Your vehicle is a complex system, and having questions about your car battery and how it works is common. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about car batteries and the answers to those questions: How long does a car battery last? Typically, the average car battery lasts between 3-5 years. However, there are many factors that can affect this lifespan such as weather, driving habits, and how well you maintain your vehicle. How do I know if my battery is still good? A battery can be tested by a specific tool that will tell our experts how much "life" your vehicle has left and if it is in good condition. What replacement battery do I buy? The best source for what type of replacement battery to buy is by checking your vehicle's operation manual. How do I dispose of an old battery? Car batteries contain toxic chemicals and need to be disposed of properly. The experts at Mission Auto Care can take care of this for you. How mu ... read more
We know that winter driving can be stressful, especially when you try to stay off the roads in times of winter storms and snow. The best thing you can do to be as prepared as possible when hitting the road in the winter is by ensuring that your vehicle is ready to handle the cold weather. An inspection at our shop can help guarantee that your vehicle is in the best condition to stay reliable through the winter weather, and if not, we can help make the repairs necessary to get your vehicle where it needs to be. Here are some of the top causes of winter vehicle breakdowns: Engine overheating - Motor oil runs thicker in cold temperatures, making it harder for it to circulate and keep your car running smoothly—and prevent it from overheating. A dead battery - It’s harder for car batteries to produce a charge in winter — meaning it might not be able to produce enough energy to start your car when you turn the key. Radiator failure - You left your veh ... read more
Happy Thanksgiving from all of us here at Mission Auto Care! We hope that you had a wonderful holiday with friends and family. With all the holidays comes lots of travel, so if you are planning a road trip in the near future, we recommend that you check off some important travel measures before you hit the road. Be sure to have your vehicle inspected by the experts here at Mission Auto Care before you hit the road. You never want to be caught in a situation where you are stuck without a working vehicle, so guaranteeing that your vehicle is ready for any road trip will keep your family safe and bring you peace of mind on the road. Pack ample blankets and coats for the road to keep warm if you’re traveling in the cold this winter. Have an emergency kit on hand in your trunk to help out in cases of emergencies. Some things to make sure you have with you include a spare tire, jack, wrench, flashlight, flares, cell phone charger, and first aid ... read more
Potholes are a common occurrence on our roads and can't always be avoided completely while driving. Although you may try to drive around them, sometimes you may miss them or can't dodge them. You may hit the pothole hard and think, I hope I didn't just hurt my vehicle! Unfortunately, potholes can have an effect on our cars depending on the health of our vehicle, the depth of the pothole, and how fast you were traveling. Here are some of the ways that potholes can damage your vehicle: Tires - tires can be damaged in a number of ways after hitting a pothole. It can cause the side of the tire to actually blow out due to the pressure on one side of the tire. If your TPMS light comes on after hitting a pothole, this is usually a sign of some sort of damage that will need to be looked at. Wheels - damage to the wheels can occur from hitting a pothole quickly. If you notice that the wheel is cracked or bent, bring your vehicle into your trusted mechanic. If a damaged ... read more
Your engine is an extremely important part of your vehicle - it is often referred to as the heart of the car, making sure that your vehicle runs and runs smoothly. When your vehicle engine overheats, this can be a huge cause for concern. Excessive heat on your engine can cause metal components to begin to warp and become damaged, which can lead to expensive repairs that you want to avoid. If your engine is overheating, you may find yourself stuck on the side of the road or notice that your engine temperature gauge is fluctuating from warm to hot excessively. Here are some of the reasons why your car engine may be overheating: Coolant leak Blockage in coolant circulation Faulty thermostat Failed or damaged water pump Clogged radiator Low coolant level If you are experiencing engine overheating, don't hesitate to bring your car into the professionals here at Mission Auto Care at your earliest convenience for expert service and repair.
No matter who you choose to work on your second most costly investment ( your car or truck), look deep and don't just trust anyone. 1st check with the Bureau of Automotive Repair, a State run agency that protects the consumer from shoddy repair shops. Look up the shop your looking to use and see if they have a valid license. You will also be able to see their complaint history, if they have any, also and violations. 2nd, Check to see if their technicians are certified in any way (ASE) or manufacturer certified. 3rd, ask family and friends for referrals, 4th, Look over their Website, Google, Yelp, to see their reviews. Not that the reviews will be the final deciding factor, but you want to see more good reviews than bad reviews, read between the lines and make your own assessment of them. 5th, compare apples to apples between shops, compare warranties, nowadays you should be getting at least 2 years or 24,000 miles ( we offer 3 year / 50,000 ), 6th, if you go there, look over t ... read more
You're driving in the rain and you see a huge puddle ahead on the freeway that can't be avoided. You hold on to the steering wheel tightly and drive over it - you feel a sudden lack of control, as if you can't steer your vehicle one way or another. This is called hydroplaning, which is when there is too much water between your vehicle's tires and the road, preventing the tires from properly gripping the ground. The tread in your vehicle's tires is what helps water pass through when you're driving during wet conditions. It allows your vehicle to still create traction with the road so you don't lose control. However, tires that are severly bald or low in tire pressure can prevent this process from happening, causing your tires to skid over water rather than push through it. Hydroplaning is always a scary occurance, especially when turning or changing lanes. Here are some ways to properly handle a hydroplaning situation: Stay calm and avoid ... read more