Monthly Archives: July 2016

PCV Valve: What Is It?

Most Sacramento drivers know something about preventive maintenance on a vehicle. We know we should routinely replace the oil and wiper blades and other fluids. But have you heard of a PCV valve ? This little car part needs to be replaced regularly or it can cause some serious problems in your vehicle engine.PCV stands for Positive Crankcase Ventilation. The crankcase holds your motor oil and is located at the bottom of your engine.When fuel is burned in your engine, it produces waste gases that are mostly vented out through your exhaust system. But some of these gases push their way past the pistons and into the crankcase. There, these gases can mix with motor oil to produce oil sludge, which can damage vehicle engine parts through corrosion and by clogging engine passages. Sacramento vehicle owners should be advised that if the engine is running at high speeds, these gases can also cause pressure inside the crankcase to build up. This pressure, in tu ... read more

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Another Couple of Years: Making Your Vehicle Last With Help From Made In America Made In Japan

Another Couple of Years: Making Your Vehicle Last With Help From Made In America Made In Japan

A while back, the Cash for Clunkers program was all over the California news. Sacramento people could trade in their old vehicle for a new one that got better gas mileage and receive a government rebate. A lot of Sacramento motorists had so-called clunkers that they wanted to keep. They're good commuters, grocery getters or toy haulers. They enjoy that fact that they're paid off, or soon will be. They would gladly like to keep their vehicles for 200,000 miles (320,000 kilometers) or more – as long as it's economical to do so. There are plenty of Sacramento drivers whose vehicles are running after 150,000 or 200,000 miles (240,000 or 320,000 kilometers). We can learn from what they're doing to keep our own vehicles on the road in California.The Sacramento drivers of high-mileage cars often report a common denominator of never skipping an oil change. That may sound a bit ... read more

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Maintenance

Automotive Tips from Made In America Made In Japan: When to Replace Your Wiper Blades

There are several important factors that go into how often Sacramento drivers should replace their wiper blades. Of course, the more you use your wipers, the faster the blades will wear out – especially if you use them on an icy windshield. Whether it’s a lot of bugs and road grime from California freeway driving or lots of wet weather – your blades get a work out and start to wear. But your wiper blades break down even when they aren’t used frequently. They are damaged by sunlight and temperature changes as well. The rubber in the blades can dry out and crack and eventually fall apart. Check your wipers: If they’re not doing their important job, have them replaced at Made In America Made In Japan in Sacramento. Talk to your Made In America Made In Japan service advisor about how you drive - we can counsel you on the optimal blades for your needs.Made In America Made In Japan1200 I StSacramento, California 9581491

Does Your Car Have A Recall Item?

Does Your Car Have A Recall Item?

No matter how well they're made, vehicles are bound to have problems with their design or manufacturing. Think of all the moving parts. When the government thinks a problem is really serious, they require the vehicle manufacturer to issue recall notices to Sacramento residents and to fix the affected vehicles free of charge. The they try to contact all Sacramento residents who own that type of car so they can have it taken care of at their Sacramento service center. To find out if your car has any recall issues, give us a call: Made In America Made In Japan1200 I StSacramento, California 95814916-442-3287 These recalls always affect safety, so Sacramento residents would be wise to take them seriously. It's really easy to find out if a vehicle is being recalled. For links to government sites, look in the AutoNetTV website. Other website include: carfax.com; autobytel.com; and dmv.org. All of these sites have free recall searches.Recalls are pretty serious for ... read more

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