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Service Center Standard and Procedures

All pilots have checklists for every aspect of flying. They always use their checklists even if they only have two steps on them. They do this simply because a checklist is a great way to not forget important steps. It is also how you can assure a predictable outcome. That is why Sherman Oaks and Encino automotive service centers have procedural standards for each service they perform. Technicians are trained step by step. And they perform the procedures step by step, the same way each time. By training to procedural standards, centers can assure a quality outcome. The job is done right every time and you are happy with how your car performs. Each company trains its technicians to standards. The industry as a whole is very committed to standards of excellence and encourages individual service center operators to apply them to every vehicle they service. An example is how service technicians grade problems and communicate their recommendations. If a technician tells you that a repair ... read more

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Battery Basics For Van Nuys

Battery Basics For Van Nuys

It's important for Van Nuys auto owners to know battery basics. First, let’s talk about which is harder on a battery – hot or cold CA weather. Most Los Angeles auto owners think it’s cold weather because that’s when we call on our batteries to have enough power to start a cold sedan engine. However, heat does more damage to a battery than cold. Truth is, our batteries start to die a little from day one. Keeping a full charge slows the process, which is hard with short Van Nuys trips because the alternator doesn’t have time to fully recharge the battery from starting the engine. Van Nuys auto owners can top off the charge with a computer controlled battery charger – say, once a month in the summer and every three months during the winter. As far as how long a battery will last, statistics show that 70% have given up the ghost within four years. By ... read more

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The AutoAid & Rescue Guide To Vehicle Diagnosis

The AutoAid & Rescue Guide To Vehicle Diagnosis

Modern Van Nuys vehicles have several computers on board that control all kinds of things like engine functions, transmission shifts, traction control, anti-lock brakes, stability control, emissions – and on some vehicles, even steering, braking and the throttle. Think about that for a minute – things that used to be controlled by simple mechanical connections now have electronic controls that rely on computers, software and sensors. It’s no wonder that when something goes wrong with their sedan it can be pretty complicated for Van Nuys car owners to track down the source of the problem. To help your AutoAid & Rescue tech figure out what’s wrong, your sedan is equipped with on-board diagnostics. The Check Engine Light comes on to tell you there’s a problem and the engine management computer stores a trouble code. Your ... read more

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Green, Grand and Fuel efficient

Go Green on Earth Day with Car Care and Fuel-Saving Tips from AskPatty It's a bonus! Earth Day and Car Care Awareness Month In this video, Jody DeVere, CEO of AskPatty.com, joins Easy Does It host Ereka Vetrini to shine some light on what's really going on under your hood. When it comes to car care, DeVere says that the biggest mistake people make is "really not understanding what your car needs." To combat this, she says, "Crack open that dusty manual that's usually in the glove box of your car and understand the basic needs of your car and the intervals that those should be done. And then do it to the letter of the law. That's going to prevent a lot of costly, long-term, expensive problems." Click here to watch the Easy Does It Segment on Yahoo!Shine. Looking for other car care tips for Earth Day? Consider these following green tips from AskPatty.com to help you save the earth as well as save fuel. About 1.3 billion gallons of oil are used for oil changes in the U.S. each year ... read more

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Don't Panic!

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Golfing for a Good Cause

Golfing for a Good Cause

Mini golfing at the Encino Chamber of Commerce annual mini-golf tournament with the AutoAid foursome: Jack, David, Zakery Bulko and our special guest Bruce Boord of Thee Insurance Club of California -a great resource for home and auto insurance. We know how to have "fun" when "fun d raising

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Gofing for a good cause with the boys

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The Right Automotive Fluids For Los Angeles Drivers

The Right Automotive Fluids For Los Angeles Drivers

All those automotive fluids can be confusing for Los Angeles car owners. Recent years have brought new grades of engine oil, types of transmission fluid, coolant, and brake fluid. The right fluid protects your vehicle and helps it perform at its best. The wrong fluid won’t work as well for Van Nuys car owners and could even cause damage. In addition to new grades of engine oil, many sedans now leave the factory with synthetic oil. Los Angeles car owners should always use the recommended grade and type of oil in their engine. All coolant, also called antifreeze, used to be green. Now there are several other colors of coolant sold at AutoAid & Rescue in Van Nuys. Each type is designed to protect the cooling system components that are particular to your vehicle. The wrong stuff can void your sedan cooling system warranty and could even cause engine damage. Most ... read more

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Do you trust your mechanic? Jack's Interview with YP.com

Do You Trust Your Auto Mechanic? Industry veteran, Jack Bulko, offers up a crash course on how to get the best possible experience out of your auto shop -- while avoiding being scammed. by Gregg Rosenzweig, Published April 04, 2013 In his 34 years in business, auto-shop owner Jack Bulko has seen (and heard) it all. His shop, One reason his shop gets stellar ratings and reviews on all the local search sites that matter (including ours). I recently sat down with Bulko at his shop in Van Nuys, Calif., where he bestowed his knowledge and expertise to help you, the customer, get the most out of your auto-shop experience. Lucky you. Auto Mechanic With Wrench Q & A With Jack Bulko, Owner of AutoAid Auto Repair & Service: If you were looking for an auto shop, what would be the first criteria you'd use as a customer? Jack: My first criteria would be longevity in the business. Another being AAA (Automobile Club of America) approved. Reviews. Today we're a review-driven society an ... read more

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Men at Work at AutoAid searching for mystyrious wheel noises

Men at work at AutoAid

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