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How to Know When to Change Your Oil At AutoAid & Rescue

How to Know When to Change Your Oil At AutoAid & Rescue

Today in the AutoAid & Rescue auto care blog, we’re going to talk about oil change intervals. It seems that as engine technology advances, recommended oil change intervals have gotten longer for AutoAid & Rescue customers. High quality oil in a well-engineered sedan engine has lead to extended intervals. But it’s also lead to some confusion among Van Nuys drivers. The old mantra “change your oil every three months or three thousand miles, whichever comes first” once applied to every vehicle in your garage. Time and miles take their toll on motor oil. But now, you could have a different oil change recommendation for every car or truck you own. Van Nuys people are like everybody else, they have a tendency to put off all the oil changes to the schedule of the vehicle with the longest interval. Of course, that can lead to problems. For ex ... read more

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Power Steering Service At AutoAid & Rescue In Van Nuys

Power Steering Service At AutoAid & Rescue In Van Nuys

Many Van Nuys drivers have been hearing about new advances in power steering technology, specifically, electric power steering. Some very high-end cars have been featuring electric power steering for a few years. An electric motor directly provides the power assist to make steering easier. Undoubtedly we’ll see much more of this in Van Nuys as full electric cars and electric hybrids become more common. The vast majority of cars and trucks serviced at AutoAid & Rescue in Van Nuys use a hydraulic power boost system. With hydraulics, fluid is pressurized by a pump which actuates a hydraulic cylinder to reduce steering effort. Some of these pumps are powered by an electric motor. Most pumps are powered by the serpentine belt driven by the engine. Power steering fluid has the necessary hydraulic properties and the ability t ... read more

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Give Your Engine Clean Fuel With A New Fuel Filter From AutoAid & Rescue

Give Your Engine Clean Fuel With A New Fuel Filter From AutoAid & Rescue

Your sedan requires plenty of clean fuel to run. When your fuel isn’t clean, your fuel injectors can start to become clogged up. When this happens, your sedan engine may not get the proper amount of fuel at the correct pressure to run efficiently. This hurts fuel economy and performance as you drive around Los Angeles. It can also lead to the buildup of harmful deposits on valves and in the combustion chamber. That’s why all vehicles, including sedans, come equipped with a fuel filter somewhere between the engine and the fuel tank. The job of the filter is to clean out little pieces of dirt and contamination. The filter captrues the contaminants and holds them out of the fuel stream. Of course, the filter will eventually get clogged up and need to be replaced at AutoAid & Rescue. If your fuel filter is clogged, the sedan engine can&rsquo ... read more

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Serpentine Belt Service At AutoAid & Rescue In Van Nuys

Serpentine Belt Service At AutoAid & Rescue In Van Nuys

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 sedan. 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 Van Nuys.Next, the belt powers the alternator. The alternator creates electricity that’s used by your sedan’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 vacuu ... read more

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AutoAid & Rescue Guide To Using the Correct Fluids in Your Vehicle

AutoAid & Rescue Guide To Using the Correct Fluids in Your Vehicle

Today's AutoAid & Rescue post focuses on using the proper fluids for your vehicle. Big advances in automotive technology have lead to the development of high-tech fluids to keep pace. Some because of engineering advances and others, advances in the materials used to build sedan automotive systems. A simple example of this is the cooling system. For decades it was primarily made out of iron, steel and rubber hoses. There was one kind of coolant that protected these components from corrosion. Now cooling system components are made with various metal alloys and plastics. These materials require different additives to protect them from corrosion. Since the materials used vary from manufactruer to manufactruer, we now have a number of different kinds of coolant. And it’s important that Sherman Oaks car owners use the right coolant ... read more

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Gas Savings In Van Nuys: Sharpen Your Pencil

Gas Savings In Van Nuys: Sharpen Your Pencil

High gas prices in Van Nuys 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 Van Nuys vehicle owners. I’m talking about fleet owners and operators. You know, Van Nuys folks like the trucking companies and delivery services. Because their livelihood depends on it, they have gotten scheduled maintenance down to a science ... read more

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Air Conditioning Maintenance At AutoAid & Rescue In Van Nuys

Air Conditioning Maintenance At AutoAid & Rescue In Van Nuys

Warm weather or cold, Van Nuys drivers still need to think about their sedan’s air conditioning. Most Van Nuys people don’t service their air conditioning until after it fails. At AutoAid & Rescue, we can advise you on your vehicle manufactruer's preventive maintenance schedules for air conditioning service, just as we do for transmission service, oil changes and so on. 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 AutoAid & Rescue in Van Nuys. 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 par ... read more

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Another Couple of Years: Making Your Vehicle Last At AutoAid & Rescue

Another Couple of Years: Making Your Vehicle Last At AutoAid & Rescue

A while back, the Cash for Clunkers program was all over the news. Van Nuys people could trade in their old vehicle for a new one that got better fuel economy and receive a government rebate. A lot of Van Nuys 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 sedans for 200,000 miles or more – as long as it’s economical to do so. There are plenty of Van Nuys drivers whose vehicles are running after 150,000 or 200,000 miles. We can learn from what they’re doing to keep our own sedans on the road in CA. Van Nuys drivers of high-mileage cars often report a common denominator of never skipping an oil change.That may sound a bit unsophisti ... read more

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AutoAid & Rescue And The Maintenance Mindset

AutoAid & Rescue And The Maintenance Mindset

When it comes to their vehicles, some Los Angeles 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. Los Angeles drivers generally accept that many things in life require regular maintenance, but just may have not applied it to their sedans. 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 Los Angeles people are good about maintaining. Going to the dentist twice a year. Clothes to the dry cleaner. Flu shots. Taking the kids to your Los Angeles doctor for a checkup before school starts. So Los Angeles 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 yo ... read more

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February Specials: Couples Oil Change, Dinner for Two!

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