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Windshield wipers - Extending Their Lifespan, and When to Replace Them

Windshield wipers - Extending Their Lifespan, and When to Replace Them

Do you find yourself wishing for clearer vision on the roads? Perhaps your windshield wipers are creating an annoying “buzz” when they move across your windshield & your visibility is becoming impaired. For our November blog, the Walt’s Auto Service team wants to focus on your vehicle’s windshield wipers! Your vehicle’s windshield wipers do the most to protect you while you’re on the roads, and it’s imperative to keep them in good condition. Below are our tips and tricks to extend their lifetimes & to know when it’s time for a fresh pair- especially as we head into the winter/rainier months.  How to Extend Windshield Wipers lifespan Wipe - As you can imagine, in the fall/winter weather, we have an increase in dirt, leaves & other debris that can easily attach themselves to your blades & under the wipers themselves. If left for long periods, that grime begins to harm your windshield & your blade’s lifetime ... read more

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Car Accidents, and How to Avoid Them

Car Accidents, and How to Avoid Them

  Distracted Driving Unsurprisingly, distracted driving is the number one cause of car accidents across the country. Every single day more than nine people are killed due to distracted driving. A distracted driver is a loose term that ultimately means their undivided attention is somewhere else than the road. Talking and texting is a joint distractor, and a person is 23 times more likely to crash a vehicle while texting and driving. 40% of American teenagers have stated they've been in a car while the driver was using their cell phone. Other distractions most frequently come from other passengers in the vehicle, food, or a pet. It's always important to stress that the driver's only job is to keep their eyes on the road ahead.     Speeding When driving on a road or freeway, driver's often weave through the traffic for fun, even though everyone is going the speed limi ... read more

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Do You Have Kids Going Off to School? How to Prepare Their Vehicle

Do You Have Kids Going Off to School? How to Prepare Their Vehicle

  Happy September to you all; as we prepare ourselves to welcome back the cool fall weather, it also means that back to school is right around the corner. Many schools and colleges will be welcoming back their students very shorty & we at Walt's Auto Service want you as parents and loved ones to be prepared as your child begins the drive back to school. Let's start by easing some stress and thoroughly preparing our students with a well-working and equipped vehicle. Walt's Auto Service presents - Getting your child's car ready for back to school.   Cleaning the Vehicle: Who doesn't love a fresh, clean exterior? Cleaning the outside of your vehicle isn't all about aesthetics; dirt & debris can damage the body of your car over time and lead to more costly repairs. Take this cleaning day as a time to explain more details about the exterior of a vehicle with your soon-to-be student. Take them to a local auto shop to pick up cleaning supplies that ... read more

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Pet Safety And The Dog Days of August

Pet Safety And The Dog Days of August

  Anyone who is a dog owner knows just how important your furry friend is and that they are a member of your family. This means your beloved pet will most likely travel with you in your vehicle at some point in its life, whether it be to the vet, the dog park, or a friend's house. We, at Walt's Auto Service are animal lovers too, and we want to discuss the dangers when a pet is left inside your parked vehicle.    Did you know that thousands of pets are injured or die each year due to auto accidents? According to Pet Pro Supply Company ", 84% of dog owners traveling with their dogs are not restraining them. Only 16% of people who transport their dogs use proper safety restraints & 60% of dog owners have driven while distracted by their pets as passengers." We take many risks when traveling with our animals & the dangers that we open up to them if we leave th ... read more

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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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