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Terrific Christmas Gifts to Give Your Car

Terrific Christmas Gifts to Give Your Car

It is the time of year to spoil yourself and your car. What better reason and season to improve your driving life than an upcoming holiday? Car gifts are fun to shop for and very rewarding to use. Going big, such as shopping for a Bluetooth stereo, a new sound system, speakers, or GPS car trackers are easy yet expensive items for your car. There are a lot of options and combinations to choose from.  An alternative choice is an OBD2 system. These are systems that use Bluetooth to connect to and scan your vehicle's diagnostic system. These can help monitor your car and detect when a system begins to go awry and so offer peace of mind as your car ages. There are many little gifts and upgrades you can give your car that is relatively easy on the pocketbook and also improve your driving life. Items like a seat gap filler, a vehicle-specific garbage can or trunk organizer that help streamline and prevent frustrations. Gifts like these are beneficial and make you feel good while dr ... read more

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Driving on Thanksgiving? What You Need to Know

Driving on Thanksgiving? What You Need to Know

Have you been thinking of your upcoming road trip to grandma's house for her delicious pumpkin pie - oh ya, and a tasty Thanksgiving dinner? Family road trip adventures abound!   Here is a guide on how to maximize fun during a holiday road trip.   Planning Gathering to plan your road trip is a great way to make sure everyone is looking forward to this driving adventure you are about to embark upon. Call a meeting, pull out the map, a paper map or atlas is best, and gather around the table with snacks and hot drinks in hand. Talking trip details helps everyone feel empowered and on board for this adventure together.   Realistic driving schedule When planning your trip, decide how many hours everyone is able to travel in the car. Some families can drive comfortably for 5-6 hours a day, some are able to really muscle it and make it 8-10. If you are looking to make the journey a big positive part of the holiday experience, it might be be ... read more

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The Scariest Automotive Sounds We’ve Heard

 The Scariest Automotive Sounds We’ve Heard

When your vehicle starts making scary sounds, turn to the expert auto mechanics at Autotrend Diagnostics in Campbell for all of your auto repair needs. All cars make noise, but the important thing is to be able to hear a sound and know whether or not it is an urgent cause for concern or not. Here we have a chance to talk about some of the scariest sounds we’ve heard, what they mean, and what should be checked or done next in order to avoid any other major issues. The Sound of Squealing Brakes We’ve all heard a car, whether it's our own or someone else’s, that’s made that screeching sound we all cringe at. It’s quite unsettling due to its high pitch, but generally, it is not a cause for immediate concern. The sound is caused by the brake pad indicator rubbing against the brake rotor. The indicator is there precisely to tell you that your brake pad has worn down and it is now time to replace. The next step you’ll want to do is in a timely matter t ... read more

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Get Your Car Ready for Tailgating Parties

Get Your Car Ready for Tailgating Parties

With football already back, spending time with your family and tailgating with your friends is an important part of the season! Tailgating is very fun to do but there are a few things you can do to make your car an even better place to play. The auto repair team at Autotrend Diagnostics wants to ensure that you are having as much fun as possible and are truly enjoying your vehicle whether you’re tailgating or simply driving down the roads of Campbell. Here are some useful tips for making your tailgating experience great:  Get your fluids checked! We want to make sure that your vehicle is running right and that you can easily make it to the stadium and back. Autotrend Diagnostics will make sure you are good on your oil, brake fluid, and power steering fluid so that you can have a good time with no problems. Check the weather. When you plan for the weather that is on its way, you can ensure you have the right tools. For example, if rain is in the forecast packing a pop-up te ... read more

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Protect Your Pets During the Dog Days of August

Protect Your Pets During the Dog Days of August

The auto mechanics at Autotrend Diagnostics in Campbell don’t just care about providing you with the best auto repair experience possible, we also care about keeping your pets safe during the dog days of August! Here are the top tips that will help you keep your furry besties happy, healthy, and safe. Keep your pets hydrated with cool fresh water both inside and out. If they go outside for even a few minutes, make sure they have some shade to help keep them cool and out of direct sunlight. Don’t over-exercise them or you! When it’s really hot, keep them indoors and save the exercise for early morning or early evening after it’s cooled down for the day. Watch for signs of heatstroke or overheating such as heavy panting, trouble breathing, high heart rate, increased respiration, drooling, weakness, apathy. The worst ones are collapse, seizures, throwing up, blood in their stools, elevated body temperature of more than 104.  If one of your sweet pets has ... read more

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Check Engine Light Warning: Why You Shouldn’t Ignore It

Let there be light! When your check engine light is flashing on your dashboard, it is trying to communicate with you that something isn't right. The auto mechanics at Autotrend Diagnostics recommend bringing your vehicle into our auto repair shop at Campbell right away, so we can figure out what is causing your check engine light to illuminate.  The light of your check engine light can indicate a variety of different problems, but one thing's for sure -- don't ignore it. Your check engine light is your vehicle's way of communicating with you. It is a signal that your car needs a little TLC, and ignoring it could exacerbate the problem.  Using a combination of our technicians' expertise and experience, along with their state-of-the-art tools and technology, they can identify the underlying cause of your vehicle's check engine light. We will explain to you the "what, why, and how" and decide on a course of action best for your vehicle, budget ... read more

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How Small Maintenance Items Can Really Add Up To Maximizing Your Vehicle’s Longevity and Performance

The auto mechanics at Autotrend Diagnostics sweat the small stuff because we know that the small stuff adds up. When it comes to auto repair, Autotrend Diagnostics pay attention to finer details of your vehicle. With precise and accurate auto repair, we can maximize the longevity and performance of your car.  If you tried to count all components in your vehicle -- from the smaller pieces to something more complex and more significant, such as your transmission -- you wouldn’t be able to. At Autotrend Diagnostics, we believe in the power of preventative maintenance to keep each and every part of your engine running in tip-top shape. With routine, minor service, you can prevent more expensive and potentially dangerous problems from occurring.  Just like how you need to visit the doctor for check-ups, you need to bring your vehicle into the shop for check-ups performed by our doctors, our experienced and educated auto mechanics. Our technicians will preserve the health ... read more

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How to Pack the Perfect Picnic, and Where to Go

How to Pack the Perfect Picnic, and Where to Go

There is an art to packing the perfect picnic. The auto repair team of expert auto mechanics at Autotrend Diagnostics in Campbell know that must include a fully functioning vehicle that won’t break down along the way and will provide you with a fantastic air-conditioned cooling down option at the picnic’s conclusion!   Let’s start with what to bring:   A real knife to help you cut that sandwich; A blanket with a waterproof side to avoid having to deal with soggy bottoms; Bug repellent so you avoid becoming a picnic lunch for the bugs (lemon/eucalyptus oil works great if you also like to keep the chemicals away!); Freeze some water bottles that will help keep everything cool as well as yourself as they melt throughout the day; A corkscrew if you’re planning on sharing a lovely wine or bubbly; And food that is already well-prepared and easy to eat so you’re not fumbling around all over and making a mess on your comfy-cozy blanket; Instea ... read more

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Oil Changes: You May Not Need to Do Them As Often As You Used to But Here Are The Top 5 Reasons Why They Are Important

Whenever someone thinks of auto repair, they can’t help but think of oil changes; they are the quintessential service of the automotive industry. The auto mechanics at Autotrend Diagnostics are experts at oil changes, along with virtually any other service your vehicle needs to continue performing in optimal condition.  Oil changes may seem like a minor service, but they are incredibly crucial to preserving your vehicle’s longevity and driveability. Here are the top 5 reasons why oil changes are vital for your car:  Think of all mechanical components in your car moving at high speeds in your engine. All of these parts generate excessive amounts of heat and friction. It is your oil’s job to ensure these components are correctly lubricated. If you don’t have enough oil, these parts can wear down quickly.  Friction equals heat, and your oil cools down that heat. The oil in your engine needs to be clean and in the right amount, or things in your en ... read more

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Why It’s Cheaper to Keep Her: Why It’s Smarter to Maintain Your Vehicle As Opposed to Buying a New One

Right now, it seems as soon as the latest gadget or appliance comes out on the market, we are racing to upgrade our current one with one of the newer models. However, most of the time, especially when it comes to vehicles, upgrading your older model comes with an added expense. At Autotrend Diagnostics, it is cheaper to keep her. Here is why it is smarter to maintain your vehicle as opposed to buying a new one:  Imagine life without a car payment. If you keep up with regular maintenance, you can prolong the life of your vehicle, pay off your vehicle, and then live in bliss without the added expense of a car payment!  While our technicians are maintaining the life of your current vehicle, you can start saving up for your next car or anything else you would like to save for.  The moment you drive your new car off the lot, it starts to depreciate. During the first five years of driving with your new vehicle, the value depreciates by 50%. Compare that cost to what it take ... read more

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