Monthly Archives: November 2016

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

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
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