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Made In America Made In Japan and the Maintenance Mindset

Made In America Made In Japan and the Maintenance Mindset

When it comes to their vehicles, some Sacramentoresidents don't have amaintenance mindset. They know they need to take care of their cars, but it just seems really hard to get them to remember to do it. Sacramento drivers generally accept that many things in life require regular maintenance but just may not have applied it to their vehicles.Here's something that will help: The key to good vehicle maintenance starts with the oil change. Think about it – when you go in for a full-service oil change, your friendly and knowledgeable Made In America Made In Japan service advisor will check all your fluids. If one of them is low, he can look for the reason. If your serpentine belt is cracked, he'll see it and let you know. Corroded battery cable – they've got you covered. And at Made In America Made In Japan, we check to se ... read more

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Budget for Maintenance in Sacramento

Sometimes busy Sacramento residents dream about going back to the “simpler” days of our grandparents. But if you could travel back in time and take a road trip around California in a Model T, you might change your mind. The improved designs and quality of today's automobiles have significantly reduced the amount of time Sacramento residents spend at the side of the road during breakdowns. With proper maintenance, today's vehicles can stay on the road longer than ever before.Some of those improvements, however, have led to higher repair costs. For example, older cars often broke down from vapor lock. Gas vaporized while traveling from the gas tank to the fuel pump. No gas, no power. The car quits going. The solution was simple — you just sat by the road until the car would start up again. Today's Sacramento drivers would hardly tolerate that kind of inconvenience, and it's likely that yesterday's Sacramento drivers didn't care much for it, either. So on today's ve ... read more

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Keeping Your 'Old Faithful' Auto Running

At Made In America Made In Japan we've had a lot of Sacramento customers asking how they can make their vehicles last longer. These questions are actually a reflection of a trend that's been building for several years in California. The median age of personal vehicles is now over nine years. And 33 percent of all vehicles on the road have over 75,000 miles (120,000 km) on them. It looks like it's going to keep heading in that direction for a while. With high fuel prices, a lot of California folks are putting off buying a new car. So let's say you're one of the average in the Sacramento area; you've got a nine-year-old car with 80,000 miles (130,000 km) on the odometer. What can you do to make it last another year or two?Let's start with the premise that there's no reason that a modern car can't run for 200,000 miles (320,000 km) with proper care in Sacramento. The engineering and manufacturing quality is there.Of course, some parts will wear out along the way ... read more

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Why a Trip Inspection Is a Good Idea

Why a Trip Inspection Is a Good Idea

At Made In America Made In Japan we get a lot of Sacramento drivers asking about vehicle trip preparation. That's a big deal. You could be driving through mountains and deserts in some pretty lonely areas around California, so it's important to know that the vehicle is up to the task and won't leave you stranded.Smart Sacramento drivers plan ahead for a major road trip – and there are a lot of things to get ready. Where should you start? You could start with the tires. Look them over for tread wear and check to see that they are properly inflated. Take a quick test drive around Sacramento to see if you can feel any vibrations: Are the wheels in balance? Is the car tracking straight? Is the alignment ok? Come to Made In America Made In Japan for a peace-of-mind trip inspection.1200 I St Sacramento, California 95814 916-442-3287 The next thing is a full service oil change to make sure all of yo ... read more

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The Importance of Sacramento Drivers Following Service Intervals

The Importance of Sacramento Drivers Following 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 in Sacramento with recommended intervals: Let's start with twice yearly dental check-ups and regular physical exams. How about laundry, watering the lawn and paying the bills?Now, what would happen if you didn't follow these intervals? Well, you'd get more cavities. You may not discover health conditions that could be more effectively treated with early detection. And you'd have to wear dirty clothes, be embarrassed by your brown lawn and have your utilities shut off.Clearly, 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 in Sacramento takes a hit and it inevitably costs more money.So why is it so hard to remember to follow regular preventive maintenance on our vehicles?Probabl ... read more

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Maintenance for High Mileage Vehicles in Sacramento, California

Maintenance for High Mileage Vehicles in Sacramento, California

The median age for cars in the Sacramento, California area was over nine years. And two-thirds had over 75,000 miles. At Made In America Made In Japan we hear reports that those numbers continue to rise. If you have a high-mileage vehicle in the Sacramento area, bring it into Made In America Made In Japan for high-mileage maintenance.1200 I StSacramento, California 95814916-442-3287 Many people in California are keeping their vehicles longer. The economy has influenced that, but the fact that modern vehicles are more durable and reliable means that owning a high mileage vehicle doesn't have to be a painful experience.Local car owners in Sacramento with over 100,000 miles on their vehicles often ask which service intervals they should follow. Let's start with the special needs of the older vehicle...The reality is that time and mileage will take its toll. The engine and transmission will have more sludge. The fuel, steering and brake systems will have g ... read more

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Can Your Car Last Another Year?

Can Your Car Last Another Year?

Have you checked out the price of new vehicles at Sacramento car dealers? Ouch! Add financing and insurance and a new ride may not seem so attractive. A lot of Sacramento, California, folks are hoping to make their cars last a lot longer.Fortunately, with the current state of automotive engineering and manufacturing, there's no reason a modern vehicle can't be made to last for a 150,000 miles (250,000 kilometers) or more for smart Sacramento drivers.The old adage: 'a stitch in time saves nine' is really true for Sacramento residents when it comes to car maintenance. A great example is coolant service.Over time, coolant becomes corrosive and actually starts to damage your radiator and other parts. Smart Sacramento drivers have their cooling system service taken care of right on schedule at Made In America Made In Japan.Ditto for your power steering system, brake fluid, air conditioning system, differential and transmission. Of course, oil changes should be done right on schedu ... read more

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Maintaining Your Older Car in Sacramento, California

Maintaining Your Older Car in Sacramento, California

The government mandates a lot of equipment on cars in Sacramento, California: emission devices and control computers, safety equipment like airbags and crash worthiness requirements. All of this is great for the Sacramento motoring public, but it does add quite a bit to the price of a new vehicle.Because new vehicles are more expensive, people in the Sacramento area are driving their old vehicles longer. The average vehicle is now over nine years old. Two thirds of vehicles on the road in California have more than 75,000 miles (120,000 km) on them. As cars age, their performance drops, they have difficulty idling for long periods and are more sensitive to weather extremes. Fortunately today's cars are up to the challenge – but they need a little help to keep on goin'.Give Made In America Made In Japan a call at 916-442-3287 to schedule your next maintenance.Some owner's manuals don't specify service requirements at higher mileage. That doesn't mean ... read more

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10 Services Sacramento Drivers Often Overlook

10 Services Sacramento Drivers Often Overlook

We live such busy lives nowadays: work, social events, running the kids all over Sacramento. Some days it's all we can do to keep track of everywhere we need to be. That's why you've gotta be organized. Smartphones, calendar apps - we have to keep track of it all.So let's talk about schedules. Specifically, automotive service schedules. And particularly, the scheduled services that are sometimes forgotten.Here is a list of 10 service items that are often overlooked by Sacramento residents. They're all very important and need appropriate attention. So here we go, in no particular order.1. Power Steering ServiceBe honest; have you ever thought of this on your own? Your power steering fluid gets dirty and builds-up moisture over time. Cleaning out your power steering system means that dirt and gum are removed and your power steering parts are protected from corrosion. Next time you're in for an oil change, ask your Made In America Made In Japan service advisor i ... read more

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Keep Your Sacramento Car Breathing Free: Engine Air Filter

Keep Your Sacramento Car Breathing Free: Engine Air Filter

Hey Sacramento - this is something really amazing: Your vehicle uses 12,000 times as much air as fuel when you drive it. All of that air has to be filtered to keep your engine clean.That's like 100 gallons (380 liters) of air every block! The engine air filter is just another example of a very important but inexpensive part that has to do a tremendous amount of work. And when it works, everything goes well. But, when it doesn't, well, it can lead to problems. Of course, your vehicle manufacturer recommends how often to change your air filter. But like most service intervals, where and how you drive your vehicle in California affects when your filter needs to be changed.Dusty conditions around Sacramento or polluted city driving means you'll need to change your filter more often. Our trained professionals at Made In America Made In Japan can check your filter for you. In fact, it's often a routine part of an oil change.When you think about it, a ... read more

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