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Getting the Most out of Stock Audio

Getting the Most out of Stock Audio

Welcome to Import’s April blog.  When you first get into a new car, there’s the adjustment period where you learn what you can about the bells and whistles. Sooner or later, we want to get the most out of our sound system, for great tunes during our commutes. With the fun of experimentation, we sometimes experience the disappointment of a wrong turn that leaves us worse off than when we began. There’s also the other factor to consider: the danger of changing your car stereo system from the factory defaults. It isn’t always an improvement, and can lead to heartache with your electrical system. At Import Auto, we have a few suggestions on what to do to get the most out of your car’s factory-embedded music system (without putting your sound system in grave danger). Leave things as they are. Try to leave the bass and treble settings alone where possible, because those presets were designed to reach the entire vehicle evenly. Adjusting them may shift th ... read more

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What Speeding Over a Speed Bump Can Do to Your Vehicle

What Speeding Over a Speed Bump Can Do to Your Vehicle

For a kid in need of a roller coaster ride, a speed bump can be a thrill! For the rest of us, unfortunately, it can mean a lot of trouble. When you're driving down a long residential street, keep an eye out for those bumps in the road and if you see one, be sure to slow down or you might find that one little speed bump can do a lot more damage to your car than you expect! Shock and Oww First to get damaged: shock absorbers. They're meant to absorb some of the little bumps you're bound to come across on the road. They're the reason why a car ride feels so smooth that it could lull a baby to sleep. But they can only take so much. They aren't built to absorb that much energy that quickly. If it's forced on them, they can get bent out of shape or leak hydraulic fluid. Eventually, they'll stop working, which could leave you without any control over your car. Steer Clear of That Speed Bump! With the shock absorbers unable to do their job, your steering is ne ... read more

Tips to Keep Your Lexus Running at Its Best

Tips to Keep Your Lexus Running at Its Best

Lexus ranks among the top luxury cars on the planet. If you own one, you must understand by now how reputed the vehicle is for delivering high performance on the track for years. However, your car's longevity and performance depend on how well you take care of your beloved Lexus. If you wish to enjoy the vehicle's extended functional lifespan, here are practical tips to help you. Adhere to Factory Scheduled Maintenance Your manufacturer manual details the vehicle's 30/60/90K maintenance schedule. It is critical to take your Lexus whenever you attain each milestone. Trying to stretch the interval further only leads to more car problems, which comes back to haunt you financially in the future. These are preventative maintenance service that ensures the car is running smoothly. Usually, 30/60/90K maintenance entails inspections of the car's emission system, brakes, filters, and visual inspection of several systems and components. Check Car Fluids and Tire Pressure Insp ... read more

A Checklist For Spring: Things to do this year

 A Checklist For Spring: Things to do this year

Welcome to March, and the first moments of Spring!  If you’re itching to get outside, there are so many adventures that you and your family can enjoy. That is why this month, we are highlighting some of the best outdoor events in the San Diego area. Four things to do around San Diego during March: Do you love surrounding yourself with flowers? If flowers make your heart melt, consider visiting the Flower Fields of Carlsbad. This garden is impressive and beautiful in its size and colors. But, be sure to bring your allergy medications for when you start sneezing or experience itchy eyes.  Speaking of gardens, the San Diego Botanic Garden is an excellent destination for people of all ages. With four miles of garden trails and vistas, you, the kids, the grandparents, and extended family can spend some quality time together among flowering trees and plants. Again, make sure you wear a mask and pack extra allergy meds, just in case.  During non-pandemic circumstance ... read more

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What are the Most Common Porsche Problems?

What are the Most Common Porsche Problems?

While the Porsche is a beautiful vehicle, there are common issues that it can have. If you plan to buy one, you will want to know what those issues are so you can watch for them. It's also a good idea to have a repair shop on your speed dial for when things do pop up. Here are some of the issues this type of vehicle often has. Cooling Problems The pipe sealing around the coolant distribution system in the Porsche can cause leaks. You may not see the leaks on your garage floor, either, because it might puddle on the engine between the cylinders. You will want the cooling system checked when you get regular maintenance to ward something worse off. Also watch for wet carpet in the trunk, which could be a sign of a leak. Engine Issues If you see smoke coming from your engine, it's really never a good sign. If you overfill the oil, which can happen if you don't use an experienced Porsche technician, the engine might need a total rebuild. The ... read more

What are the Different Types of Tire Wear?

What are the Different Types of Tire Wear?

Having the proper tires on your car ensures your safety, the safety of your passengers, and other drivers. Tire maintenance includes keeping them inflated to their correct pressure, keeping them aligned, and making sure they maintain a tread pattern. Why Is Tire Tread Important? Tire tread is important for helping you maintain control of your car, especially during unfavorable weather conditions. For most states, the minimum tire tread depth is 2/32 of an inch. When your tire's depth falls below this point, it's time to replace them. What Causes Excessive Wear and Tear on Your Tires? The different factors that cause wear and tear on your tires include: Improper tire inflation Misaligned tires Driving patterns Everyone drives differently and different driving pattern can quickly wear your tires, including: Hard braking Fast acceleration Driving at fast speeds Spinning your tires What Are the Different Types of Tire Wear? Cupping The irregular up and ... read more

Loving Your Car Back To Life

Loving Your Car Back To Life

Welcome to February! We’ve got the Super Bowl in one week and Valentine‘s Day in two weeks. That’s two jam-packed weekends to get through.  As we make our plans for Valentine’s day, we’ve got love and affection on our minds. And the recurring theme is the neglectful car owner who realizes too late they want the car they own.  Over time, you may have become fickle with the love you’ve shown your car. You may have cut corners and refused to give your vehicle the care it needs to survive. Here are some steps to loving your car back to life! Inspection - the first step to solving any problem is identifying it. An assessment helps determine what life remains in your vehicle and what work you will need to do if you intend to maintain the car. If your vehicle is too far gone to come back, or if the cost will exceed getting a new car, this is where you tend to find out. Fluid exchange - if there’s life le ... read more

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How to Change A Flat Tire

How to Change A Flat Tire

Pull your vehicle to the side of the road making sure you're completely out of the path of oncoming traffic. Once you're sure it's safe, exit your vehicle and find the damaged tire. Turn On Hazard Lights - tell oncoming traffic and roadside safety officials that your vehicle is disabled. Set Parking Brakes - safety precaution to make sure your car is steady during the process. Wheel Wedges - keep your car from rolling while you're on the ground changing a tire. No wheel wedges available? Substitute a sturdy board or rock. Tools - lug wrench, jack, inflated spare tire. Step-by-Step Take off hubcaps or wheel coverings. Prepare to remove the tire by loosening the lug nuts. (The lug nuts will be completely removed in a later step.) Never place any part of your body directly underneath the car. Place the jack underneath your car. Most vehicles have a pre-installe ... read more

Most Common Land Rover Repairs

Most Common Land Rover Repairs

Nothing speaks luxury on the road like a Land Rover. They are popular in many countries owing to their amazing off-road capabilities. People love them for their ease of maintenance, safety and also the cool appeal. They make any driver feel powerful, and he enjoys states and admires while on the road. Its body's flexibility further makes it great for people who enjoy adventures in the mountains and other places where the roads might not be that great. Despite their versatility and coolness, Land Rovers like other vehicles are also prone to car troubles and thus require repairs to maintain smooth-riding experiences. The vehicle encounters common issues that require repairs, and this is great for Land Rover drivers to know and make the intending buyers knowledgeable. Oil Leaks Land Roves are prone to constant oil leak troubles. The problem is most common in the cooler lines and valve cover gaskets. The repairs should be completed by qualified ASE mechanics that understand the car ... read more

Top Parent Approved vehicles for new drivers

Top Parent Approved vehicles for new drivers

This December, some new drivers may wake up Christmas morning to find keys to a car in their stocking. As they prepare to move out of the home and on to college, parents are buying their kids used cars, more and more, as their ‘starter’ car.    If you’ve been thinking of a car to pair with your new driver, U.S. News and World Report has done a very comprehensive look at the best used cars for new drivers. Here’s a look at what they found out!   The features most parents want their kids’ first car to have are very safety-focused:   Driver Assistance features - forward collision warning automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, lane keeping assist, and teen driver controls (with notifications for parents) Strong predicted reliability ratings Excellent crash test scores   The things that we most important to avoid were the unsafe elements:   Sports cars - showy cars that go to drivers’ heads High seating cap ... read more

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