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Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas For Your Favorite Car Enthusiasts

Welcome to another February in Aliso Viejo! February is an active month with plenty of activities for everyone. In one week, we'll watch the Super Bowl, and in two weeks, we'll celebrate Valentine's Day on the weekend!   Gift-giving Car owners tend to buy themselves their favorite things, so it might be hard to shop for one. But if you're determined to get your car lover a gift for Valentine's Day, here are some of our favorite gifts for car enthusiasts!    Because their coffee table demands it, give them the book that they will love pouring over many times. Give them Car: The Definitive Visual History of the Automobile.   Because they might someday get stuck somewhere and need to see in the dark, we recommend they ... read more

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How Many Miles Can a Transmission Take Before it Needs to be Replaced?

How Many Miles Can a Transmission Take Before it Needs to be Replaced?

The transmission is one of the most important parts of your car, and with proper maintenance and care, it will last longer than you think! The lifespan in mileage depends on the quality of your preventative maintenance and the vehicle model. It's important to ensure all scheduled tune-ups and regular service are provided to give your transmission the longest life you can! Preventative Maintenance Equals Longer Mileage and Better Performance Your transmission can last as little as 10,000 miles without proper care and service, or up to 200,000 by ensuring your vehicle is regularly serviced and checked for damage. If you suspect your car isn't running properly, it's best to check in with your local mechanic to be certain, even after a tune-up. Proactive Maintenance Means Fewer Expenses for Your Vehicle and Transmission Considering how important the transmission is to your car's lifetime, changing transmission fluid should be done carefully, especially if mileage is hig ... read more

Top Five Ways To Prepare Your Car For Winter Outdoor Activities

Welcome to the New Year! If you’re going out to play in the snow up in the mountains, or going skiing in Colorado, you might want to consider a few helpful steps before you head out on your adventures. These are our top 5 ways to prepare your car for winter activities: Give the Tires a lot of love. Get a tire inflator that works from the road and fill your tires to the correct pressure before you start out. Check your tire tread and the rotation of the tires. Consider snow tires or all-weather tires if you’re going deep into snow somewhere. Top up your fluids. This is a really obvious thing, but if you’ve not looked into the maintenance of your car in a few months, do it before you head into snow. Change your oil and antifreeze. Make sure the winter windshield wiper fluid is in your tank, to prevent it freezing. Prepare an emergency kit. You want things to help you get out of snow if you slide into a snow bank, like a small shovel and a piece of old carpet slightly ... read more

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Signs Your Serpentine Belt is Failing

Signs Your Serpentine Belt is Failing

A car has necessary peripheral devices that enhance the functionality of the internal combustion engine. The devices, which include a power steering pump, air conditioning compressor, and water pump, cannot function optimally without the serpentine belt's help. The serpentine is the central engine belt that resembles a snake and is characterized by distinct ridges on one side of the belt. When the engine is turned on, the serpentine belt continues running until the car is shut off. Many experts recommend a serpentine change after 50,000 miles or after five years. Some last for 80,000 miles, but it is always recommended to always consult the car manual for the exact intervals. Heat and friction subjected to the serpentine subject it to failure, and there is a need for a replacement to guarantee a smooth and safe drive. Different warning signs can indicate a failing serpentine. It is essential to make appropriate serpentine replacements on time to prevent road mishaps like getting ... read more

Traveling Safely During the Holidays

Traveling Safely During the Holidays

Photo by Steve Long of Unsplash With the holidays comes awkward weather outside of our fair city. Aliso Viejo is mild and dry, but if you head out east or north to visit loved ones for the holidays, you may encounter what Canadians categorize as ‘rough sledding’.  One of the biggest causes of roadside accidents isn’t rudeness and taking advantage of others, it’s not having awareness of what you’re doing. It’s very easy to think of your car as an extension of yourself and believe it will shelter you from harm perfectly. But that’s an arrogant way to drive and it can put you, your car, and your passengers in danger. It’s important not to treat a winter drive out of Aliso Viejo’s climate as typical. When you’re planning on taking a trip, no matter how short or how far the distance is, you should always treat the trip as a risk you are taking. Here are some tips we recommend for people hitting the roads for the holidays ... read more