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What Does It Mean To Have Well-Trained Auto Mechanics And Why It’s Good That We Do!

What Does It Mean To Have Well-Trained Auto Mechanics And Why It’s Good That We Do!

For the modern car owner, auto repair is now more involved and complicated than it has ever been. Vehicles and the technology inside of them are constantly getting more and more complex, so the tools and diagnostic skills associated with them are continually evolving as well. As a result of this constant change, it’s vital to the health of your car that you find a well-trained auto mechanic who can service your vehicle while providing you with the best possible auto service experience.  Any auto mechanic worth their salt will tell you that proper education and training is an absolute must, and that’s no different at Autotrend Diagnostics Auto Repair. We make sure that not only are our auto mechanics highly trained in all the new diagnostic processes and the ins and outs of new car technologies, but that they have the experience necessary to take proper care of your car’s auto repair and preventive maintenance needs. Our technicians undergo extensive training, in ... read more

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Why preventive maintenance matters

Why preventive maintenance matters

We all know that catching a small issue early can curb massive repair bills later down the line; this is one good reason to have your car serviced regularly. Standard preventive maintenance keeps your vehicle flush with fluids, adjusted, properly lubricating needed parts, and general cleaning and inspections. Your mechanic is a lot like your car's doctor who will keep your vehicle healthy, they know what to keep an eye out for and can help you catch a small issue before it snowballs into a major repair.  What type of car owner are you? Do you keep your car maintained, scheduling regular services? Or do you wait for something to go wrong with your vehicle and deal with that squeak, dash light, or noise only when it becomes a bigger problem? Reactive car owners often have to spend more money on their vehicles than owners who schedule regular maintenance based on mileage. Here is a list of preventive maintenance to use as a guide when thinking about your car: Oil Changes Give ... read more

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Showing Love for Our Cars

Showing Love for Our Cars

Americans have a passion for our cars. They represent freedom as well as an expression of who we are as individuals. Our vehicles portray a picture of us and help begin to tell a story about how we like to show up in the world. Most people don’t see our homes, but far more people see our cars and when they do, they form an opinion about us based on what they see. As Americans, our cars rarely are simply purchased as a means of getting us from point A to point B. No. We make decisions to buy cars based on many other factors and that’s why it’s important that in this month of love, we take the time to show some to our cars that help us look our best.  The foremost way we can show our love and appreciation to our vehicles is to take the time and money to properly care for them. That starts with a commitment to preventive maintenance. Partner with the team of professionals at Autotrend Diagnostics in Campbell to get the most out of your vehicle. From its life expect ... read more

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Why do so many Americans love to drive and own Asian vehicles?

Why do so many Americans love to drive and own Asian vehicles?

Americans love to drive Asian vehicles for so many reasons. First of all, many of them aren’t truly Asian since a lot of them are built here in the US. They are dependable, reliable, efficient, and can compete on style depending on the model. There truly is something for everyone in the Asian lineup of automobiles. Efficiency: They pride themselves on being extremely fuel efficiency. When it comes to hybrid and electric, they lead the way. The Asian market knows how to get the most out of a single charge and they are dedicating themselves to making the hybrids and electric vehicles more stylish.  Practicality: They are everywhere and that means it’s easier to find parts as well as mechanics who know what to do with those parts. The sheer number of Asian vehicles in the US helps to drive costs down on all fronts.  Innovation: They are also at the head of the pack when it comes to style, performance, overall efficiency. Asian vehicles tend to be smart, futuristic ... read more

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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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