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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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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Stop In the Name Of Love: Why October Is Brake Month

Stop In the Name Of Love: Why October Is Brake Month

Although National Brake Month is actually the month of July, many auto mechanics, including the ones at Import Auto Specialists in San Diego, think October is the most important month for getting your brakes checked out and dealt with if they need repairs or parts replacement. Why is that? You know how important it is to have good working brakes. Losing control of a car in an emergency stop situation is a terrible situation. The best measures in your car -- in terms of not just your car’s care, but your own expenses -- is to be proactive with preventive repairs.  There are a variety of elements around October that make us mindful that people need to attend to their brakes: School’s back in session. With kids back out in the streets, and coming home in the late afternoon, you will once again have to worry about kids suddenly in the road. Not to mention inexperienced teenage drivers learning to drive for the first time in the midst of COVID19.  Halloween is at t ... read more

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Signs of a Faulty Alternator

Signs of a Faulty Alternator

A vehicle’s alternator is a mechanical component that most drivers have heard of but may not know what it does. The alternator serves the essential function of keeping the car battery charged. It helps supply the power a driver needs to use a vehicle’s electronic accessories such as your headlights, radio, and ignition. It can come as a surprise when your car won’t start and lead you to suspect various causes. If you believe you may be experiencing problems with your alternator, below is a list of a few signs to look out for:  The Engine Smells like Burning Rubber or Wires If you notice an unusual odor of burnt rubber or wires, it could indicate that parts of the alternator have worn out. As you drive, the alternator’s drive belt stays under constant tension and friction. With time, it may wear out and emit an unpleasant smell. If the alternator is overworked, it will push too much electricity through its wires, causing them to heat u ... read more

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What’s The Main Difference Between Asian and European Vehicle Maintenance?

What’s The Main Difference Between Asian and European Vehicle Maintenance?

At Import Auto Specialists, we do a lot of preventive maintenance work for the vehicles that come into our auto repair shop. When people start to compare Asian vehicles with European vehicles, our team will often hear the question, “What’s the main difference between Asian and European vehicle maintenance?”. In this month’s blog, without getting too technical, we will explain the main differences, plus the pros and cons of each category of vehicle. First and foremost, the main, number one difference between Asian and European vehicle maintenance is cost. Asian vehicles are mostly less expensive to maintain than European vehicles. Why is it more affordable to maintain Asian vehicles? Simply put, the parts for Asian cars are less expensive. Plus, their engines are designed to last for high mileage, like upwards of 250,000 miles.  European vehicles, on the other hand, have more expensive parts and the engines typically are not designed to last beyond ... read more

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Is Your Student’s Vehicle Ready For School?

If you had told us back in January 2020 that a lot of Californians would be uncertain if the back to school season was going to be normal, we would have given you a very curious look. Now that we’ve all lived through the ups and downs of childhood education throughout the COVID-19 era, it’s anyone’s guess as to what the back-to-school season will look like for anyone who is of school-age. With that being said, there are going to be a lot of school kids who are old enough to drive who will need a car for commuting purposes. Whether that child is in high school, attending community college, or driving long distances to a state or private university, he or she will need a reliable vehicle. Which leads us to the question: Is your student’s vehicle ready for school? Before the COVID-era, most parents had the vehicle of the young driver inspected before their kid began the school season. Then, after the school year was over, the vehicle required another safety inspe ... read more

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Independence and Your Car: A Discussion About Drivers Of All Ages

For several generations, owning a car gives a sense of independence and freedom. We can remember when we started wanting to own our first car when we were kids. Owning a car meant you were (almost) an adult, that you could go where you wanted to go, and you could go on an adventure on a moment’s notice. But, this begs a discussion with drivers of all ages about what independence and your car means. From the teens learning how to drive defensively, to the elderly drivers who need to surrender their car keys for safety, we all have something to talk about.  Teen drivers. We know how it feels. We’ve been there. You dream of the car you want. You talk your parents into letting you practice driving. You eventually get a car to drive. And you have to listen to your parents lecture you throughout your early driving career to be safer behind the wheel. We get it. A car gives independence, yes, but freedom comes with responsibility.  You parents want yo ... read more

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Best Virtual Summertime Car Shows

With the COVID-19 crisis, a lot of summertime car shows have been canceled. It’s sad, for sure. But there are some online alternatives that will allow you to enjoy seeing automobiles in a virtual format. For example, we have a friend in Monterey who attends various car shows at Monterey Auto Week every August. Though this year’s Concours d’ Elegance and Monterey Auto Week is cancelled, here are a few videos from past years. Carmel Concours on the Avenue <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/HM9kw90wiMY" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen></iframe> Pacific Grove Little Car Show <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/WEfc8s9DxfU" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture ... read more

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Is Your Vehicle Ready for Summertime Road Trips?

Is Your Vehicle Ready for Summertime Road Trips?

As we all dream of a summertime road trip and should be prepared, just in case we can hop in the car and go. With the COVID-19 epidemic chasing our heels and so much uncertainty surrounding our travel plans, now is an ideal time to get our vehicle prepared for the just-in-case. You know what they say, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. So let's plan on curing our stir-crazy selves, by being prepared for our upcoming freedoms and road trips!   A full-service inspection comes standard with preventive maintenance services such as oil changes. This simple inspection by a professional auto mechanic can make the difference between being stuck on the side of the road and arriving at your destination. It is an excellent idea to let the professionals give your vehicle a once-over a few days before planning to leave town. This allows time for any last-minute repairs, in case they are found. Safety first  Here is a list of safety inspection item ... read more

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Why Should I Bother Changing My Car’s Filters?

Why Should I Bother Changing My Car’s Filters?

Cars today have a few filters on board to keep your engine running smoothly and air clean. We don't often think of filters as being the cause of our car running poorly. However, clean filters are a big part of keeping your vehicle in tip-top operating condition. It is good to keep an eye (and ear) out when symptoms arise and if a filter can be cleaned rather than replaced. We all want to save our money, right? Cabin Air Filter This is one filter easily declined and overlooked when we choose to save money during an oil change. Air filters are made of a variety of materials such as paper, foam, and cotton. They capture debris and contaminants before making it to your cabin and into your lungs. The cabin air filter also can make the air inside your vehicle smell cleaner when you are using your heater or air conditioner as some have activated charcoal impregnated into the filter which absorb many different odors and also moisture. The cabin filter is often located near your glove comp ... read more

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Is Your Vehicle Ready For Spring Break?

When planning your spring break road trip, it is vital to think about your car as well as where it will take you and the adventures that will ensue. Here are some car care tips before hitting the road for spring break: Get an Inspection The last thing anyone wants to be is stuck on the side of the road. It is important to bring your car into the shop for a visual inspection. Your qualified technician will inspect your hoses and belts for leaks, cracks and ensure everything is snugged up. Check Your Radiator Fluid Do you plan on heading over a mountain pass or drive some winding roads? Coolant plays a vital role in keeping your engine running at the right temperature. The longer you are on the road, or faster you drive, the chances of overheating increases. Check Your Tires There is nothing scarier than having a blow-out on the freeway at full speed. Be sure to inspect your tires for any cracks, exposed metal, or uneven tread wear. You will want to air up those tires of yours before ... read more

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