Archive for the ‘Car Maintenance’ Category

Preventive Car Care with Complete Vehicle Inspections

Thursday, August 2nd, 2012

A Complete Vehicle Inspection (CVI) is an effective way to find potential problems that may grow into expensive repairs. A CVI is a bumper to bumper, top to bottom examination of your vehicle. Our ASE certified technicians will test drive your car, looking for any problems with the ride or handling. Then the car will be raised on a lift, the wheels removed and thoroughly examined for any current, or potential, problems. Any recommendations will be explained to you and priced with our best price guarantee. Come to Magic Auto Center  for your CVI today.

At Magic Auto Center we take the mysteries out of car repair and maintenance. We utilize the latest computer diagnostic equipment. Our technicians are trained and certified in most brands of automobiles, mini-vans and light trucks. We take the time to explain the problem in a manner that is easy to understand. We give you a complete description of parts and labor costs with no hidden fees. And, last but not least, we offer the best price in Santa Clarita Valley, Valencia, Saugus, Newhall, Canyon Country, Soledad Canyon, Acton and Castaic.

Summer Road Trip Check List

Thursday, July 26th, 2012

Taking time to ensure that your vehicle is properly functioning, can save you a lot of time and trouble on the road. Before heading off to any road trips, Magic Auto Center, is here to give you some useful tips and help you with your inspection. The following listed below is a good basic checklist to help prepare your vehicle for any adventures:

Check the Essentials. Check the oil after running the car for a few minutes. It should be at a sufficient level and appear clean on the stick. It’s recommend an oil change every 3,000 miles or 7,500 miles for synthetic oil.

Less is Better. Just clean out your car. The more you haul, the more fuel you burn.

Schedule for Service. We’ll leave it to your mechanic to tell you what needs to be done, but a quick tuneup before a long trip is a good idea — especially when it could improve your fuel economy by 4% to 12%.

Be Prepared. You should keep an emergency kit with some necessities in your car for emergencies. This should include jumper cables, an air compressor, tools and a first-aid kit.

Tires. Check out the tire-pressure gauge and your tires are inflated to the level recommended in your owner’s manual. Summer heat increases the pressure in tires, so test the pressure before driving far. Don’t forget to check your spare as well.

Brakes.Your car’s brakes work hard and the job they do is critical to your safety. That’s why it’s so important for you to be aware of how your brakes work, and to be alert for signs that your brakes need maintenance. No matter what your brake system needs, Magic Auto Center is here to help make sure your car is functioning. There should be a noticeable thickness of pad material between the backing plate and the rotor. If the pads need to be replaced, there are cleaner, higher performing pad compounds available. Take a look at “Brake Pad or Rotor Inspection & Replacement” to gain a better understanding if it’s time for new pads.

At Magic Auto we are willing to help ensure you a safe journey. We believe that the little time invested to prepare your vehicle, can save you a lot of time and trouble on the road.

Happy travels!

 

10 Ways to Keep Your Car Running Longer

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

When the economy slows down many of us want to keep our cars longer. Is it possible? What will it take? How to make your vehicle’s engine and transmission last longer?  Here are few car care tips from my experience.

  1. Keep all the fluids and oils clean and topped up. All the fluids are vital for your car and over time they evaporate, leak and lose their qualities, so change as needed and top up when the level is low.
  2. Pay attention to your car’s instrument panel. If the “Check Engine” “Low oil pressure”, “Brakes” or any other warning light comes on while driving, have your vehicle looked at as soon as you can.
  3. Watch for early signs of potential problems. Leaks, irregular noises, unusual smell, difference in the engine performance, occasional sputtering, grease splattered on the wheels, different feel of the brake pedal – these are the types of early signs that indicate a problem that needs to be taken care of.
  4. Find a good trusted and knowledgeable mechanic to take care of your car. Ask your friends for recommendations. At least once a year have your car checked out in a repair shop.
  5. Use only known good quality or original parts. I also can give you many examples where using poor quality parts led to more problems and more repairs.
  6. Drive smoothly. The full-throttle acceleration will cause many parts of your car to wear faster. The same goes for the hard braking.  If your daily commute involves only short trips, take your car on a highway once in a while.
  7. Regularly lubricate door hinges and locks, as well as the hood, trunk lid or tailgate hinges and locks.
  8. Rustproof your car body if you live in a rust belt area. When there is constant humidity and salt on the roads during winter season it’s hard to prevent corrosion.
  9. Take a good care of your car’s body. Wash your car regularly as the corrosion starts in the dirty areas, where the moisture accumulates. If the car is clean, it dries up faster.
  10. Check the engine oil regularly and change it as often as recommended. This will keep your engine running. It’s best to use a good quality oil.