It’s critical to maintain your brakes and the accessories that help them work with regular checkups and service. This helps ensure your safety while driving your vehicle so you can slow down and stop when needed. So, it’s important to know the signs to check for to determine whether or not your brakes need repair. Here’s what you need to know about brake service: Know the Different Types of Brake Pads Manufacturers don’t make all brakes in the same way. So, it’s essential to get the brake pads that fit your needs. Here are three common types of brake pads you can choose from: Semi-Metallic. This is the most common type of brake pads used and for a good reason. It’s durable and one of the best types of brake pads for heat transfer. However, semi-metallic brakes are noisy and can wear down your rotors faster than types of brake pads. It’s also not the best option for low-temperature locations.
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Your car is a pretty amazing machine. It’s built to withstand severe weather such as snow, ice, and thunderstorms. Even during a torrential downpour, you can stay safe and dry in your vehicle. It’s built with special censors that alert you when something wrong. No matter what car you own, the electronic-control system will send a signal that flashes a light representing the whereabouts of the issue. So, when the ‘Check Engine’ light comes on your dashboard it’s easy to get alarmed. While it’s important to be concerned and check it out, sometimes it’s as simple as the gas cap not fastened tight enough. These steps will assist you with what to do if your check engine light comes on in your car. What Does it Mean? Some vehicles ‘Check Engine’ light will display in red, yellow, or orange. Others may just have the engine symbol in either of those three colors. Either way, a mechanic should assess the situation as soon as possible. Inspect the Situati ... read more
Driving a Mercedes-Benz can make some feel like they are the king of the world. But if you don’t service your Mercedes-Benz, that feeling will only last for a moment. That’s why it’s key to maintain your vehicle routinely. Understanding when to maintenance your Benz makes it easier to extend its durability and minimize any issues. Here’s what you should know: Servicing Basics Servicing your Mercedes-Benz is easier now more than ever before. Most newer models get service done at roughly every 10,000 miles. During this time, you can expect your service specialist to change the oil, check the fluid levels, conduct a multipoint inspection and install new wiper blades. You can also expect to have your brake fluid, engine filter and cabin filter changed every 20,000 miles. Factory Scheduled Maintenance Mercedes-Benz 2010 and newer models typically require a maintenance check every 10,000 miles. If you don’t drive your vehicle 10,000 miles wi ... read more
Toyota Supra by FotoSleuth, used under CC BY 2.0 There is no doubt that the Toyota Supra is amazing and cool car! However like any vehicle there are repairs that need to be done, and certain issues that come up regularly. Toyota Supra drivers in San Diego, CA are no exception. Fortunately, the talented and skilled technicians at Japanese CarMasters are well equipped to fix any and all issues your Toyota Supra might be experiencing. Check Engine Light Due To A Restricted EGR ... read more
Most drivers are familiar with the old adage that you need to have your oil changed every 3 months / 3,000 miles or whichever happens first. You might be surprised to find out that your owner’s manual may suggest that you can now go longer between necessary service intervals like oil changes. While this is true, it is important to keep in mind that your factory recommended maintenance schedule is based on ideal driving conditions. As you may know, ideal driving conditions can be scarce even in the ideal climate of San Diego, CA. Long stop and go commutes can easily be considered severe driving conditions that can be difficult on your engine and vehicle as a whole. Oil and Filter Change in San Diego, CA If it has been a while since the last time that you had your oil changed, come on into our garage and we can quickly and conveniently perform and oil and filter change on your vehicle. This also allows a professional and knowledgeable technician p ... read more
We see this all too often and not just on Range Rovers or SUVs in general. Every driver knows how important your brakes are during the daily operation of your vehicle. Therefore it is important to keep your brake assembly in good repair. It is a part of your vehicle that is meant to wear down but it is important to replace them before they become worn out. Worn out brakes and rotors can possibly lead to brake failure which will not only result in a more expensive repair it can also potentially cause an accident. We want to do everything we can to help you avoid such a dangerous scenario, so if it has been a while since you’ve had your brakes checked, let us know. Here at Japanese Carmasters we can quickly perform a brake check and give you an idea of when you can expect to have your brakes replaced. This is all in an effort to keep you and your passengers safe. Therefore give us a call whenever you have questions about how to best maintain or repai ... read more
If you experience electric issues while driving your vehicle or just trying to start it your electronic display is not working correctly or your radio turns on or off. These could point to damaged electrical wires. Wires can get crossed, the coating on them can become worn or melted. There are times when they can even be chewed! Chewed by what you ask? Rodents such as rats or mice can oftentimes be the culprit. Rats and mice look for small crevices to hide in any time of year but especially in the winter when it is cold outside. The holes and crevices within your vehicle’s chassis can provide them with the perfect hovel to stay warm and dry. To avoid this issue, it is best to keep any dry feed for animals including cats and dogs that you might keep in the garage away from your vehicle. Keep your garage as secure as possible making sure that all ventilation holes have proper coverings on them to discourage rodents. Rodents in your Vehicle in San ... read more