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Save That Crack

Save That Crack

In the warmer months, many people tend to have travel plans to get away and have some fun in the sun. However, you never know when the unexpected could happen, such as a fractured windshield, cracked window, or other chipped glass surfaces. When you find yourself with auto glass damage, don’t panic. The auto glass professionals at University Tire & Auto Service are here for the rescue.   When summer rolls around, it tends to be dry and hot outside. Because of this, rocks and rubble tend to fly out and about on the road and can hit your windshield while driving. If this does occur, the best thing to do is find a trusted auto repair shop that can repair your damage as soon as possible.   Glass damage does not mesh well with extreme heat and cold. Cracks tend to spread quickly, especially in the heat, so having the glass damage repaired promptly can prevent the crack from worsening and obstructing your vision. If the fractured spot is big enough and in your line of ... read more

How to Remove Scratches from Car Paint

How to Remove Scratches from Car Paint

Any car owner knows that there is nothing as disturbing as discovering a scratch on the car's surface. Although it's hard to avoid scratches because car paint does scratch easily and can be caused by car accidents, poor parking, vandalism, and other parking issues. These scratches should not worry you too much, since you can quickly fix them. Depending on the scratch's depth, there are methods to remove scratches from car paint. Check out the following guide on removing scratches from your car paint. Access the Damage Before fixing the damage, it's crucial to outline if the scratch qualifies for you to do it yourself or if you need to take it to a professional. Therefore, you should run your fingernail across the scratched area to determine its depth. If your fingernail slides over without catching, then it is a minor scratch that you can fix. However, if your nail catches in the scratch, it may be more profound than you can resolve; it would be best to visit a profes ... read more

What Are the Most Important Dashboard Warning Lights?

What Are the Most Important Dashboard Warning Lights?

Every driver needs to understand the lights, messages, and signals their car gives them. And your dashboard is not one information center that you should neglect. The dashboard warning lights can indicate all kinds of problems with varying severities. However, these are the five most common warning lights that you should know about: Check Engine Light This yellow light is the most important one of all that can pop up on your dashboard. It reveals a problem with your engine or engine-related part, and most of the time, it requires repairs. Various things can cause the light, so it's best to have a professional diagnose the problem with scan tools. Coolant Light The coolant temperature light is a symbol of a thermometer dipped in liquid. When it is lit and red, it can signal a dangerous overheating problem. You should pull over and turn your car off ASAP when you catch it. It would be best if you waited for your vehicle to cool off before checking things out and driving again. O ... read more

The Importance of the Vehicle's Exhaust System

The Importance of the Vehicle's Exhaust System

When your car, SUV, or truck's exhaust system is working as it should, you won't experience any unusual sounds, smells, or feelings. In contrast, there's no doubt you won't be able to catch an exhaust system problem. More importantly, you should have your repairs done right away, or it can become deadly. The automobile's exhaust system consists of the catalytic converter, muffler, tailpipe, and other exhaust pipes. In summary, all these parts work in tandem to draw your harmful exhaust fumes away from the motor, change their composition, and remove them from the back of the vehicle. Even in the healthiest cars, these fumes can be toxic and deadly. Ignoring exhaust problems can not only spread to other damages, but it is a huge concern and can cost you a life.    Signs You Need Exhaust System Repairs If you notice any of the following tell-tale signs, you most likely need to have your catalytic converter, muffler, or exhaust pipes inspected and repaired ... read more

What Does ASE-Certified Mean & Why It Should Be Important to You

What Does ASE-Certified Mean & Why It Should Be Important to You

At University Tire & Auto Service, we are proud to have ASE-certified technicians working in our facility. We are so proud that you've probably seen it all over our site. The average person might not know what ASE-certified means, but it is a significant professional accomplishment for technicians in our industry.    The letters ASE stands for Automotive Service Excellence and has been a nationally acknowledged credential since 1972. It is through an independent non-profit organization whose main purpose is to improve the quality of automotive repair and workmanship with regular tests and certifications. It takes much time and devotion for a mechanic to acquire this certification, making it a noteworthy achievement. There are various programs and certificates that a mechanic can gain, but ASE has the highest prestige by holding the highest standards.   What does the ASE certification mean when looking for a mechanic? Choosing who repairs and services your au ... read more

What Are the Symptoms of a Bad Oxygen Sensor

What Are the Symptoms of a Bad Oxygen Sensor

Oxygen sensors are used in cars to measure the amount of oxygen in the exhaust. When there isn't enough oxygen, the engine runs rich, making it difficult for the vehicle to accelerate. The symptoms of a bad oxygen sensor include lack of power, lack of acceleration, or reduced fuel economy. The other symptoms are clogged fuel injectors, a faulty catalytic converter, or a failing EGR valve.   What Is an Oxygen Sensor Inside of a Vehicle? A sensor is an integral part of an engine in a car. Sensors in vehicles monitor the activities in the car engine and report to the driver. It detects and controls the engine's air-fuel ratio by regulating fuel injection. An oxygen sensor is a technological device fitted to measure the amount of oxygen present in the engine's exhaust gas. It is an important instrument used in cars. It plays a significant role in determining whether your vehicle is running well or not.   What Are the Most Common Causes fo ... read more

What Should You Do If You See a Rust Spot on Your Car?

What Should You Do If You See a Rust Spot on Your Car?

There's nothing more damaging to a gorgeous vehicle than hideous rust spots. They are more common than you think, but with the proper rust prevention methods, you can keep your car looking spotless for a long time. Let's do a deer dive in rust formation in vehicles:   Certain areas of a car are more prone to rust than others, and unfortunately, a lot of the spots you don't see every day. The following parts are rust-prone: Bumpers Fenders Hood Trunk The undercarriage of the car Prevention Tips It might be silly to say, but washing your vehicle on a regular basis can help rust spots from developing. This is because a thorough wash will get rid of the abrasive elements and corrosive chemicals that can ruin your car's finish. Having a clean surface will keep your car paint in excellent shape. Also, applying wax or ceramic coating to your car can add an extra layer of protection against dirt and debris. There are also rust-protection sprays that you can use. Ad ... read more

What Are the Different Types of Brakes?

What Are the Different Types of Brakes?

Brake failure can lead to deadly vehicle accidents, which is all mechanics stress routine brake inspections, maintenance, and repair. Your brakes must always be functioning and allowing you to stop your vehicle. There are four types of brakes: drum brakes, disc brakes, emergency brakes, and anti-lock brakes (ABS). The two kinds of service brakes are disc and drums, so your vehicle could have one or a combination of both. Additionally, all cars come with e-brakes and anti-lock brakes for an extra layer of protection. Drum Brakes Although drum brakes still exist in some cars today, they are the most traditional and straightforward ones. Drum brakes consist of a brake drum added to the inside of the wheel. When the brake pedal is pushed down, hydraulic pressure presses two brake shoes against the brake drum. This action results in friction and causes the car to slow and stop. Disc Brakes Disc brakes are the new and improved brakes that feature an enhanced design; they are most often u ... read more

What Could Go Wrong If I Skip an Oil Change?

What Could Go Wrong If I Skip an Oil Change?

No matter how old you are and how much experience you have driven, maintaining your vehicle should always be a #1 priority for drivers. Even though the hustling and bustling city of Los Angeles, CA, can be a lot, we highly advise that you not miss an important service like an oil change. Most cars need their oil changed approximately every 5,000 miles (give or take). Clean oil is necessary to lubricate the vehicle's engine and ensure a smooth and safe ride. If you don't remember the last time you were in a shop for an oil change, then you should get one soon to avoid the following possibilities: Engine Damage. If you go beyond the period of necessary oil changes, you will experience engine troubles. In severe cases, it can shut down your engine completely. Engine repairs and replacements are not cheap. Engine Knocking. If the motor oil hasn't been exchanged out in a while, the oil may get dirty and thick. Engine oil should have a good flow and be free of debris to lubrica ... read more

How to Perfect Your University Commute

How to Perfect Your University Commute

Not all college students will have the benefits and convenience of living on campus. Additionally, if you are attending a community college, you may not have the opportunity to at all. Did you know that more than three-quarters of university students are commuters, so it is expected that your campus will be very busy during peak hours.   With thousands of students driving to school in LA every morning and afternoon, you're more than likely to encounter some traffic and/or parking issues. The most important thing to grasp is to give yourself enough time to arrive at class on time and to always participate in safe driving practices. Here are some additional recommendations for your daily commute to school that will keep you and your vehicle safe:    Tip #1: Leave for school early, especially in the first couple of weeks of classes. During this time, traffic will be the most congested. Leaving your house or apartment early will prevent you from speeding and running ... read more

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