Yearly Archives: 2016

Let Made In America Made In Japan Help You Extend the Life of Your Car

If you haven't shopped in the Sacramento area for a new vehicle recently, you're likely to experience some sticker shock. It seems everything is costing more these days. And when you consider the price of auto financing in Sacramento, and insurance, the idea of hanging on to your old vehicle for a few more years gets even more attractive.On the plus side, vehicles these days are engineered to last for 150,000 miles (250,000 km) or more. So why don't they? Usually it's because Sacramento drivers don't stay on top of preventive maintenance. Good vehicle care at professional automotive service centers like Made In America Made In Japan in Sacramento is the key to getting the most mileage out of your vehicle.Too often, Sacramento vehicle owners are inclined to wait until their vehicles develop an obvious problem and take them in for repairs instead of maintenance. Repairs can be expensive, but allowing routine vehicle m ... read more

Let Made In America Made In Japan Help You Keep Your Vehicle Another Couple of Years

Sacramento area residents may remember when the U.S. government's “Cash for Clunkers” program made a splash on the news scene. People were offered incentives to trade in old vehicles for new, in the interest of better and improved air quality from reduced emissions.But a lot of Sacramento drivers want to hang onto their old clunkers. They're dependable and they're paid for. Owners would love to see the odometers on those vehicles turn past 200,000 miles (320,000 km), as long as the repair bills don't get too expensive.There are a lot of vehicles on California roads that have run past the 200,000 mile (320,000 km) odometer reading. Is there something that their owners are doing that keeps these vehicles on the road? Or did they just win the “lemon lottery,” and luck out by getting a particularly good vehicle? Not surprisingly, most of these owners have something in common. They never skip an oil change. Can keeping a vehicle on the road for ... read more

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Maintenance

Need a New Battery? Call Made In America Made In Japan Today

Need a New Battery? Call Made In America Made In Japan Today

Hello Sacramento drivers! Need a new battery? There is a good chance that you do – 70% of batteries need to be replaced within four years. As your battery discharges and then recharges as you drive around Sacramento, bits of the surface of the battery plates disintegrate. As this process continues over a few years, the alternator has to work harder to supplement the battery charge. Over time, enough of the battery is damaged that it can no longer hold a charge and it needs to be replaced. This also speeds up wear on the alternator.Your Made In America Made In Japan service advisor can help you determine the right vehicle replacement battery for the way you drive around Sacramento, as well as the California climate and durability needs.Contact Made In America Made In Japan for information on battery replacement.Give us a call. Made In America Made In Japan 1200 I St Sacramento, California 95814 916

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Battery

Ask Made In America Made In Japan: What Happens When a Serpentine Belt Breaks?

Ask Made In America Made In Japan: What Happens When a Serpentine Belt Breaks?

The serpentine belt is aptly named since it snakes around under your hood. It may lack its namesake's fangs, but it sure packs a wallop when it breaks.The serpentine belt powers a lot of engine systems. It runs the alternator, which charges the battery; the water pump (on some vehicles), which cools the engine; the air conditioning, which cools the driver and passengers; and the power steering pump, which allows for easier steering. When the belt breaks, all of these systems shut down.Okay, so maybe you can live without air conditioning and power steering for a while, but your battery can't live very long without an alternator, and when the cooling system goes down, your vehicle engine will overheat. That's why Sacramento drivers should never wait to get a serpentine belt replaced.Serpentine belts are fairly inexpensive at Made In America Made In Japan in Sacramento. And they look downright cheap when you compare them to the cost of an overheated vehicle engine, a tow truck, time lost ... read more

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Timing Belt

Ask Made In America Made In Japan About the Importance of Service Intervals

Ask Made In America Made In Japan About the Importance of Service Intervals

Today in our Made In America Made In Japan blog, we're going to talk about following recommended service intervals. Your vehicle isn't the only aspect of your life with recommended intervals: What about six-month dental cleanings and regular physical exams? Then there's laundry, mowing the lawn, paying your electric bill, changing your furnace filter - you get the idea.Now, what would happen if you didn't follow these intervals?For one thing, your teeth may get more cavities. You might not discover health issues that benefit from early detection and treatment. And you'd have to wear dirty clothes, be embarrassed by your overgrown lawn and have your power shut off.We all realize there are some things in life that we have to take care of regularly. If we don't, there are negative consequences. Our quality of life diminishes and it inevitably costs more money.Have you ever wondered, "How often should I bring my car in for scheduled maintenance ... read more

Made In America Made In Japan Service Tip: Why Synthetic Oil Is Good For Your Vehicles

Made In America Made In Japan Service Tip: Why Synthetic Oil Is Good For Your Vehicles

Hello California! Today's vehicle care topic is: Synthetic Oil vs. Petroleum Based Oil. Synthetic motor oil is a substitute for petroleum based oil. If you aren't currently using it, why not? Synthetic motor oil maximizes engine power and fuel economy. To see why, we'd need a microscope, so we'll have to settle for using our imaginations. The molecules of conventional motor oil are long hydrocarbon chains. Synthetic motor oil, on the other hand, has uniform, round molecules. Which is slipperier, a pile of pencils or a pile of marbles?Synthetic motor oil lubricates better because there's less friction. This results in myriad benefits: better wear protection, cooler operating temperatures, more power and better fuel economy. And synthetic oil doesn't sludge up like conventional oil so it prevents those small oil passages from clogging up. (We see that too often at Made In America Made In Japan in Sacramento.)Some manufacturers ar ... read more

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Fluids

Automotive Tips from Made In America Made In Japan: Battery Testing

The simple fact is that 70% of car batteries fail within 4 years. They just need to be replaced at Made In America Made In Japan when they are no longer able to hold a full charge.Batteries are a big ticket item for most Sacramento drivers and it’s tempting to put off buying a new one as long as possible. But a battery that cannot hold a full charge requires the alternator to work extra hard, causing it to wear out prematurely.Your Made In America Made In Japan service advisor can test your battery to see if it should be replaced. Testing is a good idea for California drivers because a battery might still be good, but become dead because of a bad alternator or even a worn serpentine belt and tensioner. Made In America Made In Japan1200 I StSacramento, California 95814916-442-3287  

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Battery

Hey Sacramento Drivers: How Do You Save Gas?

Higher Sacramento fuel prices aren't going away any time soon. That's not good news for our wallets. A lot of Sacramento drivers are trying to find ways to cut down on fuel consumption and hang on to some of their hard-earned money.North Americans drive billions of miles less during months of high fuel prices. That's right, billions. Of course California vehicle owners can't stop driving altogether, so we still need to find other ways to cut fuel bills.Preventive maintenance at Made In America Made In Japan in Sacramento and good vehicle care can actually pay for themselves by lowering our fuel consumption. Here's a real-life example of how that can work.A family planned a four-day camping trip. Before leaving, they took their SUV into Made In America Made In Japan for an oil change. They flushed the cooling system, serviced all three differentials and cleaned the fuel system. They replaced the PCV valve and breather element. Then they checked the ... read more

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Fuel Economy

Protecting Your Vehicle from Theft in Sacramento, California

Protecting Your Vehicle from Theft in Sacramento, California

Every car in Sacramento, California, is at risk for theft. So it's up to us to make our cars a less appealing target and more of a challenge – hopefully sending potential thieves to look elsewhere.The National Insurance Crime Bureau recommends a layered approach to protecting vehicles: Common sense Visible and audible devices Immobilizing devices Tracking devices Let's review each of these. One is common sense; you would be surprised how many vehicles are stolen in California where the keys were left in the ignition with the doors unlocked. Always take your keys and lock the doors. In fact, in some places it's against the law to leave a vehicle unattended with the keys in the ignition.And don't leave spare keys in the car or hide them outside – because a thief will find them. Sacramento drivers would be wise to park in well-lit areas that have a lot of foot traffic. If possible, park nea ... read more

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Automotive News

The Economy of Maintenance for Sacramento Drivers

Do I keep my old vehicle or buy a new one? It's a question most Sacramento drivers ask themselves at some time or another.Generally, what it comes down to is the choice between a car payment and the possibility of repair bills. Most of the time, we want to choose the car payment because we don't like the inconvenience and uncertainty of vehicle repairs. But that payment has a detrimental effect on our budget and bank account.Edmunds.com is a great website to help you with your decision. This site uses repair histories to calculate the average repair bills for specific makes and models of cars. You can plug in the information for your vehicle and get an estimate on what it will probably cost you to continue owning that vehicle.Now, Edmunds.com isn't a crystal ball. It can't know what will happen to your specific vehicle. But it can guide you in knowing how much money to budget for the repair and maintenance of your vehicle ... read more

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