Pacific Automotive - Your Local Dealer Alternative Auto Repair Center

Serving San Diego Over 25 Years

5181 Santa Fe St San Diego

(858) 925-5359

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What’s the Deal With Synthetic Oil?

We're often asked if it's worth switching to synthetic oil.  Sometimes the answer is simple.  If the vehicle's manufacturer requires it, anything other than synthetic motor oil voids the warranty.  Otherwise the trade-offs with conventional motor oil can be a bit complicated, involving more than just cost.  There's even some controversy concerning whether its right oil for older cars. Just What is Synthetic Oil? All engine oils actually start with refined crude.  So what makes synthetic...
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2018 Models with the Best Retained Value

All new vehicles take a big hit in value the moment you drive them off the lot.  That's why it's smart to buy a late-model used vehicle.  But as the years and miles roll on different makes and models loose their resale value at different rates.  For most people that retained value is an important consideration if they plan to sell after a few years, and a good indication of durability and lifetime otherwise.  Good maintenance and the absence of any major accidents that could have damaged...
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Fuel Efficiency: 2018 Top Makes and Models

With fall approaching it's a good time to start thinking about taking advantage of model-year close out sales.  There's a huge list of factors that go into selecting the right vehicle, and their priorities vary tremendously from person to person, family to family.  Let's consider just one of those -- fuel efficiency or fuel economy.  What are the best fuel-efficient cars for 2018? Gas Mileage Gas mileage is measured in mpg, miles per gallon. The number of miles you can drive per gallon of...
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2018 Honda Models

Why talk about 2018 Honda models now? Considering the big drop in resale value all new cars have "the minute you drive them off the lot," buying a used car that's a year or two old makes a lot of sense. And with state of the art diagnostic equipment and the latest factory information, we at Pacific Automotive can help keep your Hondas maintained and repaired for many years to come. Honda vehicles have come a long way since the compact 1972 Civic hatchback (the first vehicle to meet US emission...
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Top 10 Most Reliable Makes of Cars

We're often asked which makes of cars are the most reliable. There's a dozen or more things to consider when choosing a new or used car, and a reliability rating should be among them even if it's not the most important factor to you personally.  The more dependable a vehicle is the less often your schedule is disrupted by repairs and the less likely you'll be stranded and need a tow.  And of course the lower your repair bills should be. The more data you have the better the conclusions, so...
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The Latest in Honda Diagnostics

Vehicles rolling off today's assembly lines incorporate an advanced network of dozens of microcomputers.  So we keep up-to-date with the latest diagnostic software, in particular the Honda Diagnostics System (HDS).  That lets us see all the details of system functions and update the transmission and engine control module programming. OBD? Starting in 1996 all new vehicles manufactured were required to include an OBD connector.  What's that?  It's On-Board Diagnostics, constantly running...
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Transmission Symptoms

Beware of transmission symptoms indicating a problem can prevent larger problems down the road. With regular maintenance according to the manufacturer's schedule, there's rarely a need for transmission repairs in San Diego.  But problems do happen, especially as the miles pile on.  When your transmission makes a grinding sound there's no doubt that it's time for repairs.  Recognising less obvious signs that something's gone wrong early on can mean the difference between a quick-fix and a...
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What is ASE?

You've probably heard about "ASE certified mechanics" and seen the blue logo fairly often, but maybe haven't stopped to wonder exactly what that means.  Basically, if someone hasn't passed ASE certification tests they're probably not serious about professional auto repair.  But just what is ASE? The ASE Have you ever worried about how good an automotive service mechanic is?  Are they well-trained and experienced?  There's a nationwide program that answers that for you. The...
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Clutch Maintenance and Repair

If you're like most people and drive a vehicle with an automatic transmission you don't ever think about a clutch.  Which is fine because you have a "torque converter" instead.  But if you drive a stick-shift you probably recall some difficulties learning to use the clutch and manual transmission.  If that's you, you just might want to know more about clutch maintenance along with some clues indicating that you may need a clutch repair. What Does a Clutch Do? Gasoline and diesel motors...
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Maintaining Your Car’s Warranty

It's easy to take the "path of least resistance" such as having all your vehicle maintenance done at the dealership where you bought it.  That's not actually required to maintain your new car warranty, and is likely to cost you significantly more.  But you do need to keep up with all the recommended maintenance to keep the factory warranty intact. A warranty is essentially a contract between you and the manufacture.  You agree to follow good maintenance practices and the manufacturer agrees...
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