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

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

Let’s Take a Moment To Appreciate The Weather And Our Car

Let’s Take a Moment To Appreciate The Weather And Our Car

Photo by Tim Stief on Unsplash Let’s Take a Moment To Appreciate The Weather And Our Car With spring come new beginnings and the potential for a fresh start. Some of us forget that our car is just as important to maintain as everything else in our lives. Spring is a new season, and with every seasonal change, your vehicle needs to have the proper care to prepare it for a warmer climate.    During the winter months, or if you have neglected your car since the holidays, your vehicle would have undergone some significant drainage. Your car is good at telling you when something is wrong, but it's not always good at telling you how to prevent damage. Preventive maintenance is the name of the game when it comes to getting you ... read more

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3 Maintenance Tips That Will Ease the Transition from Winter to Spring

3 Maintenance Tips That Will Ease the Transition from Winter to Spring

Spring is nearly here in San Diego! While the temperature shifts are not drastic between each season, there are some changes you should make with your car. We thought it would be useful to lay out all the car maintenance items you should watch out for this season. Battery Performance - A typical car battery can last anywhere between 3-5 months depending on the quality, the environment it runs in, how well you take care of it, etc. Feel free to drop by our auto repair shop for a battery test. This will allow you to gauge how long before you need to replace it. Oil Level & Quality -  As we all know, motor oil is the most important item for engine performance. Before the summertime begins, it is great to check to see your oil level and condition. Otherwise, it doesn't hurt to come in for an oil change.  Tire Condition -  There are two things that you should check regularly when it comes to your vehicle's tires: pressure and tread depth. To ensure they wear ... read more

Does The Future Look Bright For Auto Repair?

Does The Future Look Bright For Auto Repair?

  Photo by Tim Mossholder on Unsplash Many people like to make assumptions based on trends and current statistics when it comes to the future. We can never make guaranteed predictions about the future, but we can engage in the conversation. Most of us struggle to know all the mechanics that make our vehicles function when it comes to our cars. That is where auto technicians come into play. The Auto Repair Industry has been known as a lucrative business, but does that assumption still hold today?   There are trends in the Auto Repair Industry that can give us a better insight into what is going on. In recent years, the technological advancements we have made in vehicles have made it harder for local Auto Repair shops to keep up with the knowledge and tools to repair advanced vehicles such as electric or hydrogen vehicles.    One trend that is majorly impacti ... read more

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How Often Do I Need to Replace My Windshield Wipers?

How Often Do I Need to Replace My Windshield Wipers?

While most people often overlook their car's windshield wiper blades, they are indeed a vital component when it comes to driving safely—they allow drivers from all around the world to see clearly under a wide variety of unfavorable conditions and circumstances. Since wipers are made of rubber, they degrade rather quickly, especially with extensive use. Due to their nature, you generally need to replace windshield wiper blades every six to twelve months for best performance.   How Do I Know My Windshield Wipers Need To Be Replaced? Below are some tell-tale signs that your wiper blades need attention: When the wipers are in use, they make loud squealing or squeaking noises. Not only is this a sign of bad windshield wipers, but it can be incredibly annoying and distracting to deal with when driving. When wipers are in poor condition, they will cause streaks and smear water with each swipe. As a result, it can worsen your visibility instead of improving it. An overall ... read more

How To Use The Incoming Tax Money Months To Help Your Autorepair needs!

How To Use The Incoming Tax Money Months To Help Your Autorepair needs!

Photo by Kelly Sikkema on Unsplash As we slide into February, there’s a lot on people’s minds: Omicron, Valentine’s Day, and we’re officially going into tax season now (February until the third Monday in April)   Traditionally speaking, this is a time when we start thinking less with our Want and more with our Wallet, as we hope that the blessing of a good return won’t quickly vanish under a heap of our debts. Some will seize the moment and do their taxes as early as possible, wanting to get the refund doing everything it can for them as soon as possible. Others will procrastinate and wait until April 18th to get their papers filed. Either way, the deadline comes for us all!   Why is Import A ... read more

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Top 5 Fuel Saving Tips

Top 5 Fuel Saving Tips

If you're like the average American, you may feel the pain of increased gas prices every time you fill up. To alleviate the hit your wallet may be taking, you should start thinking about gas-saving tips. Being aware of your driving habits and how they may be affecting your gas consumption is very important in this day and age. To help you save some money and gas, we've come up with these tips and hacks: Planning and Carpooling – You should plan ahead before getting into the car to avoid making more trips than necessary. Also, it's never a bad idea to carpool with friends and family as it can help keep the miles down and save the environment. Utilize Cruise Control – If you frequently drive on the highway, the cruise control feature can help keep your gas consumption down and also help you maintain a consistent speed.  Avoid Speeding – Speaking of speeding, you can simply avoid overconsuming gas by following the speed limit.  Avoid Hard Accele ... read more

Have You Got Your Driving Resolutions Covered?

Have You Got Your Driving Resolutions Covered?

Photo by frank mckenna on Unsplash   New Year, New You, right? Nothing makes the new year's celebration sweeter than having resolutions to strive for. But, as drivers and auto repair specialists, we tend to forget about the joy of goal-setting. In this article, we'll share three of our resolutions for this year, and hopefully, we can inspire you to do the same!   Express more gratitude toward our customers and readers:   Every customer, new or old, is a blessing in disguise. They are why our shop is alive, and we can't thank them enough for it. They are the reason we live our passions and get to provide value in the best way that we know. A humongous thank you to our blog readers because they help us sp ... read more

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