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Tips on How to Pass the California Smog Check

Tips on How to Pass the California Smog Check

Smog checks, or emissions testing, can be intimidating and stressful. If your vehicle does not pass this government-required test, then your car will not be registered to drive. To avoid the stress of fees and expenses, we’ve compiled a list of tips to ensure you pass your emissions test with flying colors.   In order to pass the smog check, your car should run efficiently without releasing too many harmful pollutants. Here are some things you can do or take care of before your scheduled test: Repair Check Engine Light - If this dashboard warning light is on, it will result in an immediate failure. Make sure you have your check engine warning diagnosed, repaired, and reset before your test.  Get an Oil Change - Dirty motor oil is high in hydrocarbons, which are a type of harmful pollutant that can lead to smog test failure. Therefore, it is wise to fill your car with clean oil before your test. Plus, an oil change service will allow professionals to inspect for any ... read more

How Serious Is the ABS Warning Light?

How Serious Is the ABS Warning Light?

Seeing a warning light on your vehicle’s control panel can catch you off guard at first. Depending on the symbol or message, it can signal a major emergency.  The truth is: you should never ignore ANY warning light.    When it comes to your ABS light, or anti-lock brake system light, you should bring your car to University Tire & Auto Service for repairs promptly.    As mentioned, ABS is your vehicle’s anti-lock braking system. This system prevents your brake from locking up in hazardous situations. Multiple sensors make up a large part of this system, and they monitor your brake performance and wheel rotational speed. There are several reasons that can explain why this light is on: General poor brake performance Low brake fluid Blown fuse or bad wiring Broken sensors Depending on your vehicle’s make and model, the light’s behavior can indicate the nature of the problem. However, you can always count on the auto professionals ... read more

I've Been in a Car Accident - What Do I Do Next?

I've Been in a Car Accident - What Do I Do Next?

If you've been in a car accident, there are a few things you should do next. First, check yourself and your passengers for injuries. If anyone is injured, call 911 immediately. Once you're sure everyone is okay, move your car to the side of the road, if possible, and turn on your hazard lights. If the accident is minor, exchange insurance information with the other driver and file a police report. You should not admit liability. If the accident is more serious, wait for the police to arrive and don't try to move your car or the other driver's car. The police will investigate the accident and file a report. Once the police have left, you can start the process of filing an insurance claim. Gather all the information you need, including the police report, collect evidence to help your case, take photographs from different angles showing the extent of damage, and contact your insurance company. They will walk you through the next steps. Seek Immediate Medical Attention A ... read more

Tips to Improve Your Fuel Efficiency

Tips to Improve Your Fuel Efficiency

Between the skyrocketing gas prices and the negative environmental impact of gasoline vehicles, it's become more important now than ever to implement fuel-saving practices. If you’re looking for some great gas-saving tips, you’ve come to the right place. Monitor Tire Pressure Improper tire pressure can lower your gas mileage by 1% for every pound per square inch (PSI) below the recommended PSI. It is important for you to routinely check your tire pressure and adjust when needed.  Lighten Up Heavy cargo could be doing more than weighing down your car; it can be weighing down your wallet too. If you can reduce how much you haul in your vehicle, your car can be more aerodynamic and fuel-efficient.  Use Cruise Control When You Can Your car saves more fuel when you are driving at a constant speed. When you’re driving on the highway without stops, make use of the cruise control feature to maximize your MPG. Keep Up with Maintenance When your vehicle is ... read more

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

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