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Top New Car Innovations to Ask Your Auto Mechanic

Top New Car Innovations to Ask Your Auto Mechanic

We take a lot of innovations for granted nowadays in our cars, which were luxury items in the past. Items such as anti-lock brakes, air bags, and even seat belts were simply novelties not too long ago. Now, many new cars include those, along with other features not even dreamed of in the past. Even the most experienced auto mechanics are always learning of new technologies, tools and techniques to increase a car's safety and performance. Innovations are fast becoming more than just features, but a source of pride and joy among car enthusiasts. There are so many upgrades available nowadays, that even top auto mechanics can sometimes have a hard time keeping up with it all. Here are some new innovations that will be making their way into cars within the next few years (if they have not made ... read more

5 Great SoCal Eateries Perfect for Car Enthusiasts

5 Great SoCal Eateries Perfect for Car Enthusiasts

Like every city in America, Los Angeles has a deep and ingrained love affair with cars. Whether it's putting new tires on a car, performing scheduled maintenance like an oil change, or adding a car modification, Los Angeles has the best in cars for everyone. There are several eateries in LA that are also a part of classic car culture. Here are 5 great places to eat in Los Angeles that every car enthusiast should check out: Bob's Big Boy in Burbank 4211 W Riverside Dr, Burbank, CA 91505 Bob's Big Boy is one of the original ‘California Coffee Shop' houses popular in the 50s. Even today, you can come and sit down in the beautifully designed restaurant, or take advantage of the old-style drive-in area in the back. Every Friday night, Bob's Big B ... read more

5 Awesome Museums and Automotive Shops in Los Angeles

5 Awesome Museums and Automotive Shops in Los Angeles

Los Angeles has it all for the car enthusiast- beautiful scenery to admire while you drive, lots of exotic places and specialty automotive shops to visit, and vintage food stops for every palette. Maybe it's the unique climate that brings people from all over the world to Los Angeles. Or maybe it's the beautiful sunshine and mild weather we experience all year long. Los Angeles is definitely a unique and worthwhile destination for every car enthusiast out there. If you're looking for some of the best places to check out beautiful cars, both new and old, check out this list of the best automotive shops and car museums that LA has to offer: The Petersen Automotive Museum 6060 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036 The most well-known car mu ... read more

Strange Facts You May Not Know About Your Car Tires

Strange Facts You May Not Know About Your Car Tires

Even though they are one of the most important components of your vehicle, most people don't really know a whole lot about the car tires they are driving on. Thousands of people count on their car tires every day to help get them to where they are going. It makes sense to pay some attention to these amazing pieces of technology. Here are some things you probably didn't know about those little rubber doughnuts you ride on every day. Just a Little Contact with your Car Tires… Everyone knows your tires are your only contact with the road surface. But have you ever thought about how much of your tires actually stick to the road? While most vehicles have fairly large tires, in reality the contact patch (the part of you ... read more

Easy Modifications To Boost Car Performance

Easy Modifications To Boost Car Performance

As a car enthusiast, you want to get maximum performance and efficiency from your vehicles. You may have seen some drivers go to great lengths to obtain parts such as new tires to maximize their engine performance and output. Enthusiasts have worked countless hours to trick up, chop off, and modify their cars since the birth of driving over 100 years ago. When you're ready to delve into your next car modification, think about what you want to improve about your car. Is it the acceleration? Is it the stopping power? Maybe you want to improve your ride quality or your fuel consumption? It could be any number of things that you may want to improve in your vehicle. Have a plan in advance on how you wa ... read more

5 Clever Tips to Help You Pass Your Smog Check

HOW CAN WE HELP?Is your check engine light on? A check engine light is an automatic fail on your smog check. Click here and we can help!Are you preparing your vehicle to pass a smog check? Schedule a Maintenance Check or Diagnostic Scan  Do you need to schedule a smog check?  Click here to schedule a smog check   Every two years we all have to do it. The smog check. It's important, but no one likes to do it. If you fail your smog check, that means a trip to the auto mechanic, and wasted money on the test. There are lots of ways you can help yourself pass your test when you bring your car to the mechanic. Smo ... read more

Keep Your Car Happy With Scheduled Maintenance At The Auto Shop

Keep Your Car Happy With Scheduled Maintenance At The Auto Shop

If you own a car, you were probably told about your car's factory maintenance schedule. Usually, your scheduled maintenance will happen every 30,000 miles. As a result, you'll sometimes here your mechanic call it 30/60/90k maintenance. Your schedule might be different, but if you make sure to go in for your scheduled visits to the auto shop you won't have to make as many unplanned visits to your mechanic. Many people think 30/60/90k maintenance plans are just another way dealers upsell and make you spend more money. If you're faithful to your scheduled maintenance, you'll extend your car's life and get better performance. Meanwhile, many car makers think scheduled maintenance is so important, they won't honor their ... read more

It's Surprisingly Easy to Talk Shop to Your Mechanic

It's Surprisingly Easy to Talk Shop to Your Mechanic

You probably did a lot of research into your car to make sure it was reliable. However, no matter how reliable your car is, you'll eventually break down. Sometimes, when talking to your mechanic, you might have trouble really giving them an idea of what's going on with your car. If you're having trouble explaining the problems you're experiencing, the information you'll learn here will make it easier at your local West Cost Tire & Service repair shop. Write Down Your Symptoms Just like when you make an appointment with your doctor, the more specific you can be, the easier it will be for your mechanic to diagnose your problem. By writing down what your car is doing, or not doing, you'll have an easier time explaining it to your mechanic. Trying to describe your p ... read more

Essential Auto Repair Tips for the DIY Auto Mechanic

Essential Auto Repair Tips for the DIY Auto Mechanic

It's fun to work on your car. A professional auto mechanic is indispensable for big repairs and fast service, but there are plenty of auto maintenance chores you can handle if you're willing to get your hands dirty. A few hardy souls spend many hours tinkering with just about every aspect of their car, from simple oil changes to minor auto body repair. With time and experience comes wisdom, and many DIY auto repair enthusiasts have developed many techniques and tricks that they use to make their work safer, faster, and more efficient. Here are a few tips and tricks that a DIY auto mechanic can use to stay safe and work more effectively: Properly Secure Your Car Before Working On It Many car repairs are only possible if you can raise the car off the ground. It's important to remember that a car is a very heavy p ... read more

6 Easy Ways To Get Better Gas Mileage

6 Easy Ways To Get Better Gas Mileage

One of the few things we can count on in life is the ever-increasing cost of gas. Everyone wants to squeak out a few extra miles from every tank of gas whenever possible. You can count on your favorite tire shop to give you the tips and information you need to get the best gas mileage out of your vehicle, whether it's a brand-new Prius or a 20-year-old truck. Tires When the topic of gas mileage comes up, most people think of the engine. Keeping your engine in tune is important but the tires you choose and the way you maintain your tires goes a long way to improving your gas mileage. High quality tires reduce the rolling resistance as your car travels on the road. The less resistance your tires encounter, the less energy they use. In addition to choosing high ... read more