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How Do I Know if My Car Battery is Dying?

You get into your car and crank the ignition - nothing. You may hear that click-click-click noise, but your car doesn't start. Is your battery dead? And if so, were there any warning signs that could of helped you avoid this?  A dead battery is often unexpected, especially because it happens suddenly. Luckily, there are a few warning signs that you can look out for that can help you avoid these types of situations. On average, the typical car battery lasts between 3-4 years, depending on your vehicle and driving habits. Keeping record of when you last replaced your vehicle can also help you avoid a dead battery. If it's been 3 or 4 years since your last battery replacement, bringing your car or battery into West Coast Tire & Service for a battery test can give you an idea of how much longer your battery will last you.  Accidentally leaving an electrical component on for an extended period of time, like the lights or radio, can also cause your battery t ... read more

A Surprising Tool To Measure Tire Tread Wear Is Already in Your Pocket

A Surprising Tool To Measure Tire Tread Wear Is Already in Your Pocket

Everyone wants to make sure their car is safe to drive. Most people know how to check their tire pressure and coolant level, and are conscientious about regular oil changes. They know that regular maintenance is the key to keeping their car working at peak efficiency. However, many people don't know how to check the tread on their car tires. Tire problems are a factor in 1 out of every 11 vehicle crashes, usually resulting in an expensive auto repair. Worn tread is one of the primary reasons for crashes caused by faulty car tires. In fact, vehicles with shallower treads (less than 1/16" deep) were three times more likely to experience pre-crash tire troubles than those with deeper treads. Treads ar ... read more

Avoid LA Traffic Snarls with these Tips and Alternate Routes

There are many great things to love about Los Angeles, California. The climate is always beautiful. The beaches are warm and inviting. For an auto enthusiast or auto repair buff, there are plenty of car-related attractions to enjoy. Unfortunately, traffic and commutes definitely are not one of the things to love about LA. In fact, Los Angeles roads have become synonymous all around the world with lines of cars stuck in traffic. However, if the idea of spending hours waiting bored on the freeway sounds like a nightmare to you, there's hope! There are alternate routes to take to avoid some of LA's worst snarls if you know them. Fortunately, we've gathered some of LA's top auto repair and towing experts for their best shortcuts and tips. Before we show you the shortcuts, here are a few gener ... read more

Is High Mileage Oil Even a Real Thing? Everything You Need to Know For Your Next Oil Change

Is High Mileage Oil Even a Real Thing? Everything You Need to Know For Your Next Oil Change

You'll feel a special kind of pride when your odometer crosses 100,000. With timely car repair, and if you keep up on your oil change schedule and other maintenance, you can make a car last what seems like forever. One man even has a Volvo at three million miles, still driving to this day. However, you need to know what matters and what doesn't. You'll hear a lot about high-mileage oils, half synthetics, full synthetics, etc, but do you know what it all means? When checking in for your next oil change, it will serve you well to know exactly what you're getting. Synthetic Oil Versus Conventional Oil You'll find untold numbers of debates and confusion about ... read more

Your Car is Out Of Warranty: Keep Going to Dealerships, or Mechanics?

Your Car is Out Of Warranty: Keep Going to Dealerships, or Mechanics?

Imagine your warranty has just run out. You now have to decide; do you keep going to the dealership you've been going to for years? You might not think you should change. Your dealer uses original manufacturer's parts, and their mechanics are trained by the factory. However, if you ask your friends, you're sure to find recommendations for independent mechanics to get your car repaired. Your friend with the independent mechanic will surely promise you'll save money too. So, which do you pick?​ Dealerships Can't Give You a Personal Experience Dealerships work on hundreds of cars every month. No one will remember you when you bring your car back. When you go i ... read more

An Auto Repair Expert’s Guide to Buying a Used Car

An Auto Repair Expert’s Guide to Buying a Used Car

Cars are something that most of us can't get by without nowadays. However, buying a brand new car can often be a little out of the question. A used car is a much more economically viable alternative to a new car. In addition, a cheap used car makes a great first set of wheels for that inexperienced or younger driver. Still, others are looking for a good deal on a cheap fixer-upper. With a little auto repair, they can turn around and ‘flip' the car to a new buyer, earning plenty of money in the process. However, it may be daunting to find a good used car. It pays to know how to navigate through the sea of used car advertisements and postings about ‘great deals' for a used car. Here are some great tips from the auto repair experts. These tips can help put you on the right road ... read more

Are You Picking the Right Tires? Your Life Could Depend on It

Are You Picking the Right Tires? Your Life Could Depend on It

It seems like the simplest thing, buying new tires. However, you've got to put more thought into buying new tires than just asking if they fit. If you put the wrong tires on your car, you could be putting your life at risk. While any good tire shop will help you find the new tires you need, you should know about the tread types, sizing, and balancing for your new tires. You Need to Know the Conditions Your Tires are Rated For There are several conditions tires are rated for. You've got to find the right balance between handling, dry braking, wet braking, ride noise, ride comfort, rolling resistance, and snow traction. Some of these cannot be ignored, like dry braking and wet braking. Even if you live in the desert, you'll need to brake in wet weather from time to time. Unless you live in the mountains ... read more

Don't Get Taken for a Ride. Learn How to Find a Trustworthy Mechanic

Don't Get Taken for a Ride. Learn How to Find a Trustworthy Mechanic

We've all experienced a shady mechanic. Some of us fear to take our car to any auto shop. You could end up spending thousands in unnecessary repairs. If you look on Facebook, you'll see people all over looking for recommendations for auto repair. Pay attention as you talk to your mechanic, and you can see the signs that tell you if your mechanic is trustworthy. Likewise, your careful eye will show you signs of deceit as well. Be Sure You're Asking Your Mechanic the Right Questions Your quest to find a trustworthy mechanic won't be easy. You'll find it easier to finish your journey in person. While you'll learn some through reviews, more signs are visible at the repair shop. You'll have to be ready to ask questions and cut through the technical jargon. Your car is an incredibly complicated machine, and your mechanic, like a d ... read more

10 Inventive Ways to Upcycle Used Car Tires

10 Inventive Ways to Upcycle Used Car Tires

After buying new tires, most tire companies will accept your old car tires, for an additional modest fee. However, before you turn in your old rubber to them, consider upcycling it instead. There are lots of things you can do with old tires that won't send them to the landfill. Take a look at these great upcycling ideas, and see which ones might work for you. Why Not Start With a Tire Swing?: We included the most obvious upcycling use for a tire first. But just because it's the most obvious way to upcycle car tires doesn't make it any less fun for you or your kids! Plus, it's a quick and easy way to create something new from old tires. Gar ... read more

5 Easy Ways to Make Your Car Run Longer

5 Easy Ways to Make Your Car Run Longer

Most auto mechanics will tell you that a car can run forever as long as it is properly maintained. That reigns mostly true, say auto repair experts. They point to the world record holder for the longest running car. That honor goes to a man by the name of Irv Gordon. Mr. Gordon has racked up an incredible 3 million miles in his 1966 Volvo P1800. However, even the best auto mechanic won't expect his car to run that many miles. But with careful auto repair and maintenance, a car enthusiast can expect their car to drive well over the 200,000-mile mark. There are lots of things to watch out for in cars that are racking up the mileage. Here are 5 things you can do to help make sure your car is in its best condition to reach that 200,000-mile milestone, and beyond. Replace Worn Car Tires and Rims When it comes to keeping your car ... read more