Monthly Archives: September 2016

Speak Up: Talking with Your Made In America Made In Japan Service Advisor

About 80% of the vehicles on Sacramento roads today are behind on their preventive maintenance schedules. That translates to about 160 million vehicles in the United States that aren't performing as well as they could be - thousands right here in California. Some of the maintenance issues are minor. Others represent serious safety concerns. There are many reasons Sacramento drivers neglect their routine car care. Some of the more common ones are complacency, lack of confidence, lack of trust and budget issues. Modern vehicles are amazingly reliable compared to their older counterparts. They can run for years without any repairs, and we sometimes translate that to mean they don't need any maintenance. The trouble is that without maintenance, parts in the vehicle are gradually wearing out, fluids are getting dirty, oil is developing sludge — a lot of stuff is happening that we can't see, and it is destroying the vehicle. The first time we learn the ... read more

Should Sacramento Soccer Moms Follow the Severe Service Schedule?

So you take your vehicle in for maintenance and the pro at Made In America Made In Japan tells you that you ought to change your oil more often. What? You followed the maintenance schedule – but you take a second look at that “severe service” schedule and see some of the following: 1. Most of your trips around Sacramento are less than four miles/six and a half kilometers.2. Most of your trips are less than 10 miles/16 km when outside California temperatures are below freezing.3. You don't do a lot of California freeway driving, so you drive at low speeds most of the time.4. You drive in an area with a lot of pollution, dust, dirt, mud or slush.5. You frequently tow a trailer, haul heavy loads around Sacramento or use a car-top carrier.6. The weather in your area can get very hot or very cold.Surprising, isn't it? Severe driving isn't quite what you'd envisioned.Ask yourself: "Which auto service schedule should I follow?" For some of us, it's ... read more

Breathe Deep in Sacramento With a New Cabin Air Filter

Poor interior air quality is nothing to sneeze at, and Sacramento auto owners might be interested to know that more and more new cars are coming equipped with a cabin air filter. Check your vehicle owner's manual, but they typically need to be replaced at around 12,000 to 15,000 miles (19,000 to 24,000 kilometers).The filter is usually under the vehicle hood or under the dashboard. Some are a little tricky to get to, so you'll want to have your friendly and knowledgeable Made In America Made In Japan service advisor take care of replacing them.As we said, many Sacramento people don't realize they have a cabin air filter and come to Made In America Made In Japan saying "my vents are smelling bad." It usually turns out to be a dirty cabin air filter. A switch out and they're on their way, smelling sweet.Sacramento residents who suffer from allergies can really benefit from a cabin air filter as it keeps irritants to a minimum.If you're one of them ... read more

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Stay Headed in the Right Direction, Sacramento

Power steering is standard on nearly every vehicle in Sacramento, California, these days. Now there are some exotic, new types of power steering systems, but for the most part, the general setup is a pump that's driven by a belt powered by the engine. Contact the automotive professionals at Made In America Made In Japan in Sacramento for questions about your power steering. The pump generates power that assists drivers as they steer their vehicle around Sacramento, California. Power steering systems use hoses to move pressurized fluid back and forth. These hoses can develop leaks so it's a good idea to have Made In America Made In Japan inspect them at every oil change. A check of the power steering fluid level is on the list for every full service oil change at Made In America Made In Japan because low fluid can damage the power steering pump. And the fluid needs to be compatible with the hoses and seals, so it's important to use the c ... read more

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