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Monthly Archives: July 2012

Training Received by Technicians In San Diego CA

When your car breaks down in the San Diego area, or just needs some routine service, it can make you a little nervous. Because your car’s so important to your life, you need to be back on the road as soon as possible. And, with the problem fixed right the first time. We’ve been checking into some of the training our technicians receive, and we’re very impressed. It’s amazing how much knowledge and skill goes into diagnosing and repairing a modern car. So it’s not like when your uncle worked on his hot rod over weekend. Today there are four cylinder engines that make more power than the V-8’s in luxury cars 20 years ago. A new V-6 Toyota Camry could beat Sonny Crocket’s Ferrari in a race to 60 mph. Our engines are more and more powerful and at the same time their fuel economy keeps inching up. And they’re so reliable. This is all due to engineering. But the advances come at the price of simplicity. Modern cars are so much more complex fro ... read more

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Maintenance

Keep Your Cool In San Diego: Your Coolant System

Keep Your Cool In San Diego: Your Coolant System

Drivers rely on their car's coolant system to keep their engine cool. Coolant (also called antifreeze) mixed with water flows through your sedan engine and absorbs heat. The mixture then flows out to the radiator where it’s cooled by air flowing over the radiator. From there the coolant/water mix circulates back through the engine to absorb more heat. There’s a reason we mix coolant and water. Water alone actually does a good job transferring heat from the engine. The problem is that water boils at a temperature that’s easily reached inside your sedan's engine, so it can turn to steam which does not conduct heat as well and is harder to contain. Also, if it’s freezing outside in San Diego, the water in your engine could freeze while your vehicle is sitting out in the cold. So, if you remember your high school chemistry, you’ll know that a mixture has both a higher boiling point and a lower freezing point than either component alone. Coolant, o ... read more

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Cooling System

This Season’s Sizzling Car Shows in San Diego

This Season’s Sizzling Car Shows in San Diego

Summer is the best season for vacations, sunbathing, and warm nights. For the automobile enthusiasts it's also the best season to check out the coolest car shows. Over next few months, there are several shows inthe greater San Diego area for the hot rod lovers to take a look at. Car Shows in San Diego 1. Back to the 50’s Car Show Travel back in time to view some favorite classic autos. Every Thursday night this summer, over 400 cars will show off their beauty along La Mesa Boulevard. Each night, trophies will be awarded to four cars, one motorcycle and also one La Mesa Police Officer’s Choice Award. In addition to the auto eye candy, there is live music with DJ Jumpin’ Jack Flash, shops, restaurants, coffee houses and bars for entertainment. Details: June – August, Every Thursday night from 5 to 8pm La Mesa Blvd. and Palm Ave., La Mesa, CA ... read more

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San Diego Events

Car Needs On the Go? There’s an App For That!

Car Needs On the Go? There’s an App For That!

Nowadays in the world of smart phones, there is an app for, well, pretty much everything. Some that come in handy for daily use are those for your automobile. Here are a few noteworthy apps for improving everyday travels. 1. iExit This situation has happened to us all before: you are driving in an unknown place and all of the sudden you need gas, get hungry, or need a restroom and have no idea where to go! With iExit, find out what is located at each exit that comes along on the interstate. From hotels to eateries to gas stations and more, this app will find the right stop to fulfill your needs. 2. Parker As the weather in San Diego get warmer, the crowds get bigger. For those beach days in PB and baseball games downtown, finding a parking spot can be a nightmare. That’s where Parker comes ... read more

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Automotive News

Air Conditioning Maintenance At Convoy Auto Repair In San Diego

Air Conditioning Maintenance At Convoy Auto Repair In San Diego

Warm weather or cold, San Diego drivers still need to think about their sedan's air conditioning. Most people don't service their air conditioning until after it fails. At Convoy Auto Repair, we can advise you on your vehicle manufacturer's preventive maintenance schedules for air conditioning service, just as we do for transmission service, oil changes and so on. Air Conditioning Maintenance Maintaining your air conditioning system means that you always have enough refrigerant to properly do the job. Small leaks in the sedan's air conditioning system allow the refrigerant to escape and the system can't cool the air as well. We see that a lot at Convoy Auto Repair in San Diego. The refrigerant also contains a special oil that lubricates air conditioning components, and keeps the seals resilient. Low refrigerant and lubricating oil means that the air conditioning parts will wear out prematurely, and all car owners know that air conditioning repairs can ... read more

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Air Conditioning

Mission Valley Drivers: Is It Time To Replace Your PCV Valve?

Mission Valley Drivers: Is It Time To Replace Your PCV Valve?

The push for fuel economy has two benefits: using less gas, and fewer emissions. Cars and trucks run cleaner than ever. People may not realize that the first federally mandated pollution control device came out almost fifty years ago. Mission Valley folks that were around in the early 60's may remember that the PCV valve came out on 1964 model cars. PCV stand for Positive Crankcase Ventilation. The crankcase is the lower part of the engine where the crankshaft is housed and where the engine oil lives. The crankshaft is connected to the pistons that power the engine. When fuel is burned in the sedan engine, it pushes the pistons down and the crankshaft rotates and sends power to the transmission. Some of the explosive gases from combustion squeeze past the pistons and down into the crankcase. Now this gas is about 70% unburned fuel. If it were allowed to remain in the crankcase, it would contaminate the oil and quickly turn it to sludge ... read more

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Parts

Apple's Eyes Free Siri Integration Makes Driving Worry Free

Apple's Eyes Free Siri Integration Makes Driving Worry Free

Apple has done it again! Within this next year, consumers will begin to see vehicles containing Apple’s new Eyes Free Siri Integration. If you aren’t familiar with Siri, it is the iPhone’s voice-command/digital-assistant that was launched with Apple’s latest iOS 5 series. With the Eyes Free technology, users can press a voice command button to speak into the car’s microphone system that is connected to the iPhone. In the next 12 months, this new technology will be built directly by car manufacturers into the new vehicles. This system will be compatible with any iDevice using the new iOS 6 software. Some partners in the automotive industry that will be implement this plan include BMW, Audi, Chrysler, General Motors, Honda, Mercedes-Benz, Toyota, and Jaguar/Land Rover. This hands-free technology adds a user-friendly appeal and, more importantly, it boosts road safety. With an option like this, eyes can have full attention to the r ... read more

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Automotive News
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