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Introduction to Diesels for Sacramento, California

Introduction to Diesels for Sacramento, California

Something you're going to be hearing a lot about around Sacramento, California, is diesel engines. We're not talking about semi-trucks and buses; we're talking about diesel engine cars, pick-ups and SUVs.Most people in California are surprised to learn that around half the cars on the road in Europe have diesel engines. Nearly all import brands offer a range of diesel engines abroad – even the ultra-luxury brands like Mercedes and BMW. For the most part, these diesel engines haven't been available in Sacramento, California. But that's about to change.In the past, North American diesel fuel has had a much higher sulfur content than European fuel. Recent environmental laws have required changes in diesel formulation and emissions standards here in Sacramento, California, so we are now ready to start seeing more diesel options offered over the next few years.Why are so many Sacramento drivers interested in diesel engines? Well first off, diesel fuel is more energy d ... read more

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Fuel System

Fall and Spring Checkup in Sacramento

Fall and Spring Checkup in Sacramento

When I was a kid, my dad always made sure he took the cars in for Spring and Fall checkups. I was telling a friend that it's about time to get into Made In America Made In Japan for a checkup and he said that he read on the internet that modern cars don't need seasonal service.My friend is (technically) right about some things, but from a practical standpoint, a seasonal check up still makes sense.Back when my dad was teaching me about how to take care of the family vehicle, most of them used a different weight of oil in the winter and in the summer. But most of today's modern engines run the same oil year round. High-tech engines and high-tech motor oils are better able to handle the seasonal changes.Your owner's manual or Sacramento service advisor at Made In America Made In Japan can tell you the right oil to use.Of course, you're concerned about the coolant or antifreeze. You don't want to overheat in the Cali ... read more

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Maintenance

Engine Air Filter

Today we want to talk about your engine air filter.  That’s the filter that cleans the air before it’s burned in your engine.  People wonder how often they should change their engine air filter.  The simple answer is when it’s dirty.  That’s a function of how much air has passed through the filter, so your manufacturer will recommend a mileage interval for replacing the air filter.  But you can imagine that how dirty the air is would affect how quickly the filter gets filled.  If you drive where there’s lots of dust, pollution or pollen, your engine air filter will get dirty more quickly and need to be changed sooner.  That’s why we check the air filter with every full-service oil change.  We can visually tell if the filter needs to be changed. Your filter can only hold so much dirt.  Once the filter is full, dirt will pass through to the engine.  This dirt gums up the combustion chamber and hurts fue ... read more

Which Item Is Most Stolen from Vehicles in Sacramento?

Which Item Is Most Stolen from Vehicles in Sacramento?

  Which item is most often stolen from vehicles in Sacramento?Is it: Stereo Wheels Air Bag DVD System Well, if you said stereo – you used to be right. But airbags have now surpassed stereos as the biggest target for theft in California – approximately 50,000 a year are stolen across the country. New airbags cost about $1,000, but go for $50 to $200 on the black market in California.Stolen airbags are making their way back into cars that have been in an accident. Of course, the danger to the consumer of having a stolen airbag installed is that you can never be sure what may have previously affected them and if they will work right when you need them. Contact us at Made In America Made In Japan for more information about where to get your airbags checked or replaced.Find us at 1200 I St, Sacramento, California 95814You can reach us by phone at: 916-442-3287 There are reports that 1 in 25 airbag r ... read more

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Maintenance

Finding Vehicle Recall Information in Sacramento, California

Finding Vehicle Recall Information in Sacramento, California

No matter how well they're made, vehicles in Sacramento, California, will have design or manufacturing problems. And when the government thinks a problem is really serious for people in Sacramento, California, they require the manufacturer to issue a recall notice and fix the vehicle  free of charge. The manufacturer then tries to contact everyone in California who owns that type of vehicle to get the recall work done. Perhaps you have received a postcard notifying you of a recall. The government has links on its websites, or just visit AutoNetTV for links. There are many websites with free recall information and searches. There's CarFax, AutoByTel and the DMV.Recalls are serious but not all that common. Sometimes there are fewer issues, and for these, manufacturers issue a Technical Service Bulletin, or TSB, that tells service centers like Made In America Made In Japan how to repair a frequent or difficult problem ... read more

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Fuel System

What Is a Differential and Do You Have One?

What Is a Differential and Do You Have One?

With front-wheel drive being so common these days in Sacramento, California, the differential is just taken care of during a transmission service, so most Sacramento drivers don't even have to think about it. And rear-wheel drive differentials don't need to be serviced for years, so it's understandable that it's not something on the top of Sacramento customers' minds. It's not uncommon for drivers to not know they have a differential let alone know that it needs service. Call Made In America Made In Japan in Sacramento at 916-442-3287 for information about differential service, or stop by our Sacramento, California, auto center at 1200 I St, 95814. To better understand what a differential does, think about our local Sacramento high school track. There are lanes marked off on the track. For the longer distance races, the starting lines are staggered. The starting lines for the outside lanes are ahead of the starting lines for the ins ... read more

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Drive Train

Why People in Sacramento Hesitate to Get Their Vehicle Serviced

Why People in Sacramento Hesitate to Get Their Vehicle Serviced

A recent report stated that over 80 percent of the vehicles on our Sacramento, California, roads have one or more service or repair that's needed but hasn't been taken care of. Now that's a lot of undone service. That translates into something over 160 million vehicles in North America alone. Some of the neglected items are minor. Others are serious safety concerns.There are several reasons we hesitate to take care of recommended services, especially services that our Sacramento automotive advisor recommends when we're in for something else, like an oil change.The first issue boils down to comfort with car care. We don't always feel we know enough to make good decisions. Some of that can be attributed to the fact that vehicles are so reliable these days. They almost become an appliance. Of course you love your vehicle, but if you don't have to worry about it breaking down all the time, you're not forced to think as much about preventive ma ... read more

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Inspection

The Fallacy of Cheap Tires

The Fallacy of Cheap Tires

Do you ever shop for shoes in one of our Sacramento area shoe stores?When buying a running shoe, is quality important?Does durability matter as long as the shoes look fabulous?Would you rather have one pair of long lasting shoes or two pair of lower quality shoes at the same price?Is the warranty important when buying tires?When you choose new tires in Sacramento, what's the most important factor for you? Give us a call at Made In America Made In Japan at 916-442-3287 for tire recommendations. You know, buying tires in Sacramento is a big deal. It's a big ticket item so you know you'll be spending a lot. You're not only concerned about the price, but you want to know that it'll be a long time before you need to buy new tires again.And of course there's the safety aspect as well. The tires do a lot of work – they carry the weight of the vehicle and you and your passengers. They need to be up to the task. Y ... read more

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Tires and Wheels

When Are Your Tires Worn Out?

When Are Your Tires Worn Out?

  Hey Sacramento area drivers, are your tires worn out? What is the standard for our California streets? How can you tell on your vehicle?While there may be legal requirements for the Sacramento area, there are safety concerns that go beyond meeting minimum replacement mandates.Two-thirty-seconds of an inch is the depth of the tire tread wear indicator bars that US law has required to be molded across all tires since August 1, 1968. When tires are worn so that this bar is visible, there's just 2/32 of an inch – 1.6 millimeters – of tread left. It's that level of wear that's been called into question recently.We're referring to the tread depth on a tire, it can't move surface water out of the way and you start to hydroplane.In a safety study, a section of a test track was flooded with a thin layer of water. If you laid a dime on the track, the water would be deep enough to surround the coin, but not enough to cover it.A car and a full-sized pick-up accelerated ... read more

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Tires and Wheels

Keeping Your Sacramento Air Fresh When Driving With a Clean Cabin Air Filter

Keeping Your Sacramento Air Fresh When Driving With a Clean Cabin Air Filter

Pop quiz: What is a cabin air filter? A. A filter for your Sacramento house?B. A fresh, piney scent?C. A filter for the passenger compartment of your car? Clever you, it's C.A cabin air filter cleans the outside air before it comes into the passenger compartment of your vehicle. It filters out common California air particles like dust, pollen, spores, bacteria, pollutants, exhaust gas, odors and even sparrows.These high tech filters can block particles larger than 3 microns. By contrast, a grain of sand is about 200 microns.Not all Sacramento vehicles have cabin air filters. They are fairly new on the scene in California. Last check, about 40 percent of new vehicles sold in Sacramento come with cabin air filters, but the number is growing every year. Cabin air filters make driving a lot more pleasant for people in Sacramento. Your vehicle can be a haven during our California allergy season with very little dust and pollen getting into the cabin. Of course, like all filters, t ... read more

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Cabin Air Filter
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