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Brake Safety Awareness Month: Stop and Check Your Vehicle’s Most Important Safety System

Brake Safety Awareness Month: Stop and Check Your Vehicle’s Most Important Safety System

Article courtesy of www.carcare.org Brake Safety Awareness Month: Stop and Check Your Vehicle’s Most Important Safety System   When it comes to vehicle safety, the brake system is at the top of the list. Brake Safety Awareness Month in August is the perfect time to have your brakes inspected to make sure they are in safe working condition before school starts and cold weather hits, says the Car Care Council. Brakes are a normal wear item for any car and eventually they’re going to need to be replaced. For routine maintenance, check your vehicle’s braking system at least once a year. A thorough inspection should include brake lining wear, brake fluid level, rotor thickness, condition of hoses and brake lines, brake and dash warning lights, as well as taking the car for a test drive to detect other potential brake system problems. If your car is pulling to the left or right, or if you hear odd noises when yo ... read more

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6 Car Smells Not to Ignore

6 Car Smells Not to Ignore

6 Car Smells Not to Ignore You know that new car smell that you love so much? That smell is actually made up of dozens of fumes and chemicals from the different parts and plastics that makeup your car. Well that smell had to come from somewhere, didn’t it? The same goes for other smells in your car. You can’t always blame a bad smell to something outside of your vehicle, sometimes that smell you’re smelling is you automobile trying to tell you something is wrong with your car! Many people don’t realize that the different smells your car gives off can help you identify what may be causing your car not to run as well as it should. It’s important to pay attention to the way you vehicle smells so you know whether or not you need to take it to your trusted auto repair mechanic to get looked at. Catching problems quickly can save you a lot of time, hassle and money! To help you identify what your car’s fragrances mean, the expert mechanics at Modesti ... read more

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5 Car Maintenance Services You Shouldn’t Skip This Fall

5 Car Maintenance Services You Shouldn’t Skip This Fall

5 Car Maintenance Services You Shouldn’t Skip This Fall Fall is here! While we may not notice too many changes here in Culver City, the changing seasons is a good time to remember to give our cars a good “check-up.” It’s important to keep up with regular vehicle maintenance services to ensure that our automobiles stay running better, longer, as well as better keep their resale value. According to the National Car Care Council, there are a handful of vehicle components that you should have checked on a regular basis. Before you talk yourself out of taking your car in for a check-up, consider the following vehicle components that should be checked regularly so they don’t cause more damage and cost more money in the long run should they break down. 5 Car Maintenance Services You Shouldn’t Skip This Fall 1. Cooling System – The entire cooling system should be checked, including the radiator, coolant, belts and hoses, cooling fans, heater cor ... read more

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Why It’s Vital That Your Car’s Air Conditioning Works

Why It’s Vital That Your Car’s Air Conditioning Works

Why It’s Vital That Your Car’s Air Conditioning Works Here in Culver City, CA, we’re lucky to have pretty great weather year round. Our average high temperature in the summer is in the high 70s, nothing near as sweltering as the 90 and 100 degree weather that some of our neighboring states experience. So when the air conditioning in your car breaks, do you fix it right away? You should! As it turns out, you’re not the only one who counts on your vehicle’s cooling system. Your car needs it to function properly as well! We all know that even though it may be hot outside, it will definitely be hotter in a car that isn’t running and sitting in the sun. Not to mention how hot it get inside your car’s engine when it is working to propel you forward. A Properly Working Cooling System is Vital to Your Vehicle Did you know that the engine of an average, four-cylinder car creates around 4,000 mini explosions every minute? It’s true! These mini explosions ... read more

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8 Tips for Safe Driving in the Rain

8 Tips for Safe Driving in the Rain

8 Tips for Safe Driving in the Rain April showers may bring May flowers, but that doesn’t mean that the rain stops there. Summer is full of afternoon rain and unpredictable thunderstorms, so it’s important that you and your automobile are prepared to handle the season’s precipitation of choice. Driving on slick roads can be tricky, so it’s important that you use extra caution. Here are some tips to help keep you and your family safe while driving in the rain. 8 Tips for Safe Driving in the Rain 1. Increase your following distance. The California DMV Driving Handbook recommends a normal following distance of 3 seconds, which is the amount of time between when the car in front of your passes a certain point and your car passes that same point. When it’s raining outside, the DMV recommends that you increase this following distance to 4 seconds or more to give yourself plenty of time to react if the car in front of your should swerve or slam ... read more

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Invisible Car Technology is Real: Transparent Hood is Revealing

Invisible Car Technology is Real: Transparent Hood is Revealing What would you do with an invisible car? Spies like James Bond have utilized invisible cars to infiltrate their enemies’ lairs and save the day. Evil villains have used them to rob banks and wreck havoc. But a real innovation from Land Rover will have you re-thinking the invisible car, and recognize a practical use that you probably never thought you needed. This new amazing technology from Land Rover is the Transparent Hood, and it revolutionizes your visual abilities while driving: it lets you see what is under the front of your vehicle as you cruise down the road. Now before you think that this Transparent Hood is just made of a clear glass material, think again. If your car’s hood was clear, all you’d be looking at is your running engine (although that would be cool too!) No, this complex system is made up of camera images and projectors that project the road just in front of and underneat ... read more

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5 Vehicle Maintenance Service Mistakes You’re Making that Are Costing You Money

5 Vehicle Maintenance Service Mistakes You’re Making that Are Costing You Money

5 Vehicle Maintenance Service Mistakes You’re Making that Are Costing You Money It’s no hidden fact that auto repairs can be costly and stressful. It’s not easy to be without your car for any amount of time. But avoiding getting the vehicle maintenance services that your automobile needs to keep running right could be costing you a lot more money in the long run! Your vehicle’s maintenance schedule is created to help keep your car running the way that it should. If you don’t to get these services done, different systems in your car will start to fail! Many people don’t realize this, but when you think about it, a minor maintenance service costs a lot less than a major auto repair. Make sure you aren’t neglecting your vehicle by failing to do the following five things. 5 Vehicle Maintenance Mistakes You’re Making that Are Costing You Money 1. Neglecting to change your oil. This is the simplest, and often the least expensive service that ... read more

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Heat is Hard: Tips to Care for Your Car Battery This Summer

Heat is Hard: Tips to Care for Your Car Battery This Summer

Heat is Hard: Tips to Care for Your Car Battery This Summer Did you know that heat can be more damaging than cold temperatures when it comes to your car battery? According to the Car Care Council, the average life of a car battery is 3.5 years, but that lifespan is even shorter in warmer climates. This is because excessive heat and overcharging are the two main culprits of diminished battery life. Luckily, preventive maintenance goes a long way toward extending the life of your battery. Be sure to read your vehicle’s owner manual and become familiar with what kind of battery is in your vehicle, where it’s located, how to safely clean it, and what the indicator light could mean for your vehicle. If you find yourself stuck with a dead battery, you can jump-start it following these steps: 1. Find a good working battery to help jump-start your dead one. Get the car with the good battery close enough so that your jumper cables can reac ... read more

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Heat is Hard: Tips to Care for Your Car Battery This Summer

Heat is Hard: Tips to Care for Your Car Battery This Summer You’ve made the conscious decision to drive a hybrid vehicle or an electric car to help the environment and save on gas money, but now it’s time for you to decide who is going to keep your automobile running its best! Not every auto repair shop in Culver City, CA is equipped or prepared to handle hybrid repairs and hybrid services, but Modesti’s Car Care Center is. At Modesti’s Car Care Center, we recognize the value that electric cars and hybrid cars have when it comes to preserving our earth, and appreciate you for being a hybrid drivers and helping to reduce harmful vehicle emissions. That’s why we are a full-service hybrid repair and hybrid service center in Culver City, CA! We have been providing reliable auto repair in Culver City since 1972, and our talented auto mechanics are ASE Certified Technicians who are specially trained to work on all makes and models of electric ca ... read more

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Don’t Ignore Your Check Engine Light, Get Auto Repair in Los Angeles Now

Don’t Ignore Your Check Engine Light, Get Auto Repair in Los Angeles Now There are millions of people in the U.S. who drive around with their check engine light on, not even thinking twice about it. Some people assume it’s a sensor glitch. Others just don’t have the money or time to figure out what it is. Even more people might just not realize that it’s a big deal and let it go. Unfortunately, this can lead to huge problems down the road. In some cases, it isn’t a big deal and it’s an easy fix or something that doesn’t need to be immediately repaired. However, you shouldn’t bet on that because the costs will add up fast if you’re wrong. If your check engine light is on, you need to stop into a reputable Los Angeles auto repair shop. Make sure that they have experience and are properly trained, and that they have the tools to diagnose your problem and help you find the best solution. Find a company that you can trust because that goes a lot further than you rea ... read more

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