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Made In America Made In Japan Radiator Service

Made In America Made In Japan Radiator Service

The coolant system is a vital part of your vehicle. It is also the second most common cause for vehicle failures. Even though coolant system failure is fairly common in Sacramento, it is easy to prevent. The most recognizable part of the coolant system is the radiator. It is connected to the engine with hoses and is filled with coolant. The coolant draws heat off the engine and then passes into the radiator. Air passes through cooling fins to reduce the temperature of the coolant and then it's back to the engine again.There are several ways for the cooling system to fail. Most common is with the coolant itself. Coolant is comprised of water and antifreeze. The proper ratio keeps the coolant from either boiling away or freezing. Understandably, either can lead to massive engine damage.Another coolant issue that is often overlooked by Sacramento drivers is the age of the coolant itself. Antifreeze has additives that protect the coolant system from corrosion. As these add ... read more

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Picking the Right Tires in Sacramento

Picking the Right Tires in Sacramento

Shopping for tires in Sacramento can be bewildering because there are many choices. Let's simplify. There are four main classifications of tires, each designed for different purposes.First off, there are summer tires. Those who buy summer tires in Sacramento are looking for maximum summertime performance. The rubber is a little softer to help stick to the road on fast corners on California roads. The tread has wide blocks at the shoulder to stiffen the tire in turns. The tread design can handle rain but really isn't set up for snow and ice. Next comes winter tires. Sacramento people buy winter tires because they still like performance driving when it's cold and slippery on California roads, so they need a tread design that'll really bite into ice and snow. The rubber compound is formulated to stay pliable when temperatures drop below 45 degrees F/7 degrees C so they get great traction even on dry roads. On the other end of the winter tire spectrum ... read more

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Tire Rotation and Balancing at Made In America Made In Japan in Sacramento

Tire Rotation and Balancing at Made In America Made In Japan in Sacramento

Tires do a lot of work for Sacramento drivers. They transfer engine power and braking forces to the road; they handle steering control; and they cushion all those bumps and jolts while driving around Sacramento. They also support the entire weight of the vehicle, including you and your passengers. With such important work to do, you want your tires to do their job well. And since replacing tires is fairly pricey, you want them to last as long as possible. There are three keys to long, even tire wear for Sacramento driving: Proper tire inflation Proper wheel alignment Regular tire rotation and balancing The front tires on a car take the brunt of the steering forces. As they push through turns, the shoulders of the front tires wear down more quickly than the rear tires. Rotating front and rear tires allows them to all wear at about the same rate. That's especially true of front-wheel-drive vehicles whose front tires steer and put the power to the road.SUVs ... read more

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Tires and Wheels

Why Wheel Balancing and Tire Rotation Save You Money on Tires

Why Wheel Balancing and Tire Rotation Save You Money on Tires

Sacramento drivers want their tires to last as long as possible. Two ways to extend tire life are wheel balancing and tire rotation.When wheels are out of balance, they wobble and vibrate. That makes the tires wear in a cupping pattern. If a front wheel is out of balance you'll feel it in the steering wheel. If it's a rear wheel you'll feel it through your seat. To fix this, your technician at Made In America Made In Japan puts weights on your wheels to balance them out.That brings us to tire rotation. The front tires on a vehicle wear out faster than the rear tires. As they push through turns, the shoulders of the front tires wear down. So rotating front and rear tires allows them to all wear at about the same rate over the life of the tire.Proper tire inflation will also help Sacramento folks' tires last longer. Underinflated tires wear more on the shoulder and may even overheat. This could cause tire damage or a blow out. Overinflated tires wear too fast in the midd ... read more

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Tires and Wheels

What Sacramento Customers like About Us at Made In America Made In Japan

A big part of the service we provide at Made In America Made In Japan for our Sacramento customers is education. We want you to feel confident with your service decisions. And we're always open to questions from our valued Sacramento area customers. Even though we try to be proactive in our Made In America Made In Japan automotive education, we sometimes get busy fixing vehicles and need a reminder. Please, just ask. We've found our Sacramento customers like the service reminders. They've grown to trust that our recommendations are based on the vehicle manufactures’ published maintenance schedules and that Made In America Made In Japan is not just pulling them out of the air. We know that people in Sacramento live a busy life with a lot more to think about than wondering if it's time to replace the PCV valve on their vehicle. Part of our Made In America Made In Japan service process is checking the vehicle manufacture's schedule to make sure w ... read more

Know Your Towing Limits in Sacramento

Some Sacramento drivers figure that anything they can attach to their trailer hitch can be towed by their vehicle. Nope. If you're going to do any towing around Sacramento, you should be aware of safety issues, California towing laws and potential liability.Understanding tow ratings is important for safe towing. A tow rating is the weight limit that your vehicle can safely tow. They calculate the tow rating for every vehicle, but different options on the vehicle can affect that rating. Sacramento drivers need to read the towing section in their owner's manual to get the specific tow rating for the vehicle they own.Your trailer hitch also has a weight limit, and it may not match the tow rating for your vehicle. Your vehicle may be rated for 10,000 pounds (4,500 kg), but if you have a 2,000-pound (900 kg) hitch limit, you shouldn't be towing more than 2,000 pounds (900 kg). If you tow a 10,000-pound (4,500 kg) trailer on that hitch, it could break free and you would be liable for any res ... read more

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Made In America Made In Japan Alternator Replacement Service in Sacramento

Made In America Made In Japan Alternator Replacement Service in Sacramento

Your vehicle alternator doesn't get enough credit. Though your battery gets your engine started, after that – it's all about the alternator.  Driving around Sacramento is a lot of work for your alternator, and as upgrades such as heated steering wheels, cooled seats, stability control and lane departure warning become more common, it will have to work even harder. Eventually this workhorse just wears out. When it does you have no choice but to order an alternator replacement because your vehicle won't run without one. Come see your friendly and professional service advisor at Made In America Made In Japan to learn more. Made In America Made In Japan1200 I StSacramento, California 9581491

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Fall and Spring Inspection at Made In America Made In Japan

Good vehicle care for us Sacramento residents has always meant taking our vehicles in every spring and fall for a check-up. Vehicles needed routine maintenance to prepare them for the changes in weather. Today's vehicles aren't quite as sensitive to seasonal changes. Older vehicles required different weights of oil for summer and winter. But today's engines can run on the same oil all year. Both the engines and the oils have been improved.Antifreeze—or coolant as it's also called—protects the engine from both freezing and hot temperatures and thus is required by the engine year-round. Modern coolants don't have to be changed as often as they did in the past, but your owner's manual has a recommendation for when it should be replaced to extend cooling system life.Getting a spring and fall checkup at Made In America Made In Japan in Sacramento for your vehicle is still good auto advice.First of all, there is a lot of preventive auto maintenance ... read more

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Made In America Made In Japan Advice: Don't Overlook These 10 Automotive Services

Organization is the key to managing a busy life in California. So setting up an annual calendar for vehicle care can keep Sacramento residents on top of preventive maintenance. But you can't just write “oil change” every few months on the calendar. Modern vehicles have many systems that are vital to the safe operation of a vehicle, and they all need to be inspected. Sacramento residents can't afford to overlook any of them.The following is a list of preventive maintenance services that are often overlooked by vehicle owners in the Sacramento area. They are not presented in any particular order.1. Made In America Made In Japan Power Steering Service. Moisture gradually builds up in your power steering fluid, which can lead to corrosion in your steering system. The fluid also gets dirty, which can gum up your steering system. The fluid needs to be replaced periodically.2. Made In America Made In Japan Wheel Alignment. Wheels th ... read more

Differential Service at Made In America Made In Japan: Viva la Difference

Differential Service at Made In America Made In Japan: Viva la Difference

Every vehicle on California roads has a differential, and it is important to the proper operation of the vehicle.  But most Sacramento residents don't have a clue what it is.The differential compensates for differing wheel speeds. For example, when you turn, the inside tire on the turn travels a much shorter distance than the outside wheel. So the inside wheel of the vehicle must move at a slower speed than the outside wheel. Without a differential, the wheels would hop and scrape while turning.Have you ever seen the large bulge in the middle of the rear axle of a truck? That's the differential. In a rear-wheel drive vehicle, the differential is located on the back axle. Four-wheel drive vehicles and SUV's have differentials on both the front and the rear axle.You might expect that the differential is located on the front axle of a front-wheel drive vehicle. You'd be right. But the differential is called a transaxle on a front-wheel ... read more

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