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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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What are the Signs of a Failing Mercedes Transmission?

What are the Signs of a Failing Mercedes Transmission?

Your transmission is blown. Those four words terrify most car owners, and for good reason. The transmission is the life support system of your car that needs to be well maintained to live a healthy and happy life. Fortunately, transmission repairs don't happen without warning, and if you catch the signs early, the repairs are much less costly. So, what are some of the telltale signs? 1. Unresponsive and Gear Slipping. If your vehicle hesitates, or simply refuses to shift, there's a good chance something is wrong with your transmission. It may feel stuttery, or there could even be a delay between gear shifts. Not only is this alarming, especially if you're on the highway, but it's also very dangerous. 2. Smells and sounds. It's unlikely that your transmission is going to fail overnight. Luckily for you, there are plenty of warning signs. Smell and sound are two of them. If your car hums while you idle, chances are somet ... read more

Five Top Driving Apps

Five Top Driving Apps

If you do a lot of driving in the city, as Uber/Lyft drivers and pizza delivery drivers do, you know more than a few handy mobile applications to help you get the job done. We’re looking at the top 5 free driving apps, available both on Android phones and iPhones! 5. Parkopedia -  It’s great to have a program to get you where you need to be, but what do you do when you arrive and there’s no parking? Parkopedia shows you the nearest available parking. 4. GasBuddy - Ever held off on getting gas thinking that your usual spot would be the lowest, and then feel the sting of seeing you could have had your gas cheaper where you were, GasBuddy is for you, letting you know what the lowest gas is between destinations. 3. Roadtrippers -  If you’re doing any traveling over the holidays, Roadtrippers is a great free app for calculating the cost of your travel and the pit stops and detours you’ll need to make along the way. 2. GoogleMaps - There’s so ... read more

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When Should I Replace The Spark Plugs in My Subaru?

When Should I Replace The Spark Plugs in My Subaru?

Your vehicle runs on many electrical components, and the spark plugs have the important job of sparking electricity to start the engine. As with all other vehicle parts, your spark plugs will not last forever and will start to wear down over time. When the spark plugs are very worn down, you will notice a lack in overall engine performance.  When it comes to your Subaru, keeping it running at its best is critical to protect your investment and to have a reliable ar on the road. After years of driving your Subaru, you may find that the spark plugs need to be replaced. This is typically recommended during a tune-up service or a major service such as a 30,000, 60,000, or 90,000 mile service. Here at Import Auto Specialists, we are the Subaru experts here in San Diego, CA and can assist with all of your vehicle's service needs.  Your spark plugs may need to be replaced if you notice one or more of the following symptoms:  Check engine light has turned on Trouble star ... read more

3 Key Benefits to Keeping Your Car Parked in The Garage During the Winter

3 Key Benefits to Keeping Your Car Parked in The Garage During the Winter

It may be easier to leave your car parked on the street rather than in the garage, especially if you're in a rush. However, parking inside the garage or under a covered port can have some significant benefits that outweigh the additional time. As the weather cools down, it's time to put some extra consideration on where your vehicle is stored. Not only does cold weather subject your vehicle to damage, but environmental elements can be harmful as well. A garage may feel like a thing from the past, but it's always the best place to park. Below are three benefits to parking in a secured garage.  Protection from the elements. This is an obvious benefit because extreme weather can be your vehicle's worst enemy while it's parked. The sun's UV rays can also damage the paint and wreak havoc on the battery. Rainy weather can attract dirt and pollution that can eat away the paint and attract rust. Frigid San Diego winters can also leave e ... read more

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What are the Most Common BMW Electrical Issues?

What are the Most Common BMW Electrical Issues?

Owning a BMW is an investment, and most BMW drivers are proud of the vehicle they have. BMW models are well-made, high performing, and are definitely a sight to see. They are also very technologically advanced, meaning that they run on very complex computer systems. With the increase in technology in these vehicles comes to chance to run into electrical problems over the time of your ownership. When it comes to modern BMW models, there are some common electrical problems that we see happening often with this intricate vehicles. While these electrical systems can happen with just about any modern car, these are just some of the problems that we have seen here at the shop which are common with BMW: CCC iDrive System Newer BMW models are equipped with the CCC iDrive System, which is a navigation and control system. This can have issues such as rebooting the system on its own, among other faults.  Failing Alternator A faili ... read more

How To Keep Your Cool When Traffic Gets Hot

How To Keep Your Cool When Traffic Gets Hot

The holidays will soon be here, and with it, the horrors of mall shopping for gifts and the traffic that comes with it… in the time of COVID-19, too. Traffic is going to get hot soon, and it’s important that you keep your cool on the road, whether alone or with your family. Have you ever noticed that the better behaved you are in traffic, the more likely it is that someone will absolutely take advantage of your good nature?  You’re following the speed limit, over to the right to let fast traffic through, letting in anyone who signals. You’re obeying all the rules, and giving adequate braking distance between you and the car ahead of you, when some %#$&# (let’s call this driver So-and-So from now on, even fake cursing is a bad habit) decides to put on their blinker and swerve right in front of you in the very same motion. Then the car ahead of them brakes... and the So-and-So has to hit their own brakes, forcing you to suddenly brake, too, sendi ... read more

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Common Signs of Faulty Spark Plugs

Common Signs of Faulty Spark Plugs

Spark Plugs ignite fuel in the combustion chamber to create a small explosion to power the engine. Thus, spark plugs play an essential role in the ignition system. Spark plugs are made of durable material that can withstand millions of explosions. However, over time the spark plugs can become worn and corroded, leading to weaker and smaller sparks. If the spark plugs aren’t replaced, the engine performance will be drastically impacted with a loss of efficiency. In severe cases, worn spark plugs can cause the engine to misfire or fail to fire altogether. Below are five significant signs that your spark plugs need to be replaced.  Bad Gas Mileage  If the spark plugs are bad, you may need to make more frequent trips to the gas station. Faulty spark plugs can lead to a significant increase in fuel consumption, leaving a dent in your wallet.  Lack of Acceleration Power If your vehicle is struggling to accelerate and it takes longer ... read more

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