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Tag Archives: preventative maintenance

Grasping Vehicle Basics: An Introductory Guide to Understanding Your Vehicle

Grasping Vehicle Basics: An Introductory Guide to Understanding Your Vehicle

Delve deeper into all things to do with your vehicle! Dive into the exciting world of automobiles! Perfect for beginners, whether you're a fresh driver, a vehicle hobbyist, or just curious about how your vehicle functions, knowing the basic anatomy of your vehicle is crucial. This easy-to-understand guide, presented by John's Automotive Care La Mesa, is crafted to unravel the complexities of vehicle mechanics into easily digestible concepts.   This guide will help you navigate through the essential parts of a vehicle. We'll start with the engine and your vehicle's heartbeat and move on to the transmission system that regulates the engine's power. We'll also explore the chassis and suspension system, which is key to your vehicle's stability and ride comfort. And, we'll delve into the braking and steering systems, integral for ensuring your safety on the road.   We understand that automotive terms and concepts can sometimes be overwhelming ... read more

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Maintenance

2024 Goals: Setting New Year’s Resolutions for You and Your Vehicle

2024 Goals: Setting New Year’s Resolutions for You and Your Vehicle

As we bid farewell to 2023 and step into the fresh beginnings of 2024, it’s the perfect moment to chart out new journeys and establish positive routines. This transition is a chance for personal growth and an opportune time to pledge a renewed commitment to our vehicles. Given how integral our vehicles are in keeping up with our fast-paced lifestyles, ensuring their well-being is as important as our own. Recognizing this symbiotic relationship, we’ve curated a list of top 5 resolutions that focus on enhancing your personal life and ensuring your vehicle remains in peak condition in 2024. From adopting eco-friendly driving habits to prioritizing regular maintenance checks, these resolutions are designed to help you and your vehicle thrive together in the new year.   Regularly Schedule Maintainance Making routine maintenance a top resolution for your vehicle is a smart move. Regular upkeep is vital to prolonging your vehicle’s lifespan and ensuring it stays reli ... read more

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Journeys Through the Unknown: 7 of America's Haunted Highways

Journeys Through the Unknown: 7 of America's Haunted Highways

Want to discover some spooky roads this spooky season? Look no further! At Johns Automotive Care La Mesa, we know that you depend on your vehicle for everything from daily errands to thrilling adventures. And with Halloween approaching, what could be more thrilling than exploring some of the nation's most famously haunted roads? People love to be frightened, whether at local attractions like a haunted corn maze or watching a horror film from the comfort of their homes. But what about those who crave something more real? Recently, visiting locations with eerie reputations has become increasingly popular. Many of us know about iconic haunted structures like New York's Amityville house or the Stanley Hotel in Colorado. But have you ever heard about these seven haunted roads? Let's take a look at seven roads across the country that are wrapped in mystery and intrigue. Trust us, and you'll want to ensure your car is in top shape if you venture down any of these paths ... read more

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Around Town

Unlocking the Power: 10 Essential Things You Should Know About Your SUV

Unlocking the Power: 10 Essential Things You Should Know About Your SUV

Greetings and welcome, September! Get ready to embark on an automotive adventure with Johns Automotive Care La Mesa's blog. This time, we're focusing on a unique group of drivers – SUV owners. As the summer season fades, we're here to equip you with valuable knowledge about your SUV. So, fasten your seatbelts as we present "Unlocking the Power: 10 Essential Things You Should Know About Your SUV" With the arrival of a new month, we bid farewell to summer and embrace the season of fresh beginnings. In this spirit, we want to guide you through the ins and outs of your SUV. Whether you're a college student preparing for the upcoming academic year or a seasoned driver seeking to enhance your SUV knowledge, this blog post is tailored just for you. As you embark on your college journey or daily commutes, ensuring you're well-prepared is crucial. We aim to provide practical and reliable advice, empowering you to understand your SUV better and ensuring a smoo ... read more

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Driving 101: The Ultimate Car Guide for College Students

Driving 101: The Ultimate Car Guide for College Students

Greetings, August! Welcome to Johns Automotive Care La Mesa's blog - your trusted companion on the journey to automotive knowledge. As we wave goodbye to summer and enter the season of new beginnings, we're focusing on a unique group of drivers - college students. With the advent of a new academic year, thousands of students nationwide are preparing to hit the road, bound for their respective college campuses. But before they do, it's essential to ensure they are fully equipped with dorm essentials and study materials and the proper knowledge about their most significant mode of transport - their cars. In this spirit, we're thrilled to present our new blog post, "Driving 101: The Ultimate Car Guide for College Students". We aim to provide insightful, practical, and reliable auto advice for all eager students, helping them understand their cars better and prepare for a smooth, stress-free college commute. Our guide covers everything from essential maintenance t ... read more

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Maintenance

Staying Safe and Sane When Your Car Breaks Down in the Middle of Nowhere

 Staying Safe and Sane When Your Car Breaks Down in the Middle of Nowhere

Picture this: you're driving down a winding road miles from La Mesa, California, and even further from the nearest town. Suddenly, your car sputters and stalls. You're in the middle of nowhere, and your vehicle has just broken down. It's a scenario that nobody wants to imagine, but one that could happen to any of us. That's why it's essential to be prepared and know what steps to take if you find yourself in this predicament.   The initial moments after a vehicle breakdown are critical for ensuring the safety of yourself and your passengers. Firstly, aim to get your car off the roadway if it's safe to do so. This minimizes the risk of a collision with passing vehicles. Look for a nearby hard shoulder, parking area, or side road where your vehicle will not obstruct traffic.   Once your vehicle is positioned safely, turn on your hazard lights. Regardless of the time of day or weather conditions, activating your hazard lights alerts other drivers of y ... read more

Your SoCal Fiesta Guide: Unforgettable Adventures and Dependable Car Care in La Mesa

Your SoCal Fiesta Guide: Unforgettable Adventures and Dependable Car Care in La Mesa

Get ready, fellow adventurers! Welcome to Southern California, the land where every day is a fiesta. From sun-bathed beaches to the rhythmic pulse of city life, SoCal is a flavor-packed feast for your senses. The cherry on top? Those drool-worthy tacos that you can't miss! Now, if your escapades whisk you off to the delightful town of La Mesa, we're here to let you in on a little secret. John Automotive Care in La Mesa, California, is your car's best friend while you're out there making unforgettable memories. They have all your auto repair needs covered with first-class services and spot-on diagnostics. These guys will keep your ride purring as smoothly as butter melting on a hot pancake. Summer in SoCal is like biting into a hot jalapeño - fiery from June to mid-September. That kind of heat can make your car work up quite a sweat. Finding a top-tier repair shop like John Automotive Care is critical. They're all set to ensure your beloved vehicle stays in ti ... read more

Diagnosis Before Decisions: The Key to Effective Auto Repair

Diagnosis Before Decisions: The Key to Effective Auto Repair

Why Getting it Right from the Start Ensures a Smooth Ride Ahead Every vehicle owner dreads the moment when something goes wrong with their car. Often, the inclination is to take it to a repair shop and demand a quick fix. However, jumping into repairs without a proper diagnosis can lead to more problems and costlier repairs down the line. This blog will explore the importance of accurate diagnosis before beginning any auto repair work and how it ensures a smooth ride ahead. The Role of Diagnosis in Auto Repair: Just like a doctor examines a patient before prescribing treatment, a skilled auto technician will thoroughly inspect and diagnose your vehicle before attempting any repairs. This initial step is crucial, as it helps pinpoint the root cause of the problem and determine the most effective course of action. This is why turning to the experts at John's Automotive Care in La Mesa is your #1 choice for peace of mind. Proper diagnosis can save you time, money, and headaches by ... read more

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Maintenance

April is National Car Care Month!

April is National Car Care Month!

Happy April, we welcome you to John's Automotive Care La Mesa's monthly blog. This month is National Car Care Month; we care about you and your car. We at John's Automotive Care in La Mesa, California, want to help you keep your vehicle in tip-top shape while driving on the road for many more years. Why do we celebrate National Car Care month? Well, we at John's Automotive Care La Mesa celebrate this month because taking care of your car is our specialty! We love preventative maintenance and taking care of your vehicle.  Preventative Maintenance  At John's Automotive Care, we understand the importance of proper vehicle maintenance to ensure optimal performance and longevity. Our comprehensive preventive maintenance services cover critical areas such as fluid checks and inspections, adhering to manufacturer-recommended maintenance schedules. For instance, for Honda Civics between 15,000 and 105,000 miles, we recommend replacing the transmission fluid, con ... read more

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Getting Your Vehicle Road Trip Ready

Getting Your Vehicle Road Trip Ready

Are you ready for a grand adventure? It feels like we have been stuck inside for weeks or maybe even months. Let’s load up the car and go on a road trip this spring! But first, we need to be sure our car will get us there and back. What do we need to do to make sure our vehicle is road trip ready? First things first, let’s talk fluids. Most vehicles have six fluids to pay attention to.   Oil Most of us already know how important good oil is for your engine, but it never hurts to go over why and when. Let’s talk about what oil does for your engine. There are many moving parts in your engine, such as pistons, a crankshaft, and your camshaft. Most manufacturers recommend that you change your oil every 3,000 to 5,000 miles; however, since hybrid and synthetic oils are now on the market, some manufacturers recommend an oil service every 7,500 - 10,000 miles. You will want to check your owner’s manual to set a regular schedule for your car or leave it to the ... read more

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