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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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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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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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