The auto mechanics and the rest of our team at Import Auto Specialists in San Diego love to educate our customers, and that’s why we write this blog. Any way that our auto repair team can provide you useful information, that’s exactly what we want to do. That’s also why we perform digital inspections and take the time to listen to you thoroughly and what you have to say about your car. Import Auto Specialists in San Diego offers a 3 year/36,000 mile parts and labor warranty on most repairs. We also have a 3 Year/36,000 Mile NAPA AutoCare Peace of Mind Warranty on parts and labor. To make your experience with us even better, when you bring your vehicle in for any major service or repair, you’ll drive away with a vehicle that has received a complimentary full-service! When you are ready for top-quality auto care, give us a call at 858-576-7186, or schedule an appointment today. We hope you enjoy our blog!

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The Coolest Cars on Television and Film

The Coolest Cars on Television and Film

Photo by Jason Leung on Unsplash   Welcome to the June blog! This month, we’re having a look at some of the coolest cars in television and film.   We’re skipping cars that are mostly made up of the adventurer’s exploits and going to cars that do exceptional things.   5.  Pursuit Special, Mad Max, 1979: Also known as The Interceptor, this was Max Rockatansky’s police pursuit vehicle in Mad Max and the sequels. Set in a dystopian future where gas had run out, outlaw societies form based on fuel dependence and access.  Max’s car had all sorts of custom riggings, including booby traps for those not mechanically minded, to ens ... read more

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How to Best Care For Your Maserati

How to Best Care For Your Maserati

Being an owner of a Maserati is something special - those that own a Maserati know they are fantastic cars. They can go from giving a mild smooth ride in one moment and a fiery beast in the next. When you are an owner of such a superb vehicle, you want to do all you can in your power to make sure it is consistently running the way you know it should. To do that, you need to ensure you have the proper care and maintenance for it. You can do some things as a Maserati owner to make sure you have the best care for it going on. Here are the things you should do to make sure your Maserati is performing at its best always. Make sure you have regular oil changes. One of the best parts of the Maserati is the V8 motor. Some say it is desirable, and that makes perfect sense. When you think of the V8, it is incredibly balanced and allows the Maserati to be the smooth machine. When you are getting your oil changed, you want to make sure you are getting a high-spec oil change; the qualit ... read more

What is a Cooling System Flush?

What is a Cooling System Flush?

The cooling system is an essential component of your vehicle. It keeps liquid antifreeze flowing through the system, removing extra heat from your engine, helping to keep the engine running at an efficient operating temperature, and getting the engine to the right temperature as quickly as it can after you start your car. Keeping the cooling system in good order is vital to your vehicle running optimally, so it's important that it be properly maintained. At certain intervals, you'll need to take your car in for a cooling system flush. Flushing your cooling system: Removes scale deposits and rust. Scale deposits and rust can accumulate in a radiator over time. Flushing helps to take out these deposits, washing it out with the old antifreeze. Removing buildups keeps your vehicle running well, as they can often lead to overheating and damage to your radiator.   Removes contaminants. when you flush your system, technicians drain your system of the old antifreeze, flushing ... read more

Japanese Imports in the Sizzling Summer

Japanese Imports in the Sizzling Summer

Photo by Anastase Maragos on Unsplash   Welcome to the May blog for Import Auto Specialists! We hope that April was kind to you and your family and that immunizations are scheduled if not yet done. Things are beginning to reopen everywhere, and we hope everyone stays just ahead of the virus and keeps wearing those masks until they hear otherwise from the government!   We’re deep in Spring, and while May showers aren’t guaranteed, we can bet that Summer is just around the corner. The Summer heat can be brutal on your car and you. Being in a space with glass windows in the sun is solar cooking, so do your best to minimize the Summer’s traumatic heat when it arrives. Here are some tips for how to handle ... read more

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Signs Your Audi Has An Oil Leak

Signs Your Audi Has An Oil Leak

Audi is a well-engineered vehicle that has systems to alert you when problems arise. However, some problems may not be obvious and require further investigation. One such problem is an oil leak. Oil leaks may have far-reaching consequences on the engine's life and may compromise your safety on the road. Here are signs that your Audi has an oil leak. There is the Smell of Burning Oil The valve covers may get cracked due to overheating or aging. If they do, the oil may leak from the valve to other parts of the engine, such as the cylinder head, exhaust pipes, and fuel intake. These three parts become very hot, giving off a burning smell when the oil on their surfaces burns. The Oil Warning Comes On Audi has a reporting system that shows when you are low on oil. An engine oil light, which is located just below the steering wheel, comes on. Oil levels may go down due to a leak or not changing oil as often as you should. Whichever the case, take you ... read more

What is a Brake Fluid Flush?

What is a Brake Fluid Flush?

Brake fluid is a hydraulic fluid that transfers the pressure of your foot on the brake pedal to the brake pads on your wheels. It's designed to safeguard metals, including calipers and wheel cylinders. Additionally, it offers protection against corrosion as water enters the system. A brake fluid flush takes the old and dirty brake fluid out of your car system and replaces it with clean and fresh brake fluid. In 2019, Aljazeera reported that Japan's Nissan Motor Co Ltd recalled about 394,025 cars with faulty brake systems that could cause fires because of brake fluid leaks. Replacing brake fluid timings vary depending on the type of car and the manufacturer's recommendation. Mentioned are some of the signs that should signal you to replace your vehicle's brake fluid. Pedal Problems Grinding sound under braking and brake light alert on the dashboard are some of the indicators that your car's pedal system isn't working. You may blame yo ... read more

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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