Check Engine Light

When your check engine light comes on, you may be torn between utter panic and just wanting to ignore it and hope it goes away.  That’s perfectly understandable.  That same check engine light could come on for anything from a serious engine or transmission problem all the way down to a loose gas cap.  There’s […]

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Tire Alignment

It’s no surprise that your vehicle will drive better in Ventura County if all the wheels are pointed in the same direction. That’s called wheel alignment. If your wheels are out of alignment you may notice that your vehicle pulls to one side or the other. Something that you won’t notice right away, but you […]

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Water Pump

Let’s talk water pumps for autos in Camarillo, CA. The engine is cooled by coolant/antifreeze mixed with water. This mixture circulates around the engine, absorbing some of the heat. The coolant then flows through the radiator where air cools it down for the return trip back through the engine. Your vehicles’ water pump is what […]

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Transmission

So you have some exciting plans for the weekend. You’re going to take some of your friends out on the boat for some water skiing. Of course, you’ve got the boat all ready. And you haven’t forgotten about your tow vehicle. You’ve gassed it up and even vacuumed it out. But you want to make […]

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Timing Chains

All engines have either a timing belt or a timing chain to synchronize the opening and closing of the intake and exhaust valves. This keeps the engine running smoothly and efficiently. If the timing is off, it may not run at all. Timing BELTS need to be replaced on a schedule. A broken or slipping […]

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Timing Belt

Let’s address a very important maintenance item for everyone in Camarillo CA – timing belt replacement. It’s important because letting this one slide can lead to very expensive engine damage. Your timing belt choreographs the timing of your combustion process. Your pistons travel up and down in the cylinder. Intake valves open at the right […]

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Oil Change

An oil change at your local Camarillo CA auto shop: Sounds simple, but there’s some pretty important things to know about preventing oil sludge. Oil eventually starts to turn into jelly. Literally – petroleum jelly. Sludge clogs up oil passages and keeps oil from getting to some areas of the engine, causing parts to wear […]

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New Tires

Time to replace your tires? A lot of factors go into selecting new tires: traction, Camarillo weather conditions, handling, load capacity, , tread life, looks, warranty and price. CA driving conditions vary from commuting to rock crawling; from blistering deserts to the frozen tundra – and everything in between. Your Camarillo Independent Automotive tire professional […]

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Mufflers and Exhaust Systems

We’ve all heard a car or truck in our neighborhoods that needs a new muffler. But there’s more to the exhaust system than just the muffler. The exhaust system has three main functions: To safely get hot exhaust gas from the engine out the tailpipe Treats the exhaust to remove harmful pollutants Muffle the engine […]

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Brake Replacement

Disc Brakes Your brakes are extremely important as you drive around Camarillo CA. Having good brakes just keeps you out of trouble. You’ll want to carefully maintain your brakes. With disc brakes, brake pads rub on a disc – or rotor – to slow the wheels. Car brake pad replacement can keep your family safe. […]

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