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Creating The Ultimate Emergency Kit For Your Car

Creating The Ultimate Emergency Kit For Your Car

  No matter where your travels take you, you should never drive your car without first having a properly stocked emergency car kit on board. There are some essential items each emergency car kit should have, but the ways to personalize it are endless. Read on for what to include in your emergency car kit!   There are three main categories for what goes into your emergency car kit: car repair, medical and safety, and miscellaneous. Check them out below:   Car Repair: When you face a vehicle emergency like a flat tire, there are some things you’ll need to have on hand in your vehicle. An inflated spare tire, a wheel wrench, and a tripod jack are all necessary and usually come in your car. Never changed a flat before? Don’t worry! Check your car owner manual for directions and pictures of how to do so. You can even check out some video tutorials online for practice. Also included on this list are jumper cables, tool kit, reflective triangles, and a reflecti ... read more

Understanding Your Vehicle’s Fluids

Understanding Your Vehicle’s Fluids

While many people grew up learning how to check and take care of the fluids in their cars, innovations in the automotive industry have added a variety of additional fluids that need maintenance. While a quick oil check used to be the standard, newer model vehicles require more maintenance and upkeep to keep them running to the best of their ability. Keep reading to learn how to understand more about some of your car's fluids!   All cars run on oil, so you must check the oil regularly. The oil lubricates various parts of your engine, making sure it doesn't overheat and runs smoothly. If you go for a quick drive, then park and let your engine cool. If low, fill with the type of oil recommended in your car manual, and you're good to go! Another fluid vital to the running of your car is the radiator fluid. Radiator fluid ensures your engine doesn't overheat while it's running. If you run low on radiator fluid, you run the risk of overheating your car while out and ... read more

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What goes into emissions testing?

What goes into emissions testing?

We all know that emissions testing (also sometimes called a Smog Check) is an essential part of being a car owner these days. The Environmental Protection Agency sets the basic emissions standards for all vehicles sold in the United States. While that's true, it's up to each state to maintain those standards. As a result, states often adopt even stricter rules, including California. Some states don't require emissions testing, though California requires them every two years. New residents are required to have a smog check done before they can register their vehicle in California. If for some reason, you do not pass your emissions test and your car is not exempt, you will not be able to drive your vehicle within the state legally. Now, before getting into the requirements for the California emissions test, what does testing emissions even do? This test looks at your car's emission production to give an overview of its functional state. During an emissions testing, your v ... 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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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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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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