Laguna Woods Auto Repair

Serving Laguna Hills and all of South Orange County

Laguna Woods Auto Repair - Serving Laguna Hills and all of South Orange County

Laguna Woods Auto Repair Auto Tips and Videos: Battery Testing

The simple fact is that 70% of car batteries fail within 4 years. They just need to be replaced when they are no longer able to hold a full charge.

Batteries are a big ticket item for most LAGUNA HILLS drivers and it’s tempting to put off buying a new one as long as possible. But a battery that cannot hold a full charge requires the alternator to work extra hard, causing it to wear out prematurely.

Your Laguna Woods Auto Repair tech can test your battery to see if it should be replaced. Testing is a good idea for CA motorists because a battery might still be good, but become dead because of a bad alternator or even a worn serpentine belt and tensioner.

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Laguna Woods Auto Repair
(888) 320-9861
23512 Commerce Center Dr
LAGUNA HILLS, CA 92653

Technician Training at Laguna Woods Auto Repair

Your car is important to you and keeping it running properly is important to your LAGUNA HILLS lifestyle. That’s why you’re smart to have it serviced regularly at Laguna Woods Auto Repair in LAGUNA HILLS. And even though it may just be routine maintenance, you want it done right by automotive professionals.

It’s also very important to your LAGUNA HILLS service center to keep you happy and on the road. You might be surprised at the amount of money our LAGUNA HILLS auto service center spends annually to make sure our considerate service professionals are properly trained.

  Laguna Woods Auto Repair offers a variety of automotive services for many kinds of vehicles. We need to be current on the latest techniques and parts so that we can give you quality service. Our LAGUNA HILLS centers subscribe to data services that list the high quality parts and fluids recommended by your manufacturer.

And each service has a checklist of standard procedures. Laguna Woods Auto Repair technicians follow these procedures so they can safely deliver a consistent level of high-quality service.

Some services at Laguna Woods Auto Repair require the use of specialized equipment. Laguna Woods Auto Repair technicians are trained extensively on this equipment so that they can service your car quickly and efficiently.

Classroom, video and hands-on training is provided by the company and outside trainers. It’s not only important that considerate techs be able to perform a given task, they also need to be thoroughly trained in inspection and diagnostic techniques. One of the great services they perform is to detect potential problems before they become serious (and costly).

The automotive service industry has standards for classifying and communicating problems to motorists. For example, it’s one thing to learn that your manufacturer recommends that you change your serpentine belt every 30,000 miles and another to learn that the belt is on the verge of failure. These standards help you understand the urgency of recommendations, letting you make better automotive service decisions.

CA folks may be interested to know that service technicians (including those at Laguna Woods Auto Repair) are trained in compliance with federal and local LAGUNA HILLS laws and regulations, including environmental regulations regarding the disposal of used parts and fluids.

It’s the goal of Laguna Woods Auto Repair to provide fast, courteous service. You should feel free to ask your consideratetech or one of the managers about your service or for more information about their recommendations.

At Laguna Woods Auto Repair, well-trained service providers, established procedures, industry standards, and, of course, AutoNetTV, combine to give you the best auto service in LAGUNA HILLS.

LAGUNA HILLS Air Conditioning Service

Working up a sweat is a great thing to do in a gym around LAGUNA HILLS, but not in your car. When LAGUNA HILLS auto owners’ car’s AC System has a problem, they’ll often feel it right away. The question is, how long do you put up with it? You know, the old comfort versus cost dilemma. But a more comfortable drive around LAGUNA HILLS has a lot of benefits, and keeping the AC System well maintained can help prevent costly repairs.

A common cause for AC failure is water and air in the system. The system does not work as well with air in it. And water can cause rust that leads to damage of the A/C components. Also refrigerant, the stuff that makes the air cold, can leak out, reducing the efficiency of the system, making it work harder to try to cool the air. That is why periodically evacuating the air conditioning system and recharging it keeps the proper amount of clean refrigerant in the system for LAGUNA HILLS car owners so it cools better and lasts longer.

LAGUNA HILLS car owners should also run the air conditioner regularly, even in the winter, so that it lubricates itself and keeps the seals from drying out. The seals can crack and that leads to leaks. Your auto maker’s owner’s manual will have recommendations for how often to service your air conditioner. Some service centers also have this information as part of their computer databases. Your considerate Laguna Woods Auto Repair service professional can give you more information.

Laguna Woods Auto Repair
23512 Commerce Center Dr
LAGUNA HILLS, CA 92653
(888) 320-9861

Of course, if your AC currently isn’t working right, then now is the time to get it checked. Many service centers in LAGUNA HILLS such as Laguna Woods Auto Repair can inspect and test your air conditioning and offer evacuation and recharge services. This goes a long way to avoiding having to bring your air conditioner in for expensive repairs.

Recent environmental laws have stopped the manufacture of Freon, a refrigerant that was common in cars made before 1993. There is a very limited supply of Freon so the price is very costly in CA. It may not be worth its weight in gold, but it probably is worth its weight in silver. If you have an older vehicle that uses Freon, you may want to consider having it retrofitted to use the new EPA-approved R134a refrigerant. It will pay for itself in the long run.

Laguna Woods Auto Repair Often Asked About Premium vs. Regular Gas

LAGUNA HILLS drivers often ask the question: “Will using premium gas make my car run better?” The answer is simple. But first, let’s talk about what exactly premium gasoline is.

Different grades of gasoline have different octane ratings. Regular gasoline has the lowest octane rating and premium the highest. Most gas stations around LAGUNA HILLS, CA also carry a mid-grade that falls in between the two. The octane range for the different grades of gas varies by region due to altitude differences.

Engines require different octane ratings because of design differences. For example, turbocharged engines usually require premium gas.

There’s a sticker on your gas tank filler lid that tells you the minimum octane rating your auto maker recommends.

For help identifying the type of gasoline your engine needs, come by Laguna Woods Auto Repair in LAGUNA HILLS:

23512 Commerce Center Dr
LAGUNA HILLS, CA 92653
(888) 320-9861

LAGUNA HILLS drivers should read their owner’s manuals carefully to see if it’s acceptable to use lower grades. With some cars in LAGUNA HILLS, CA it is; the engine control computer can adapt. LAGUNA HILLS motorists will lose some performance, but won’t do damage. With other engines, using a lower grade of fuel could result in serious and expensive damage; so you don’t want to save a couple of bucks at the pump only to pay it out a hundred fold at your LAGUNA HILLS repair shop.

Your car will run best on the type of gas recommended by the manufacturer.

Today’s computer controlled vehicles are optimized to run well on the recommended grade of fuel. Using a higher grade than is recommended will not give LAGUNA HILLS auto owners any additional performance or better MPG.

Regulations require detergents for all grades of gasoline, so your engine will have the same protection, regardless of the grade of fuel you use. If you do hear some knocking or pinging from your engine, take it seriously and get your pickup into Laguna Woods Auto Repair. It may be a sign that you need a tune-up or some other repair.

In times of costly gas prices, most LAGUNA HILLS motorists are conscious of making their fuel dollar go further as we drive around CA. Be sure to use the right gas for your car. Keep your tires properly inflated and your vehicle well maintained and you will get the best gas mileage possible.

Breathe Free In LAGUNA HILLS: Cabin Air Filter Replacement At Laguna Woods Auto Repair

There are a lot of new features, both optional and standard, on LAGUNA HILLS car owners’ vehicles these days. One you may not have heard of is called a cabin air filter. Simply put, its job is to keep the air in the passenger compartment of your car nice and clean.

A cabin air filter is similar to the filter you use on your furnace at home in LAGUNA HILLS. Cabin air filters can catch particles down to three microns. By comparison, a grain of sand is 200 microns. So cabin air filters are effective against dust, dirt, pollen, mold spores and most pollutants in our Irvine atmosphere. Good news if you suffer from any types of allergies, or if you live in an area in LAGUNA HILLS prone to air pollution.

Cabin air filters are generally located in the engine compartment or under the dashboard. They can be tricky to access and replace, so you’ll probably want to go to your considerate Laguna Woods Auto Repair service advisor to get it done. Check your pickup owner’s manual to find out if your pickup is equipped with a cabin air filter and how often it should be changed. Recommendations vary, but generally a cabin air filter should be changed every twelve to fifteen thousand miles.

Of course, if you are an allergy sufferer in Laguna Niguel, you may want to replace it more often. Also, if you do a lot of driving in polluted or dusty areas in CA, you’ll also want to shorten the cabin air filter replacement period. Dirty air filters just don’t work well, and they can exude an unpleasant odor if ignored for too long.

Most LAGUNA HILLS folks know that good car care includes keeping your pickup clean, including the air inside the passenger compartment, so changing your cabin air filter should be part of your routine preventive maintenance. It’s good auto advice as well as good medical advice that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. You really shouldn’t wait until the interior of your car starts to smell and your eyes start to water before you change your filter. And trying to cover it up with a dangling green pine tree is not the right answer, either!

Cabin air filters can be a welcome relief to LAGUNA HILLS allergy sufferers, but they’re also a great idea for anyone in Irvine who just wants to breathe better.

Fuel Saving Tip: Auto Myths Around LAGUNA HILLS

With high fuel prices in LAGUNA HILLS CA comes lots of gas saving advice. Some of it, like what you hear on AutoNetTV, is really great. Some is myth. And some is just designed to prey on LAGUNA HILLS CA people desperate to save some money on gas.

Auto Myths When you get one of those e-mails that’s going around telling you how to save gas, try to think it through.

Does it really make sense? Does it defy the laws of physics?

Do some research on the internet or ask your LAGUNA HILLS CA service advisor at Laguna Woods Auto Repair.

There aren’t any magic pills you can drop in your gas tank and the government hasn’t suppressed a device you can clamp on your fuel line to make your car run on air. Not even in LAGUNA HILLS!

So next time you get one of those e-mails, check it out with an automotive professional. You’ll get more bang for your buck with an oil change or an engine air filter replacement.

We’re Laguna Woods Auto Repair, give us a call at (888) 320-9861 for good honest advice about your car.

Viva la Differential At Laguna Woods Auto Repair In LAGUNA HILLS

There are a lot of LAGUNA HILLS people who are due for a differential service, but had never heard of a differential before. With front-wheel drive being so common in CA these days, the differential is just taken care of during a transmission service, so most LAGUNA HILLS folks don’t even have to think about it. And rear-wheel drive differentials don’t need to be serviced for years, so it’s understandable that it’s not something on the top of mind. So it’s not uncommon for LAGUNA HILLS people to not know they have a differential let alone know that it needs service.

To better understand what a differential does, think about a track at any CA high school. There are lanes marked off on the track. For the longer distance races, the starting lines are staggered. The starting lines for the outside lanes are ahead of the starting lines for the inside lanes. That’s to compensate for the longer length of the outside lanes. Staggering the starting lines means that each runner has the same distance to run.

The differential compensates for the difference in speeds between the inside pickup wheel and the outside wheel in a turn, because they have to travel together through slightly different distances.

It’s a very important function. When you think of it, all the power to get a pickup moving goes through the differential. Most cars weigh between three and six thousand pounds – trucks even more. The power from the engine goes through the transmission and then through the differential to the drive wheels.

That’s a lot of work and requires very heavy duty parts. And those parts need protection. The differential fluid lubricates the gears in the differential and keeps them cool. The fluid eventually gets dirty and worn down. Some kinds of differentials require special additives that break down over time. So manufacturers recommend intervals for when to replace your differential fluid.

Your considerate Laguna Woods Auto Repair service technician will drain the used fluid and check it out for metal bits, which could be a sign of excessive wear on the gears. He’ll then replace the fluid and install the additives if necessary.

Your Laguna Woods Auto Repair service advisor can look up the pickup manufacturer’s recommended service interval or you can check your owner’s manual.

At Laguna Woods Auto Repair, we’ve been providing quality automotive service for our valued LAGUNA HILLS customers for 12 years. If you need to schedule differential maintenance, or any other automotive service, give us a call at (888) 320-9861.

Battery Basics For LAGUNA HILLS

Irvine Battery Service

It’s important for LAGUNA HILLS auto owners to know battery basics. First, let’s talk about which is harder on a battery – hot or cold CA weather. Most Irvine auto owners think it’s cold weather because that’s when we call on our batteries to have enough power to start a cold pickup 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 LAGUNA HILLS trips because the alternator doesn’t have time to fully recharge the battery from starting the engine. LAGUNA HILLS motorists can top off the charge with a computer controlled battery charger – say, once a month in the CA 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 that time, they aren’t capable of taking a full charge like they used to, and your pickup alternator has to work overtime to keep up. This causes your alternator to wear out early.

If you’re pushing 4 to 5 years on your battery, see your considerate Laguna Woods Auto Repair service advisor for a battery test to see if it’s recommended to replace it. Not only can you avoid getting stranded with a dead battery, but you’ll save unnecessary wear and tear on your pickup alternator.

Give us a call

Laguna Woods Auto Repair
(888) 320-9861
23512 Commerce Center Dr
LAGUNA HILLS, CA 92653

Deep Clean Your Fuel System At Laguna Woods Auto Repair

Having trouble with your fuel system? Bring your pickup into Laguna Woods Auto Repair for a check up.

23512 Commerce Center Dr
LAGUNA HILLS, CA 92653
(888) 320-9861

In today’s Laguna Woods Auto Repair auto post, we’re talking about fuel system cleaning. The first thing to know is how essential it is to have a clean fuel system. LAGUNA HILLS motorists need fuel to go, and the cleaner the fuel system, the more efficiently the fuel will burn. That means more power and better gas mileage.

A clean fuel system saves money for LAGUNA HILLS auto owners at CA gas stations. We guess you could say, it all starts and ends at the pump. One of the most important things LAGUNA HILLS car owners can do to keep their pickup fuel system clean is to buy good quality gas. Major brands have detergents that keep gum and varnish from rapidly building up in the fuel system.

So buying cheaper gas in CA can actually be more expensive for LAGUNA HILLS auto owners in the long run. Now, most cars on CA expressways are more than five or six years old. That means they’ve had time for some dirt and rust to start accumulating in the fuel tank. This junk needs to be filtered out of the fuel before it hits your pickup engine. That’s the fuel filter’s job.

When the fuel filter is clogged, the dirty fuel will bypass the filter and go on up to the engine where it can clog fuel injectors and get into the cylinders. That could be harmful. So LAGUNA HILLS auto owners should have their fuel filter changed when recommended. Check your owner’s manual or ask your considerate Laguna Woods Auto Repair technician if your fuel filter is due for replacement.

The fuel then goes up into the throttle body. This is another area where varnish and gum can accumulate. A professional fuel system cleaning at Laguna Woods Auto Repair in LAGUNA HILLS will use a combination of special cleaning chemicals and old fashioned swabbing to clean out the throttle body. Now, the fuel injectors are the last stop in the fuel delivery system.

It’s essential for LAGUNA HILLS car owners to keep those fuel injectors clean. The fuel injectors need to deliver a precise amount of fuel, at exactly the right time, in a particular spray pattern. They just can’t do that if they’re dirty. Dirty fuel injectors really rob power and hurt fuel economy.

It is important for the fuel system proper, but there are a couple other things that will help keep your pickup engine clean as well. Of course, air is mixed with the fuel before it’s burned. Dirty air means dirt gets into your engine, so you need to replace your engine air filter when it’s dirty.

The PCV value routes unburned fuel that escapes into the lower engine back up into the intake system to be burned. A sticky PCV valve needs to be replaced at Laguna Woods Auto Repair to make sure that system is working properly for LAGUNA HILLS car owners and the breather filter needs to be replaced if it’s dirty as well.

Do all these things and your pickup engine’s air and fuel will be as clean as possible. You’ll get much better fuel economy and better power.

Coolant Service at Laguna Woods Auto Repair

LAGUNA HILLS drivers’ cars have to operate in a wide range of CA temperatures which requires our engine coolant to be able to perform ‘no matter what’. Think for a moment about the environment where the coolant does its thing. Very hot, high pressure, corrosive…

And all the while, it has to protect the components of the cooling system from corrosion. These components are made from steel and aluminum, plastics and rubber. The coolant has to be formulated to protect against corrosion for all of these different materials. That’s why car makers recommend different types of anti-freeze for our LAGUNA HILLS, CA vehicles.

There are several different ‘families’ of anti-freeze available to us here in LAGUNA HILLS, CA. Your owners’ manual will tell you what kind you should use. Of course, the automotive professionals at  Laguna Woods Auto Repair will know the right kind for your car.

It’s essential to stay on top of this because coolant system failure is the most common mechanical problem people have here in LAGUNA HILLS, CA. Regular service at Laguna Woods Auto Repair needs to be done to avoid failures and also to keep your warranty in place.

While the specifics of the service required may vary from vehicle to vehicle, your considerate Laguna Woods Auto Repair service specialist will know what to do. You’ll be advised to replace the coolant at specified intervals.

Some auto makers recommend periodic coolant system flushes. A flush adds a cleaning step to the fluid replacement process. Again, check to see what your LAGUNA HILLS tech recommends.

Someday, you may have to deal with an overheating problem, so you need to know what to do if your coolant temperature warning light comes on or your temperature gauge is in the hot zone.

Now, overheating can be very pricey. LAGUNA HILLS motorists can literally melt down their engine and have to replace the whole thing. So don’t ignore warning signs.

First turn off the air conditioner. This will lower engine temperature right away. Next, crank up your heater to maximum heat and run the fan at high speed. You might need to roll down the windows, but this will take a lot of heat off the engine.

Pull over as soon as you can safely do so
, especially if you are stuck in slow-moving traffic, and shut the car off. It may take as much as 45 minutes for the engine to cool to the point that it’s safe to operate the car again.

If you need to add water or antifreeze, be sure to wait until the car cools down. Opening the radiator cap or even the overflow bottle when the coolant is hot and under pressure may result in serious burns.

After the engine has cooled for 45 minutes or so, look to see if the coolant is low in the overflow tank. If so, you can cover the overflow tank cap with a large cloth and open the lid. Then start the engine and pour in some water or antifreeze. Pouring it in when the car is running will circulate the new, cool fluid with the warmer fluid in the engine and avoid engine damage.

Of course, overheating is a serious problem and you need to get it fixed right away. Laguna Woods Auto Repair can make sure the coolant is right before you drive home.

Those spring and winter inspections really come in handy when they head off a cooling system problem. And don’t forget that severe service driving conditions, like towing or hot, dusty driving around LAGUNA HILLS, CA, mean that you’ll need to service your coolant more frequently.

At AutoNetTV, we suggest that you have Laguna Woods Auto Repair inspect your coolant system to find small problems before they become big, and to change belts and hoses before they fail. After all, we don’t want you to lose your cool out there in LAGUNA HILLS, CA.