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What are Common Suspension Problems?

What are Common Suspension Problems?

The job of a car's suspension system is important - it helps to make your steering and control reliable and accurate while also helping to create the friction between the road and your vehicle. The suspension system is also responsible for absorbing and reducing shock from the road so that you don't feel every bump in the road while driving.  While suspension components are typically resilient, they aren't completely void of issues and can have problems arise over time. The main components of the suspensions system include the springs, shock absorbers, struts, control arms, and more. Being exposed on the bottom of your vehicle, these parts are constantly exposed to debris, rocks, speed bumps, potholes, and other driving occurrences which can potentially damage components.  Here are the most common suspension problems and the symptoms to look out for that can indicate you may need a suspension system repair:  Poor wheel alignment - this can cause damage to ... read more

Safety Tips for Celebrating July 4th This Weekend

Safety Tips for Celebrating July 4th This Weekend

July 4th is one of the most celebrated holidays here in the United States. Typically, you'll find family and friends gathered either at home, at festivals or events, or at fireworks displays. While this holiday is a tradition and is loved by many, this year looks a little different.  Due to the current pandemic, we understand how you may not be able to celebrate how you used to. Now, you have to limit your gatherings and many events, including fireworks displays, are canceled. While this can put a damper on your usual celebrations, there are still ways in which you can enjoy yourself on this day.  You can still fire up the grill, play some games, and eat your favorite foods. You can even enjoy some fireworks! If you are still planning on having a fun day this July 4th, we recommend following these safety tips to ensure a successful celebration:  Driving somewhere this July 4th weekend? Keep in mind that July 4th is one of the most dangerous days of the entire year ... read more

How Often Do I Need a Tune-up?

How Often Do I Need a Tune-up?

Having your vehicle tuned on a regular basis will boost the power and overall performance of your vehicle. Tune-ups are necessary to maintain a healthy vehicle, fuel efficiency, and a smooth drive. When your vehicle is due for a tune-up, bring your vehicle into West Coast Tire & Service in Los Angeles, CA. Our ASE certified technicians are experienced and specially trained in performing tune-ups on all makes and models of vehicles. Your vehicle’s tune-up intervals are determined by the make and model of your vehicle as well as your own driving habits. Our master mechanics recommend at tune-up at least every 20-30k miles. If your vehicle hasn’t had a tune-up in a while, you may notice some symptoms that indicate your vehicle is due for a tune-up service.    Signs your vehicle may need a tune-up: Check engine light is on Decreased gas mileage Engine running rough Lack of power Engine doesn’t start up easily   Any of the issues above can indicate ... read more

Fun Ideas for Keeping Your Family Busy at Home

Here at West Coast Tire & Service, we understand that keeping a positive mindset and keeping your family healthy is a priority at this time. Even through all of the hardship, we have to remember the importance of family and how great it is that a lot of people are able to spend so much additional time with their loved ones.  Since you and your family are probably couped up at home during this time, we invite you to try some of the following fun ideas to keep everyone busy and active. You may not be able to do all of them, but we hope that these ideas will spark some inspiration in your household!  Break out the old board games and have a family game night   Cook a recipe as a family - one that everybody loves, and assign each family member to a certain portion of the recipe   Go on a family bike ride, walk, or hike   Do a chore together each day, such as washing the dishes, vacuuming, or dusting. Play some music in the background and make it fun ... read more

Our Response to the COVID-19 Outbreak

Our Response to the COVID-19 Outbreak

At West Coast Tire & Service, we want you to know that our doors are still open and we are still available to assist with all of your auto care needs. Auto care is essential, even now, as many rely on their vehicles to get them to the store or to work for those employed in essential industries. We have made certain changes and adjustments to our processes and services to follow CDC regulations and to keep everyone safe.  We are reaching out during this time of crisis to check in on our community and offer our support. For the time being, we are open regular hours to make sure your vehicle is running safely during this time. If you or anyone you know needs automotive work we would be happy to pick up and drop off vehicles in our area to make our service completely contactless. We can speak over the phone and accept payment over the phone.  We are also taking protective measures at our shop to keep our employees and our customers safe including disinfecting surfaces ... read more

Why Isn't Air Coming Out of My Car Vents?

You turn on your vehicle's air conditioning system only to find that no air flows out of your vents - at all. You try the heating system to no avail, and wonder, why isn't air coming out of my car vents? Lets take a look at some of the causes for air blockage.  Your vehicle's HVAC system pulls air from the outside of your car and pushes air outside of your car. It also cools air for the air conditioning, heats air for the heater, and filters air so that you aren't breathing in harmful pollutants from the outside. If your vents suddenly stop working, you may be stuck driving uncomfortably in a stuffy cabin. Additionally, there may be something wrong with your vehicle. While the issue may not directly affect your ability to drive, it will definitely affect your comfort and the quality of air you breath in.  Here are some of the most common causes of why air doesn't flow out of your vehicle's vents:  Your air intake is clogged, meaning that air is ... read more

Tips to Save you Money on Fuel

Gas prices have been on the rise for years, and if you commute to work everyday, more than likely your wallet feels the effect of expensive gas prices. We know it can be tricky waiting for gas prices to go down, which is why there are actually certain things you can that can help increase the overall fuel efficiency of your car. When your car has better fuel efficiency, you'll receive better mileage to the gallon and save yourself money over time.  The following tips will help you save money on fuel:  Make sure that your gas cap isn't loose or missing. A loose or missing gas cap can cause gas to evaporate.  Ensure that your vehicle's tires are always at the correct air pressure. Having regular inspections to check the thermostat for accuracy Replace the spark plugs as recommended by your vehicle's manufacturer Get a proper wheel alignment every 6,000 miles or as recommended by your vehicle's manufacturer Keeping up with regular maintenance is th ... read more

How to Prep Your Vehicle for Winter Traveling

Whether you’re planning to travel by car this winter season or will just be driving to and from work each day, prepping your car for winter can help you avoid car troubles on the road and keep you safe while driving in winter weather conditions.  Before you hit the road for any type of extended travel, we recommend bringing your vehicle into our shop for a winter car inspection. This will give you peace of mind on the road knowing that an expert took a look at your vehicle and made sure that everything was in working order to stay reliable in the cold weather.  Here are some of the top ways in which you can prep your car for traveling this winter:  Get your car serviced if it is due and inspected for other issues Check your manufacturer’s website for any recalls Inspect your tires to verify they have good tread and are in overall good condition Install new windshield wipers and top-off wiper fluid Check all vital fluids  Be sure to test your vehi ... read more

Happy Thanksgiving from West Coast Tire & Service!

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us here at West Coast Tire & Service! We hope that you had a wonderful holiday with friends and family. With all the holidays comes lots of travel, so if you are planning a road trip in the near future, we recommend that you check off some important travel measures before you hit the road.  Be sure to have your vehicle inspected by the experts here at West Coast Tire & Service before you hit the road. You never want to be caught in a situation where you are stuck without a working vehicle, so guaranteeing that your vehicle is ready for any road trip will keep your family safe and bring you peace of mind on the road.    Pack ample blankets and coats for the road to keep warm if you’re traveling in the cold this winter.    Have an emergency kit on hand in your trunk to help out in cases of emergencies. Some things to make sure you have with you include a spare tire, jack, wrench, flashlight, flares, cell ... read more

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