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Do You Have a New Driver? Preparing Yourself & Your Teen for Their First Car

Do You Have a New Driver? Preparing Yourself & Your Teen for Their First Car

    What a milestone it is in life to learn how to drive for the first time! Do you recall your parents taking me to a local church parking lot (large and empty) and getting behind the wheel for the first time? While it is a joy and a newfound sense of freedom to have a vehicle for the first time, it's also a huge responsibility. Once the driving test is passed (hopefully the first time), it seems all the teen wants and thinks about is "my first car." If you decide the timing is right to purchase a vehicle, it's your job to make sure you are a prepared parent and teacher and your new driver is feeling confident behind the wheel. At Walt's Auto Service, we wanted to put together a small guide to help ease this huge transition!    Double Checking Safety: If you purchase a used or brand new car for your new driver, ensure by bringing the vehicle into Walt’s Auto Service for a Pre-Purchase Inspection that, at the very least, the first car ... read more

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The Important of Good A/C in Summer Heat

The Important of Good A/C in Summer Heat

  At Walt's Auto Service, we understand how unbearable and uncomfortable the California heat can become, especially given that summer is right around the corner. With temperatures quickly reaching over 100 degrees, it's essential to have a proper A/C system in play. At Walt's Auto Service, we wanted to take the time to discuss good A/C and cooling for your vehicle so you can be prepared to get it fixed before that first unbearable summer heatwave.    When Should I Get My A/C Unit Checked? Thankfully this is a decently easy question to solve; the answer? You tell us! How does the air in your vehicle feel during your ride? Are you feeling refreshed after a couple of minutes? Or do you find yourself eventually caving in and rolling the windows down? If you think you are "cool as a cucumber," then you probably don't need a tune-up. However, if you find yourself rolling down the windows or thinking, "my A/C isn't cool enough,"/" ... read more

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Support Local Businesses

Support Local Businesses

Support Local Businesses  We went out to show support to Scardino's Italian Restaurant, delicious food! See for yourself!    We invite you to do the same and support any of our local community restaurants through April 30th. Save your receipt and we will gladly give you a credit of up to $20 dollars towards your next service or repair at WALT'S AUTO SERVICE

Checking the Oil

Checking the Oil

Our cars have become so reliable these days that we simply forget to do simple maintenance such as checking the oil levels between services. Not to mention that it is much harder to find a place that can or will do a simple under hood check for you. The responsibility of checking the oil then falls to the car owner. To do so, it is first necessary to shut off the engine and open the hood. Finding the dipstick is a simple matter of locating a looped wire or plastic handle (often painted red or yellow) on the side of the engine. The dipstick should be removed, cleaned off with a cloth, and reinserted into the engine. After it is pulled out once more, the dipstick should be observed to note the oil level. If the level shows between the “add” and the “full” markings at the end of the stick it is fine. If the oil level is below the “add” mark sufficient oil should be added to reach the “full” line. Checking your oil every fourth tim ... read more

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First Found Walt’s on Auto Club’s Westways “Top 10” List

Thank you, Leslie, for your 5 Star Rating! Found Walt’s Auto Service when I was looking for a different auto repair shop for my 1990 Honda CRX SI, a long time ago. The independent Honda repair shop where I had been a customer for many years changed owners and it was time to move on. I’ve been a customer at Walt’s Auto Service for……..what must be going into a second decade by now. I first found them on a “Top 10” list in Auto Club’s Westways Magazine of auto repair shops in Southern California. Then I began to notice that they made the “Daily Breeze’s South Bay’s Best” awards list year after year. Hondas and Toyotas (and their associated makes) are what Walt’s primarily repairs, but they are certainly perfectly able to diagnose and repair other makes as well. I took my 1990 Honda CRX SI to Walt’s for many years until I gave it up in 2010, and now my 2010 Honda Accord is there for every oil change, s ... read more

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Walt’s Auto Service Summer Vacation Special

Walt’s Auto Service Summer Vacation Special

‘Tis the Season to Hit the Road Kids are out of school, three-day-weekends are plentiful, and the great outdoors is calling. This summer many motorists will pack their cars, heading out on that long awaited summer vacation. But, before you pull out of the driveway check to see if your vehicle is ready. To keep the fun in your vacation it is best to prepare your Car/Truck/SUV ahead of time, keeping you stress free and relaxed. Protecting your family from unseen circumstances that can endanger your trip or your lives. Whether it’s a trip out of town, to the beach, or just around the corner your friends at Walt’s Auto Service want to help you get ready for your 2017 summer activities with our “Super Summer Vacation Special” coupon. $25.00 off any service or repair of $100 or more. Give us a call to take advantage our “Super Summer Vacation Special!” Please feel free to share this special offer with your friends and fa ... read more

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Earth Day

Earth Day

At Walt’s Auto Service we want to celebrate EARTH DAY and every day by sharing with you CAR CARE COUNCILS suggestions to help you be greener for a better and more sustainable environment and keep your car running healthy and green! Drive Green – Recognize that how your drive has a lot to do with fuel economy. Avoid sudden starts and stops and go the speed limit. Jerky and aggressive driving decreases your miles per gallon (MPG) and increases wear and tear on your vehicle. Minimize unnecessary miles by combining errands in one trip. Get a Tune-Up – Regular tune-ups, maintenance and having clean air filters will help your car pollute less and burn less gas. With a proper tune-up, you can save 4% on the cost of gas and up to 40% by replacing a faulty oxygen sensor. Simply changing the car’s air filter can improve efficiency by 10%. Lighten the Load – Get the junk out of the trunk and the stuff out of your ... read more

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Thank You for Voting Walt's Auto Service South Bay's Favorite 2016

Thank You for Voting Walt's Auto Service South Bay's Favorite 2016

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“Seldom-Used Car” Tips

People who exercise on a regular basis often advise more sedentary individuals to “use it or lose it,” the implication being that the body’s health degenerates with disuse. The same may be said of an automobile. All too many car owners mistakenly believe that their cars need not adhere to regular maintenance schedules because they are used so little. The fact is, however, that the various lubricants found in a car lose their protective qualities with non-use. They are likely to deteriorate by virtue of condensation buildup or accumulations of unburned hydrocarbons, varnish, or acids. These latter contaminants will pit an rust metal if they are not boiled, burned or heated away. Following a regular service schedule, no matter how frequently a car is used, will help prevent wear and mechanical problems. If your car is going to sit idle for a lengthy period of time we can help you with some ideas that will assure its good condition upon your return ... read more

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Spotting Fluid Leaks

Spotting Fluid Leaks

Spot fluid leaks check color chart When was the first time you took a close look at your garage floor or the patch of driveway beneath your car in an effort to spot a fluid leak? This type of informal inspection should be conducted on almost a daily basis. Conscientious car owners who frequently spot check for leaks will more likely be rewarded with a minor repair bill, rather than the more costly complication of fluid loss. A puddle of greenish-yellow or reddish fluid is indicative of loss of engine coolant. Motor oil is usually blackish-brown, while transmission fluid has a red tint. Brake fluid is clear, but its location near the wheels may help identify it. These fluids are all considered to be lubricants, the loss of which compromise a corresponding unit’s functioning efficiency and should be checked out right away. If fluid spots are a common sight on your garage floor or driveway, start fresh with a clean piece of card ... read more

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