Monthly Archives: April 2016

Used Cars: Made In America Made In Japan Advice on What to Do After You Buy

Used vehicles are certainly an economical choice for budget-conscious Sacramento drivers. But how can we know we're getting a good used vehicle and not just inheriting someone else's problems?There are good used vehicles for sale in the Sacramento area. Vehicles are sold when families upsize, when families downsize or even when someone just wants a new ride. So the used vehicle may be just fine. But some Sacramento used vehicle owners sell them because they don't want to deal with developing or existing problems.When you're considering buying a used vehicle in Sacramento, ask for service records. Check to see if the recommended schedules for preventive maintenance have been followed. If so, you probably have a great used vehicle on your hands. If there aren't any service records, then assume the worst.Check the vehicle for obvious signs of problems. Kick the tires if you want to but definitely check them for uneven tread wear. This can indicate alignment ... read more

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Older Vehicles

Does My Choice in Oil Affect Change Intervals?

Oil changes are probably the most recognized service on a vehicle. Almost all Sacramento residents know about them. But do we know enough?Several decades ago, oil changes were fairly standard: every three months or 3,000 miles or 5,000 kilometers. But recent advances in both engine technology and oil quality have led to longer oil change intervals.Delayed or skipped oil changes are a problem for Sacramento residents because they lead to the build-up of oil sludge in your engine. Oil sludge forms when engine oil breaks down, which happens with both time and miles. Obviously, driving will take its toll on engine oil, but the oil also breaks down even as the vehicle just sits in the garage. This is why oil change intervals are listed in both time and distance traveled, and the phrase “whichever comes first” is applicable.Oil sludge is essentially petroleum jelly. Imagine this stuff squishing around in your vehicle engine, pushing into small engine passageways and blocking ... read more

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Fluids

How Does Made In America Made In Japan Know What to Recommend?

When you drop your vehicle off at Made In America Made In Japan in Sacramento, they don't just poke around under your hood looking for stuff to do. Made In America Made In Japan professionals have lists and procedures they follow for different types of service. First of all, your Sacramento service center will note the mileage on your vehicle. They'll then check to see what inspections and services the vehicle manufacturer recommends for a vehicle of your make, model and mileage. If you are a regular customer, they will also check your vehicle's history.If the vehicle manufacturer's recommendations go beyond the services you've ordered, they'll let you know. They'll also indicate whether those services are urgent or if you can wait a while to take care of them. The Made In America Made In Japan pros won't do work that you don't agree to.They will, however, perform inspections while they're servicing your vehicle. They'll check belts, filters and fluids. They'll ch ... read more

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Wheel Bearings

Why are wheel bearings for Sacramento vehicles important? It's simple: your wheel bearings keep the wheels on your vehicle. In today's Made In America Made In Japan post, we'll discuss more about wheel bearings and how you can make sure they can do their very job while you drive around Sacramento, California. Wheel bearings are pretty simple parts. They're made of high quality steel and are engineered to last 100,000 miles (160,000)  or more if properly cared for. The bearings do two jobs: First, they allow the wheel to freely rotate with as little friction as possible. Second, they support the weight of the vehicle. For example, if your car weighs 3,600 pounds (1600 kilogram), each wheel has to support approximately 900 pounds (400 kilograms). That's a lot of heavy lifting over those long distances.Even though wheel bearings are pretty straightforward, they need to be in near perfect condition to do their job for Sacramento vehicles. The bearings are packed with ... read more

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Tires and Wheels
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