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Monthly Archives: October 2019

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