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!

Yearly Archives: 2022

Why Is My Air Conditioner Blowing Warm Air?

Why Is My Air Conditioner Blowing Warm Air?

When it is hot outside, the last thing you want to do is hop in your car with warm air blasting on your face. For San Diego drivers, most people tend to rely on their vehicle’s air conditioning system most of the year. They turn to the team at Import Auto Specialists Autoworks for all their auto air conditioning needs. Warm air is a common A/C problem – let’s discuss some of the reasons why your car ride may be hot. Bad Compressor  The compressor is a component that takes high pressures to compress the chemical refrigerant to make cool air. When you haven’t run your air conditioning in a while, such as in the winter month, it can stop working from being inactive. A malfunctioning compressor will cause warm air to blow out your vents. Faulty Condenser  When the compressor can successfully pressurize the refrigerant, it pushes the refrigerant into the condenser where it transforms from a gas to liquid form. Unfortunately, the condenser is prone to ge ... read more

Labor Day Reflections And Why You Should Let Your Car Rest

Labor Day Reflections And Why You Should Let Your Car Rest

Photo by Obi on Unsplash Labor Day Reflections And Why You Should Let Your Car Rest As you celebrate the holiday this year, why not consider letting your car rest by getting auto repair work done that you’ve been putting off? It’s a great way to honor the legacy of those hard-working Americans because, let’s face it, we all need a break sometimes!   Did you know it is recommended that older automobiles have their transmission fluid checked every 15,000 miles? Did you know it is recommended that older automobiles have their transmission fluid checked every 15,000 miles? Transmission fluid is the lifeblood of your car's transmission. In fact, it is not something to be taken lightly as it allows for smooth gear changes and prevents overheating. For this reason, regular checks are necessary to ensure proper performance and overall safety in your vehicle. Th ... read more

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What Are the Biggest Risks or Hazards with Driving in the Summer?

What Are the Biggest Risks or Hazards with Driving in the Summer?

The summertime is when most people prefer to go out and about with friends and family. With more drivers on the road, accidents become a greater threat. Whether you are making short commutes or long road trips, it is important that you are operating a safe car. Below are the top most common summer driving hazards that you should be wary of: Weather - The summer weather can be just as unpredictable as any other season, so make sure you check the weather forecast periodically. Your vehicle should be equipped to handle extreme thunderstorms, blistering heat, and anything in between. Drunk Drivers - Summer is a time of many celebrations. It is a given that you should never drink and drive. But be on the lookout to report any drunk drivers on the road. Heat - Children, pets, and even some of your car parts are sensitive to the heat. Make sure you take the extra measures to keep your vehicle cool. This includes making sure the air conditioning in your car works. Furthermore, park away fro ... read more

The Most Reliable Brands In The World (And Why It Doesn’t Matter Who’s First)

The Most Reliable Brands In The World (And Why It Doesn’t Matter Who’s First)

The Most Reliable Brands In The World (And Why It Doesn’t Matter Who’s First)    Photo by Dylan McLeod on Unsplash No one you’ll ever meet will say they want an unreliable car. Most people who say they want “reliability” mean they want a car that won’t break down on them, doesn’t need too many repairs too often and get them to where they need to go with no stress. One way or another, reliability is a huge factor when buying a new car—and many people would instead buy from brands that are known as reliable rather than ones with questionable reputations.    However, we're here to tell you that it doesn't matter who comes first when it comes to this subject: all cars have ... read more

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5 Most Important Warning Lights on Your Dashboard

5 Most Important Warning Lights on Your Dashboard

Warning lights alert you to potential problems with your vehicle. They come in many shapes and sizes. Here's what they look like, what they mean, and what to do. #1. Check Engine Light What Does It Look Like? The check engine light is a small, round yellow or orange light that flashes on your dashboard when there's something wrong with your car. What Does It Mean? If the check engine light comes on, you should visit a mechanic as soon as possible. There could be a problem with your emission system that could cause problems. What To Do? Pull over immediately and turn off the ignition until everything has cooled down. Then call a mechanic and make an appointment ASAP. #2. ABS Warning What Does It Look Like? This is a yellow light with a red ring around it. It is either on or flashing. What Does It Mean? There is fault detection with the anti-lock brake system (ABS). What To Do? Check for fault codes by pressing the 'Check Engine' or 'Malfunction Indicato ... read more

5 Car Sounds That Signal Trouble

5 Car Sounds That Signal Trouble

When you drive your car on a daily basis, you know how it drives and the sounds that it can make. Whenever it makes weird noises, it could mean that something is wrong with your vehicle. While it may be tempting to look for where the sound is coming from, getting professional help is your best bet at locating AND fixing the problem.  At Import Auto Specialists, our technicians are equipped to handle any challenge. In this blog, we will discuss 5 common vehicle noises and what they could mean. Engine Chirping A chirp or squeal coming from under the hood when accelerating is a sign of an engine problem. Usually, it is probably the belt making the noise, indicating that it is worn. A visit to our auto repair shop can confirm whether that holds true. Snapping or Popping When you make turns with your vehicle, it should be quiet. If you notice snapping or popping when turning left and right, it means your car’s constant velocity (CV) joints are the problem. You should take car ... read more

Car Movies That’ll Both Make You Nostalgic and Cheer You Up

Car Movies That’ll Both Make You Nostalgic and Cheer You Up

Photo by Wade Lambert on Unsplash  Car Movies That’ll Both Make You Nostalgic and Cheer You Up Summer is here, and many of us are looking for fun things to do that will be both exciting and new. While people are out planning vacations, road trips, and other fun activities, some people rather stay home and watch movies. If this is you, there are some great recommendations we made just for you. These movies are the best car movies ever made and a great way to cheer up an otherwise dull summer day.  Our Best Car Movie Recommendations Rush (2013) It is easy to love a movie about Formula 1 racing, and this movie has everything you could ever want for a feel-good car movie. We recommend you watch this as F1 cars depicted from that era are cool, dangerous, and exciting to watch.    Ford vs. Ferrari This movie takes you into the epic story of Carroll Shelby ... read more

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How to Take Care of Your Cooling System

How to Take Care of Your Cooling System

A vehicle's cooling system is vital to your engine's performance and stability. It helps draw excess heat away from engine components so that it can operate correctly. A faulty cooling system may bring down the entire engine system and cause it to overheat. You can avoid this problem by understanding your vehicle's cooling mechanism and what kind of maintenance it requires. Common Cooling System Problems A car's cooling system channels excess heat from the engine to the surrounding atmosphere. However, a malfunctioning system won't facilitate heat dissipation, leading to engine failure. Your car may overheat for a number of reasons that could go wrong with the cooling system. Damaged Radiator Hose – A crack in the radiator can cause coolant to flow out from anywhere within the system. Without cool coolant flowing into the engine, it will likely overheat. You can typically smell or see a coolant leak. Malfunctioning Thermostat – A damaged thermostat c ... read more

Buying a New Car? Here’s What You Need To Know

Buying a New Car? Here’s What You Need To Know

Photo by Zach Vessels on Unsplash Buying a New Car? Here’s What You Need To Know. It might seem like an overwhelming endeavor if the time has come for you to take the plunge and buy a new car. Getting a new car can also be an exciting time in your life as it signifies a new chapter in the making.    Our cars are more than tools that take us from point A to point B. They can help us make our lifestyles more fulfilling and allow us to express ourselves in a unique way. We have created a list of tips and tricks to get the best out of buying a new car. Our Best Tips When Buying A New Car Find your must-have requirements: What kind of lifestyle do you live? If you are the type of person that likes to go to the beach or hiking, then maybe the extra space of an SUV is the way to go. Find out what type of lifestyle you want to live and make a list of must-have items because ... read more

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5 Signs It's Time for a Wheel Alignment

5 Signs It's Time for a Wheel Alignment

Regularly scheduled vehicle maintenance can save you huge costs and keep you safe on the road always. Understanding the indicators of an urgently needed servicing like wheel alignment is a key factor. Unfortunately, many don't know what signs to look for and when it's the appropriate time for wheel alignment. Other drivers may ignore even the obvious signs, which is dangerous. Proper wheel alignment is a critical maintenance criterion for your car's optimal operation and your safety on the road. Alignment is adjusting the angle at which your vehicle wheels contact the road surface by streamlining the suspension system. But how do you know it's time to bring your car in for wheel alignment? Warning Signs You Need Alignment Besides improving your safety and vehicle performance on the road, wheel alignment also extends your tire life, lowering maintenance costs. Fortunately, there are several signs or indicators that it's time to schedule wheel alignment. Here are t ... read more

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