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Following Recommended Intervals for Your vehicle

Following Recommended Intervals for Your vehicle

If you're reading this article in Sacramento, California, then you probably care about your vehicle and how it runs. Even though you care, there is still that moment of dread when your professional service advisor at Made In America Made In Japan tells you the manufacturer recommends some additional service. Your heart beats a little faster, your blood pressure rises. You worry about spending more money than you had planned. And you worry that if you say "no," you might be harming your vehicle or risking your family's safety. At the risk of sounding like your dad, you really should have done your homework. Service recommendations are in your owner's manual. But it is not like you want to keep your vehicle auto maintenance schedule on your nightstand for bedtime reading.Vehicles are complicated machines and it takes some effort for Sacramento residents to keep them running well. That is why they have maintenance schedules that explain how to keep your vehicle ... read more

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Made In America Made In Japan On Your Serpentine Belt

Made In America Made In Japan On Your Serpentine Belt

  Today we're going to be talking about serpentine belts for our Sacramento, California, customers. Let's start by talking about the accessories that are driven by the serpentine belt. First is the alternator. That's the device that makes electricity to power the vehicle and recharge the battery. Then there's the air conditioning compressor that makes cool air for you while you're driving around California in the summer.The power steering and power brake pumps are driven by the serpentine belt in most Sacramento residents' vehicles. Those pumps provide pressure that assists your steering and braking.In many vehicles, the water pump is driven by the serpentine belt. The water pump is what circulates the coolant that protects your engine. In some cars around Sacramento, California, the water pump is driven by the timing belt.The radiator cooling fans on some vehicles are also driven by the serpentine belt. Some have separate electric motors. That's really ... read more

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Finding Vehicle Recall Information From Sacramento

No matter how well they’re made, cars are bound to have problems with their design or manufacturing. When the government thinks a problem is really serious, they require the manufacturer to issue a recall notice to Sacramento residents and to fix the car free of charge. The manufacturer then tries to contact everyone who owns that type of car in Sacramento and elsewhere until the work is done. These recalls always affect safety, so you need 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. R ... read more

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Looking Down the Road - Headlamps

Looking Down the Road - Headlamps

If you've ever been driving around Sacramento and had a headlamp go out, you've probably just wanted to replace the bad bulb. If your car uses halogen headlamps, they dim over time. So if you just put in one, they won't have the same brightness, which can be distracting and will affect your field of vision.To have your headlights inspected, visit us at Made In America Made In Japan. We're at 1200 I St in Sacramento, California 95814. Or give us a call at 916-442-3287.Experts at Made In America Made In Japan recommend replacing your halogen headlamps every year. It's easy to remember if you do it when Daylight Saving Time changes in the fall. That way you'll have bright headlamps for those long California winter nights.There are other types of headlamps in addition to halogen. There are the old standard bulbs that have been around for decades. These are OK, but you can usually upgrade to halogen. They cost a little more but you can't believe the differe ... read more

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I Can See Clearly Now: Wiper Blade Replacement in Sacramento

I Can See Clearly Now: Wiper Blade Replacement in Sacramento

About 90% of our driving decisions in the Sacramento area are based solely on what we see. So having a good pair of windshield wipers is extremely important.Most Sacramento drivers have experienced the frustration and fear of not being able to see clearly during a storm, or when our vehicle windshield is just dirty. In fact, it's estimated that 46,000,000 drivers across the nation are driving with wipers that can't adequately clear their windshield in a storm.It seems like our wiper blades are always at their worst when we need them the most. If that sounds like you, you've got plenty of company in the Sacramento area. 78% of drivers only change their wiper blades after the blades function so poorly that they become a safety hazard.Sacramento drivers need to change their thinking. Instead of blades being something to replace when they fail, we need to consider wiper blades as vehicle safety component. Then we'll stay ahead of the ... read more

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Risk of Extended Oil Change Intervals

Nothing in your engine workers harder than your oil. With hundreds of moving parts, and thousands of explosions every minute, it's no wonder that engine oil needs to be changed frequently! You've probably heard the old rule of thumb: Change your oil every 3,000 miles/ 5,000 kilometers or 3 months, whichever comes first. But some car manufacturers have introduced extended oil change intervals. They figure that a modern vehicle driven under the right conditions can go for 5,000 miles/8000 kilometers or more between an oil change. The key phrase here is "under the right conditions". If you look at your owner's manual, you'll see two different maintenance schedules: one for "normal" driving conditions and one for "Severe Service". Severe service driving conditions include stop and go, short trips, towing, hauling, hot, cold, an ... read more

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Budgeting for Maintenance In Sacramento California

Budgeting for Maintenance In Sacramento California

Life's full of surprises in Sacramento California, some of which cost money. A leaky roof, a broken tooth, or an unexpected car repair. Made In America / Made In Japan of Sacramento California and AutoNetTV have done some research on how we can budget for proper vehicle care. Everyone in Sacramento California does our best to budget for scheduled vehicle maintenance. What's hard is unexpected repairs. The truth is that our vehicles can stay on the road longer than ever before with proper maintenance. That's because of improved vehicle design and manufacturing quality. But some of those same improvements also lead to higher repairs costs. Let's take the fuel pump. Previous generations were often stranded by the side of the road by vapor lock. This occurred when the gas vapori ... read more

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Fall and Spring Checkup in Sacramento

Fall and Spring Checkup in Sacramento

When I was a kid, my dad always made sure he took the cars in for Spring and Fall checkups. I was telling a friend that it's about time to get into Made In America Made In Japan for a checkup and he said that he read on the internet that modern cars don't need seasonal service.My friend is (technically) right about some things, but from a practical standpoint, a seasonal check up still makes sense.Back when my dad was teaching me about how to take care of the family vehicle, most of them used a different weight of oil in the winter and in the summer. But most of today's modern engines run the same oil year round. High-tech engines and high-tech motor oils are better able to handle the seasonal changes.Your owner's manual or Sacramento service advisor at Made In America Made In Japan can tell you the right oil to use.Of course, you're concerned about the coolant or antifreeze. You don't want to overheat in the Cali ... read more

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Which Item Is Most Stolen from Vehicles in Sacramento?

Which Item Is Most Stolen from Vehicles in Sacramento?

  Which item is most often stolen from vehicles in Sacramento?Is it: Stereo Wheels Air Bag DVD System Well, if you said stereo – you used to be right. But airbags have now surpassed stereos as the biggest target for theft in California – approximately 50,000 a year are stolen across the country. New airbags cost about $1,000, but go for $50 to $200 on the black market in California.Stolen airbags are making their way back into cars that have been in an accident. Of course, the danger to the consumer of having a stolen airbag installed is that you can never be sure what may have previously affected them and if they will work right when you need them. Contact us at Made In America Made In Japan for more information about where to get your airbags checked or replaced.Find us at 1200 I St, Sacramento, California 95814You can reach us by phone at: 916-442-3287 There are reports that 1 in 25 airbag r ... read more

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Severe Service Requirements

Severe Service Requirements

A lot of Sacramento drivers have asked whether or not they should use their severe service maintenance schedule, which is listed in their vehicle's  owner's  manual. It can be somewhat confusing, so we decided to consult an expert. Cricket Killingsworth is from QMI/Heartland, a manufacturer of automotive products and fluids. She's been in the automotive business for over 30 years and is a speaker, a trainer and a writer. Cricket says there's so much confusion on this topic because, "Most owner's manuals actually have two maintenance schedules. Sometimes these are called 'regular service' and 'severe service.' Sometimes they're simply called Schedule 1 and Schedule 2. A severe service schedule recommends that things like an oil change, air filter replacement and transmission service be done more often: either in fewer miles or in less time." Foreign and domestic vehicle manufacturers create a specific schedule for each vehicle they manufacture ... read more

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