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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Back to School: Auto Maintenance

With school season soon starting your car's safety and dependability are even more important.  Whether you're a parent shuttling the kids or a new college student, it's an important time for some important car care items.  But they're often forgotten in the rush of loading up on school supplies and working out carpool schedules.  Or being away from home for the first time.  So here's a sort of automotive checklist for back-to-school. DIY -- Regularly There are several maintenance and...

Summer Heat

Hot summer day?  It shouldn't come as any surprise that heat puts a strain on your car's cooling system.  But you may be surprised that speeding down the freeway on a sultry afternoon isn't the worst case.  Actually your engine has to strain while traveling at low speeds, such as when towing or heading up a steep grade.  Why?  There's far less air going past the radiator and through the engine compartment. High temperatures affects other parts of your vehicle too.  They're dangerous for...
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Time for a Tune Up?

Despite advanced engine control systems, today's cars and trucks still need a tune-up from time to time.  It's an important part of preventive maintenance.  Neglecting it leads to poor engine performance and poor gas mileage, that can even cause damage.  So check the owner's manual for the maintenance schedule for each of your vehicles.  In the meantime, stay alert to symptoms that may indicate you're past due because of special circumstances. When Is A Tune Up Necessary? As with all...
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Don’t Skimp on Car Maintenance — It’s False Economy!

You may have heard the saying, "If you don't schedule time for your car's maintenance your car will schedule it for you." Preventive maintenance keeps breakdowns and their headaches to a minimum. And just might save you money in the long run, keeping a small problem from developing into a big one. So don't wait until something fails before bringing your car in. What Needs Maintaining? Oil, filters, and coolant are essentially consumables that need to be replaced anywhere from a few times per...
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Extended Car Warranties

Extended car warranties cover repairs after the manufacturer's standard warranty expires.  You could think of it as insurance against a big unexpected repair bill, or as an auto service contract (which they're often also called).  Either way you're trading unknown costs for a fixed known cost.  Just keep in mind that it's not the same as car liability and collision insurance. You can purchase an extended auto warranty at the car dealership or separately through an independent company,...
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Our 3 Year / 36,000 Mile Nationwide Warranty

Interested in a 3 year warranty? California laws mean that in most situations you have the right to choose any licensed repair shop for scheduled service, in-warranty, and insurance repairs. We hope you'll choose us. Have a late-model vehicle still under the manufacturer's warranty?  Our auto services save you time and money while keeping that warranty intact.  You can choose OEM (original equipment manufacturer -- the auto maker) or after-market parts. Our 3 Year Warranty Our automotive...
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Commercial Bus Maintenance

Our staff, technicians, and ASE Certified master mechanics work together save you administrative time and reduce commercial bus maintenance and repair costs.  A full-service shop, we're ready for all scheduled maintenance and repairs.  We've worked extensively with commercial fleets as well as single-vehicle businesses such as shuttle bus services, hospitals, retirement homes, and others with top-notch workmanship in our own facility as well as on-site. Regular scheduled maintenance is...
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What are Diesel Particulate Filters?

Diesel cars, trucks and buses are often associated with dark smoky exhausts.  That's a result of incompletely burned fuel.  But pollution abatement requirements have largely eliminated that.  For the last 20 years or so diesel particulate filters (DPF) have been incorporated into vehicles to capture that exhaust soot rather than releasing it into the atmosphere.  They're one of the key diesel pollution solutions. How They Work At their core, diesel particulate filters are pretty much like...
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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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