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Regular Schedule or Severe Service Schedule at Made In America Made In Japan?

Regular Schedule or Severe Service Schedule at Made In America Made In Japan?

Today's Made In America Made In Japan article focuses on severe service maintenance. Many Sacramento drivers are not aware of them and yet there are also very vocal advocates in California who think that severe service schedules apply to everyone. Somewhere between a complete lack of awareness and the dire blanket statements lies a reasonable approach to severe service maintenance at Made In America Made In Japan.To back up a little, vehicle owner's manuals have schedules for preventive maintenance: things like oil changes, transmission service and so on. They say you should change your oil after a certain distanced traveled or after so many months. Sacramento drivers understand this very well. What they may not know is that there are actually two service schedules: the regular schedule and the severe service schedule. The mileage and time intervals are lower on the severe service schedule.Now when you hear 'severe service,' you may think it doesn ... 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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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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New School: Automotive Made In America Made In Japan Technician Training

Sacramento consumers are demanding. We want a safe, reliable vehicle that handles well and is comfortable to ride in. Oh, and we want good fuel economy, too. We also want vehicle repairs that are cheap, fast and easy. Unfortunately, one usually comes at the cost of the other.Today's vehicles have made significant improvements in reliability and performance over the last few decades. They also deliver more power to Sacramento drivers more efficiently than ever before. For example, some of today's 4-cylinder engines are equal to yesterday's V-8's. Our vehicles also offer an amazing range of features that make them more comfortable and convenient than ever before.But all of that improvement has come at a price for Sacramento vehicle owners. Our vehicles are more complicated and difficult to repair than ever before. They have numerous mechanical and electrical systems. Fuel systems are so complex they have to be run by a computer. Our vehicles are covered with sensors and high-tech el ... read more

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Change Your Engine Air Filter at Made In America Made In Japan

Change Your Engine Air Filter at Made In America Made In Japan

Many Sacramento car owners have probably wondered: "What's the harm in putting off replacing an engine air filter? The answer is that not replacing it could cause your Mass Air Flow (MAF) sensor to fail. This expensive sensor is situated between your engine air filter and your engine. Dirty air filters are a leading cause of mass air flow sensor failure – and these babies can cost several hundred dollars to replace in Sacramento.Change your vehicle air filter at Made In America Made In Japan when it's dirty. Your vehicle engine will thank you.Give us a call. Made In America Made In Japan1200 I StSacramento, California 95814916-442-3287    

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The Maintenance Free Myth

The Maintenance Free Myth

Sometimes we hear people in Sacramento say, "What's up with all this maintenance stuff? Modern cars just don't break down." While it is true that today's vehicles are extremely reliable, they are also becoming increasingly complicated and use more exotic materials than ever before. All that complexity demands higher tolerances for everything. For example, most Sacramento drivers don't realize how high tech automotive fluids have become,  fluids such as engine oil, transmission fluid, coolant and brake fluid.Did you know that a modern engine would not run for more than a few months using motor oil formulas from 30 years ago? Today's automotive fluids contain a much higher percentage of additives to protect your vehicle's components from premature wear and corrosion. Time and distances march on for all of our cars. Please don't think we're using scare tactics to get you to take care of your maintenance - but here are some personal stories we've heard ... read more

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Serpentine Belt Service at Made In America Made In Japan

Serpentine Belt Service at Made In America Made In Japan

Most Sacramento folks occasionally have days when they've got a bunch of errands to run. Yesterday was my day off and I needed to fill the gas tank, pick up some groceries at my Sacramento market, swing by the ATM and get the kids from school. I could have made four trips . . . but that would have been totally inefficient. Instead I got unusually organized and planned my stops. I hit the ATM first and got gas next. Then I went to the supermarket and picked up the kids on the way home. I was proud of my wise use of time and money.What does this have to do with your car? Well, back in the day, each of your engine's accessories, like the alternator and air conditioner, were powered by separate belts. A vehicle might have five or six belts. These days, vehicles have a single belt to run all the accessories. It's called the serpentine belt. A pulley attached to the vehicle engine's crank provides the power to turn the serpentine belt. On the engine in the video, the first accessory in line ... read more

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Your Vehicle Is NOT Maintenance Free, Sacramento Car Owners

Your Vehicle Is NOT Maintenance Free, Sacramento Car Owners

A generation ago, Sacramento drivers seemed to be more inclined to keep their vehicle's preventive maintenance on schedule. One reason for this may be that vehicles back then were a lot less reliable than they are today. Taking your vehicle in to your Sacramento shop every year or two for repairs seemed to be a good reminder to keep the oil changed.For example, almost everyone in Sacramento used to take their vehicles in for regular tune-ups. Vehicles had mechanical ignition systems, which meant ignition points, spark plugs and coils had to be replaced and the timing adjusted every few years. As long as the vehicle was in for a tune-up at Made In America Made In Japan, the vehicle was inspected and you took care of any needed repairs at the same time.Today's engines have electronic ignition systems and engine control computers. Spark plugs can last for up to 100,000 miles/160,000 km. Vehicle reliability has vastly improved in the last few decades, and surveys ... read more

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The Easy Way to Save Cash in Sacramento

The Easy Way to Save Cash in Sacramento

The hottest California news story may be different every day, but there's one topic that seems to come up over and over again – the price of gas in Sacramento. If you feel like most of your paycheck goes into your gas tank, this post is for you. Here are several basic things people in Sacramento can do to greatly reduce their gas consumption, save money, and help the environment. You can really improve your fuel economy by how you drive – but first, here's a review of things you can do for your vehicle that'll save gas no matter how you drive.The first one for Sacramento drivers is keeping tires properly inflated. That can save 2 miles per gallon/.85 km per liter. Driving on low tires is like driving through sand – your car just has to work harder. Most Sacramento service centers will fill up your tires for free, so just ask Made In America Made In Japan. Also, make a habit of checking your tire pressure whenever you fill up. Many Sacramento gas st ... read more

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Made In America Made In Japan Helps You Decipher the Menu Board: Part 2

Made In America Made In Japan Helps You Decipher the Menu Board: Part 2

California service centers have a menu board that lists the services they provide. Some Sacramento drivers may not be familiar with all of the items on the board so here is a quick description of some of the typical services that might be listed.Made In America Made In Japan fuel system cleaning: Over time, the vehicle fuel system gets gum and varnish built up. A fuel system cleaning gets rid of that and cleans out the fuel injectors. Saves gas, by the way.Made In America Made In Japan headlamp replacement: Halogen and standard headlamps gradually fade. It's usually good to change them every year or so.Made In America Made In Japan inspections: Sacramento drivers get inspections for many reasons. Maybe they're going on a trip or just want to make sure their vehicle's ready for a California summer or winter. Maybe they just bought a used vehicle and want to give it the once over. An inspection may reveal ... read more

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