite warm, and may often require special considerations when driving through them. It’s always best to be prepared and understand how desert driving can affect your vehicle as well as your driving plans. The San Diego East County Deserts can provide you with some of the most scenic driving in the country — you can spot boundless wildlife as well as unique desert vegetation. Here are some important factors if you plan to take a trip anytime soon through the desert. Pack Plenty of Water for Your Desert Driving Trip Perhaps the most important part of preparing for San Diego desert driving is to ensure that you have plenty of water. If your car breaks down and you need to wait for a tow or other assistance, you’ll ... read more

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Safety

These San Diego Boba Tea Spots Will Help Cool You Off

These San Diego Boba Tea Spots Will Help Cool You Off

San Diego summers are known to get pretty warm. What better way to beat the heat than with some icy cold bubble tea? Bubble tea is also known as boba, pearl drinks, tapioca pearls, or other names, and it has taken the nation by storm. There are tons of San Diego boba spots to choose from, especially in the Convoy Street area in Kearny Mesa. Each charming little boba shop specializes in providing refreshingly unique arrays of boba tea selections and more. Here are some of our favorite boba spots right near Convoy Auto Repair: Cafe Hue- San Diego Boba and More 3860 Convoy St San Diego, CA 92111 Cafe Hue serves up some excellent boba and milk tea options. They’re also really well-known for their crepes and desserts. Order up some belgian waffles, gelato, or a delicious Nutella strawberry crepe to go with your boba beverage. This makes for a quick, scrumptious and satisfying snack that won’t take ... read more

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San Diego Events

The Best Hybrid Auto Services for Your Beloved Green Car

The Best Hybrid Auto Services for Your Beloved Green Car

These days, the term “going green” is a major catchphrase, indicating better efforts at preserving the environment and lessening pollution footprints. The auto industry has been at the forefront of “going green” efforts, which is evident in the recent influx and advancement of hybrid vehicles and electric cars. These represent a major development for the car industry, as they contribute greatly to a smaller carbon and emissions footprint. Hybrid cars are very popular due to their many environmental and financial benefits. But they also have very specific needs, especially when it comes to maintenance. Read on to learn more about hybrid vehicles attributes. The Hybrid Auto Boom Hybrid cars burst onto the auto scene in the late 1990’s, when the Toyota Prius was launched in Japan in 1997. Other hybrid cars soon followed, including the Honda Insight (launched 1999 in the U.S.) ... read more

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The Best Car Suspension Tips For a Safe, Comfortable Ride

The Best Car Suspension Tips For a Safe, Comfortable Ride

Vehicle suspension is an important aspect of every vehicle. It keeps the car balanced, stable, and able to react to maneuvers during operation. It's one of the less obvious systems of your car, but it's one of the hardest working. Without suspension, your car's safety and comfort would be severely compromised. Read on to learn more about this essential system: What is Car Suspension? Suspension refers to the overall system of tires, springs, and shock absorbers that connect the car body to its wheels. The suspension system performs two main functions: assisting with the car's handling and braking, and providing a comfortable ride for the passengers. Without suspension, the vehicle would be at risk for tipping over and passengers would experience a bumpy, jarring ride. Over time, vehicle manufacturers have utilized different suspension types, including: leaf springs, torsion beam suspensions, springs (coiled), air springs, and various gas/hydraulic fluid pressure syst ... read more

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Maintenance

What is a Tune-Up Exactly? Most Important Things to Know

What is a Tune-Up Exactly? Most Important Things to Know

The phrase "tune-up" is a nuanced one. You probably hear it all the time in radio or TV advertising. But what is a tune-up? For some people, the phrase conjures up 1950's Grease-style images of hot-rodders fixing up custom cars before a race. However, nowadays the term means something closer to a maintenance check up. It still retains its connections to performance and racing, though: a tune-up typically involves maintenance and repairs performed under the hood rather than on other parts of the car, like tires or suspension. Understanding what a tune-up is and how it helps your car last longer is important, as regular tune-ups are needed to keep engines running smoothly and powerfully. Here are the most important things to know about tune-ups: What is a Tune-Up? An engine tune-up usually focuses on repairing, cleaning, or replacing parts under the hood. This includes: Spark plugs Caps Rotors Wires Fuel injection systems Some tune-ups may involve inspections o ... read more

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Maintenance

The Best (and Worst) American Car Brands to Watch

The Best (and Worst) American Car Brands to Watch

Domestic cars have always had a solid reputation. Most people think of American car brands as being reliable, affordable, and accessible for the average American consumer. For these reasons, brands like Ford and Chevrolet have always topped the list of best-selling domestic cars. Recently, however, other American car brands have begun to take center stage when it comes to the domestic car market.   Have look at Consumer Reports' 2015 Car Brand Report Cards to see how the different domestic brands are fanning out recently. The report ranked the car manufacturers with an overall score, which is a combination of the brand's "road test" rating and "reliability" rating. The road test score is determined by Consumer Reports' car tests, while the reliability guide provides a predictive indicator of how the car will hold up in the long run. The ... read more

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Auto Industry

Top Reasons Complete Car Inspections are Necessary

Top Reasons Complete Car Inspections are Necessary

Car inspections are an absolutely crucial aspect of car maintenance and ownership. Like any complex machine, cars need to be inspected, maintained, and repaired on a regular basis to ensure that everything is in working order and that there are no major issues that would cause a safety or performance problem. Unfortunately, most people don't know how to perform a full car inspection on their own. Which is why it's important to schedule detailed vehicle inspections regularly. Read on to learn more about the all-important car inspection process: What a Regular, Complete Car Inspection Is A regular, complete car inspection consists of a thorough, systematic, point-to-point check of major aspects of the car's structure and operations. These are performed on a regular schedule and are conducted the same way every time, regardless of previous repairs (or whether a point was "ok'd" the last time it was checked). A car inspection ... read more

How to Prepare for When Your Car is Being Towed

How to Prepare for When Your Car is Being Towed

If you're like most people in San Diego, you rely on your car for many aspects of your life, including getting to and from work, running errands, picking up the kids, and getting around for leisurely pursuits. This means it can be extremely unsettling if your car is being towed. Whether it's a planned tow or an unexpected one, you want to be prepared at all times to deal with the situation. Here are some helpful tips to follow for when your car is being towed: For Planned Tows If you know in advance that your car will be towed (referred to as consensual towing), there are steps you should take to ensure that things go smoothly. A planned tow is usually due to the car needing repair or maintenance. Sometimes, it's because you've been in an accident, and the car is unsafe to drive. Before you have your car towed, be sure to: Remove valuable items from your car. Towing companies generally are not liable for any lost or stolen items during the tow ... read more

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Maintenance
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