Monthly Archives: December 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
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