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Monthly Archives: November 2020

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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