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What is a severe service maintenance schedule?

UC Service Center Answer: When I was a kid in San Diego, Sunday meant having a bath, getting dressed for church and then hanging up my Sunday clothes soon as we got home. Mom didn’t have to wash those clothes but once a month or so.San Diego Now, Saturdays were another story entirely: catching lizards, Read more...

Simple Answers from UC Service Center for San Diego: Water Pump

Question: My water pump went out and it cost much more to replace than ones I’ve had replaced in the past. My San Diego tech said it’s because of where it’s located. Why is that? UC Service Center Answer: Some water pumps are driven by the serpentine belt and are bolted on out in the Read more...

Prevent Cooling System Problems In San Diego

Cooling system problems are the most common reason for mechanical failure in San Diego. And, they’re largely avoidable. Here’s what San Diego car owners need to know about their cooling system. First, the terms coolant and antifreeze are pretty much used interchangeably in CA. The fluid cools your engine while it’s running and it keeps Read more...

My car failed its emissions test – what do I need to do?

Let’s get this out of the way: a leak in your exhaust system could be deadly. If San Diego car owners smell exhaust in the passenger cabin or hear an unusual exhaust sound, they should get their exhaust system checked and repaired. Talk to your caring UC Service Center tech This is critical: Carbon monoxide in Read more...

What is synthetic oil and should I use it?

Regular oil, also called conventional oil, comes from dead dinosaurs. Conventional oil molecules are long hydrocarbon chains of various lengths. Imagine a bunch of pencils – some used and some brand new. Synthetic oil is often more highly refined petroleum-based oil. The molecules are shorter and closer to the same length. Think a bunch of Read more...

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